•                                                   Mrs Sophy Peter                                                       

                                                    Syllabus 2021/2022

                                                    Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

    Course Description: This course focuses on a study of literary genres; the students develop initial understanding of both the structure and the meaning of a literary work. The students explore the effect of the literary form in regards to interpretation. The students will read across the curriculum to develop academic and personal interests in different subjects. While the focus is technical writing in ninth grade literature, the student will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres: narrative, expository, argumentative, and technical. The students will engage in research, timed writings, and the writing process. Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing, and speaking, rather than in isolation. The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes.

     Instructional Philosophy: To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements.  This course is a graduation requirement.

    Major Course Goals: Throughout the year we will review the following basic skills to improve performance at the high school level: organization, test-taking techniques, listening skills, effective study habits, goal setting, time management, note taking, learning styles, and attitudes/behaviors of an active learner.

    We will follow a Standards-based classroom and adhere to the 9th grade curriculum map to prepare you for tenth grade. Our learning focus will target the analysis of literary and informational texts as well as producing effective writing that is explanatory, informative, and argumentative in style, content, and format.

    Major Course Projects & Instructional Activities: Assignments include the following: Daily classwork and Homework, quizzes,tests, writing assssignments, independent work using the computer, projects(individual and group), oral presentations, and reports(oral and written).

     Course Assessment Plan:

    Assessments will assess students' ability to analyze literary and informational text, produce effective writing that is explanatory, informative, and argumentative in style content, and format. Students will complete Performance Tasks, I-Ready assessments, and multiple researching and writing tasks throughout the span of the course.

    *At the completion of this course, students will take the required Ninth Grade Georgia Milestone Assessment. This assessment will count for 20% of your overall grade.

     Classroom Expectations: The discipline policy of the Richmond County School System will be followed.  I will not accept any class disruptions, disrespect for myself or others in the class.

      1st Offense:  Verbal warning

    2nd Offense:  Teacher – student mini conference

    3rd Offense: Verbal warning and parent/guardian contact

    4th Offense:  Guidance/ Administration referral


    Supplies and Materials needed:

    Richmond County Text for class:

    Section in a Binder

    Loose leaf paper

    Pens (Black or blue ink only)

    Highlighter/ colored ink pens

    Flash drive/ Google Drive account (for all classes)


     Missed Assignments/tests: 

    If you are absent from class, no matter why, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to see me for notes, assignments, etc. on your own time, not during class time, unless something you need from me is required that day for class.  Also, if you miss a test or quiz on that day, it is your responsibility to make an after school appointment with me to make it up with-in five days.



    Richmond County Grading Policy

    90-100            A

    80-89              B

    75-79              C

    70-74              D

    69 & below      F





    Grade Distribution

    Homework                             10%

    Classwork                              20%

    Test/Performance Task

    (Formative)                           30%

    Quizzes (Summative)             40%

    Total                                    100%

    Teacher Contact information –peterso@richmond.k12.ga.us

     Syllabus AGREEMENT     Ninth Grade English Literature & Composition: 

     Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

    To ensure the success of our students, please read the information on this syllabus carefully.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at any time. Please include a way that I may contact you so that we may have open communication.


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