College Prep English 9
English 9 is a year-long course designed to involve students in the study and practice of language, literature, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will be introduced to classical and contemporary examples of literary genres: short story, autobiography, the novel, drama, poetry, and the essay. Vocabulary, literary terms, writing conventions, and essay writing are taught within this literature-based program. More emphasis is placed on analysis and writing skills. Students will build upon and improve skills learned in their middle school language arts courses and will work toward becoming better communicators on a variety of levels.
A few examples of core texts that students can expect to read are:
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Odyssey by Homer
Honors English 9
Honors English 9 is a rigorous course designed for the top-level freshmen who anticipate taking advanced placement classes in their junior and senior years. The year-long course includes an on-going study of vocabulary and grammar usage, with in-depth units on the short story, the novel, poetry, mythology, and drama. Extensive outside reading is required, as well as high-level analysis in writing.