The goal of this course is to establish significant growth in all language arts skills by building upon prior knowledge from previous years. In English 9, students will survey several important works of literature and focus intensely on the writing process beginning with sentence construction. Students will complete interest-based book reports and nonfiction article projects. Reading comprehension, vocabulary development, oral communication, discussion, and utilization of technological skills will be applied in an effort to build lifelong learners confident in their use of creative and critical thinking skills.
Students 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. Students will continue development of vocabulary. 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.
Book reports/Projects- 30%
Required Supplies (to bring every day to class)
- Binder or section in a binder indicated by a divider
*Each binder or section should have the following sub-sections: Review Sheets, Vocabulary, Reading & Writing.
- Spiral notebook OR loose-leaf paper
- Flash Drive (can share with other classes) OR reliable internet access and access to Google Docs
- Free-reading book