Syllabus for 9th Grade

Syllabus for 9th Grade English Selena Smith

Tests/Projects/Essays = 50%

Day book Checks/homework/quizzes = 50%

Tests on large works count twice such as Fahrenheit 451.


Cornell Notes

Costa’s Questions

Grammar – sentence structure, commas, fragments and run-ons

Connotation versus denotation

Literary elements such as 3 types of irony, oxymoron, figurative language, etc.

Short Stories:

          “The Most Dangerous Game”

          “My Shirt is for Church”

          “The Cask of Amontillado”

          “The Necklace”

          “A Christmas Memory”      


The Secret Life of Bees

Fahrenheit 451 – comprehension quizzes, lap book project, discussion, real-world application with designing an App creation activity.

 Bronx Masquerade

  • character study
  • create own character
  • write poem and narrative
  • -one pager poem analysis
  • analysis of other poems in the book
  • real-world connections addressing problems areas in teens


    Descriptive essay

    Autobiographical narrative

    Expository essay

    Persuasive essay


    Research paper – (short paper to learn the research process and correct citation) - evaluating sources activity involving critical thinking

              -MLA internal citation lessons

              -MLA Works Cited page lessons and practice

              -learning to incorporate quotes into writing

              -Plagiarism understanding


    Romeo and Juliet

  • interpreting difficult text practice
  • characterization
  • critical thinking/creative voice dialect project for Act 2, Scene 2
  • comparing texts
  • journals
  • writing about changes in character


    The Odyssey

  • interpreting difficult text practice
  • creative mapping of the journey
  • superhero design
  • creative story including superhero – use characteristics of an epic
  • mythology


Poetry Unit:

          “Woman Work” by Maya Angelou

          “In Just” by E. E. Cummings

          “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson

          “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

          “The Seven Ages of Man” by William Shakespeare

          “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth

          “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall

          “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

          “Exile” by Julia Alvarez

          “Women” by Alice Walker”

          “Life Ain’t No Crystal Stair” by Langston Huges

          “The Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall

          “My Father is a Simple Man” by Luis Omar Salinas

          “The World is Not a Pleasant Place to Be” by Nikki Giovanni


          Cover: internal rhyme, end rhyme, alliteration, oxymoron, onomatopoeia, rhyme, rhythm, imagery, tone, mood, diction, catalog poem, parody, iambic pentameter, ballad, figurative language, etc.

Nonfiction works to be determined.

Additional works as time allows: “Liberty” and "Exile" by Julia Alvarez, etc.

EOC Review – reading comprehension, grammar practice, analysis, etc.

Parts of Speech


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