English Language Arts 9 (4009) WV
Students engage in in-depth analysis of increasingly more complex literature, view that literature from its historical perspective, and connect it to other arts. They will write literary analyses, logical arguments, informational/explanatory texts, narratives, and focused research projects. These writing tasks will be both formal and informal. Additionally, they will engage in speaking and listening activities that use and incorporate media and technology. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will grow their vocabulary and their understanding of how to communicate effectively by making skillful choices when expressing themselves with language.CURRICULUM CONTENT AND SKILLS FOCUS:
- UNIT 1: SHORT STORY Students will gain a deeper understanding of common literary elements and evaluate narrator reliability, point of view, and characterization through research, writing, and an exchange of ideas in group discussions.
- UNIT 2: POETRY Students will examine poetic form, study poems from different eras and different cultures, as well as learn how to annotate poetry.
- UNIT 3: EPIC POETRY Students examine the question of what makes a hero through reading Homer’s Greek epic The Odyssey, research, and creation of an argumentative essay.
- UNIT 5: NOVEL Students will explore unifying themes as they read To Kill a Mockingbird. A study of various speeches illuminates the historical context of the novel.
- UNIT 6: LITERARY NONFICTION Students will read a variety of nonfiction forms, including autobiography, memoir, essay, and speech.
- UNIT 7: DRAMA Students will be introduced to ancient Greek and Elizabethan English drama, and compare and contrast the original Romeo and Juliet with a modern adaptation.