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.
Fall Semester 2017
July 31-August 3: Students participated in Power by Service (Usher's New Look)
August 4: Teacher reviewed classroom expectations with students. Introductions were done. Teacher gave students a writing assignment to evaluate students' writing.
August 7: Students took Reading Inventory in Media Center.
August 8-11: Students will start short story unit. "Coming of Age" is one theme that will be discussed. We will "Marigolds" in class and discuss literary terms such as voice, tone, diction, inference, theme. Vocabulary words will be introduced.
August 14-18: We will continue with "Marigolds" and the elements of a short story. This week, we will discuss plot and its components. Students will create the plot for the story using a plot diagram. Students will find textual evidence of imagery and review and do a group exercise on the convention of Standard English. The Common Assessment will be given on Wednesday and a test on "Marigolds" will be on Friday. Students need to study their notes and vocabulary and know the elements of a short story.
August 21-25: Students will do a group exercise on the convention of Standard English. We will read the next short story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson and discuss it. Students will be quizzed on the story as well as create a plot sequence project. The Teacher will introduce students to the components of an argumentative essay. Students will do various exercises with claim and support/evidence from their Springboard books to prepare them for the essay. Prewriting, writing, editing, etc. will also take place. The topic is: What is the value of a college education? The teacher will provide an example of an argumentative essay. This process of writing the argumentative essay will also go into next week.