English 9 Honors
  • English 9 Honors 

    Course Description

    The ninth grade course is an overview of literature across the major genres (short story, novel, poetry, drama, epic poetry, and literary nonfiction). Each unit focuses on a literary element, such as characterization and point of view. In classroom discussions, students further investigate philosophical and literary questions that arise in the texts. Students compose personal narratives, persuasive essays, and literary analyses.  Grammar is incorporated with the writing assignments.  In addition to discussing and writing about works, students practice research skills and analyze speeches. By the end of ninth grade, students are prepared for focused literary study: expanded genre study in grade 10, American literature in grade 11, and world literature in grade 12.

    Adapted from Common Core, Inc.


    Course Text or Student Materials:

    Holt McDougal Literature, Grade 9

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Excerpts from The Odyssey by Homer


    Supplemental Novels and Plays

    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare

    The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    A Separate Peace by John Knowles

    Coming of Age Anthology

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

    Night, Elie Wiesel