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01001 English 9

Field of Study

English 9 is a survey course that covers all literary genres—novels, short stories, epic poetry, and drama—from around the world. In addition, the emphasis is placed on a variety of writing—persuasive, expository and research—as well as vocabulary and grammar.

Material Covered

Students will continue to build upon skills previously learned in earlier grades. There is a continued emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. In fiction texts, students will apply knowledge of literary terms and analyze a variety of genres. There will be an increased emphasis on nonfiction reading, and students will make inferences and draw conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence. 

Students will continue to expand vocabulary using the structural analysis of roots and affixes to understand complex words. 

Students will plan, draft, revise, and edit while writing in a variety of forms with an emphasis on analysis and persuasion while defending a position using counterclaims, reasons, and evidence from credible sources. The student will apply research techniques to analyze information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions and possible bias, citing both quoted and paraphrased information using MLA style. Writing will encompass narrative, expository, and persuasive forms for a variety of purposes and audiences. 

Students will demonstrate the correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of homework assignments, including vocabulary, required readings, discussion boards, writing, and quizzes. Students are expected to complete all course work according to the schedule posted by the instructor in a timely manner. Students should plan on several hours per week of work outside of the regular school day. All students must complete a final exam at the end of the course.


  • English 8 and a passing score on English 8 SOL (required)
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work without constant supervision.

Course Texts and Materials


  • No textbook
  • Other materials:
    • The Other Wes Moore
    • The House on Mango Street
    • Scorpions
    • Other short stories, poems, fiction, and nonfiction (links will be provided in course if possible)
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