9th Grade English

9th Grade English
Daily Goals for Each Student
 To learn something about yourself
 To learn something about the way the world
 To learn something about how language
Essential Questions
 Why is it important that we study art forms such as philosophy,
literature, art, and music in concert?
 How can studying the humanities help us to find our common
 How does a study of past art forms help us to understand our
modern world?
 Why is the “personal journey” a recurrent feature of myth, and how
do elements of myth manifest themselves in contemporary
literature? How does this speak to a sense of common humanity or
the common human experience?
 What is the relationship between our stories and our identities?
Units of Study
 Mini-unit on Intro to the Humanities
 Hero’s Quest (The Common Human Experience):
 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
 The Odyssey by Homer
 Night by Elie Weisel
 The Impact of Culture (The Significance of Situated
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Krik? Krak! By Edwidge Danticat
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Approach to Writing
 National Writing Project
Writing is a not only a means to express ideas, but a way to
GET ideas. (Writing is thinking!)
Good writing skills are not simply “natural” – they are learned.
All students can become more skillful writers if they are taught
the processes and techniques of quality writing.
Writing Improvement Logs (students should earn credit for
Approaches to Writing
Developing writers should regularly be exposed to quality
Developing writers should have diverse and frequent
writing experiences.
 Narratives
 Literary analysis essays
 Poetry
 Articles/news writing
 Multi-media projects
 Each marking period: 21% of total grade
 Writing 35%
 Tests 30%
 Quizzes 20%
 Homework 15%
 Authentic Assessment: 8% of total grade
 Final Exam: 8% of total grade
Equality vs. Equity
 Practice for assessments/reinforcement of concepts
 Agendas and Handouts on First Class
 No “daily” homework late (4 points or fewer)
Authentic Assessment
 “This I Believe” Essay
Based on “word of intention”
 A culmination of a year’s worth of analysis/exploration of
this personally meaningful word/idea
Examples: uncertainty, risk, companionship, commitment,
travel, education, beauty, acceptance, protest, etc.