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 starting the year with Jack Schaefer's classic Western Shane. A unit calendar with all reading and writing assignments will be made available once we begin novel. Until then, students should familiarize themselves with the course syllabus.
In 8th grade, we start the year with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. As we study one of America's most famous writers, students experiment with a variety of composition mediums: letters, expository papers, five paragraph essays, and personal narratives. To view the calendar with a complete list due dates for this unit, click here.
Click the link to view the course syllabus.
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.
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 thirteenth 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.