Amy Vaughan

Welcome to Language Arts 10-12 Honors Option at FAITH!

Welcome to Language Arts 10-12 Honors Option at FAITH tutorial! I am so pleased that you have decided to share your student with me. Language Arts is a multi-faceted course that is both challenging and exciting. We will cover four main topics including: GRAMMAR, LITERATURE, WRITING, and VOCABULARY. If you would like to find out more about me, read this link: About Mrs. Amy Vaughan. To find out more about our classroom assistant, please read here: About Mrs. Tracie.

Important Dates & Announcements:

*Progress Reports–Week of April 3
*2023-2024 Registration for Current Families:  April 11 and 13 (Curbside)

RP Outline Guide

3/28:
Collected:
*Lit SQs, Unit 9
*Postcard from Thoreau

Returned:
*Lit SQs, Unit 9
*Research paper outline

In Class:
*BellRingerMockingbird Character Analysis
*Writing/Research Paper:  Mrs. Amy signed off on RP outlines (see handbook)
*Writing/Research Paper: Detailed discussion and PowerPoint presentation on MLA citation styles.  Info presented today may also be found in Easy Writer.

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
*Rough Draft of Research Paper due 4/11

3/21:
Collected:
*Lit SQs, Unit 8
*Research Paper Outline

Returned:
*Lit SQs, Unit 8

In Class:
BellRinger: “Are You a Transcendalist?” quiz (totally for fun!)
Literature:  Interactive PowerPoint lecture on Transcendentalism; assignment–write a postcard from Thoreau’s perspective, commenting on modern ways/technology/social media, etc.
Novel:  Discussion of Jem and Atticus (character development) in chapters 1-4, using handouts, in a group discussion format.

Weekly Work:
*Follow the agenda
*Postcard assignment (see above)
*Progress Reports in two weeks

 

3/7:
Collected:
*Lit SQs, Unit 7

Returned:
*TSL Test
*TSL Bio Poem
*Lit SQs, Unit 7

In Class:
BellRinger:  Pre-Reading Worksheet/Mockingbird; lively class discussion on primary societal issues of the Mockingbird era (and those issues that are still prevalent today.)
Writing/Research Paper:  Detailed discussion on next phase of research paper–Outline.  See RP Outline Guide link above for more details.
Literature: Interactive YouTube presentation on Unit 7/Fireside Poets; discussion of “Snow-Bound”, focusing on poetic elements of personification, similes, metaphors, etc.
Novel (Mockingbird):  Brief character intro:  Jean Louise “Scout” Finch

Weekly Work:
*Happy Spring Break!

2/28:
Collected:
*Lit SQs (pp. 148-175)
*Research Paper Check:  Thesis Statement

Returned:
*Lit SQs (pp. 133-147 & 148-175)

In Class:
BellRinger:  Study for novel test
Novel (TSL):  Test
Research Paper:  Mrs. Tracie reviewed and provided editing/wordsmithing suggestion for student’s thesis statements.
Literature:  Discussion of Poe’s “Annabel Lee”, students also worked through stations with focus questions for the poem; In addition, they created an original “I Am” poem, from Poe’s perspective.
Novel (Mockingbird):  Introductory notes over “Mockingbird”

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

 

 

2/21:
Collected:
*Lit SQs (pp. 133-147)
*Signed off on RP Notecard Check #2

In Class:
*BellRinger: Scarlet Letter Crossword (good review for test)
*Novel:  TSL test format and review, chronological event sort. Study guide and essay topic choices provided.
*Research:  Discussed weak and strong thesis statements. Completed a partner activity of sorting theses into categories and identifying their problems.

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda – thesis for research paper should be written on page 9 of packet for grading

2/14:
Collected:
*Lit SQs (pp. 117-132)
*Bio Poem

Returned:
*Lit SQs (pp. 117-132)
*Tragic Flaw presentation rubrics
*”Hester” diary entry

In Class:
*BellRinger: Journal (compare and contrast Dimmesdale and Chillingworth); interactive class discussion
*Progress Reports will be e-mailed this week (website will be updated to reflect when PRs have been sent), make sure you have purchased your copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird” (TKAM) and the accompanying Progeny Press study guide; Notecard check #2 next week (2/21)
*Novel:  TSL discussion groups on the following topics:  Internal conflict (Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl), conflict with self, conflict with nature (health and cycle of life), conflict of human nature.
*Literature:  Discussion of Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “The Burning of Our House”.

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

 

 

2/7:
Collected:
*Literature SQs (pp. 92-116)
*Research Paper:  Notecard Check #1
*Journal Entry (BellRinger)

Returned:
*Literature SQs (pp. 92-116)

In Class:
*
BellRinger:  Journal Entry–Mind of Hester perspective
*Novel:  Notes over Character Bio poem assignment, due 2/14–handout provided
*Novel:  Student gave their personal “tragic flaw” presentations.  The creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by the students is to be commended.

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
*Character Bio poem, due 2/14 (see above)
*For now, there will be no archetype, diamond poetry, interview, etc. assignments as reflected on the agenda.  Students made note of these changes in class today.

 

 

1/31:

No classes for the Tutorial. For next week:

-Be prepared to give personal letter presentations on 2/7 now. Don’t forget your planning page too.

-Follow your agenda for weekly work: pages 96-116 for literature (these study questions will be collected for grading), and read Chapters 16-19 and complete PP Study guide for The Scarlet Letter.

-Notecard Check #1 will still be on 2/7 (need 15 cards which can include source and info cards). Needs to be in correct MLA format. Use your handbook.

