Mr. Mariano

Our ELA 9 course is divided into five learning modules that correlate to the National Common Core Standards. A steady progression through these thematic and aligned modules provides a platform to discuss, define, and analyze literary elements within the basic genres of literature: the short story, the essay, drama, poetry, and the novel.  Throughout the course, we also review motivational speeches, contemporary non-fiction, and critical commentaries.

Our selections from fiction include Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis,” Tobias Wolff’s “Powder,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Red-headed League," and Saki’s “The Interlopers.”

Poets include Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Langston Hughes. and Walter Dean Myers. Our study of character motive, determination, and fate involve our reading of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  We will explore ideas of heroism in Homer’s epic, The Odyssey.  Civil rights speeches “I Have a Dream” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. model the use of rhetorical devices for our analysis.

Throughout the writing process, we will address National Common Core ideas such as “structure,” “pacing,” “emerging theme,” and “complex character.”  Expectations for writing include developing personal style, organizing details and ideas, focusing on key aspects of the assigned essay prompt, avoiding summary, and citing text using MLA format. Short writing responses will enhance the practice of "text-based analysis."  

Shaped in part by the John Collins Writing Program, select assignments stress the importance of meeting specific criteria or "focus correction areas." These assignments involve defining key terms, including academic vocabulary, and supporting arguments with reasoning.  

The scope of the course in general includes exercises in reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and Keystone Test Preparation.  Students will participate in oral reading, class discussions, peer editing, and group activities as well.

Assignments are available either through Showbie, the ELA Digital Content, or the calendar as directed. ELA 9 and ELA 9 Honors Digital Content is accessible from any internet based device using a CVHS Google account.

For ELA 9, copy this link into your browser: https://sites.google.com/a/centralvalleysd.net/grade-9-ela/home

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Contact information: lmariano@centralvalleysd.net

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