Language Arts 9
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
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.