Grade 9 English


GRADE: 9 (Academic)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time, Part-time, Private and Online

Grade 9 English is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. Grade 9 English is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.


Myths and Heroes

Essential Question: What does it mean to be a hero? What kinds of qualities make someone a hero? Are heroes perfect?

  • In this unit, students will explore the meaning of the word “hero” including traits and characteristics related to being a hero. Students will learn about the transformative steps that every hero must endure on their quest to achieve honour and glory. Students will gain an understanding of important terms and definitions that are imperative to know when studying short stories, mythology, and folk/fairy tales. Students will explore key elements of short stories by reading and examining various mythological stories and folktales from different cultures and time periods throughout history.


Short Stories

Essential Question: What are the main elements of a short story and how can I delve deeper into characters to understand the underlying meaning of a text?

  • In this unit, students will review the important elements of short stories and understand how they function in stories they know and stories they will read. Students will learn about literary devices and become very skilled at identifying these in short stories and explaining their purpose. Students will have the opportunity to read a variety of short stories, both modern and classic. Students will analyze short stories, and identify and explain their characteristics, including perspective, length, characterization, plot, setting, and more. Students will learn how to construct a theme statement and how to identify mood and tone of a short story.


Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Essential Question: How do I begin to comprehend Shakespearean language and how does understanding theme contribute to my overall understanding of the play?

  • In this unit, students will explore the life and historic times of famous playwright William Shakespeare. Students will examine the plot and major characters of one of Shakspeare’s most famous romantic plays, Romeo and Juliet. Students will learn important terms and definitions that are imperative to know when studying Shakespeare’s plays. Students will become familiar with the Shakespearean vocabulary and writing styles, including sonnets. Students will explore key themes of Romeo and Juliet, such as love, fate, and identity.


Novel Study: The Great Gatsby

Essential Question: How do the American Dream and important symbols throughout the novel illuminate the false notions created in the 1920’s? How will recognizing this deepen my understanding of the novel?

  • In this unit, students will explore the culture and lifestyle of the 1920s, a prosperous and exciting time in history. Students will learn what it means when a novel is called classic, and how to read this novel in an informed way. Students will explore interesting characters and learn how to understand their actions and motivations. Students will examine key elements of plot, theme, and symbol by reading through this classic novel and analyzing significant parts.


Proctored Exam30% of Final Grade

  • This exam is the final evaluation of this course. Students need to arrange their final exam 10 days in advance. All coursework should be completed and submitted before writing the final exam, please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. The exam will be two hours.