English 9 Part 2 covers the elements of literature from classical to modern times using forms such as short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and essays. Students will begin by studying poetry and analyzing the poems of several writers. While reading, students will study an assortment of poetic devices, including figurative language, tone, and diction. The main works selected for this course are the epic The Odyssey
and Shakespeare's drama The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
. Students will develop skills in literary analysis and interpretation, while also practicing strategies for strengthening vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics. Students will demonstrate knowledge of content through a variety of writing assignments, such as completing graphic organizers, writing an ending to a play, and creating an itinerary. The final unit of this course will focus on consumer and technical documents, as students will examine several real-world texts, including online resources and workplace materials. Students will display a mastery of these forms through learning activities and assessments, including quizzes, exams, projects, and essays.
It is recommended that students complete English 9 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Develop a deeper understanding of imagery, sensory details, and figurative language.
- Utilize rich imagery, sensory details, and figurative language in creative writing.
- Recognize different forms and types of poetry.
- Identify a variety of poetic structures: rhyme, rhythm, and meter.
- Demonstrate an understanding of literary devices and language found in poetry.
- Demonstrate comprehension of poetic works using paraphrasing and summarizing.
- Demonstrate comprehension of poetry and poetic elements by creating a poem.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Develop an understanding of the importance of author William Shakespeare through exposure to his biographical information, writings, techniques, writing styles, and theater.
- Identify the structures of drama including stage directions and elements of staging.
- Utilize active reading strategies to read difficult texts.
- Analyze poetic conventions and language found in Shakespeare’s work.
- Review Shakespeare’s use of poetry including blank verse, iambic meter, iambic pentameter, and couplets.
- Utilize elements of script to create a contemporary ending to Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Utilize pre-reading and anticipatory reading strategies to help build comprehension through challenging texts.
- Utilize active reading strategies to make inferences, determine author’s purpose, and create graphic organizers.
- Analyze elements of epics and myths.
- Analyze literary elements in challenging texts, including conflict, irony, imagery, epithets, theme, and alliteration.
- Utilize research to create real-life documents, such as an itinerary for a trip.
- Utilize MLA-citing guidelines to properly document researched information.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Review reading comprehension strategies in relation to consumer, public, workplace, and technical documents.
- Evaluate information and sources in relation to consumer, public, workplace, and technical documents.
- Review persuasive elements that are common arguments in speeches and writing.
- Review rhetorical devices used in speeches including allusion, metaphor, repetition, diction, and parallelism.
- Determine the purpose of various documents in relation to the consumer, the public, and the workplace.
- Create functional documents including a business letter and a FAQ document.
- Review forms of communication that rely on visuals and nonverbal delivery techniques.
- Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)
*Available as an iText course