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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.

Writing
  • 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
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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

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  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