English 9 (Dr. Lannan)

Welcome to English 9!  

Course Outline:    English 9, 2014-15, Semester 1

Students in this course will have the opportunity to build and improve upon English language knowledge, skills and concepts learned in English 8.

Students will have many opportunities to explore and develop forms of communication through writing, speaking, and debating.  We will examine a variety of genres: short story, novel, poetry, drama, and film.   I believe firmly in presenting students with the very best (content and age appropriate) literature that is available.  As such, we will read Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, John Ball’s classic, In the Heat of the Night, and Agatha Christie’s beloved, And Then There Were None.  These are just some of the excellent works that we will use to support your child’s success in English 9.  As a parent, PLEASE encourage your child to review her / his English notes (short story, essay writing, poetry, grammar) each day for 15 or so minutes.  This will help tremendously your child’s retention of vital facts and will support further your child’s success.

Friday, November 21 2014

Today, students will…

read and respond to a collection of classic poems.  Students will receive a poetry reading booklet.

Thursday, November 20 2014

Today, students will…

write a short quiz on the terms we practice and interacted with yesterday.

Debrief about the quiz.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today, students will…

identify, discuss, and apply the following poetry terms: onomatopoeia, symbol, assonance, consonance, oxymoron.  Students will receive a booklet with a dozen or more examples for each of the above terms.

Quiz on Thursday, November 20 on the above terms.

Tuesday, November 18

Today, students will:

  • Complete a Poetry Journal (please see handouts on my desk) 20 minutes or so (if they have not already done so)
  • Read the following poems and respond to the following set of questions in the red textbook, Crossroads 9 on the table by the door:

“Who am I?” on p. 22;

“And I Remember” on p. 23;

“Poem from Soda Jerk” on p. 24;

“Wanted: Someone Who Cares” on p. 25.

Answer question 1. Responding to the Poems on p. 26 a, b, c, d, & e on p. 26.

“The Road Not Taken” on p. 44; answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 45 a, b, c.

Note: if students have completed these poems, they may continue to complete the poems assigned on Friday (November 14)

 Monday, November 17, 2014

 Today, students will…

Create –with one partner- five examples of metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, and alliteration.  Discuss, debrief, and review.

 Friday, November 14, 2014

  Today, students will…

  • Read the following poems and respond to the following set of questions in the red textbook, Crossroads 9 on the table by the door:
  • “Shooting the Sun” on p. 150; Responding to the Poem on p. 151 a, b, c.
  • “High Flight” on p. 162; “Fueled” on p. 163. Responding to the Poems on p. 163 a, b, c, d, e, f.

“The Day the TV Broke” on p. 238.  Answer question 1. Responding to the Poem on p. 239.  2 Language Conventions on p. 239.

  • “If I Can Stop My Heart From Breaking” on p. 272; answer the questions on Responding to the Poem on p. 272.

 TIME PERMITTING: Students may study their poetry terms booklets that they received on Wed., Nov. 12.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 School Mass during this block; no class lesson.

 Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 Create- in pairs – a creative short story about anything that you and your partner have in common.  It must be fiction and with all of the aspects that combine to make up a short story.  300 words or so.

Monday, November 10, 2014

No School

Friday, November 7, 2014

No School

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Parent-Teacher Meetings Today; shortened classes.

Students hand in Personification exercise & Reflection on Remembrance Day.  We may share a few short stories.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Reflection on the importance of Remembrance Day.  Students will complete a Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 150-300 words, pen or typed, double spaced, logical, creative, original.  Good copy due on Thursday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Students will complete a Personification exercise: Create a short story from the perspective of an object from the classroom.  Criteria: between 150-300 words, pen or typed, double spaced, logical, creative, original.  Good copy due on Thursday.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Creative a Short Story In-Class about a hero that follows Joseph Campbell’s cycle of a hero.  Due: Thursday, November 12, 2014 (Good copy, typed or in pen, multi-paragragh, interesting, orginal, creative, and entertaining.) for  24 marks.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Create scary, yet appropriate Halloween spooky stories and then present them to the class.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Collect questions on “The Tell Tale Heart”.  Conclude debate.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Short Story reading and responding to questions (“The Tell Tale Heart”).  For homework if not completed in class.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Debate continues.  Students will continue to have an opportunity to practice their debating skills

Monday, October 27, 2014

Debate.  Students will hear a lecture on the value of debating skills; then, students will have an opportunity to practice their debating skills

Friday, October 24, 2014

Students will write, in groups of two, an argumentative composition on the following: Is Halloween over-rated? It must be three hundred or more words. I will check the completed work on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Writing Contest is due: Students may read their Halloween story or poem aloud if they choose.  Time Permitting: Class Debate: Is Halloween over-rated?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have all class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have all class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Writing Contest: Students will have part of the class to work on a Halloween-inspired poem or short story as both a class assignment and as a submission (if the student chooses) for a SJB writing contest.  Due: Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Professional Development Day: No classes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Students will get their quiz on short story terms returned.  Students will read and discuss a story, analyzing the terms and significant aspects of the story.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Students will hand in their Reflection (Why is it Important to be Thankful?) for 10 marks.  Quiz on short story terms today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Students will complete a Reflection (Why is it Important to be Thankful?) for 10 marks due on Wednesday (Oct. 15).   Quiz on short story terms on Wednesday (Oct. 15).  Practice quiz on short story terms today.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Day: No classes

