Welcome To Honors English 9

Have fun, kids


Welcome to Honors English 9! My name is Alisa Fracul and I used to be in the jail that is this class but now I’m free. This will be the most stressful class in your academic career so far, and you will probably succeed anyway just because of your fresh and bubbly can-do attitude. You’ll get project after project, and just when you think you’re done, PLOT TWIST there’s another project. You’ll probably enjoy the class anyway, because Mrs. Allen makes it interesting. By the time you write this at the end of the year, you’ll feel like today was just yesterday.
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A Preview of the Course

Short Stories

This was one of my favorite units. You get to read a few thought-provoking short stories, and then go on a field trip to see them performed as plays. You also get to go to Panera and the Spaghetti Warehouse, which is the main reason it’s a great trip. You’ll enjoy the stories, and the assignments that go with them aren’t too difficult.


This is one English book you’ll actually want to read. Being able to read the book at your own pace will heighten your enjoyment. The story is interesting and moves fast, so you definitely won’t be bored. The team exercises are fun, and the dystopian unit is a good one. You also get to make your own book trailer and read your own book.
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Romeo and Juliet

This is another one of my favorite units. Romeo and Juliet is a classic, and Mrs. Allen makes sure you understand it. Reading the parts aloud in class can get hilarious, so make sure you volunteer. Watching the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best parts. The story never gets old.

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Everyone enjoys this unit, because it’s so different from all of the other units. The star of the poetry unit is the spoken word poem, where you write a poem and say it in front of a camera. Writing so much original content might be hard for some people, but you’ll pull through. Watching Louder Than a Bomb makes you think about poetry more, and it’s very interesting.
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Independent Reading

Mrs. Allen gives you a lot of choice when it comes to independent reading, and she makes it fun. She tells you what genre you have to do, then you can pick any book in that genre to do a project on. She really wants you to enjoy the books you read. We chose dystopian books to make book trailers about. We also chose historical fiction to make a Tackk about, and realistic fiction to make a timeline and test about. The best is at the end of the year when you get to pick any book from any genre to do a Tackk and podcast about.
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In My Opinion

My Favorites

Some of my favorite things this year were Romeo and Juliet, the short stories, and the independent reading. Romeo and Juliet is very well written, and the movie is great. Going on the field trip for the short stories is a blast, and the stories themselves are memorable. I really liked the last two independent reading assignments, the historical fiction and any book ones. The books I read were great, and I wouldn’t have read them if we weren’t given the opportunity to for an assignment.

My Unfavorites

Some of my least favorite things were probably a few of the books we had to read. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn always gets a bad rep because it’s the summer assignment and nobody wants to read in the summer, and the story doesn’t move very fast. I didn’t really like speak either, but it might just have been because of all the assignments that went with it. A Raisin in the Sun was a pretty uneventful read, and I kind of have mixed feelings about the poetry unit mainly because of the difficulties I had writing the poem.

My Advice

My best advice is not to procrastinate. When I read the newsletters from last year, they all said not to procrastinate because it’s such good advice. I didn’t listen, and most of you won’t listen, but life will be a lot easier if you do. Give yourself more than one day to read an independent reading book, and more than a few hours to type any essay. The assignments will probably take longer than you think. As long as you get everything done, you’re good to go.

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Do not put the pro in procrastinate.

Top 5 ways to get work done

  1. Put down that phone, shut your laptop, and turn off the TV.

  2. Sit in a quiet room so you can concentrate and make sure you’re hydrated.

  3. Do a little work every day instead of all at once.

  4. Don’t put off homework until late at night, do it when you get home.

  5. Do the work you dread most first so you can get it out of the way.
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Have Fun.

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