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English 9
Instructor: Mr. Tacsik   
English 9A is a required five-credit semester course that fulfills the college and ninth grade graduation requirements for English. The 9th grade course introduces students to various genres of literature with writing exercises linked to the reading selections. Through the benchmark and core assignments, designed to correspond to the California State Content Standards for English/Language Arts, students learn literary analysis skills, with particular emphasis on character development and conflict. Students learn to write expository, analytical essays about literature, to practice the fundamentals of research, and to become more skilled in oral expression.


9th Grade Theme: Man’s Journey to Self Discovery
Literary Focus: It is in life’s conflicts we define who we are and who we want to become.
Essential Question for 9th Grade: How does one find goodness in oneself in a complex society? How do we define our personal values in relation to our duty to self, family, and society? Are those values purely subjective or universal?

Final Grades
Just a reminder, if you notice that your grade is borderline make sure to turn in any missing assignments for half credit before the end of the week. These can help make sure that you jump up to the higher grade.
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Week 3 Grades
I've updated the grade book for Weeks 1-3 of this semester. If you notice that your overall grade is noticeably low, it is probably because you have a single missing assignment in a grading category. So, right now, any missing assignments lower your grade quite a bit. Remember, any missing work can be made up for half-credit, just turn in the assignment or meet with me during nutrition or lunch to get make-up assignment instructions that you may not have.
Link to "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty
Of Mice and Men Study Guides
The study guide includes information from both classes.

Of Mice and Men Study Guide

Table of Contents for Notebook Check
Since we have a notebook check coming up this Friday. These are the entries you should have in your notebook.

Intellectual Traits

Arguments, Topic Sentence, TPR

Vocabulary Definitions p. 53

Elements of Plot

The Most Dangerous Game Debrief Pages 54-66

Embedded Quotes

Embedded Quote Editing

Irony and “The Necklace”

“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

“The Scarlet Ibis” FIgurative Language

Thesis Statements

The Cask of Amontillado

Writing Structure

Differentiation and Illustration Analysis

Of Mice and Men Chapter 1

MLA Formatting

Of Mice and Men Questions
Short Story Texts
If you are having trouble accessing the online textbook, you can find "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Necklace", and "The Scarlet Ibis" at the link below:

Short Stories
Library Orientation
8/27 Wednesday: Library Orientation. Bring your school log-in information.
No "Homework" exist(s)

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