The ninth-grade student will make planned oral presentations independently and in small groups.
Knowledge of the impact that informative/persuasive techniques in media messages make on
public opinion will be introduced. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with
attention to connotations, idioms, and allusions. Knowledge of literary terms and genres will be
applied in the student’s own writing and in the analysis of literature. The student will be
introduced to significant literary texts. Increased requirements for research and reporting in all
subjects will be supported by the use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and other
media. Students will cite sources of information using a standard method of documentation. The
student will distinguish between reliable and questionable sources of information. Writing will
encompass narrative, expository, and persuasive forms for a variety of purposes and audiences.
The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying
grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.
This year, there are seven books/plays/novels we plan on incorporating into the English 9 curriculum. They are:
*To Kill a Mockingbird
*Lord of the Flies
*Romeo and Juliet
*One Thousand One Nights
Mr. Steve and I teach English 9 during the 8th block of the day. We will, at times, join the classes together for round robin reading or small group activities. We look forward to a great year of learning from our 9th grade students!
Weeks of January 31st - March 3rd
During this period, students will be reading J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, "The Hobbit". We will be listening to the audio of the book as we read along. At the end of each chapter, students will be required to answer comprehension questions. If a student is absent, they are required to listen to the audio version of the chapter/s they missed. The audio version of the book can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VeDikg1n10
After we finish the book, we will watch the movie. We will then write an essay related to the book. This essay will be done in class, but students will also need to work on it at home.
9.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of literary texts including narratives, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
a) Identify author’s main idea and purpose.
Week of January 9-13 and 16-20
b) Summarize text relating the supporting details.
c) Identify the characteristics that distinguish literary forms.
d) Use literary terms in describing and analyzing selections.
e) Explain the relationships between and among elements of literature: characters, plot, setting, tone, point of view, and theme.
f) Compare and contrast the use of rhyme, rhythm, sound, imagery, and other literary devices to convey a message and elicit the reader’s emotion.
g) Analyze the cultural or social function of a literary text.
h) Explain the relationship between the author’s style and literary effect.
i) Explain the influence of historical context on the form, style, and point of view of a written work
j) Compare and contrast author’s use of literary elements within a variety of genres.
k) Analyze how an author’s specific word choices and syntax achieve special effects and support the author’s purpose.
l) Make predictions, inferences, draw conclusions, and connect prior knowledge to support reading comprehension.
m) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.
Happy New Year! To begin the new year, students will begin a unit on grammar. We will go through sentences, sentence structure, error correction, parts of speech, punctuation, and tenses. This unit should help students with the writing process. Each student will be responsible for an essay related to the book, "The Odyssey", which we recently completing reading in class. The essay assignment comes with a rubric students can use to monitor their progress. Then, our next reading assignment will be "One Thousand One Nights". We look forward to this novel!
The student will self- and peer-edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization,
punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
a) Use and apply rules for the parts of a sentence, including subject/verb,
direct/indirect object, and predicate nominative/predicate adjective, and
b) Use parallel structures across sentences and paragraphs.
c) Use appositives, main clauses, and subordinate clauses.
d) Use commas and semicolons to distinguish and divide main and subordinate
e) Distinguish between active and passive voice.
f) Proofread and edit writing for intended audience and purpose.
Week of November 14th and 22nd
. Please click on link to open Lesson Plans for week of November 14th, and know that the same lessons will extend into the 2 days we are in school the following week, November 21st and 22nd.
Week of October 24-28
Please click on the link to see full lesson plans for the week.
Weeks of October 10th, 17th, and 24th
During the next few weeks, students will finish their first test on their first novel, "Lord of the Flies". We have finished reading the book, and we will watch the movie. Then, we will begin reading "The Most Dangerous Game". This story is right out of our English 9 textbook. We will compare and contrast this read to "Lord of the Flies". We will also be answering comprehension questions related to the story.
The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of literary texts including narratives, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and drama.