English 9

Course Outline for English 9 of the 2018-19 school year.





Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent, to:

  1. Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences
  2. Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual and multimedia forms, and respond personally, critically and creatively
  3. Manage ideas and information
  4. Create oral, print, visual and multimedia tests, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
  5. Respect, support and collaborate with others


Areas of Study:

A variety of texts will be studied in the year-long English 9 course, which is divided between the term and semester sections:


Term 1 or 2: Poetry, Novel or Book length non-fiction


Semester 2: Short Stories, Romeo and Juliet, Film Study, Reading Logs


  • Provincial Achievement Test
  • Part A (Written) - date TBA
  • Part B (Multiple Choice) - date TBA


Students will complete a variety of tasks that focus on specific skills, such as written response, reading comprehension, project-based work, and development of literary technique and terminology.



Coursework            ELA 9 (Term 1 or 2)                                           30%

ELA 9 (Semester 2– Terms 3 and 4)                 50%

  • Reading Logs (5% of Term and Semester coursework)


Final Exam –   School Based Exam and Part B of the Provincial Achievement Test

Part A – Written – School Based                   10 %

Part B – Multiple Choice – PAT                     10 %


The student’s final grade for ELA 9 will be a cumulative score from the work completed in Term 1 or 2, Term 3, Term 4, and the final exam.


Only Part B of the PAT will be used for the final course grade. ELA 9 students will write a school-based Part A portion of their final exam in June, to also be used for the final course grade.


Please refer to the English Department Assessment Policy for more detailed information about grading and assessment


Student Expectations:



1.  Respect everyone and everything in the classroom.  A classroom environment will only be as positive as the people in it.  As a mature high school student, you are expected to listen fairly to the ideas and opinions of all people in the room – teacher and students.  That means you are not talking while someone else is, nor is your behaviour loud, obnoxious, or disruptive to the learning of others.  Every student has the privilege to be in this classroom, but more importantly, every student has the responsibility to demonstrate the utmost respect while in this classroom.


2. Lateness.  Once class commences, the door will be closed.  If you come to class and the door is closed, you are late. Please knock and wait until the teacher admits you to class. Students who are chronically late may be required to serve time and/or see administration.


3. Completion of all assignments is essential for success in this course. Due dates will be reasonable, and hard work during class time and Connect will make meeting deadlines much easier. Hand-in procedures will be clearly explained and adhered to. Due dates will be posted in Power School and on the notice board in the classroom. Students who do not hand in assignments on time will be required to attend Mrs. Storey’s Connect and submit the assignment. Missing assignments will be noted as a zero in Power School, until submitted and marked.


Being organized, prepared, and on time with your assignments is expected. You will be held accountable for work that is not submitted. All student work is held in accordance with the CHS English Department Assignment Policy


4. Appropriate use of technology: technological devices are valuable learning tools, and are to be used for learning purposes only. The use of technology for inappropriate purposes (social media, games, videos, etc) will not be tolerated.

5.  Students are responsible for material missed during an absence and must inquire about missed work in advance of the absence (when possible). This includes absences due to field trips, vacations, extra-curricular activities, etc.  Extended, planned absences of 3 days or more require one week’s notice.

  • Absence for an exam or in-class writing assignment: students who have an excused reason for absence must notify the teacher in advance of the absence. The teacher will set a date, during Connect, when the student will complete the test or assignment, which may be an alternate version. Unexcused absences will result in a mark of zero on the test or assignment, with no alternative to re-write.


6.   Please come to class prepared with learning materials.


7.  If you must leave to use the washroom or get a drink, please wait for an appropriate time to ask permission.


8.  Beverages are permitted in class.  Empty containers must be placed in the recycling bin. Healthy snacks are allowed.


9. Listening to music will be allowed when appropriate and with permission. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the loss of these privileges.





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