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Honors English Nine Overview

This course emphasizes reading, writing and oral communication skills. Students in English 9 (Honors) are expected to perform with a greater degree of analysis and self-direction than their counterparts in Regular English 9. The literature component focuses on short stories, nonfiction, novels, Greek mythology and Shakespearean drama. Major works may include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, and independent reading.

Students will master the multi-paragraph essay. Students will study elements of grammar, usage, and mechanics in correlation with their writing. The course incorporates research techniques, critical and creative thinking, logic and reasoning, and argumentation techniques for both written and oral communication.

TRIMESTER A

Literature and Writing

Research & Communication

Literary Elements/The Short Story
(4 Weeks)

Informational Texts
Writing Skills: Grammar, Usage, Mechanics & Style Semantic Map
One-Paragraph Structure

The Novel (6 Weeks)

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Ongoing

Writing Skills: Literary Analysis

Independent Reading & Journaling

Vocabulary & Language


Research Skills (1 Week)


Communication Skills
and Stage Fright

Knot Hole Speech

Academy of Achievement Speech

Ongoing

Small Group Academic Discussion

Online Discussion

Research

 

TRIMESTER B / C

Literature and Writing

Research & Communication

Literary Non-Fiction (2 Weeks)

Elie Wiesel's Night

Epic Poetry (2 Weeks)

Homer's The Iliad & The Odyssey


Shakespearean Drama (4 Weeks)

Romeo and Juliet

Ongoing

Writing Skills: Literary Analysis

Multi-Paragraph Structure

Independent Reading & Journaling

Vocabulary & Language

 


Research and Persuasion
(3 Weeks)

Persuasive Research Presentation

Oral Interpretation of Literature

Ongoing

Socratic Seminar

Small Group Academic Discussion

Online Discussion

 

 

 

Ongoing Units:

Barrons Vocabulary - (Weeks 1 - 12)

Grammar/Language Study

Independent Reading

Research - documentation, evaluate sources, summary and synthesis

Speaking - group discussions & individual presentations (impromptu)

Research & Persuasive Speech Objectives

  • to recognize the various issues and possible arguments inherent within any socio-political problem.
  • to recognize the various forms of evidence.
  • to acquire good habits of recording evidence properly.
  • to develop effective delivery techniques in the presentation of ideas.
  • to employ an effective arrangement of logic and reasoning in advancing arguments.
  • to understand the position of logical, emotional, and ethical appeals in a persuasive argument.