English 9 Course Description:
Length/Credits: 2 semesters/2 credits
Open to: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Literature instruction focuses on opportunities to respond critically, reflectively and imaginatively to World Literature, including major authors and cultures from Europe, America, Ancient Greece, Asia and other world civilizations. Students will read and experience various literary genres such as short stories, dramas, poetry, epic poetry, novels, and essays. Students will distinguish how each genre contributes to the message from the author.
The composition component of language arts provides students with opportunities to write for various audiences and purposes. Students identify and employ various elements of good writing in well-organized descriptive, expository, persuasive and narrative writings. The study of grammar, usage and language mechanics is integrated into the study of writing. Students are encouraged to use Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines in their compositions.