Research Paper Note Cards – notes from class to use as a guide

1/24:
Collected:
*Literature SQs, pp. 56-83

Returned:
*Literature SQs, pp. 56-83
*Flag Art and poem

In Class:
Bellringer:  Journal prompt–Guilt
Writing–Research Paper:  Mrs. Amy checked and approved research paper topics
Literature:  Discussion of Hawthorne’s “The Great Carbuncle”; students were separated into groups for character analysis and to determine what Hawthorne is trying to teach his reader through each character.
Writing–Research Paper:  Notes over note and source cards

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
*Students are to work on “Tragic Flaw” project  and presentation (Mock Interview is not due next week, and may be saved for a future assignment).

1/17:
Collected:
*Lit SQs (pp.. 33-55–Unit 3A)
*SL Pop Quiz, chapters 1-7

Returned:
*Lit SQs (pp.. 33-55–Unit 3A)
*SL Pop Quiz, chapters 1-7

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Quick write, Hawthorne quote and discipline v. punishment, good class discussion
*Writing:  Research Paper Packet was handed out, and Mrs. Amy went over it in details.  Students should have packet with them at every class meeting. Research Paper topic will be due 1/24**
*Literature:  Discussion of O. Henry’s short story, “The Cop and the Anthem”, students viewed a YouTube version starring Charles Laughton, discussion of various forms of irony including situational irony.  Students noted ironic elements in video clip and written story.  Notes over irony.
*Novel:  Pop quiz on Chapters 1-7 of SL; discussion of symbolism in opening chapters of our novel; Student assignment to create their own “Scarlet Letter” based on a personal flaw, accompanied by a brief anecdotal explanation, to be presented in class on 1/31.  Presentation should include prep sheet (provided today) and the Letter itself.; Mrs. Amy gave out a list of SL symbols, students broke into partner groups, and began to work through the list of SL symbols.  Symbols list will be completed in class next week.

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes/Updates:
*Research Paper:  Packet contains updated due dates (Agenda should not be consulted for those due dates as it is incorrect)
*Novel:  Original Scarlet Letter presentation, 1/31
*Research Paper:  Topic due 1/24

 

1/10:
Collected:
*Writing:  Flag poem
*Literature: Unit 2 SQs

Returned:
*Literature, Unit 2 SQs

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Ethics worksheet (students then swapped papers, and wrote a diplomatic and gracious response, whether disagreeing and agreeing.
*Writing:  Research Paper–upcoming January 24 Research Workshop at Union (RSVP by January 13).
*Literature:  Discussion of Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”–use of humor and exaggeration.  Mrs. Amy showed a fun video about an actual Jumping Frog competition in Calaveras County, TX.  Students answered questions regarding the competition.
*UU Writing Competition details were provided to students who will be participating
*LA10-11 Honors:  Mrs. Tracie provided info about the Spring 2023 semester of Honors.  This semester’s novel will be “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

1/3:
*No items were collected or returned today

In Class:
*BellRinger:  “Holiday Highlights”
*Course Procedures:  Mrs. Amy handed out the SPR 2023 agenda, and went over how to format Literature study questions (SQs).  When submitting a SQ assignment, students should:
1.  Label with name/date/class
2.  Provide page numbers for each set of questions (For example:  pp. 23-29, #1-4)
3.  Write legibly or type assignment
*Literature (Poetry): Discussion of “America for Me” and “The Flag Goes By”; students compared and contrasted both poems using a graphic organizer.
*Novel:  Notes over historical context, religious culture, and social hierarchy; discussion of The Scarlet Letter’s (SL) preface, The Customs House

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
*Students should compose an original poem about America, with the following criteria:
1.  Use flag handout provided as a template
2.  Poem needs a title
3.  After writing poem, flag should be colored and cut out
4.  Due 1/10

Before our class resumes on January 3: 

1.Read “The Custom House” of The Scarlet Letter 

2. Read English Literature book, Unit 1

***No study guide or literature questions need to be completed over break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/13:
Collected:
*College Essay

Returned:
*”I Am” poem
*VQ, Lessons 15-16

In Class:
*Coffeehouse and Poetry/Prose Reading–ask your students for the fun and festive details!

12/6:
Collected:
*”I Am” poem
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #16
*Intro Paragraph:  College Essay
*Annotated Essay Notes: College Essay examples

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #16
*Intro Paragraph:  College Essay
*Annotated Essay Notes: College Essay examples
*”Before You Became” poem

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Christmas Word Search
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 15-16
*”Making a Difference” Service Project update
*Writing:  Interactive PowerPoint on College essay featuring college essay bloopers.  Mrs. Tracie provided feedback on Essay Introductions.
*Writing:  “I Am” poem–several students had an opportunity to share their poems.  Mrs. Amy also gave some pointers on what the student readings and presentations should look like next week.

Weekly Work:
*College essay due next week (12/13)
*Students signed up to bring items for our Christmas party

LA10-12 2023 Spring Agenda  –  This is the basic outline for your fall 2022 semester in LA10/12. This will allow you to be organized and prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home. Copies will be provided for students.

Academic Calendar 22-23 – school calendar

Language Arts 10-12 22-23 – students must come prepared for class the first day with all necessary materials. They will receive a supply grade on the first day of school.

Secondary Language Arts Course Policy – please read and familiarize yourself with our class policies before the year begins. Print and sign the last page for the first day of class. Keep the policy sheets in your binder for quick reference.

Faith Secondary Schedule 22-23 – times and days that each class meets.

If you have any questions, you can email the instructor at uuangel@yahoo.com or the assistant at tracie.barnard@gmail.com. Please allow 24 hours for a response.