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English 9 Honors
* 1 composition book
* Loose-leaf paper
* Pens, pencils, markers, highlighters
* Jump drive
* 3 Glue Sticks
Reading/Analysis: Selected short stories,
Of Mice and Men,
Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths,
To Kill a Mockingbird,
Romeo and Juliet.
Writing: In-class and out of class writing will be assigned. Types of writing will include analytic, argumentative, research, creative, reflective, and timed. Since writing is a process, some assignments will require multiple revisions before receiving a final grade. Rubrics will be used to direct as well as assess writing assignments. 9th grade honors students are required to create writing portfolios. Analysis of their writing will be included in their final exam grade.
Grammar: According to the Virginia Standards of Learning, ninth graders “will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.” This year, students will review parts of speech and capitalization rules. Students will gain an understanding of: parallel structure, appositives, and types of sentences. Students will use commas and semicolons to distinguish and divide main and subordinate clauses.
Oral Language: Students will develop presentation skills and participate in oral readings of plays, short stories, novels, or poetry.
Vocabulary and Spelling: Words studied will usually be pulled from literature study. Frequent vocabulary homework, quizzes, and projects will be assigned to assure that new words are being acquired.
Grading: Students will earn points for completed homework assignments, quizzes, projects, and tests.