Oral Communication
  • Developing speaking and listening skills and strategies in a variety of situations, and reflecting on those skills and strategies.

Reading and Literature Studies
  • Reading and understanding a variety of texts, and constructing meaning from them. Reflecting on the strengths and areas for improvement as
  • readers.

  • Students will generate, gather and organize ideas and information, and edit, draft, and revise their writing. They will reflect on their writing
  • skills and
  • strategies.

Media Studies
Students will identify, interpret, and create a variety of media texts
Notes to Parents:
  • while it is not mandatory for students to have an agenda, it is highly recommended that students utilize one from the beginning of grade nine
  • students need to have a separate binder for grade nine (typically in grade nine the units include: short story unit/novel study: typically
  • The Chyrsalids/Greek
  • Mythology/Poetry/Shakespearean comedy (depending on the availability of texts and teacher’s unit plan)
  • it is important that students maintain a well organized binder as every unit sets the foundation for the next unit
  • students are encouraged to share their binder with parents at home, as a well organized binder tells the story as to what is going on within the
  • classroom
  • while there may not be homework every evening it is imperative that students take their binder home every evening and review what was
  • completed
  • within the lesson
  • students are also strongly encouraged to spend approximately (min) 15 minutes each evening reading

  • A combination of individual, partner and group work
  • Journal Writing
  • Oral presentations
  • Debates
  • Four corners/agree/dis-agree
  • Analyzing/Applying/Critical Thinking Skills
  • Elements of narratives (humourous, etc)
  • Elements of a short story/novel
  • Character analysis
  • Figurative language devices: metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, understatement, hyperbole, etc.
  • Incorporating quotations, parenthetical citations (MLA format), and constructing Works Cited pages
  • Making inferences
  • Basic 5-paragraph standard literary essay, its features and structure, function of thesis, organization of introductions and conclusions,
  • etc.
  • Rhetorical modes: argumentative, descriptive, expository, narrative and the verb-tense, tone, audience, topic sentences, and structure
  • of each type
  • Novel: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
  • Play and Film: A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Shakespeare
  • Media: Writing a News Report (also in preparation for OSSLT in grade 10)
  • summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing information
  • first vs. third person narration
  • Sentence Structure: fragments, run-ons, and comma splices
  • verb tense: past, present, future
  • Poetry and poetic devices: "Jabberwocky" by Carroll, Shakespearian and Italian sonnets, "Daffodils" by Wordsworth
  • Key Terms: iambic pentameter, rhyming couplets, sonnet, soliloquy, pun, malapropism, anachronism, assonance, consonance,
  • alliteration,
  • metaphor, simile, symbolism, imagery, personification, rhyme scheme (abba cddc, etc) and the effects of these devices on
  • sound or interpretation of meaning
  • Greek Mythology: definitions, Olympian gods and goddesses, selection of explanation and morality myths

  1. Humourous Personal Narrative
  2. Short Story Analysis and Presentation (including dramatization)
  3. Short Story reading test
  4. Reading comprehension tests/quizzes based on The Chrysalids and A Midsummer Night's Dream
  5. Argumentative/Standard Literary Essay based on The Chrysalids
  6. News Report based on an event in either The Chrysalids or A Midsummer Night's Dream
  7. Diary Entry or Letter Writing Assignment
  8. Poetic Devices Test
  9. Writing a Sonnet (optional)
  10. Greek Hero Study
  11. Mythological Research Project and Costume Party (Ms. D. Skelton's class)
  12. Culminating: (Supplementary Reading Assignment) -- Biography/Autobiography independent reading, argumentative essay,
  13. presentation, and poster board
  • students will have an opportunity to complete a minimum of two novel studies
  • will complete a formal five paragraph essay (for both assessment and evaluation)
  • various forms of media products (requiring some research)
  • writing with different forms of audiences in mind: Letters/advertisements/diary entries
  • demonstrate understanding of literary/poetic devices by writing and annotating their own poem
  • newspaper project reflections