English I


Develop language arts skills by reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking. This course provides text-based research and writing opportunities. You will learn to use the English language to successfully express yourself.


Reading and Writing Narratives: 

  • Reading and Writing Narratives 
  • Choosing Your Story 
  • Discovering Characters 
  • Identity Shaped by Conflict 
  • Plot and Structure 
  • Discovering the Theme 
  • Writing a Narrative 
  • Reading and Writing Narratives Discussion-Based Assessment 
  • Author’s Word Choice 
  • Publishing Your Narrative 

Analyzing Language and Structure:

  • Analyzing Language and Structure 
  • The Power of Words 
  • Language in King’s Letter 
  • Structure in King’s Letter 
  • Respond to a Writing Prompt 
  • Analyzing Language and Structure Discussion-Based Assessment 
  • Organize and Develop Your Ideas 
  • Segment One Exam 

Crafting a Winning Argument:

  • Crafting a Winning Argument 
  • What is an Argument? 
  • Elements of a Strong Argument 
  • Analyzing an Argument 
  • Gathering Evidence 
  • Writing the Opening 
  • Outlining Your Argument 
  • Writing Your Argument 
  • A Powerful Presentation 
  • Crafting a Winning Argument Discussion-Based Assessment 

Exploring the Elements of Style:

  • Exploring the Elements of Style 
  • Essay Analysis 
  • Diction and Tone 
  • Poetry Paraphrase 
  • Diction Deep Dive 
  • An Effective Introduction 
  • Plan the Body 
  • Write the Body and Conclusion 
  • Exploring the Elements of Style Discussion-Based Assessment 
  • Revise and Edit 
  • Grammar Review


  • Checklist 
  • Universal Themes and Language 
  • Romeo and Juliet Act I 
  • Characterization and Diction 
  • Romeo and Juliet Act II 
  • Historical Context in Romeo and Juliet 
  • Shakespeare and Art 
  • Segment One Honors Exam 
  • Romeo and Juliet Act III Conflict 
  • Analyzing Romeo and Juliet Act III 
  • Romeo and Juliet Act IV Foreshadowing 
  • Romeo and Juliet Act V 
  • Second Segment Honors Project 
  • Segment Two Honors Exam

Fee Details

Progam Regular  Honors 
Fee Component  Course Fee
Amount (USD)  $ 558  $ 583 
Description To be paid by the student at the time of Enrollment.

Grade Level

Grade 9




Students will need to obtain one of the following novels for Journey to Identity Unit:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui
  • Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom
  • In the Time of the Butterflies byJulia Alvarez
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Boy from Baby House 10 by Alan Philps and John Lahutsky
  • Tasting the Sky: Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat



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