English 9 Curriculum

English 9 Curriculum Introduction
Intent of Curriculum: This 9th grade online curriculum is intended to support teachers in their transition to the Common Core, wherever they may be in that journey. For some, it will serve as an example or template, for others it may be a place to locate relevant non-fiction literature and close reads. Teachers may use it as an addition to the Common Core curriculum that they have already created; teachers can utilize it as the base of their instruction as well. As a living document, this curriculum can always be enhanced, updated, and revised; therefore, it serves as an excellent tool for teachers to collaborate across the district and remain relevant in constantly changing world. Teachers are encouraged to contribute to the online curriculum in a continuous cycle and in all phases from editing to curriculum writing.
Brief Outline of the Course: This online course will expose students to important and increasingly complex fiction and nonfiction literature, including a variety of relevant informational texts. Instruction in close reading and other reading strategies will be emphasized, and students will learn to conduct text-based analysis of literature. Student will identify: intended audiences, author’s purpose, and various literary devices in order to discern the text’s primary message. Students will learn to compose narrative, and evidence based expository, persuasive, and response to literature essays. Students will gain research skills, and successfully utilize technology to strengthen their insight of issues in order to generate and publish texts, and communicate with peers effectively. Students will gain effective oral communication and presentation skills. Throughout all lessons and assignments students will focus on academic vocabulary and grammar. Students are required to study, contemplate and solve real and contemporary world issues and problems throughout the units of study.
Course Objectives: The objective of English 9 is to introduce students to a diversity of texts, writing and oral communication opportunities, and exposure to and use of contemporary technology so students will be able to:
checkmarkDevelop the necessary skills and master the content stipulated by the Common Core in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language.
checkmarkCreate meaning from grade level texts and read for understanding of basic content meaning, as well as ambiguity, and inference.
checkmarkGain the reading skills necessary to tackle and master increasingly difficult texts and to comprehend the literary devices, treatment, range, and organization of concepts by comparing similarities and differences between different modes of literature and art.
checkmarkCompare texts sharing a similar theme and analyze and compare the ways in which the theme is developed in each text.
checkmarkBe exposed repeatedly and expected to use and understand academic vocabulary in order to access more complex texts across academic disciplines.
checkmarkDevelop and continue to expand writing abilities with formal writing requirements such as research papers, expository, persuasive, and narrative essays, speeches, and presentations, with a significant focus on writing from sources and providing text based answers and evidence.
checkmarkCreate research questions and claims, and use both digital and non-digital sources to solve.
checkmarkImplement the appropriate writing techniques when writing the different essays; create a thesis that answers a specific prompt and works toward proving an original theme.
checkmarkBuild digital literacy through using various forms of technology, media, and web tools to write/create, publish and produce their own writing, conduct research and evaluate information, collaborate and communicate effectively with peers.
checkmarkContinue to develop strong knowledge and understanding of language conventions such as verbs, adverbs, active vs. passive voice, prepositions, sentence types, etc.


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