Class Introduction:

9th Grade HG Language Arts

Course Overview:

Unit One: Telling Our Stories
Enduring Understanding: People have stories to tell from a variety of perspectives.
Module 1: Poetry
Modules 2 and 3: Short Stories and Nonfiction

Unit Two: Coming of Age
Enduring Understanding: People often explore the issues of growing up through stories and literature.
Core Text: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Multiple Supplemental Texts

Unit Three: Defining Heroism
Enduring understanding: It is the journey not the destination. Language and literature help us to recognize that life is not a destination to reach, but rather a series of events that should be appreciated for their individual lessons.
Core Text: The Odyssey By Homer- Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

Unit Four: Making Your Voice Heard
Enduring Understanding: People use a variety of rhetorical techniques to manipulate and inspire.
Core Text: I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.
Why Are Beggars Despised by George Orwell
Stanford Commencement Speech 2005 by Steve Jobs
1941 State of the Union by FDR
Multiple Supplemental Texts

Unit Five: The Human Condition
Enduring Understanding: Powerful literature provides insights about the human condition and human experiences. The human condition is characterized by joy, hope, terror, and struggle or strife.
Core Text: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Multiple Supplemental Texts

Unit Six: Decisions and Consequences
Enduring understanding: Students will understand that our decisions both form our lives and reveal our character.
Core Text: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare