Course Description

Welcome to your freshman year at ATC, and welcome to pre-AP English 9!  With high school comes an exciting time of examining and learning more about yourself, the world around you, and how you will ultimately choose to interact with and contribute to that world.  Through the study of literature and various forms of writing, we will examine man’s timeless conflicts with himself, others, and his environment.  We’ll analyze the forces that shape those conflicts and determine the value of the resolutions offered within the literary works.  Together we’ll uncover the various authors’ purposes and see where they are (and are not) relevant to our lives. Always, we will take away a greater understanding of others, ourselves, and the world in which we live. It is critical in an advanced course that students ask questions, listen actively to their peers and the instructor, and synthesize the various forms of information to make meaning for themselves.  Literature and writing are all about exploration for the purpose of making and communicating meaning.  Thus, discussion will be central to our class, and respect for one another’s views is expected. This will be a safe place to explore ideas and share our mental wanderings and wonderings.

Upcoming Assignments See all


Do Now: Tell the story of how you got a scar. 
Time to work on comparison/contrast activities.  Due end of hour.


Do Now: Think about a memory from childhood involving a bike.  Tell the story.
Introduce personal narrative and provide examples.  Provide time to work in class.


Do Now: What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in your life so far?

Time in class to work on personal narratives. Be prepared for peer review tomorrow.

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Friday is the last day of 1st quarter.  Wednesday, Oct. 9th, is the last day I will accept any make-up work for 1st quarter.  The one exception is rewrites for the  Old Man and the Sea essay (9th grade).  I will accept those until Friday, Oct. 11th. 

Summer Assignments

I hope everyone is having an amazing summer filled with both adventure and relaxation.  Just a reminder that you should also be devoting some time to completing your summer assignment.  I look forward to sharing in your learning.