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Pre-AP 9 Course Outline

Pre-AP 9th Grade Course Outline

Unit 1:  Short Stories
Guiding Question:  How do we get the most of reading?
Objectives and Terms:

Elements of plot, style, archetypes, diction, sentence structure/syntax, tone, point of view, symbolism, connotation, voice, irony, intertextuality, narrator, theme/thesis, allusion

Grammar Highlights:  

Sentence structure, types of sentences, commas and punctuation

Reading Selections:

From How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
“Barbie-Q” by Sandra Cisneros
“Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid
“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
“The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield
“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by William Carlos Williams
“Musée des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden

Final Products:

Literary Analysis Essay on “The Garden Party”
Style Test:  Diction/Syntax
Grammar Basics Test


Unit 2:  Drama
Guiding Question:  How do we unlock the secrets of a text?
Objectives and Terms:

Finding evidence in the text, character development/analysis, protagonist, antagonist, foil, archaic language, literary analysis, vocabulary from the text

Grammar Highlights:

Language past and present, irregular verbs, subject/verb agreement

Reading Selections:

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Final Products:

Translations/Quote Analysis
Promptbook:  Analysis Project
Memorization


Unit 3:  Independent Reading
 (on-going throughout the quarter, twice per semester)
Guiding Question:  How do I determine importance while I read?
Objectives and Terms:

Genre, historical context, biographical context, narrator, plot style, quote, character, setting, symbolism, theme

Reading Selections:  A choice of one of the following

The Pearl by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Final Product:

Major Works Data Sheet
Essay test based on previous Advanced Placement essay topics



*Quarter 1 Final:  Summative Assessment Test from all three units above
 
Quarter 2


Unit 4:  Novel
Guiding Question:  How do we read between the lines?
Objectives and Terms:

Persuasion, argument, ethos, pathos, logos, evidence, quote response, discussion, tone, symbolism, symbolic settings, vocabulary from the text, online Moodle discussion

Grammar Highlights:

Daily Oral Language

Reading Selections:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
“To a Mouse” by Robert Burns
“John Steinbeck’s Speech at the Nobel Prize Banquet” by John Steinbeck

Final Product:

Of Mice and Men Vocabulary and Comprehension Test
Court Trial Paperwork (gathering evidence from the text)
Court Trial Performance (persuasion)



Unit 5:  Mythology
Guiding Question:  What’s in a hero?
Objectives and Terms:

Heroism, tragic flaw, epic poem, epic hero, Greek Mythology, pantheon, Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, online moodle discussion

Grammar Highlights:

Daily Oral Language

Reading Selections:

Various quotes on heroism
The Odyssey by Homer
 “A Hero” by Robert W. Service

Final Products:

Odyssey Board Game
Heroism Theme Essay (this also serves as the Quarter 2 Final)

Unit 6:  Independent Reading
 (on-going throughout the quarter, twice per semester)
Guiding Question:  How do I determine importance while I read?
Objectives and Terms:

Genre, historical context, biographical context, narrator, plot style, quote, character, setting, symbolism, theme

Reading Selections:  A choice of one of the following

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Night Flying Woman by Ignatia Broker
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Final Product:

Major Works Data Sheet
Essay test based on previous Advanced Placement essay topics


*Course Final:  Heroism Theme Essay (see Mythology unit)