Welcome to the Freshman World!

Here is a background and preview into English 9

"A child without knowledge is like a bird with clipped wings"

-Tibetan Proverb

Welcome back!

My name is Cheyanne Locke. By the time you're reading this, I will be a sophomore! You are now one of Mrs. Allen's English students. There is a lot of material covered in this class, so I am going to share with you some of the sections, and also some tips and suggestions along the way. Enjoy reading!

What to look forward to

Short Stories

  • We started off this year with a short story unit. This consisted of multiple, five or so page long narrations. One of these stories was "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. I loved this story for it's excellent imagery and exciting narration. After reading/listening to our short story, we were tested on it sometime after. My advice for you is to make sure you stay organized with all of your packets. Keep them in the right order of you binder, and finding them for reference won't be a problem!

Romeo and Juliet

  • Around January into February, my class began to read all five acts of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This was personally my favorite section! Most of the time in class, we bounced between listening to the audio book and watching the movie. There was a lot of projects to go along with this section, so I advise keeping everything. Do not throw anything away until your binder check! This will help you stay organized majorly.

The Odyssey

  • The second to last area of study was Homer's Odyssey. If you are a person who enjoys fantasy and action, you will love this area! There isn't too much I can say about the Odyssey because I do not want to give anything away! Although, I can say you will not want to miss school during this area of study. Since The Odyssey is an ongoing story with so many characters, you will find yourself quite confused if you do not keep up with your reading. Other than that, this lesson is packed full of fun and interaction with your classmates.


  • Last, but not least, you will be diving into the world of poetry. This section is not that long, being that it takes place at the end of the year (I'm in the midst of it as I type!). We started off with watching the documentary "Louder than a Bomb." This is a sneak-peak into the upcoming spoken word poem you will be working on. Since this area is so open to interpretation, I can not say exactly what to expect! But, you do want to know that poetry is not a subject to be a hermit crab in. Self-expression is an extremely powerful thing, and Mrs.Allen has given you the opportunity to use it. Take it and run with it!

Independent reading

  • What is independent reading?

Independent reading is a students opportunity to read any novel of their chose within a set amount of weeks. Your class will be taken to the library and Mrs. Scott will introduce you to just a few of the many books you can chose from. Independent reading happens all school year, once every nine weeks, making a total of four sessions and four new books!

  • Book Talks

Once you have finished your novel, Mrs. Allen will have a one-on-one conversation with you all about your reading. This could include your favorite scenes, why you chose this book, or even some questions about the story line, insuring you did actually read. I personally loved independent reading because it did not have boundaries. Being able to chose your story based on your likings is pretty awesome! My only advice to you for your independent reading/book talks is to not procrastinate. Putting off an assignment is never a good idea, especially when you're expected to know so much about your book

My Fave

I loved English 9 this year. The material covered was intriguing and I wanted to keep learning! Out of everything, my favorite area of study was independent reading because of the freedom it gave me. I tried to chose a different genre for each of the books I read.

My not so fave

Two words: Binder Checks. I have to admit, I'm not an organized person! It was tough for me to keep all of the papers all year. In the long run though, binder checks really boost your grade as well as teach you about organization. My tip for binder checks are to put your papers away as you collect them.

Some advice...

English 9 is a much different course than English 8. There is a lot more material covered as well as projects assigned. If you do not keep up with everything, it can get a bit overwhelming! Having a steady attendance and doing your homework/reading is what to do to succeed

Top Five

  1. Mrs. Allen's relaxing room
  2. Working with a partner/in a group
  3. Watching movies that go along with our reading
  4. Trips to the library
  5. Creating projects in Mrs. Whiting's class