9th Grade American Literature & Composition

Yearly Price: $361.50

Online Grammar Program:

** English Grammar 101 **$20 one-time charge for online program

Reading List:

Autobiography and Other Writings by Benjamin Franklin, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems & Other Stories, The Last of the Mohicans, The House of Seven Gables, Moby Dick, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The House of Mirth, The Great Gatsby, My Antonia, The Old Man and the Sea, A Moveable Feast, The Open Boat (Summer Reading)

Outside Homework:

4+ hours per week

In this survey of classic American works, students will explore the beginning and growth of American literature in the context of a Christian worldview. They will focus especially on the shifting philosophies and historical context associated with the development of the literary canon and will become acquainted with famous American authors, their classical works, and the impact these works have had on American culture. In addition to reading poetry, essays, short stories, and novels, students will increase their skill in literary analysis through challenging writing and research assignments designed to begin preparing them for college and the writing portion of the SAT/ACT. Excellence in Literature: American Literature (Institute for Excellence in Writing) will be used as the basis for coursework. Contextual vocabulary will be assigned periodically, and grammar will be completed online through English Grammar 101. Students will be assigned a reading and writing assignment that will be turned in on the first day of class. Grammar: Although our writing program implements grammar rules and learning within its lessons, we feel regular grammar review and practice will be most beneficial to each student in the development of their written communication skills. Therefore, the grammar portion of the course will be covered using the Online Premium Plus version of English Grammar 101 by Cingletree Learning. This is a comprehensive, interactive program using the computer to learn, practice, and test grammar and word usage. Students work at their own pace completing lessons, which are self-correcting, and may be re-done or repeated as often as desired. Pre-tests and post-tests are also included in the program. Record keeping is done by the PATH teacher. Grammar grades are then tabulated and posted to the online grading system for students and parents.

Assigned summer reading and writing assignment will be submitted on the first day of class.  Plan on 8-10 homework hours for the summer assignment.