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.
August 28-September 1: Continue with short story "Charles" and students will begin working on their own short stories. Group will take place to answer comprehension questions on the short story.
September 4-8: Labor Day Holiday on Monday (no school); students work on various assignments.
September 11-15: Weather inclement conditions on Monday and Tuesday (no school); Students worked on identifying themes in given passages, and they were given an opportunity to make-up any work needed. Common Assessment 2 on Friday.
September 18-22: 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 examples of argumentative essays for students to find the claim and the evidence. This process of writing the argumentative essay will also go into next week. Common Assessments will also be taken.
September 25-29: FALL BREAK (no school)
October 2-6: We will continue with argumentative essays/readings/examples from the Springboard books. Students will write their own essays which are due on Friday, October 6. They will use a graphic organizer from their Springboard books on page 497 to guide their argumentative essay writing. Students should also secure a copy of the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. We will start reading on October 9.
October 9-13: Monday students will take the SRI test. We will review for the post-test to Common Assessment 3. Students will be introduced to the characters in Animal Farm. All students need to secure a copy of the novel by George Orwell. This week PSAT , ASVAB, and pre-ACT testing is occurring. There is a half day on Thursday.
October 16-November 3: We will begin our novel unit. We will read Animal Farm by George Orwell. We will read, answer reading comprehension questions, analyze characters, identify conflict, setting, make text connections with self, other texts, the real world. We will also do writing assignments, assessments such as questions and answer, quizzes, tests, vocabulary, group work, etc. We will review and reflect on the novel's chapters.