English 9 (Semester 2)


English Language Arts 9 (Semester 2)
Ms. H. Haxton

Course Opportunities and Objectives:

Students in ELA 9 will employ the six language arts (~reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing) as they:

• Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences
• Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual and multimedia forms, and    
• Respond personally, critically and creatively
• Manage ideas and information
• Create oral, print, visual and multimedia texts, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication  
• Respect, support and collaborate with others

For more information please refer to the Curriculum Handbook, available online at:


Students will be evaluated as they reflect upon, discuss, interpret, compare and represent various text forms.  Technology will frequently be incorporated into the daily routine, when doing so enhances and furthers the learning process.

Student growth will be assessed via both formative tasks (practice, no numeric value assigned) and summative tasks (formal learning checkpoints, numeric value assigned).

ELA 9 (Term 1 or 2) 30%

ELA 9 (Semester 2: Terms 3 and 4) 50%
Coursework (in-class assignments, reflections,
essays, projects, quizzes, presentations, etc.)                  

Final exam: School-based Written Exam and Part B of the Provincial Achievement Test

Part A - (Written Assessment: June)                 10%

Part B - (Reading Comprehension: PAT/ June 27th)                       10%



• be "present" (attend regularly and be attentive to the contributions of others)
• treat everyone in the room with respect and thoughtfulness
• use class time wisely and in a manner that supports the focus and learning of others
• seek clarification of a task prior to and not after a due date
• complete all tasks on time
• reflect on your learning: your strengths and your plans for growth as a reader, writer and speaker.
Be honest but fair in your self-assessment


Areas of Focus

As they progress through both the one-term section and the one-semester section of the ELA 9 program, students will examine the following (although not necessarily in this order, and not necessarily as independent units).

The elements below that appear in a bold font are those that will be emphasized in the one-semester course.

Engaging with digital tools and accessing a digital workspace
Short Stories
Writing Process
Film as text
Novel or book-length Nonfiction *
Literary Terminology and Technique
Literary Elements
Lexical expansion
Self-directed Reading
PAT preparation

Students will be invited to explore multiple text forms and to represent their understanding in a variety of ways.
In addition to the information above, please refer to the attached Cochrane High English Department Assessment Policy. This policy identifies important details in relation to both coursework and the assessment process, and is common across all English Language Arts classes at CHS.


I wish you the best this year, and I look forward to working with you in the coming months.








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. All 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

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