English Language Arts » ENGLISH 9




Full-year Course

Welcome to high school English! This course offers an introduction to reading and writing at the high school level. Students will work independently and collaboratively to study a variety of texts, including classic and contemporary literature, poetry, short stories, informational text, and Shakespearean drama. In doing so, they will explore who they are as learners. This course provides a foundation of reading, writing, communication, and collaboration skills that will equip students to develop their own learning path through high school. Possible units of study include Identity and the Individual; Diversity, Tolerance, and Unity; Romeo and Juliet; and interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning.   


Content Proficiency Indicators Offered


  • RL.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


  • RL.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. 


  • RL.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme


  • W.1 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. 


  • W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 


  • W.3 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


  • LIT 7.6 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar when writing.
  • LIT 7.5 Acquire and use academic and domain-specific vocabulary in writing.
  • LIT 7.4 Produce clear, well-organized writing in which the development, structure, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience. 
  • COM 4.3 - Ask questions and provide feedback