Course:  ELA 9

  • Course Description:

    Through a thematic approach to classic and contemporary narrative and informational texts, students will strengthen skills in six strands: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing. Ninth graders will connect with and respond to texts by analyzing relationships within and across families, communities, societies, governments, and economies.

    Class Materials:

    • Folder or binder for class  (To be left in class)
    • Paper or notebook
    • Writing utensil(s)

    Required Texts:

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck

    Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

    Night by Elie Wiesel

    Course Plan:

    • Unit 1 - Empathy
    • Unit 2 - Leadership
    • Unit 3 - Dreams & Aspirations
    • Unit 4 - Love


    Class participation is necessary to succeed in this course. In the event of an excused absence, due dates will be extended for the number of days the student was absent. It is the student's responsibility to ask for missed assignments on the day of his or her return. 

    Late Work:

    All assignments are due on the assigned due date; digital copies may be turned in on Google Classroom until 11:59 p.m. Students may turn in late work up until two days before the end of the marking period. After that time, late work will not be accepted and zeros will be entered. Late work may receive a deduction of 10% per day (up to 40% off).

    Student Expectations:

    All policies from the Student Handbook will be strictly enforced. Students will also be expected to do the following:

    •   Be ready to work when the bell rings. Students not in their seat when the bell rings will be marker tardy.

    •   Be respectful of yourself and others. This includes no food or sugared beverages in the classroom.

    •   Only use cell phone during designated times (refer to “Electronic Device Policy”).

    Additionally, students are also expected to maintain academic integrity; anyone engaged in plagiarism or cheating will be subject to failure for the assignment or assessment in question.

    Hall Pass Policy:

    Students are expected to use the restroom before or after class.  In case of emergencies, students are limited to 4 hall passes per marking period.

    Electronic Device Policy:

    Electronic and/or listening devices are not permitted at any time without verbal direction from the teacher. They also  may not be used to access social media or record video or audio without permission.

    If students violate this policy, this process will be followed:

    1st Offense: Teacher warning

    2nd Offense: Student places device in teacher’s drawer; parent contact.

    3rd Offense: Detention

    4th Offense: Office referral

    Failure to surrender electronic device when asked will result in an automatic disciplinary referral.


    The semester grade for this course will be determined by combining two marking periods (40% each) with the score of the final exam (20%). All marking periods and exam grades will be graded according to the percentage scale (listed below) that is used to grade regular class work:

    • Assessments (tests, quizzes, essay, projects) = 60%
    • Class Work (warm ups, practice) = 30%
    • Participation = 10%

    Card marking and exam grades will be averaged by using the same percentage scale (listed below) that is used to grade daily class work. 


    ​A   100-93​       B   86-83​         C   76-73​         D   66-63​

    A-  92-90​        B-  82-80       ​C-   72-70       ​D-   62-60

    ​B+  89-87​        C+  79-77        ​D+  69-67       E     59-0

    Both formal and informal assignments will have firmly established due dates (refer to "Late Work") and grading rubrics will be provided whenever possible.  Student grades are routinely updated and available for viewing online and it is recommended that they are monitored regularly. 

    Teacher Availability:

    Student success is my number one priority. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I can be reached by email at, or by text message or voicemail at (734) 210-1976. I am also available to meet in person by appointment.

    All students, parent(s), and/or guardians may sign up for class updates via text messaging through by texting @fhslang9 to 81010. Important class information can also be found on Google Classroom.