Friday, October 10, 2014

Students will read and discuss a story, analyzing the terms and significant aspects of the story.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Students will continue the Short Story Unit.  Students will read and discuss a story, analyzing the terms and significant aspects of the story.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Students will continue the Short Story UnitStudents will have a practice quiz (not for marks) on the story terms.  Students will read and discuss a story called G. Trueheart, Man’s Best Friend.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Students will continue the Short Story UnitStudents will receive more handouts with the short story terms listed, explained, and with examples for each.  Students will read and discuss a story called On the Sidewalk Bleeding.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Students will begin the Short Story UnitStudents will receive handouts with the short story terms listed, explained, and with examples for each.  Students will read and discuss a story called The Choice.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Students will debrief the film version of And Then There Were None.  Students will analyze the changes between the novel and the film.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Students, with signed permission forms, will watch the 1938 classic film version of And Then There Were None.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Students, with signed permission forms, will watch the 1938 classic film version of And Then There Were None.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Students will learn the rudiments of public speaking and debate.  We will then have a class debate on a relevant topic.

Monday, September 29

Professional Development Day; no school.

Friday, September 26, 2014

 School Feast Day; no school.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

 Writers’ Workshop (part II).  Students will have the second part of a writing clinic in class today. Students will learn how to create effective essays.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 Test on the entire novel.   Writers’ Workshop.  Students will have a writing clinic in class today following the test.  Students will learn how to create effective essays.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Test review for the novel, And Then There Were None.  Test on the entire novel is Wednesday.  Review for the novel test is Tuesday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Collect the movie poster for the novel, And Then There Were None.  Students will discuss chapters chapters 13, 14, & 15.   Students will read chapter 16 & the Epilogue of the novel.  Homework: Students will finish the remaining chapter of the novel, The Manuscript.  Test on the entire novel is Wednesday.  Review for the novel test is Tuesday.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Test (ch.s 7-10).  Then students will create a poster for the novel, And Then There Were None due on Monday, (Sept. 22).  Read and discuss chapters 11, 12.  Homework: Read chapters 13, 14 & 15..

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Students will have a test review (ch.s 7-10).  Then students will create a poster for the novel, And Then There Were None.   Test on Friday (September 19, 2014 on chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Students will write an in-class essay on the novel, And Then There Were None.  Time Permitting: Students will then review chapters 7-10 for our test on…I will move the test to Friday (September 19, 2014 on chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Students will read and discuss chapter 11 of the novel, And Then There Were None.  We will then have a review on chapters 7-10 for our test on Thursday (September 18, 2014 chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Students will read and discuss chapters 8 & 9 of the novel, And Then There Were None.  We will then read and discuss chapter 10 of the novel, And Then There Were None.  Test Thursday, September 18, 2014 chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Students will submit their responses to questions from chapters 1-6.  We will read and discuss chapter 7 of the novel, And Then There Were None.

Homework: Read chapter 8 & 9.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Students will write a quiz on chapters 1-5 of the novel.  Students will then discuss & debrief the quiz.  Students will have time to work on the novel questions that are due (ch. 1-6) on Friday, September 13, 2014.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Students will read and discuss chapters 3, 4, & 5.  Students will have a quiz on chapters 1-5 on Thursday, September 11, 2014.   Students will be given time to work on the chapter questions for chapters  1-6, which will be due on Friday, September 13, 2014.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Students will complete a quiz on chapters 1 & 2 of the novel.  Students will receive handouts to support their appreciation and understanding of the novel.  Students will read chapter 4 of the novel in class.  We will discuss the major events and idea potential and emerging themes.

***Test Thursday (September 11) on chapters 1-5

Monday, September 8, 2014

Students will read chapter 3 of the novel in class, then discuss the critical aspects and significant events.  Students will be reminded of Tuesday’s (Sept. 9) quiz.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NOTE: Quiz on Tuesday (Sept. 9) on chapters 1 & 2 of the novel, And Then There Were None.  We will have an excellent review on chapters 1 & 2 on Monday (Sept. 8).

Students will share their compositions.  Students will then be issued a copy of the novel, And Then There Were None.  Students will sign for this book and be expected to maintain the book’s good condition.  We will begin reading chapter one of the novel today.  We will typically read one chapter in class per day, and students will be expected to read one chapter per day on their own.  Quizzes on the novel will be frequent, both to ensure that students are keeping up with the reading; but also to reward students for completing the readings.

HOMEWORK: Read chapters 1 & 2 of the novel.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Students will complete an in-class composition.  Students will create a suspenseful story as preparation for beginning the murder mystery novel, And Then There Were None.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

* Students will discover the course expectations, materials examined, and the opportunities available in English 9.  Students will also complete a “get to know each other” document.