•  English 1

    Welcome to ninth grade English.  In this course, students will explore various texts and genres while honing their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.




    Welcome to ninth grade English!  In this course, students will explore various texts and genres while honing their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

    The core curriculum of ninth-grade English is a program titled SpringBoard, a course developed to provide a roadmap for attaining the knowledge and skills students need for success in Advanced Placement courses and in college-level work. Level four is organized into units centered on the concept of coming of age. We will study challenging texts including: A Separate Peace, by John Knowles; To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck; and Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. In addition, we will analyze short stories and poetry. Each unit contains a wide-range of reading and writing activities designed to prepare students for college and for the 21st century. The Great Books Shared Inquiry model will also be used to read, interpret, and discuss great works of literature. 

    Each quarter grade is based on the following categories:                                           

    Tests, Projects,Quizzes, and Writing Assignments     50%

    Classwork and Participation                                           25%

    Homework and Reading Quizzes                                  25%



    We will read a variety of texts this year, including novels, plays, short stories, newspaper articles, essays, and poems.  As a class, we will tackle Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  In addition to the texts in their SpringBoard books, students will also read independent reading books based on the unit themes.


    There is a good deal of writing required of students in their SpringBoard books.  Students can expect written homework nightly, either in their books or in a separate notebook or journal.  Their writing will help them make and demonstrate connections between their reading, our class work, and their lives.  In addition to in-class daily writing, students write letters, essays, speeches, stories, and research papers over the course of the school year. 


    Students will regularly participate in whole-class and small group discussions.  Students are encouraged to ask and answer questions, share a perspective, or offer an interpretation.  More formally, students will write and deliver speeches, participate in class discussions, and debate arguments. 



    Students will gain experience processing aural information through speech and debate projects, as well as through oral presentations in which the audience members have a listening responsibility.  Students will also watch and listen to film and audio interpretations of texts in their pursuit of understanding the value of a writer or speaker’s voice.

    Ms. Seren Cepler

    SerenCepler@wpcsd.k12.ny.us                                                          914-422-2154






Last Modified on September 17, 2014