English 9


I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.

-JK Rowling

Welcome to English 9!images-for-gt-stack-of-books-cartoon-black-and-white

In English 9, students will continue to study the wondrous  and beautiful  art form known as Literature.  Genres include poetry, drama, short stories, non-fiction and narrative/memoir-style essays, and (of course!) the novel.  Students will also further develop the skills of reading (thinking and forming meaning) and writing (organizing and expressing ideas).

BIG IDEAS in English Language Arts

  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • Exploring text and story helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.
  • Developing our understanding of how language works allows us to use it purposefully.
  • Texts are created for different purposes and audiences.
  • Synthesizing the meaning from different texts and ideas helps us create new understandings.
Curricular Competencies for English 9
Using oral, written, visual, and digital texts, students are expected individually and collaboratively to be able to:

Comprehend and connect

  • Access information and ideas for diverse purposes and from a variety of sources and evaluate their relevance, accuracy, and reliability
  • Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking
  • Recognize and appreciate how different forms, structures, and features of texts reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages
  •  Think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts
  • Recognize and identify the role of personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives in texts
  • Recognize how language constructs personal, social, and cultural identity
  • Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world
  • Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways
  • Understand how literary elements, techniques, and devices enhance and shape meaning
  • Recognize an increasing range of text structures and how they contribute to meaning
  • Recognize and appreciate the role of story, narrative, and oral tradition in expressing First Peoples’ perspectives, values, beliefs, and points of view
  • Develop an awareness of the diversity within and across First Peoples’ societies represented
    in texts
  • Exchange ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking

Create and communicate

  •  Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful literary and informational texts for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Assess and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness, and impact according to purpose, audience, and message
  • Use an increasing repertoire of conventions of English spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Classroom Assessment and Evaluation:

Assessment is the process of gathering evidence about what a student knows, understands, and is able to do.  Letter grades will be assigned to final assessments according to the following scale.

  • A=86-100
  • B=73-85
  • C+=67-72
  • C=60-66
  • C-=50-59
  • F=0-49

Term Weighting

Summative Assessments – 90%

Independent Reading – 10%

  • I Reports, if needed, will be distributed mid-term as progress reports.