You're a Freshman

Guide to survive as a Freshman


Hello and welcome to English 9! How do you feel being a freshman? You should feel good, and don't be worried. Mrs. Allen is an awesome teacher, I bet you'll love her just like everyone else does! Now, since you're reading this I'm a sophomore already and I really miss Mrs. Allen. I'm going to help you "survive" freshman year, I did!

Course's Content

We go through many units throughout the year. Some things you are most likely to do this year are:

  • Short Stories
  • Rhetoric
  • The Hunger Games
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Monster
  • Group Literature Circles
  • The Odyssey
  • Poetry

Independent Reading

Independent reading is a huge part of your grade in English 9. You do a book talk every nine weeks and it's not as hard as you think. If you actually read your book and know what you're talking about, it should be a breeze. If you don't read your book and you think you will "wing it" it isn't gonna work, I can assure you this right now. Mrs. Allen read most of the books in the library and she can tell if you are just making things up. It isn't that hard to read.

My Favorites

Mrs. Allen's classroom shares some really good memories we had together. English 9 is a really fun class and Mrs. Allen is an awesome teacher. She'll joke and laugh with you and she will sing lots, too. She is really funny and nice, I'm sure you will like her. My favorite things to do in English 9 would be group projects, because it's nice to interact with others and get to work with your friends on things. But, don't mess around the whole time.

My Not So Favorites

I didn't really like learning about the rhetoric devices or doing the poetry unit. I mean, it wasn't that bad but not that good either. I liked the other sections a lot better. I was never really good at poetry and it didn't help that we had to record it. I mean, it wasn't as bad as I thought, but I didn't like it.

Some Advice

Going into English 9 with no advice is no way to go! In order to survive your freshman year, being organized in English is a big one. Mrs. Allen does a binder check about every nine weeks. With all the papers she gives you, it adds up! She'll tell you which section the paper goes in when you get it and I would suggest putting it in that spot right when you're done because if you wait until the binder check it's a mess. She'll also give you a checklist to make sure it's in the right order, but that doesn't mean to be lazy and just wait for the checklist. Also, if you're doing the paper in class, just fill it out! I never understood why people didn't fill out the paper while we were doing it in class. It's in the binder check!

Top 5 Objects You Will Need for English 9

Here are a few things you WILL need for English 9. Some of these things you will use almost every day, and some you might just use for a little bit.

  1. You will NEED a pencil or pen every day for English.
  2. You will NEED a binder for every day in English.
  3. You will NEED dividers for your binder at the beginning of the school year.
  4. You will ALMOST all of the time have a book handy with you.
  5. The last thing you'll NEED to bring is your BRAIN every single day!

An Inspiring quote to get you going

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

-Mahatma Gandhi

Without a doubt, make sure to enjoy your time as a freshman and have fun! If you have fun it won't be that bad, I promise!