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Ninth Grade Literacy Resources

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Unit One:
Literary Elements and the Short Story

This unit, the first of six, uses the short story as the vehicle for reviewing common literary elements, as well as for appreciating the art of great storytelling.

Unit Two:
The Novel - Honor

This unit, the second of six, focuses on the novel as a literary form and explores the unifying theme of honor in the classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Unit Three:
Poetry - Beauty

In this unit, the third of six, students encounter a new literary genre—poetry—and focus on poetic forms, rhyme, and meter.


Unit Four:
Drama - Fate

IThis unit, the fourth of six, uses two classic tragedies to address a new literary form for the grade level: the drama.

Unit Five:
Epic Poetry - Heroism

This unit, the fifth of six, focuses on epic poetry as its own genre and introduces students to classic and more recent epics, as well as to works of contemporary nonfiction that also address themes related to heroism.


Unit Six:
Literary Nonfiction (Memoir, Essay, Speech)

This unit, the last of six, focuses on three kinds of literary nonfiction: the memoir, the essay, and the speech, with “reflection” as the common aspect of these genres.


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