Language Arts 9

Course Overview:

In this Language Arts 9 online course, students focus on developing reading skills and strategies, including analyzing literary elements and devices and effectively reading informational texts. They learn about different text structures and engage in writing narratives and informational pieces. Collaborative discussions and peer reviews enhance their communication and critical thinking abilities. 

As the course progresses, students delve into various literary forms and engage in comparative literature studies. They learn how to conduct literary analysis and evaluate arguments critically. The research process and skills are emphasized as students explore different forms of media and multimedia. 

Semester 1:

English for grade 9 is an integrated curriculum. Each unit contains thematically related lessons in five domains: reading and the study of literature, reading informational text, writing, speaking and listening, and language study, which includes word knowledge and grammar skills.  Topics are presented in ways that help young adolescents relate literacy skills to other aspects of their lives.  Writing assignments include narrative, expository, and persuasive/argumentative modes and emphasize the use of and details and reasoning to support ideas. Speaking and listening lessons in Semester A emphasize collaborative discussion skills and peer review. Vocabulary development instruction is integrated into literature and informational text lessons. Each unit ends with an authentic assessment that presents students with a real-world scenario requiring some of the skills they learned in the unit.

Semester 2: 

Like semester A, semester B consists of integrated units focused on a theme or mode of study. Literature study in semester B focuses on the analysis of different forms of literature and on comparative studies of world literature and literature delivered in different media. Writing and informational text lessons guide students through the stages of research and demonstrate how to evaluate, integrate, and share the information gathered during research. Students are required to share their ideas and analysis using several different modes, including oral and multimedia presentations.

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