English 9

  • Course Description

    Students pursue a balanced literacy program with an emphasis on writing. Writing activities will be based on literature and non-fiction to provide a highly motivated curriculum. Students will receive instruction in the conventions of standard edited English and research techniques. Students will demonstrate the writing process, applying the process to composing texts in various genres including narrative/autobiographical, literary analysis, expository, and persuasive.

    Guaranteed Curriculum

    First Semester

    Reading Expectations:
    Summer Reading unit
    Three major units of study using a whole-class novel or textbook unit (i.e. 2 novels and 1 textbook unit OR 1 core text and 2 novels)
    Common assigned textbook unit from Pearson's My Perspectives: American Voices
    Outside Reading as assigned

    Writing Expectations:
    2 process piece essays, including personal narrative and informational/explanatory speech

    Second Semester

    Reading Expectations:
    Three major units of study using a whole-class novel or textbook unit (i.e. 2 novels and 1 textbook unit OR 1 core text and 2 novels)
    Common core text: Romeo & Juliet
    Common assigned textbook unit: Journeys of Transformation
    Outside Reading as assigned

    Writing Expectations:
    Persuasive essay
    Informative speech/Research project
    Literary Analysis essay
    Culminating project for outside reading