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Welcome to 9th grade English!
Freshmen Orientation Survey
END OF THE YEAR INFORMATION:
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Welcome to 9th grade English! This course is designed to expose you to the wonderful world of literature appreciation, writing proficiently, and speaking in front of an audience. We will cover short stories, poetry, drama and the novel. In addition, you will learn skills and techniques for the writing process, reading strategies, organizational skills, and collaborative projects to ensure success throughout high school and beyond.
ENGLISH 9 BIG IDEAS
- Written words communicate thought over time and distance
- Communication has the potential for power
- Reading, writing and speaking express self
- We read, write, view, listen and talk to make meaning of our existence.
Students will be able to:
- Define and analyze a variety of literary terms in short stories, novels, poems and essays.
- Write for different purposes and audiences.
- Actively read.
- Demonstrate research skills, while evaluating, using and citing sources according to MLA (Modern Language Association) standards.
- Develop the writing process and the knowledge and strategies needed for self and peer editing.
- Expand vocabulary.
- Understand and use basic grammar
- Develop an appreciation of literature
- Writing: Argument: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique written or spoken arguments and write arguments that support claims with reasoning and sufficient evidence.
- Writing: Informative/Explanatory: Students will be able to write informative/explanatory pieces to convey information and ideas accurately and clearly.
- Writing: Narrative:Students will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. (Honors only)
- Writing: Conventions: Students will be able to apply Standard English rules to communicate effectively.
- Vocabulary: Students will apply and acquire vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, writing, and the use of vocabulary strategies.
- Speaking and Listening: Students will demonstrate the ability to speak, listen and view effectively for a variety of purposes.
Growth & Development
- Writing: Process: Students will demonstrate the writing process.
- Reading Literacy Competency: Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print literary texts.
- Reading Informational Texts Competency: Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts, including texts for science, social studies, and technical subjects.