English 9A and Honors English 9A
English/Honors English A
Short Stories (3 weeks)
The Odyssey (4 Weeks)
Library Skills/Debate ( 3-4 weeks)
Vocabulary Study - Orange Level D Units 1-5
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Honors 9 English vs English 9
Our Honors 9 Course is a learning experience distinguished from traditional coursework by higher academic expectations impacting both the teacher and the students. The Honors 9 course differs from the English 9 course in structure,content, and process/assessment. These three elements combine with inspired instruction and a collection of superior students to create a dynamic, interactive environment that fosters deep intellectual development.
In addition, Honors 9 provides students with a robust, engaging, and enriching experience. While students in English 9 and Honors 9 may read the same texts, Honors 9 students will constantly be asked to confront these sources in deep and meaningful ways, with an emphasis on important implications, as well as on relevant applications of the text to the world. While students in English 9 will focus on content and literary terms, Honors 9 students will be expected to move to critical analysis and synthesis skills.
Additionally, the Honors 9 curriculum expands beyond the English 9 curriculum: for example, students will read more independent texts, participate in a debate unit and employ academic writing journals.
For 9th Grade Course listing by class and teacher, click on "Teachers" in the left-hand green column.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS FOR 9TH GRADE
1. The student will apply a variety of strategies to expand vocabulary.
2. The student will understand, respond to, analyze, interpret, and evaluate a wide variety of fiction texts
3.Analyze and evaluate the relationship between and among elements of literature: character, setting, plot, tone, symbolism, rising action, climax, falling action, point of view, theme and conflict resolution.
4. The student will engage in a writing process with attention to audience, organization, focus, quality of ideas, and a purpose.
5. The student will understand and apply the components of a grammatically correct sentence.
6.The student will locate and use information in reference materials.
7.The student will critically analyze information found in electronic and print media, and will use a variety of these sources to learn about a topic and represent ideas.