This course concentrates on literary genres. Research skills are reinforced. Vocabulary is gleaned from literature and outside sources. Since students are grouped heterogeneously, major emphasis is placed on writing skills and grammar in the context of writing. A wide array of supplemental reading sources are considered as well as several major works, and four student-choice selections. Character analysis studies from the various works are developed in expository essays. A Shakespearean unit is introduced featuring the tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
English 9 Honors
This course includes some core works taught in the English 9 classes; however, topics are studied in greater depth and enrichment is provided in the form of more extensive and mature literary selections. Critical evaluation of both fiction and non-fiction is stressed and student writing is generally expository, focusing on the character analysis. A wide array of supplemental reading sources are considered as well as several major works and four student-choice readings.