English 9 Syllabus

English 9: Course Syllabus

Breanna Sheck, Room 310, Breanna.sheck@kent.k12.wa.us, 253-373-6915.

For individual help, Ms. Sheck is available before and after school by appointment.

Course Description:

In this course, you will learn critical thinking and communication skills to help you succeed in whatever path you choose after high school. This course places a heavy emphasis on reading, writing, and discussion. A variety of texts will be used throughout the course as a basis for you to improve your skills and self-expression. Texts may include a variety of fiction, nonfiction, novels, short stories, poems, speeches, and plays.

Schedule of Units:                                                                             Unit Assessment:

Unit 1 Reading: What is close reading/annotation?                           Reading Portfolio

Unit 2 Writer’s Workshop: What is the process of writing?              Narrative Essay

Unit 3 Argument: How are claims and evidence related?                  Performance Task

Unit 4 Genre Study: How is a theme expressed in literature?            Socratic Seminar/Book Talk

 Key Common Core Reading and Writing Standards for English 9:

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence

 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

 Grading: There will not be homework assigned for this class. While this is a positive feature, the learning in class becomes very important. When you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to make up assignments/lessons you miss. Please ask Ms. Sheck if you have questions about how to make up your learning. Use our online classroom resources to assist you.

 Student learning will be assessed with progress towards standards and skills. When applicable, rubrics will be used to determine student mastery of skills focused on in the unit or lessons. Formative and summative assessments may be included in the course grade. A student’s grade may consist of smaller classroom assignments and larger end of unit assessments.  Several types of points scales may be used to show progress toward standard. A 4-point scale can be used or a 10-point scale.


4 = Exceeding Standard: Work shows complete and detailed understanding of the standard and that the student can perform the skill or process with no errors

3 = Meeting Standard: Work shows considerable understanding and that the student can perform the skill or process with few errors

2 = Approaching Standard: Work shows incomplete understanding with some significant errors or misconceptions

1 = Below Standard: Work shows little evidence of understanding, has multiple misconceptions, or makes multiple errors.

0 = No Evidence: Even with help, no evidence of learning


10= Documented mastery

9=Major documented progress

8=Documented progress

7=Documented Attempt


Success Tips:  You can expect to be treated with respect.  Let’s do the same for all others in the classroom.  Kindness, common courtesy, and responsibility will take us further on our path of learning.

 Attend Class. Focus on your learning. Ask when you have questions. Choose engagement.

Finally, and most important: this is an inclusive, multicultural classroom. We will not tolerate any form of harassment or discriminatory remarks or behaviors.

 Classroom Expectations: 

Computers: Use computers only for school work and other approved tasks.

Cell Phones:Cell phones should be out of sight during class time. Please silence your phone and put it away when you enter the classroom.If you need to access your phone for a personal emergency, please inform Ms. Sheck or the office.

Music: Music can help some people focus. During independent writing time only, music may be acceptable as it does not disrupt your learning or the learning of other students. (volume is low enough that others can’t hear) When listening to music, progress should still be shown with the lesson or assignment.

Food and Drink:It’s hard to learn when you’re hungry! Snacks and beverages will be permitted in class as long as students continue to show maturity and respect for the classroom environment. Please pick up any garbage or mess from a snack or beverage. Beverages other than water should have closed lids to avoid spills.

Cheating and Plagiarism:Doing your own work is essential. Always properly cite your sources. Do not claim another’s work as your own. Cheating may result in grade penalties and administrative action. Please ask when you have questions.

By signing below, the student agrees to follow the above expectations while in class.

Student Name: _________________________________Period(s): ______________  

Student Signature: _____________________________________Date: __________par stay on task