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English 9 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
English 9 Part 1 introduces learners to elements of literature from classic to modern times using the genres of fiction and nonfiction. Through reading, learners will develop skills in literary analysis and interpretation by establishing knowledge of literary elements such as plot and setting, character, narrator and voice, tone and mood, and symbolism and irony. Learners will also gather knowledge regarding form, style, and persuasion within nonfiction works. Skills for strengthening vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics will be examined as well, and lessons focusing on the stages of the writing process will be evaluated. Learners will demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessments. These assessments will include an examination of setting and characterization, writing narratives, and writing a persuasive essay.
It is recommended that students successfully complete English 8 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

 Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine the elements of plot structure, including exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution.
  • Examine elements of plot such as conflict, flashback, and foreshadowing.
  • Create plot predictions using key elements of narrative.
  • Explore characters, characterization, and character motivation.  
  • Review the four stages of the writing process.  

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Review the types of narrator including omniscient, first-person, unreliable, and third-person limited.
  • Review author’s use of tone and voice.
  • Synthesize information from multiple sources and draw a conclusion.
  • Use active reading strategies, including making predictions, re-reading selections, reading aloud, and asking questions.
  • Analyze details to determine larger meanings in the text.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of symbolism and irony, allegory, and ambiguity.
  • Construct a final draft of an autobiographical narrative.

 Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Review different forms of nonfiction.
  • Analyze elements of style, including diction, tone, and mood.
  • Demonstrate active engagement with texts by analyzing an author’s purpose, visualizing, making generalizations, and paraphrasing elements of texts.
  • Review figurative language elements.
  • Modify writing by gaining a deeper understanding of sentence structure, fragments, complete sentences, complex sentences, and parallel structures.
  • Review the definition and features of functional documents.
  • Review the structure of informal letter writing.

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine persuasive techniques used by writers and evaluate arguments.
  • Analyze appropriate use of active and passive voice in writing.
  • Compose an original persuasive essay.
  • Review ways of combining sentences to improve writing.
  • Examine the use of parenthetical citations and create a Works Cited page following MLA guidelines.
  • Utilize public speaking strategies in a persuasive speech by creating a public service announcement.

 Course Materials

  • Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved