Syllabus for English 9 CP2
Mr. James Cook
Unit 1 Short Stories / Narrative writing (September)
- What are the essential elements of a short story?
- How do authors use literary elements to explore the relationship between individuals and their surroundings?
“All Summer in A Day” by Ray Bradbury
“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Uncle Marcos” by Isabel Allende
“The Man to Send Rain Clouds” by Leslie Marmon Silko
short story test, short story open response(s), short story of your own
Unit 2 The Novella / Expository Writing (October)
- How are literary elements found in short fiction applied to longer works?
- How does society affect people’s ability to achieve their dreams?
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Non-fiction about achieving dreams and obstacles to achieving dreams
Of Mice and Men test and expository essay (pre-writing, first draft, self/peer assessment, final draft, and reflection)
Unit 3 Drama / Personal Writing (November)
- How is reading a play different from reading other forms of fiction?
- How have race, ethnicity, class, and gender affected people’s ability to achieve “The American Dream” in the past and present?
A Raisin in the Sun and “To Be Young Black and Gifted” by Lorraine Hansberry
“Harlem” by Langston Hughes and other poems
A Raisin in the Sun test and autobiography project
Unit 4 Research Writing (December)
- How can research better help us understand social injustices in the past and present?
Research into social justice issues
Annotated bibliography and presentation
Unit 5 Non-Fiction / Research-based Argument Writing (January)
- How can we persuade people to take action on important social justice issues by writing and delivering vivid, emotionally moving, well-researched, well-reasoned, well-organized arguments?
“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.
Other persuasive speeches that address social issues
Original persuasive speech about a social issue
Unit 6 The Novel / Expository Writing (February – March)
- How can gender, class, race and social status influence one’s perspective on social issues?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Non-fiction about the Scottsboro Boys and the Murder of Emmett Till
Expository essay, Notice & Note Signpost project
Unit 7 Shakespeare / Expository / Narrative Writing (April – May)
- Why do we continue to read and perform Shakespeare in the 21st century?
- How do forces beyond our control affect our lives? How does desire affect our thinking?
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Quote test, essay, scene performance
Unit 8 Narrative Poetry / Lyrical Poetry / Songs (June)
- How is narrative poetry different from reading other forms of storytelling?
- How do poets use poetic techniques to respond to their surroundings?
The Odyssey by Homer
Other narrative poems, lyrical poems, and songs
poetry & song project (writing about poetry and writing poetry)
Ongoing throughout the school year:
Grammar & Usage Study
Active Reader Notes & Responses
Constructed Response Writing