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LANGUAGE ARTS 9 Grade: 9; 2 Semesters, Required
Areas of focus in Language Arts 9 are composition, literature, and speaking/listening.  Students are expected to participate actively both in the classroom as well as outside of it, completing literature, composition, and speaking projects. Writing components will require students to perfect sentence, paragraph, and essay writing skills. Emphasis will be on sentence variety, vocabulary, idea development, organization, and paragraphing within an essay. Punctuation, grammar, parts of speech, and vocabulary will also be reviewed and studied.
The reading component will review and emphasize literary elements and will also include direct instruction of various reading strategies that will be applied to nonfiction and fiction short stories, articles, novels and poetry. Students in this course will be reading novels such as The Outsiders, A Little Piece of Ground, Romeo and Juliet, etc. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of public speaking. Speaking opportunities will include an autobiographical presentation, group presentation, and informative, persuasive and demonstrative speeches as well as impromptu speaking opportunities.The length requirement for the formal speeches in this course will be 3-5 minutes.

ADVANCED LANGUAGE ARTS 9 Grade: 9; 2 Semesters, Required

Areas of focus in Advanced Language Arts 9 are composition, literature, and speaking/listening. Students in this course should have stronger reading and writing skills. Active participation both in and out of class is essential for the highest level of success in Advanced Language Arts 9. Writing components will require students to perfect sentence, paragraph, and essay writing skills. Emphasis will be on sentence variety, vocabulary, idea development, organization, the writing process, and paragraphing within an essay. Punctuation, grammar, parts of speech, and vocabulary will also be reviewed and studied. The rigor of composition instruction will be increased and students will be expected to write at a more advanced level. The reading component of this course will review and emphasize literary elements that will be applied to nonfiction and fiction short stories, articles, novels and poetry. Additionally, this course will be reading more rigorous novels such as A Separate Peace and others (to be determined). Students in this advanced course will also be reading the young adult novel titled Romiette and Julio in addition to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and will write an essay comparing and contrasting the two works of literature. Students in this course will also experience a more rigorous and expanded short story unit. In addition to literature and composition, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of public speaking. Speaking opportunities will include an autobiographical presentation, group presentation, and informative and persuasive speeches as well as impromptu speaking. There will be an increased expectation with the research of two of these speeches as well as an increased time requirement (5-7 minutes). Students will indicate interest in Advanced Language Arts 9 during the registration process. Final enrollment determination will be made by Foley High School administration after review of student performance and consultation with Foley Intermediate School Staff.


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