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 currently reading C.S. Lewis's classic fantasy novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. As students explore the kingdom of Narnia, they are also creating their own made-up world for the Kingdom Project. Because many students are already familiar with this novel, they have the opportunity to take over and run class in the Teacher for a Day assignment. To view a complete list of homework and reading assignments for this unit, click here.
In 8th grade, students are currently reading A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Because of the difficulty associated with a text written approximately four hundred years ago, we study this play at school, and there is no reading homework for this unit. Students will take a quiz over each act of the play, so they should spend some time studying their notes over each scene. In order to give students a greater familiarity with the works of Shakespeare, they have been assigned to create posters featuring different play. Click here for the current Literature and Composition project.
World Geography 9
9th grade World Geography is a 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.
Geography Current Homework
Use study guide and maps from class to prepare for the Asia test. Tentative test date is October 30th.
Creative Writing is an elective for seniors, which will be offered in the spring trimester.
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.