9th Grade English

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Chinese and Japanese Poetry Assignments

Monday, May 5, 2014

Assignment 3 – Due Wednesday, May 7

Choose one of the poems we have looked at so far and present it as beautifully as you can on a single piece of paper.

You will need to write the poem out carefully, planning how it will fit on the page. Calligraphy would be great, but is not required. You may want to pay special attention to initial...

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Creative Writing Assignment due Thursday, March 27

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cold War Creative Writing Assignment

Choose a participant in either the Berlin Airlift or the Hungarian Revolution and tell their story from their point of view. You must be true to the facts of the story as reported in the articles we read, but of course you can add your own details, emotions, etc.
Some ideas:

  • An American pilot...
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Study Questions on Korean War Due Friday, March 21

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Study Questions
Please answer in full grammatical sentences. This is a ten-point assignment.

1. What started the Korean War in 1950?


2. What strategic maneuver by General Douglas MacArthur turned the tide of the war?


3. What development prevented the US and its allies from winning a decisive victory?


4. What...

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Cold War Unit March 11 - April 17

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11

Read the provisions of the Potsdam Proclamation and answer the study questions that follow.

Items 1 – 5 are primarily intended to convince the Japanese to surrender. State two reasons why it would be in Japan’s best interest to surrender. Each reason should be stated in a well-constructed, grammatical sentence.


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Short Story Unit

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Assignment 1: Due Thursday, January 9

Read “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant.

Mark in the text where you see the following elements

Initial exposition
Rising action
Falling action

How many comparisons can you make between this story and Cinderella?
Turn in a list of at least five points of...

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“Drenched in Light” Assignment

Monday, November 25, 2013

Write one paragraph describing Isis Watts EITHER in the voice of her grandmother or in the voice of the white lady who takes her off in the car.

Due Tuesday, November 26

150 words.

“Weary Blues” Assignment

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Weary Blues

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune, 
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory...

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Schedule for Harlem Renaissance Monologues

Monday, November 25, 2013

Everyone should have chosen a character and be confident that they can find sufficient material from at least three sources. At least one source should be print.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bibliographies are due.

Turn in a list of at least three sources, formatted according to MLA style.

Easybib.com will do this for you. Answer...

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Assignment Due Wednesday, November 13

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The American decision to enter World War I

Write a three paragraph essay on America’s decision to declare war on Germany in 1917.

  • Paragraph one should summarize President Wilson’s reasons for wanting to declare war.
  • Paragraph two should summarize Senator Norris’ reasons for wanting the United States to remain neutral.
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Reading Schedule for All Quiet on the Western Front

Monday, October 21, 2013

Friday, October 18   Chapter 1    Pages 1 – 18

Tuesday, October 22   Chapter 2   Pages 19-33

Wednesday, October 23  Chapter 3   Pages 35 - 50 

Thursday, October 24   Chapters 4 & 5  Pages 51 - 97

Friday, October 25   Chapter 6   Pages 99 - 136

Monday, October 28   Chapter 7   Pages 137 - 185

Tuesday, October 29   Chapter 8  ...

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Ninth Grade Assignment due Wednesday, October 16

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dulce et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs                                 Flares -  rockets with brilliant
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.                                   lights sent up to...

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Ninth Grade Assignment Due Friday, October 11

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Three poems by Siegfried Sassoon


The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes  
Till beauty shines in all that we can see.  
War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise, 
And, fighting for our freedom, we are free.

Horror of wounds and anger at the foe,
And loss of things desired; all these must pass.
We are the happy...

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Ninth Grade Assignment Due Wednesday, October 9

Monday, October 7, 2013

Read the three sonnets by Rupert Brooke and answer the study questions below.

Now God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour
    And caught our youth and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power
    To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold...

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Ninth Grade Assignment Due Tuesday, October 8

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Write your own short poem (equal in length to perhaps a stanza of “Song of the Smoke”) inspired by W.E.B. DuBois. The first two lines must start with “I am”. Other than that, no restrictions.


If you are not in a mood to write poetry tonight, you may memorize your favorite stanza of “Song of the Smoke” to recite in class tomorrow....

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Assignment Due Thursday, October 3

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Due Thursday, October 3

In the voice of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, write to Frederick Douglass explaining your disappointment at his decision to support the 15th Amendment even though it did not grant women the vote.


In the voice of Frederick Douglass, write to Elizabeth Cady Stanton explaining your decision to support...

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9th Grade English Assignments

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ninth Grade Homework due Wednesday, Septemberr 25

Read the Declaration of Sentiments published by the women and men who attended  the Seneca Falls Convention in New York in 1848. It is modeled after the Declaration of Independence. Pay special attention to the women’s list of grievances at the end.

From the list of 16 grievances,...

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Welcome to 9th Grade English!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Welcome to 9th Grade English!

This semester we will explore the ins-and-outs of human power struggles. Through deep study of literature and historical events, we will discover ways humans gain power over one another and maintain it. From the brutal practices of Josef Stalin and Mao Ze Dong during the Russian and Chinese Revolutions and...

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