COURSE DESCRIPTION: ENGLISH 9 focuses on analytical reading and writing while simultaneously familiarizing students with diverse writing styles and literary genres. Within this framework, you will explore themes in literary and expository texts. You will write about the literature we read and much class time will be devoted to practicing and developing critical thinking, reading interpretation, and the essay-writing process. Specific practices in the class include pre-writing, free writing, and multiple revisions, all of which lead to a polished (but never “final”) product. Vocabulary and contextual grammatical instruction will enhance student understanding during each unit of study.