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    Course Description
     
    English 9 Honors is an accelerated program for students who write very well and who read widely and incisively. This course is designed to help students develop and enhance skills in reading, writing, speaking, researching, and listening. In reading, emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary and improving comprehension through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. In writing, emphasis will be placed on developing rhetorical skills in persuasive, expository, and literary analysis essays. Activities may include oral reports, discussions, and a mini research project.
     
    English 9 Honors is a two-semester course, with a .5 credit value per semester. Freshmen take this course as their first year of high school English. If a student fails a semester of English, then the student will have to repeat that semester at a later time (i.e. sophomore year or summer school). To meet the state graduation requirement, this writing-intensive course must be met. 
     

      
    Units of Study
     
    First Semester:
    • Short Story Unit
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    • Oedipus Rex
    • Animal Farm
    Second Semester:
    • Poetry
    • Romeo & Juliet
    • Literature Circles: Identity Unit
     Essential Questions:
    How do we deal with stepping into the unknown?
    How does society respond to the dark side of human nature?
    How do one's choices impact others?
    Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?
     

     
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    Classroom Codes:
     
    1st Hour = knxzsoe
     
    2nd Hour = orxpm2p
     
    3rd Hour = qx4vb6r