"I'm entirely interested in people, and also other creatures and beings, but especially in people, and I tend to read them by emotional field more than anything. So I have a special interest in what they're thinking and who they are and who's hiding behind those eyes and how did he get there, and what's the story, really?"
Alice Walker

There is power in a story. Unbelievable power. One single story has the ability to make a listener cry, laugh, scream, smile, beg, hug, or even run away. We connect through stories. Throughout this year, we are going to explore the history of stories, how they are developed, and the strength they contain. We will read. We will write. And we will speak. We are going to deconstruct stories and then build new ones. Join us in our adventure.
 Welcome to 9th Grade English. 

In the first cycle, we are going to begin by learning about ourselves as independent writers and readers. We will assess our weaknesses and strengthens, so we can create goals that will carry us throughout high school. We will also establish routines and rituals, which will help your success in high school. Afterwards, we will look carefully at the parts of a story and how to critically read a story. We will then use these tools to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and write companion books that analyze the text. Essential questions concerning the impact of an individual on the community and society will guide our thinking. 

In the second cycle, we will develop key reading and writing skills by participating in literature circles. Students will be placed in small groups and together read a specific chosen text. During this time, we will also begin to develop our analytical writing with a special emphasis on paragraph structure and overall organization. We will learn to have group discussions and participate in Socratic Seminars, which ill lead us to ponder questions related to culture and society.

Finally, in the last cycle, we will begin with studying nonfiction articles and participating in a debate centered around the critical issues. We will write powerful arguments that showcase our personal voice. We will then transition into studying and creating poetry to tell our personal story and showcase the power of our individual voice.  

Assessments, paper topics, and Google documents are located on the class Google Classroom account


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