Miss Mary Lambert
480-345-2306 ext 215
JH Literature and Composition
Freshman World Geography
Creative Writing, Senior Elective
JH Student Council Co-Advisor
Literature and Composition 7&8
In 7th grade, we are reading The Pearl John Steinbeck. As we read one of America's most beloved writers, students are writing research papers on the lives of American authors. To view this assignment and its due dates, click here. To see a calendar of all reading due dates for The Pearl, click here.
In 8th grade, students are reading a novel of their choice with a group of peers. Within each group, students take turns leading the book discussions. This trimester, students also complete the 8th grade project, which includes a research paper and a ten to fifteen minute presentation. For a complete calendar of assignments and due dates associated with this trimester, click here. Please note: Some changes were made to the May calendar. The updated version has now been posted to the website. If you printed off a version of this calendar prior to May 1st, you may want to print an updated version.
World Geography 9
9th grade World Geography is a one trimester survey course. Most of the material comes from lectures given in class, and students should plan to spend ten minutes each evening studying their maps and notes. Otherwise, there is very little homework. We will spend approximately two weeks on each continent. World Geography is not taught in the third trimester.
Creative Writing is an elective for seniors. Students experiment with flash fiction and short stories before designing a final project. The final project is a substantial sample of each student's work as a creative writer. For more information or to view a list of due dates for the current trimester, click here.
I have been teaching since I was two years old. My first class was made up of stuffed animals and a Bert doll-- my favorite character on Sesame Street at the time. In 4th grade I saved up 100 orange tickets (orange tickets were given to students for doing well on homework assignments, having no tardies for the week, etc.) and instead of buying candy bars or pretty erasers for five tickets apiece, I chose to be "Teacher for the Day." In junior high I helped teach Sunday school, and in high school I volunteered at Tarwater Elementary School . In college I majored in English (since writing is another of my lifelong loves) and minored in education and history.
I was so happy when I was offered a position as the junior high Literature and Composition teacher at JMPS: it was as if someone took all of my favorite things and combined them into the perfect job! This is my eleventh year at James Madison and, other than Literature and Composition, I teach 9th grade World Georgraphy and a senior elective. I also have the privilege to work with the outstanding members of my homeroom.
When I am not grading essays, I spend way too much money at Ann Taylor LOFT. I also love to travel, watch movies, play Settlers of Catan, and read books. Some of my favorite books are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, and Persuasion by Jane Austen.
In addition to being an avid reader, I also enjoy writing. In July 2014, I graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My debut novel, Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes, was published by Scholastic in February 2017.