9th Grade Literature and Music Leadership is a 1.5 credit course which combines the traditional survey of classic and contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama with an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to writing. Students will develop proficiency in all four strands of the Common Core standards for Language Arts while developing 21st century leadership and technology skills. Supplemental curriculum developed by the Usher’s New Look Foundation will allow students to earn an additional .5 elective credit while gaining the confidence and skill set needed for success in today’s evolving global community. English language learners will receive the necessary accommodations and modifications to access this complex material in a flexible, scaffold, smaller-group setting.
Spring Semester 2017
January 11- Reviewed rules of the classroom. Students took SRI test.
January 12- Students identified and defined the elements of a short story and did an anticpation guide to accompany it.
January 13- Students analyzed the meaning of their full names. Your name is part of the brand you represent in life. In lieu of the branding part of this class, students will start with how they perceive their names. The teacher read an excerpt from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (My Name). Students commented on the reading. Student created a chart about their first, middle, and last names. The teacher displayed her example for students to use.
January 16- No school, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
January 17- We continued with the Name Piece assignment. Students had to compose a poem with the information from their Name Piece assignment. Each poem has to be typed with 15-20 lines. The teacher displayed an example of her poem from her Name Piece assignment as well.
January 18-Students and teacher took four personality tests to learn about themselves and their learning styles. We reflected on what the results meant and shared how we felt.
January 19 & 20- Students were given reading comprehension questions and writing assignments.
January 23-27-Students wrote a letter to the teacher discussing the results from their personality tests. Students will also go to the library for Media Center Review this week. We will start our short story unit and apply the elements of a short story during our readings. We will read The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell as the first short story. Vocabulary will be learned and applied to class writings.
January 30-February 3: Students will finish the common assessment exam. We will do anticipation guides, read short stories, identify the elements of a short story, practice with vocabulary from the stories, analyze the stories, engage in discussions, and do comprehension questions. Students will have a short quiz on short story to assess comprehension. Students will also take the Georgia Student Health Survey II this week (Wednesday).
February 6-10: Students have read the short stories "Charles" and "Lamb to the Slaughter." They will continue with vocabulary and analyzing the short stories. A quiz will be given on "Lamb to the Slaughter" this week. We will also begin a new story "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant.We will continue with applying the elements of a short story with the reading selections. Students are expected read, listen, and be able to answer oral and written questions about the stories.
February 13-17: Students will take the ACCESS test on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday, we will start the short story "The Necklace" and/or start on our personal branding logos.
February 20-24: Winter Break/No school
February 27-March 3: We will bring our short story unit to a close. Unit Test this week on Charles, Lamb to the Slaughter, and The Necklace. Students need to review notes, vocabulary, elements of a short story, and the texts we read. Registration for electives on Monday during 2nd block. On Wednesday, there is a Career Expo in the Jackson Gym. We will also work on our personal brand/logo this week. Students need a copy of the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell; our novel unit is next. The teacher also gave students who may have difficulties in finding or purchasing the novel the website for the abridged edition for easier reading. The website is: billanookanimalfarm.weebly.com/uploads/1/5/1/0/15101638/animal_farm_abridged_
March 6-31: We started our Novel unit today. Our novel is Animal Farm by George Orwell. Student will also present the Logo/Brand project on Tuesday. The novel unit will consist of reading the book, vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, critical thinking which includes prediction, inferring, point of view, analyzing, and debate. Students will be assigned several different assignments during the course of this unit. Students will relate this story to the Russian Revolution and how it (the novel) compares animals to humans when it comes to rules. We will analyze real life situations with the novel. At the end, we will have a Unit Test, as well as short quizzes between chapters to check for understanding.
April 3-7: Spring Break/No school
April 10-14: We will finish the novel Animal Farm, discussions, questions, vocabulary, and prepare for Unit Test on the novel.
April 17-21: We will review for Unit Test on Animal Farm through oral questions, Kahoot, written exercises. We will also prepare for our next unit.
April 24-28: We started with Romeo and Juliet unit.
May 1-5: EOC testing and continuing with Romeo and Juliet.
May 8-12: Finish Romeo and Juliet
May 15-24: Quiz on Romeo and Juliet. Reviewing of the final exam and any make up work to help students with grades. Final Exams are May 23 (1st & 2nd blocks) and May 24 (3rd & 4th blocks). Both days are early release days.