9th Grade English
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This English course for 9th grade students is based on the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, and on Match School’s approach to teaching English as outlined in our Program Overview document. Writing, vocabulary development, readings of informational texts, and opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills are all included in the course, with the primary emphasis placed on students’ development of the skills described in the Reading Literature Standards. During this year-long course, students read five novels and a number of paired passages—short stories, poems, and nonfiction—that serve to enrich students’ understanding of the topics, symbols, and themes of the novels. The texts are thematically linked, and students explore thematic questions related to identity, beauty, love, family, race, freedom, friendship, and human nature over the course of the year.
It is important to note that, at Match School, this English course exists in conjunction with a 9th grade Composition class in which students build their writing skills.