English 9

I team-teach ninth grade with several enthusiastic professionals: Mr. Baese, who teaches American History for our team, Mrs. Baese, who teaches Earth Science , and Ryan Fisher, who teaches several math courses.

Course Description:

English 9 is a part of the ninth grade curriculum which has been designed to integrate the core disciplines for a greater impact for students. The natural relationship between history and English that has been taught for over a dozen years as American Studies will continue to combine U.S. history from 1877 to present and ninth grade English, giving students opportunities to learn in ways that generate greater understanding and application of material. Adding science and math will benefit students by incorporating the other core classes to make even more connections between material.  During larger lessons and projects students may spend an entire four-hour block on one subject or project. This new approach offers greater versatility for teachers and students while maintaining the rigorous curriculum that has been so successful for such a long time at DHS.

The English component of the freshman year is called English 9 and directly relates to the historical era being covered. For example, all of the novels that students will be required to read revolve around plots specific to the historical era. Here is a list of novels and units of study for the year:

  • Introduction to literature, narrators, and short stories (Immigration, Industrialism, the Westward Movement, treatment of Native Americans, etc.)
  • The Jungle  (excerpts)
  • Of Mice and Men--Essay Workshop #1
  • Edgar Allan Poe stories. Creative Writing: Scary Story (Halloween)
  • Power and Pride Simulation
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (excerpts), WWI Poetry-Wilfred Owen--In Class Essay/Essay Workshop #2
  • Poetry: Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, et al.)   
  • Out of the Dust (Journal assignment)     
  • To Kill A Mockingbird--Essay Workshop #3
  • Research and Basics in MLA style
        Turning Point Battles of World War II Detailed Outline
  • Maus I and Maus II, Night--Essay workshop #4
  • The Crucible--In Class Essay
  • Poetry: The Beatniks
  • Science Fiction Short Stories
  • Rosenberg Trial Simulation
  • The Civil Rights Movement non-fiction articles
  • Fallen Angels--Essay Workshop #5
  • Research Essay using MLA format on current American historical events
  • Romeo and Juliet

English 9 will also focus heavily on essay composition, grammar, sentence structure, syntax, vocabulary, and critical thinking. Students will complete 10 units comprised of vocabulary, grammar, and diction. Throughout the course of the year students will be required to write several take home research essays as well as in class essays.

The calendar below will be updated frequently to keep students and parents informed of current assignments and due dates.

Mr. Parker's English 9 Calendar


Ċ Calendar for freshies.pdf
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Ċ E9 Practice Exam Sem 1.pdf
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Ċ E9 Review Semester 1 2012.pdf
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Ċ English 9 syllabus 2103-14.pdf
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Ċ IU2013-14AndrewParkerIndividualE9(2).pdf
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