Freshman

English 9

The Begining

Welcome to freshmen year everybody. My name is Geanna Forster. By the time you will be reading this I'll be a former student of Mrs. Allen's. Being an a freshman can be exciting and scary, but you finally get a name! In Mrs. Allen's English 9 class you do many projects and read many fun books, most you get to choose.

Your Year

This is English class so of course you will be reading a lot! Mrs. Allen loves to give us stuff to read and have little assignments on them. The books you will be reading this year include:


  • Short stories
  1. Gift of the Magi
  2. The Most Dangerous Game
  3. The Cask of Amontillado
  4. The Scarlet Ibis
  • Rhetoric (study of speeches)
  • The Hunger Games
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Monster
  • Group literature circles
  • The Odyssey
  • Poetry

Independent Reading

This is the time where you get to choose what you do. You get to choose which books you would like to read. She gives you about three weeks to read your book, which is plenty of time. After that you get to sign up for a book talk. You get to talk to Mrs. Allen about your book to prove that you read it. She has most likely also read the book so she will know if you did not really read it.

My Favorite Part

My favorite part of the class of the Odyssey. like this because it's very different and I've never seen it before. After reading it I understood so many references. There are many things from the Odyssey in the Percy Jackson series that I was able to understand from reading it. The story is also amazing. All the events in these 10 years of trying to get home. I also really like Greek mythology. If you like it to then then you will most likely also enjoy reading the Odyssey.

The Parts I Didn't Like

I didn't like the poetry unit. I'm not that good at poetry and nor do I like it that much. At least this section wasn't that big and long lasting. But I do feel that this unit gave people that chance to be themselves and really express themselves. The Louder than a Bomb videos were fun and enjoyable.

!Advice!

Always do your homework! If you don't then you will probably fall behind and it won't be fun.

Try to stay up to date with your independent reading. Mrs. Allen will show you how many pages you should read a day/week. If you fall behind it's really hard to catch up and I'm speaking from experience.

Stay organized! If you don't then you will regret it when the time comes for a binder check.

Don't ever be afraid to ask for help. Mrs. Allen will always be glad to help you with whatever you're working on.

Top 5 Ways to stay organized

  1. Label which section in your binder your papers will go in.
  2. Put your papers in your binder immediately
  3. Don't just put your papers in the pockets
  4. Double check where you put your papers with your binder check list
  5. Make sure that your work is done on your papers
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