In the 9th grade, students in language arts will focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will become independent readers, gaining confidence and analytic skills while selecting reading material that appeals to them. When analyzing and evaluating various forms of literature students will strive to explain how they relate to what they are reading and how a story can impact one’s life. Drawing on prior knowledge and learned concepts, students will evaluate the perceived message, or theme, communicated by the author.
* Students will be able to explain how the conflict in a piece of literature escalates toward a climax, and will draw conclusions as to the resolution of that conflict. Literature selection include short stories, novels, and plays written by authors such as Hemingway, Poe, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, and more! The conflicts faced by fictitious and historical characters challenge students to make inferences as to the root of the conflict. In addition, students will evaluate a character’s reaction and the subsequent consequences.
*While analyzing poetry for its perceived meaning, readers in 9 English will gain a deeper understanding of the poetic form and be challenged to create poetry of their own.
*Students will evaluate the structure of a tragedy. They will recognize how a flaw in the main character, or how outside forces lead to a downfall for that character. Finally, the hero cycle will provide the framework for understanding Homer’s Odyssey and Jason and the Golden Fleece.
Via literature and the Internet, each student will travel into the past, future, and around the globe without leaving room 11 !!
Points of Interest
Short story analysis, poetry unit, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, independent reading, EDP maintenance through Career Cruising, essay writing, vocabulary study.
Grading and Expectations
Your grade will be based on two things. First, 80% of your grade is based on your performance on assigned projects, essays, quizzes and various other daily assignments. The second part (20%) is calculated from your Accelerated Reading accomplishment.
Late work will be graded down. Sometimes an incomplete is needed to complete work or reading in order to pass the marking period. In such cases the student has two weeks from the last day of the marking period to complete the missing work or reading. An incomplete will be given only to students who demonstrate a consistent attempt to do their best and therefore may need more time. This can be demonstrated by seeking help when needed and generally using class time constructively.
I typically arrive at school at about 7:00 and leave at about 3:30. I look forward to scheduling extra time to meet any needs you might have.