English 9

By: Joey Doughty

Introduction to English 9 with Mrs. Allen

HI, I'm Joey Doughty. Freshmen year is a really fast year. So, with saying that, you will have to pay attention. You also have to, do all of your homework in order to keep your grades up. Homework is important in Mrs. Allen's class, because it is a big part of your grade. I know, it sounds boring, but it is a blast in her class.

English 9's Content (Units of Study)

The Short Stories unit was the very first unit we did in English 9. It lasted roughly about a month and a half. The unit itself was fun and interesting. If I had to choose, the best short story would have to be "The Scarlet Ibis".

Another unit of study that we did in English 9 was Divergent. It lasted about a month. It was also my favorite unit. Mrs. Allen splits students up based upon their aptitude test results. Everyone has to be involved in order for you to have the best experience with it. You also get to watch the movie after you finish the book.

The next unit of study that we did in Mrs. Allen's English 9 class was the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. I didn't really like this unit at all. It felt like it lasted about three years, but it only really lasted about a month. I found "Romeo and Juliet" boring in a lot of the cases.

The unit of study that we just finished, in English 9, was "The Odyssey". I really liked this unit of study. It was fun and intriguing. It is all about Odysseus and his journey across many lands in order to get back to his wife and son. It involves a lot of Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Independent Reading/Book Talks

The independent reading was great in most cases. You just have to get a book you really enjoy. If you get a boring book, then, that month will be a long one. It will also be hard for you to finish your book by the end of the month. At the end of every month, you will have to do a book talk. Each one is 80 points and consist of doing sticky notes, reading the book, and knowing the information in the book. You should always set times to read your book. (P.S. If you finish your book early, you get rewarded with less work.)

My Favorite

My favorite part of Mrs. Allen's English 9 class was the Divergent Unit. It was my favorite, because everyone got involved and was interactive. It was also the most fun. And, at the end of the unit, you get to watch the movie.

My not so Favorite

I have struggled with a few things in English 9. One of them is staying organized. I always struggled with that, and Mrs. Allen helped me with it when it came time to the binder checks. I could never seem to keep all of my papers in one place. They were always scattered around.

My Advice

My experiences with English 9 could give good advice. That advice is to ALWAYS stay organized. If you don't, it will come back to bite you in the binder checks. Also, you should read your independent reading book. The book talks at the end of the month could really hurt your grade if you do not do well on them.

Top 5 List

  1. The number one way to make Mrs. Allen laugh is to make really bad puns.

Aside from that, here is a list of ways to stay organized.

  1. Put papers in order when you get them.
  2. Keep your locker clean at all times.
  3. Get a homework folder for all of your work that is due.
  4. Get a planner to keep track of your assignments and all of your upcoming tests.

Inspirational Quote

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." ~ Ghandi