English 9- Full Year (Band)

English Language Arts 9

Ms. H. Haxton

~Important Note: for most ELA 9 students at this school, learning will unfold across both a one-term section and a full-semester section; however, in the case of this ELA 9 group (which will alternate with full-year Band) the course will be delivered across all four terms of the school year.

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, skill-building, no numeric value assigned) and summative tasks (formal learning checkpoints, numeric value assigned).

  • Coursework (in-class assignments, reflections,                  80%
    essays, projects, quizzes, presentations, etc.)
  • Final exam (Written Response: In-class)    10%

(Reading Comprehension: PAT)                       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

Throughout the course of the year, students will examine the following (although not necessarily in this order, and not necessarily as independent units):

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.

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