Prerequisite: English Faculty Recommendation
This course is designed to help students develop their critical reading and analytic writing skills, build their vocabularies, enhance their understanding of grammar, and broaden their research skills. Students analyze literature by type: short story, novel, literary journalism, poetry, the epic, nonfiction, and memoir. There is particular focus on themes related to identity and tolerance as ninth grade is often a time when young adults begin to truly explore who they are and what is important to them. Major core works include Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Homer’s Odyssey, Nikki Grimes’ Bronx Masquerade, and Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Students are expected to regularly contribute to class discussions and participate in class activities. Students also complete a substantial research paper as well as several independent reading projects throughout the year.
This class assumes that students are independent learners who can work with limited teacher support. Students are advanced and enthusiastic readers who can make inferences, draw connections, and comprehend texts with sophisticated themes and vocabulary at a fairly fast pace. Students’ expository and narrative writing demonstrates a strong familiarity with the rules of grammar, mechanics, spelling and sentence/paragraph structure.