English 9

Course # 1030

TERM:   Full Year

2013 - 2014


Evaleen M. Ziemba


English 9

Classroom: C131  716-492-9300  [EXT. 1331]



After School Help by APPOINTMENT




English 9 is a full-year course of study which includes an in-depth study of literature, vocabulary, grammar, and composition.  Emphasis is placed on listening and reading comprehension skills to prepare students for critical thinking, application, writing of the ELA Regents Exam that is taken at the end of English 11.  Students who score 1 and 2 on the New York State 8th Grade English Assessment are assigned to academic advisement (Den) sessions targeted for 9th grade students.



Students will
· Gain an appreciation for various types of literature.
· Explore overlapping themes in literature.
· Frequently utilize sophisticated vocabulary.
· Further develop their abilities to understand, think, question, connect.
· Hone their skills for writing across the disciplines.
· Exercise active reading skills for challenging texts.
· Practice presentation skills.
· Master the parts of speech and rules of grammar.
· Utilize sophisticated skills in communication vital to be successful in school and life.






That was Then, This is Now – a novel by S.E. Hinton  (Summer Read – Not Supplied by School)


Lord of the Flies -  a novel by William Golding  (Replacement cost approximately $45.00)


Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition  (Replacement cost approximately $85.00)


Teacher Webpage:  www.pioneerschools.org Click “High School”  then “Teacher “Tab






Academic Honesty: 

The Pioneer Central High School policy will be adhered to in all cases of academic misconduct.  Plagiarism is a serious offense.  All work is expected to be your own, original undertaking.  Using another’s work, with or without his/her permission and attempting to pass it off as your own is never permitted and will be severely penalized.  (Consequences for academic dishonesty will be given consistent with the Code of Conduct).

Statement Regarding Student Conduct:  

Preparing to become a graduate of Pioneer involves more than academic preparation in the classroom.  Every day you need to demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors that are consistent with our Code of Conduct.  All adults in our school will be watching to see that you are developing appropriate behavior and will provide you with feedback on your journey toward becoming world-class citizens.


Class Attendance and Active Participation:

·         Be present and on time every day.

·         Arrive prepared (class materials, completed homework, a positive attitude, etc).

·         Participate in oral presentations and large group discussions.

·         Be on-task during class.

·         Follow school and classroom rules and regulations.

Student Submissions of required work: 

·         Complete all homework, quizzes, tests, projects, notes, etc. by the deadline. 

·         Quizzes or tests missed due to legal absence must be made up within a week.  Projects and presentations missed, due to legal absence, must be rescheduled with the teacher when student returns to school.  Please note:  it is the student’s responsibility to inquire about and make up all missed work due to a legal absence. 

·         Extra copies of all handouts are located in a paper sorter, which is located on the window ledge in back of the classroom.

·         Depending on the assignment, late work may not be accepted, or a penalty may be imposed.


Supply List:


·         One 2" or 3" binder

·         Seven tab dividers (you can make them if you wish)

·         Pens - black or blue ink only

·         Highlighters (one is required, but two would be great)

·         Two packs of index cards

·         Loose leaf notebook paper

·         Although not required, a USB pen/flash drive/thumb drive would be beneficial.  Students can also borrow these from the LMC.



ü  Homework – Weighted 20% of final grade


ü  Projects/Writing – Weighted 30% of final grade


ü  Classwork/Participation – Weighted 20% of final grade


ü  Test/Quizzes – Weighted 30% of final grade



Homework is given on average of 3 - 4 days/week.




Please note, the chart is merely general guide; it is not a comprehensive list detailing every assignment each quarter. Assignment due dates may vary as well.





Quarter 1

9/5/13 – 11/13/13
























Quarter 2

11/14/13 – 1/31/14


















Quarter 3

2/3/14 – 4/4/14


























Quarter 4

4/7/14 – 6/16/14










Topic – The Novel/Grammar Introduction


·         Summer reading test (That Was Then, This is Now)

·         Grammar practice and quizzes

(http://www.pioneerschools.org/Page/1513is the address to a page on my website that is an excellent resource for students. Students should access it often for additional support.)

