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English 9


Ninth grade English includes the study of literary forms in conjunction with the development of foundational language arts skills. Students examine characteristics and critical elements of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Drama. Students will develop and refine organization and clarity of expression in critical writing and personal essays, practice effective speaking and listening skills and study vocabulary, usage and writing mechanics. All ninth grade students will complete a comprehensive research assignment, the Freshman Research Paper, as a course requirement. Representative texts include Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Elie Wiesel’s NightAdditionally, all students in Grade 9 English will learn, practice and refine their understanding and application of the following grammatical concepts: Parts of Speech (review); Types of Sentences (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex); Fragments/Run-on Sentences; Punctuation Marks (commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes); Homophones (its/it’s, your/you’re, their/there/they’re, to/two/too).

Students enrolling in 9 Accelerated should be prepared for nightly reading assignments of 30-35 pages; in 9 Honors 20-25 pages; in 9 Standard 10-15 pages. Similarly, writing amounts vary by level.

For more information on the curriculum and major units, see the links below.