Miss Mary Lambert
480-345-2306 ext 215
Due to the current outbreak, we are unable to offer our normal office hours at this time. But I am happy to answer any and all questions via email.
JH Literature and Composition
Freshman World Geography
Creative Writing, Senior Elective
JH Student Council Co-Advisor
Literature and Composition 7&8
I miss seeing all of you in class! Until we can safely be together on campus again, we will be using a website called CommonLit in order to do the majority of the assignments for this class. You will need to sign up for the website, using the course code QQ4WKZ. Click here for more detailed instructions, regarding how to enroll on CommonLit. I will be checking my email frequently during school hours, so please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions about the assignments or if you run into any technical difficulties!
Please note: Your scores on the CommonLit assessments are different than your grade in this class. If you struggle on these multiple choice questions, do not worry. Just do your best and stay positive. Right now, your participation, effort, and good health are all that matter. Be safe, and thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we all navigate this unknown territory together.
In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever before to stay focused on the things that really matter. As such, we will begin our first ever digital section of Literature and Composition with a unit that asks, "How do we achieve happiness?"
Over this course of this unit, you will be assigned six texts. As you read each selection, fill out this graphic organizer. (You may either fill it out on a computer--for example, as a Word document--or you may print it out and write on a physical copy of the handout.) You will be using this graphic organizer next week when you write a short essay, so please fill it out as instructed!
ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 30TH
Bored From all the Social Distancing?
Read A Book, and Earn Extra Credit!
Extra Credit Opportunity for both 7th and 8th grade!
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.
Welcome, Creative Writers! Thank you for choosing to brave this course in the midst of a tumultuous final term of your senior year. I am so excited to be working with you. For the first couple of weeks, we will focus on shorter writing exercises before shifting into your final project. If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking my email regularly during school hours.
CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS FOR CREATIVE WRITING
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 fourteenth year at James Madison and, other than Literature and Composition, I teach 9th grade World Geography 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.