Grade Level: 9
This course engages students in literary analysis and inferential evaluation of great texts both classic and contemporary. While critically reading fiction, poetry, drama and literary nonfiction, students will master comprehension and literary analysis strategies. Interwoven in the lessons are activities that encourage students to strengthen their oral language skills and produce clear, coherent writing. Students will read a range of classic texts including Homer’s The Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game.” Students will also study short but complex texts, including inferential speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Contemporary texts by Richard Preston, Julia Alvarez and Maya Angelou round out the course. Students will also study poetry, continue to hone their grammar skills, learn MLA formatting and will analyze multiple writing and narration techniques.