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9th Grade English and Literature (Semester 1)

Erica Sirratt
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In this 15-week class, students will cover the first semester of 9th grade literature, grammar, and writing. Students will read various short stories, "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare, and write two literary analyses.

Class experience

US Grade 9
4 units//15 lessons//15 Weeks
Unit 1Literary Analysis
7 lessons7 Weeks
Literary Analysis
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Warm-up writing exercise Introduce the class Introduce short story Discuss setting, point of view, and theme Discuss the six types of conflict Enrichment: Identify the type of conflict (Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Read "To Build a Fire," by Jack London.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Warm-up exercise Guided discussion on reading Anatomy of a story: plot, rising action, climax, etc... Activity: Create a diagram of a scene Types of characters Enrichment: Do a plot diagram of “The Interlopers.” HOMEWORK: Read "The Interlopers," by Saki
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Introduce Literary Analysis
Warm-up exercise Guided discussion on reading What is a literary analysis? Read an example literary analysis How to analyze the theme and look for evidence Enrichment: Complete a plot diagram of the story of your choice HOMEWORK: Choose a literary analysis topic and find evidence
 Week 4
Lesson 4
How to write an outline Class activity: Find evidence to support our topics Enrichment: Vocabulary activity (Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Work on outline of body paragraphs
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Writing Introductions
Work on writing thesis statements, introductions, and conclusions Practice writing thesis statements Enrichment: Practice writing thesis statements HOMEWORK: Write the rough draft of the literary analysis
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Warm-up exercise What’s the difference between revising and editing? Specific issues from literary analysis papers Practice revising an essay Enrichment: Add revision feedback to an essay (PDF) HOMEWORK: Work on revising your essay
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Warm-up exercise Editing checklist Commas and clauses HOMEWORK: Edit literary analysis and submit final draft for feedback.
Unit 2Parts of Speech
2 lessons2 Weeks
Parts of Speech
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Basic Parts of Speech
Review basic parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, articles) Why it is important to understand the parts of speech Practice labeling sentences Enrichment: Add adjectives and adverbs to sentences HOMEWORK: Label the parts of speech
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Parts of Speech 2
Parts of speech: Participle phrases, appositives, conjunctions, prepositional phrases Practice labeling sentences Enrichment: Practice editing sentences HOMEWORK: Label the parts of speech
Unit 3Romeo and Juliet
4 lessons4 Weeks
Romeo and Juliet
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Introduce Romeo and Juliet
Warm-up exercise Who was Shakespeare? Elements of Drama Introduce Romeo and Juliet Words you might not know Start reading Act I in class Enrichment: Vocabulary activity (Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Finish reading Act I
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Literary devices Part 1
Warm-up exercise Guided discussion of reading Discuss dialogue, monologue, and soliloquy Compare and Contrast families Start reading Act 2 - Students will be encouraged, but not required to read lines Enrichment: Label the parts of speech (Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Finish reading Act 2
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Understanding Shakespeare
Warm-up exercise Guided discussion of reading Start reading Act III - Students will be encouraged, but not required to read lines Enrichment: Read an article and answer the questions (PDF & Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Finish Act III
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Literary Devices Part 2
Warm-up exercise Guided discussion on reading Oxymoron, hyperbole, paradox Start reading Act IV in class Enrichment: Identify the literary device (Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Finish the play
Unit 4Literary Analysis
2 lessons2 Weeks
Literary Analysis
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Warm-up exercise Guided discussion on reading Possible topic ideas for literary analysis Evidence to support thesis Enrichment: Answer comprehension questions about “Romeo and Juliet” (Google Forms) HOMEWORK: Work on creating an outline
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Starting the Essay
Warm-up exercise Read another example of a literary analysis Discuss issues with getting an essay started HOMEWORK: Write the rough draft of your literary analysis
This class is taught in English.
I have a bachelor's degree in writing and journalism. I worked as a journalist for over five years and won several awards during my career. A large portion of my college years was spent studying creative and essay writing. I have self-published a few fiction books and I am currently working on another. Before changing my degree to writing, my study focus was on education. This change has given me knowledge of teaching and writing. I have been teaching ELA since 2014, and I have been teaching on Outschool since 2020.
Homework Offered
There will be required homework each week. There will also be added enrichment assignments that students may complete to deepen their understanding of learned concepts.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will receive an itemized grade sheet that contains a breakdown of each assignment. Unless otherwise requested, students will receive this grade at the end of the semester.
Students will need a copy of "Romeo and Juliet," by William Shakespeare.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The stories may include mild violence. "Romeo and Juliet" has some violence, suggestive dialogue, and suicide.
Joined May, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree
I have a lot of passions in life, but two of my biggest passions are reading and writing. One of my main goals is to create a love of literature. If a student can read well, the possibilities of what they can learn are endless. I believe that... 
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weekly or $225 for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
50 min

Completed by 76 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-15
2-12 learners per class

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