·         Personality trait essay

·         Core vocabulary (words and definitions are included on this syllabus)

·         Lord of the Flies

comprehension/guiding questions

·         Lord of the Flies chapter quizzes

·         Regents style paragraph responses (controlling idea and literary term)

·         Literary element think sheets and quizzes

·         Lord of the Flies final exam 11/13/2013

·         Benchmark test







Topic: Short Stories/Grammar Refinement


·         “The Cask of Amontillado” (pg. 60)

·         “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (pg. 128)

·         “The Most Dangerous Game” (pg. 214)

·         “The Gift of the Magi” (pg. 260)

·          “The Necklace” (pg. 332)

·          “The Scarlet Ibis” (pg. 384)

·         Student choice of short story (in textbook)

·         Reading comprehension think sheets/quizzes

·         Literary element think sheets/quizzes

·         Regents style paragraph responses (controlling idea and literary term)

·         Grammar test (See my teacher page for review)

·         Short story final exam

·         Core vocabulary test (words and definitions are included on this syllabus)

·         Benchmark test


Topic: Research/Poetry/Nonfiction/Grammar 

            Refinement Continued


·         Research note cards (index cards needed)

·         Research bibliography cards

·         Final research paper due 2/21/2014

·         Emily Dickinson:

“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” (pg. 612)

“Hope is a Thing with Feathers” (pg. 634)

“Much Madness is Divinest Sense” (pg. 635)

·         William Wordsworth:

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (pg. 627)

“She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways”

“The World is Too Much with Us”

“Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”

·         Edgar Allan Poe:

“The Bells” (pg. 655)

“The Raven” (pg. 710)


·         Robert Frost:

“Fire and Ice” (pg. 736)

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

“The Road Not Taken”

“Mending Walls”

·         Nonfiction selections (regarding poets’ lives)

·         Student choice – poet study

·         Regents style paragraph responses

·         Poetry Final Exam - 4/4/2014


Topic: Drama/Grammar Refinement


·         Romeo and Juliet comprehension/guiding questions

·         Romeo and Juliet reading comprehension quizzes

·         Regents style paragraph responses

·         Romeo and Juliet final exam

·         Grammar test (See my teacher page for review)

·         ELA final exam – (25 core  vocabulary words, one controlling idea paragraph response, one literary term paragraph response)



Grade 9 Core Vocabulary Words Students MUST Master by Year’s End:

  1. anecdote: (n) short, usually funny account of an event
  2. benevolent: (adj) friendly and helpful
  3. condescending: (adj) possessing an
  4. conformist: (n) person who complies with accepted rules and customs
  5. demagogue: (n) leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
  6. diligent: (adj) careful and hard-working
  7. disdain: (v) to regard with scorn or contempt
  8. empathy: (n) identification with the feelings of others
  9. emulate: (v) to imitate, follow an example
  10. frugal: (adj) thrifty, cheap
  11. hedonist: (n) person who pursues pleasure as a goal
  12. impetuous: (adj) rash, impulsive, acting without thinking
  13. inevitable: (adj) certain, unavoidable
  14. novice: (n) apprentice, beginner
  15. parched: (adj) dried up, shriveled
  16. precocious: (adj) unusually advanced or talented at an early age
  17. reclusive: (adj) preferring to live in isolation
  18. reconciliation: (n) the act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute
  19. resilient: (adj) quick to recover, bounce back 
  20. spontaneity: (n) impulsive action, unplanned events
  21. submissive: (adj) tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others
  22. subtle: (adj) hard to detect or describe; perceptive
  23. superficial: (adj) shallow, lacking in depth
  24. tactful: (adj) considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others
  25. wary: (adj) careful, cautious

                           These words will also appear on the final exam!




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