Language Arts 9

  • Name:

    Language Arts 9 (ENGL100)

  • Department:

    Language Arts

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Language Arts 8 (LA8)

Language Arts 9


This class emphasizes improving student communication through the composition of well-structured paragraphs building into longer projects such as personal essays and creative short stories. The Literature selections for this course include both classic and contemporary short stories, dramas, novels, and non-fiction selections. Through Literature, students encounter new vocabulary and weekly vocabulary lessons strengthen skills necessary for expanding a personal lexicon. Weekly grammar lessons emphasize foundational grammar concepts and standard usage, then these skills are practiced through composition. *As part of the EVP program, this course will have a live class requirement once a week at a set time; please see the website for time choices. This live class will include teaching, discussion with classmates from around the world, demonstrations, questions and answers, and other aspects of a live classroom. Students will have weekly due dates and stay on a traditional coursework schedule.


Do you love reading, writing, and critical thinking? I’m guessing many of you do NOT like any of those activities right now! However, I do believe that you will love the 9th grade Language Arts class by the time you get into the second week! (ENGL100 VRP)

We will begin the year with three exciting suspense stories. You will learn to analyze and write simple, organized paragraphs about these stories as you build your critical thinking skills. Then, after navigating more short stories and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, I will coach you through writing your own unique short story, which will incorporate some of your favorite characters from the semester’s reading! Semester A will conclude with a classic British novel called Silas Marner, and you will find that you are now quite comfortable with literary analysis and with turning out well written paragraphs!

Of course, you won’t want to stop there. Semester B begins with a poetry unit that even non-poetry-lovers can enjoy, and then dives into the world of Bilbo Baggins, as we study The Hobbit with all of its epic adventure! From there, we work our way into a nonfiction book rich in battle scenes and thought provoking arguments, and you will be taught, step by step, how to research, write, and use proper MLA formatting and citation for a formal research paper. The semester concludes with interesting nonfiction essays by authors like Benjamin Franklin and C.S. Lewis!

By the time you finish my course, I’m pretty sure you will be sorry to say goodbye! But don’t worry, I will still want to hear from you as you move on to even greater heights in your high school career.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

The videos were helpful, I was always taking notes on them.


I liked reading other students ideas/responses.


It was very organized and set everything out for students to follow.


I have learned a lot in the past year, but I have seen the most change in my attitude towards English. I have come to enjoy it, where previously I tried to avoid it. I now look forward to Language Arts each week, instead of dreading it! Also, I now understand many of the concepts better: the parts of a story, effects that authors use, parts of speech, and so much more. Finally, I feel like this year in English has prepared me to move on and write with more confidence. Before this year, I was unsure about my writing skills and knowledge of grammar, but this year has helped me to see that I can do much more than I give myself credit for! I have thoroughly enjoyed this year in English 100, and I feel like it has completely changed my attitude towards Language Arts.

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