Honors English 9

Please note, this assignment is NOT for students enrolled in the P-TECH program. If you in P-TECH, go here.

Please follow the below directions and bring all materials to the first day of class. If you have any questions over this assignment, please feel free to contact our Honors English 9 teachers- Mrs. Jenifer Dunbar dunbar-jennifer@svvsd.org, and Erin Woltkamp woltkamp_erin@svvsd.org. 

Directions: Choose a novel to read from this Honors and AP Reading List.  

Once you have completed the reading, choose ONE of the topics below to write a well-developed five-paragraph essay/analysis over the novel you read.

  1. One of the most revealing types of conflict occurs when a character’s inner struggles are resolved at great personal price.  Often, the character learns a lesson, but too late to help him/her or another character. Explain how, in the work that you read, a character struggles, yet learns a lesson due to his/her struggles.
  1. Often in literary works, authors choose a physical object that takes on a special significance in the work and becomes a symbol of something beyond itself. Show how, in the work that you read, the author uses a symbol to convey an important meaning. In your essay, focus on the symbol and what it symbolizes. Be sure to discuss how the author uses it to convey a message to readers. You may choose three important symbols from the novel, or you may choose to elaborate on one symbol in all three body paragraphs.


Essay Scoring Guidelines:

  • Essay is typed, double-spaced and in Times New Roman font.
  • An attention grabber is used in the introductory paragraph that urges the reader to continue; i.e., makes the reader think, shocks the reader, puts the reader on edge, etc.
  • A background/summary is included in the introduction that gives the reader a better context for the thesis statement.
  • The thesis statement is clear and follows the formula (TOPIC + OPINION = THESIS STATEMENT)
  • Include at least TWO pieces of textual evidence within your body paragraphs that is clearly introduced (references the book, author/character, page #, etc.), and is clearly explained. 
  • Transitions are used. 
  • Different sentence variations are used.
  •  The conclusion relates the evidence back to the thesis statement and concludes the essay.
  • Conventions are used correctly (proper spelling, punctuation, grammar) so that your writing is easy to understand.