English 9 Ms. Ash
Course Outline 2017-2018
Welcome to English 9! I invite you to take charge of your learning as you become more experienced thinkers, readers, writers, and speakers! Whether you have or have not heard about the new Common Core Standards, they have added a bit more complexity to an already exciting English curriculum! I have added more expository text to your reading, added more close readings of textual material, and added an approach to writing that will help you to analyze the structure in addition to the meaning behind an author’s craft! As in the past, you will also get a chance to create, to question, to use technology, and to present your knowledge with thought and skill!
My passion and mission is to help you think of yourselves as writers and readers, which in the real world, you are already! If you want to improve, then you practice. You know more than you think, and you will discover more to take with you to tenth grade! I am excited to begin the year, so here is information that will help us to begin together:
“EVERYBODY IS A READER” Donalyn Miller
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” W. Somerset Maugham
Again, to become a happy reader you must give the printed word a chance to interest and to entertain. It doesn’t matter where you are or think you are as a reader --you can count on becoming comfortable with practice. There are strategies that we will use to help.
Our Librarian at John Jay, Mrs. Hooper, is a resource beyond compare; in addition to being a great person, she will LOVE to help you find your reading self! While we begin with Summer Reading, that is only a tiny part of your reading experience!
Pieces we will examine may include but are not limited to:
Varied and multiple Short Stories; Edgar Allan Poe-short stories, poems;
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Odyssey by Homer; The Little Prince by
Antoine De Saint-Exupery; The Miracle Worker by William Gibson; Beowulf by
Seamus Heaney; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Poetry by various
artists; Speeches by various authors; Many interesting Narrative and
Expository pieces; Independent Reading Selections; Shared Student Works
We will vary the way we read: teacher read; audio tapes; sustained silent reading; group work; student read; partner reads, and much independent reading. Over the course of the year, texts may be added to the curriculum! You will learn from what we read when you examine the author’s craft!
We are all writers! Some of us know that, and some of us think that writing is a punishment! You need to be heard! Your voice needs to take a stand and show your feelings and truths. Writing, like reading, is not always easy; but, it can be fun when you give it a chance. We will write in many different forms for many different reasons, and your voice (if it hasn’t already) will begin to emerge. You are cordially invited to surprise yourself. Digital writing will be included in your collection!
So, get ready to grow as a reader, a thinker, a writer, and as a person. You will be surprised at how much you learn this year! Good Luck, and Be All That You Can Be!