English is more than reading and writing; it is the ability to create, communicate, and reflect effectively. It is an Art – one that I encourage students to try with an open mind. Throughout this year, students will be provided with ample opportunity to express themselves in a variety of creative ways. We will experiment with different forms of expression and mediums while weaving the all-important threads of communication, higher order thinking and reflection throughout.
The year will be spent solidifying and practicing many of the skills learned in Grade 8. The language skills of reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and researching will be developed through a variety of written, oral, and visual assignments. Writing, creativity, and self-identity will be on the front burner and a major component of English 9.
The New BC Curriculum
This year, English 9 with Ms. Citton and Ms. Campbell will follow the new BC Curriculum. As such, assessments, expectations, skills, and learning outcomes have changed to reflect a more personalized, holistic, and engaging learning experience.
Learners will be evaluated on their ability to master the new curricular competencies which allow them to access, recognize, appreciate, construct, and evaluate different forms, structures, and features of English language.1
Game Rules and Logistics
This year in English 9, we're going to "gamify" the classroom and dive into Classcraft.
What is Classcraft?
Classcraft is a role-playing game designed to be played in classrooms. Each student takes on the role of a character and works to gain special powers. One of the game’s main objectives is to boost your motivation to study and participate in class by making your education more entertaining. To get the most out of Classcraft, players must develop a strategy for themselves and for the team they belong to. Classcraft is most beneficial when players master all the different characteristics of the game.
Assessment and Evaluation
Writing and Representing 30%
Original Compositions, Written Expression, Visual Journal
December & June Exam - Original Composition (7.5%)
Reading and Viewing 30%
Literary paragraphs, Character Sketches, Reading and Responding
December & June Exam - Literary Paragraph(s) and Multiple Choice (7.5%)
Accelerated Reader 8%
This year Grade 9’s require 40 points.
Speaking and Listening 17%
Speech, In-class presentations, Group Work and Reporting
All year. Written & Literary Portfolio (5% each)
All year. In class, and online.
Policies and Expectations
All school and academic policies are written in the student handbook. Please read these policies in full.
If a student misses a test or assignment because of an unexcused absence, he/she will receive a mark of zero. Missed test are to be written within 48 hours of the test date. Students who miss a test are responsible for arranging a time with the teacher ASAP.
Students are responsible for all missed work. All assignments, daily happenings and homework will be on the class website: ms-citton.weebly.com . Students are responsible for checking the website and completing missed work. Students should make every effort to return to class prepared. In order to do this, it is important that you contact me directly (in person or via email) or consult the course webpage before returning to class.
In the event of an extended absence, students are requested to bring a written explanation from their parents at least two weeks in advance.
Late to Class
Students will require a late slip to enter class after the second bell. Three lates will result in a detention.
Late Policy in regards to Assignments
There will be no mark penalty for late work until such time that the class work is marked and handed back. At this time, late assignments may or may not be accepted for full marks.
Cell Phones and other Electronics
Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used only with the permission of the teacher. Technology will play an important role in the classroom; we will use Chromebooks, Google Drive, and @myndrs.com accounts. All students have an @myndrs.com account – please find, sign, and return the permission form to Ms. Citton.
Students may bring a personal lap top to class in order to complete in-class assignments; should students choose to bring their own computer, they are responsible for it.
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