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Ninth Grade Courses

HONORS ENGLISH 9

Honors English 9 is an accelerated survey of literature, grammar, composition and vocabulary study. Emphasis is placed on word choice (authors' styles and students' styles) and mature writing and thinking. This course is for excellent readers who are independent, self-reliant and highly motivated. An I-Search is the culminating activity. Summer reading and writing, due on the first day of class, are required of all who enroll in this honors course.

ACADEMIC ENGLISH 9

Academic English 9 is a full year course that challenges the student to expand, refine and explore the areas of literature, grammar, writing, speaking and listening. Through units devoted to the active reading of poetry, short stories, novels, nonfiction and drama, the student thinks and participates in discussions about himself/herself and the society in which he/she lives. Students will learn the basic components of research and begin a sequential vocabulary program that emphasizes the development and refinement of traditional English skills. All 9th grade academic students are required to complete an acceptable MLA based research project before moving on to their 10th grade English requirement. In addition, appropriate technology will be integrated into the curriculum of this course. The students are expected and encouraged to develop their skills each and every day with the emphasis upon mastery and success.

ENGLISH COMMUNICATIONS 9

Communications 9 is a full-year course that focuses on the continued development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using a variety of approaches. Through units devoted to the active reading of short stories, novels and drama, the student will participate in activities and discussions in order to comprehend and analyze literature. The students will also learn to communicate through written expression by composing multiple-paragraph compositions and an acceptable MLA based research project before moving on to their 10th grade English requirement. Students will utilize a sequential vocabulary program. Additionally, this curriculum integrates appropriate technology. The students are expected and encouraged to develop their skills each day with the emphasis upon mastery and success.

PUBLIC SPEAKING 
Semester
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Public Speaking is a required course for all students, held four days per week, designed to facilitate a student's individual improvement in formal and interpersonal oral communications, as well as to develop appropriate technology for varying occasions. Students will deliver a minimum of nine speeches of various lengths focused in the areas of information, persuasion, and oral interpretation. Assessments will be based on speech preparation and delivery based on a variety of occasions and audiences, appropriate delivery style, and meeting length requirements. Students will be prepared for success in all academic areas of study through the application of organizational, technical, research, and listening and speaking skills. Students will also develop and practice listening skills, peer evaluation, and self-evaluation.

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