Accelerated English 9 - Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Despot
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Welcome to Accelerated English 9!
This freshman-level course is designed to lay the foundation for successful high school writing and analysis of literature. The goal of this course is to engage students in a rigorous curriculum of writing, reading, critical analysis of literature, and grammar.
Students taking this course are expected to be independent learners who have superior writing ability. The curriculum is compacted and students will need to be prepared to learn course material more rapidly.
Students should read above the ninth-grade level and should expect that most assigned reading will be done outside of class with most books being analyzed as a whole rather than chapter by chapter. Through the close reading of selections, students will gain a deeper understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for the reader. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, themes, and use of figurative language. The literature in the course includes the study of drama, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and novels.
The course will also include intensive instruction in analytical, persuasive, and expository writing. The creative writing assignments will be in the form of poetry and short stories. In addition, students will be asked to write a research paper that utilizes MLA format.
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