English 9 emphasizes sentence, paragraph, and essay development with an intensive study of literature and expository texts. Literary elements will be taught and applied to short stories, poetry, novels and drama. A variety of writing modes, autobiographical, analytical, and expository, will be taught with an emphasis on the Methods of Development. Vocabulary is taught with an emphasis on roots and contextual vocabulary. Writing conventions are taught with a focus on grammar, usage and mechanics. Students can expect a variety of oral and listening activities.