Freshman Year

English 9


Hello, my name is Ireland and I would like to personally welcome you to the ninth grade. Ninth grade will be more challenging than junior high because you are now expected to be more self sufficient, so stay organized, ask for help when you need it and don't waste time. I wish you the best of luck during the 2016-2017 school year!

Favorite Units of the Year

  • Romeo and Juliet: This was one of my favorite things we have done this year. You will read "Romeo and Juliet" in your English book. You will fill out papers about the story. You will also watch the movie and compare it to the book.

  • Divergent: This book is very good. To make you feel apart of the book you will get put into a faction group. (Divergent, Dauntless, Erudite, Abnegation, Candor, or Amity) To find out which faction you belong in you will take a faction test, which in divergent is called an aptitude test. Mrs. Allen will then go over your scores and put you in a group of three or four usually. It is a competition you will play games on the chrome book and compete with the other factions and earn bonus points. You will fill out study guides through the whole unit and turn them in. You will also make a box with your group and decorate according to your faction and put items in it to go along with you faction. My faction was Candor. After you finish the book you get to watch the movie. You will get a packet and fill it out comparing it to the book and rating which you thought was better and what was different.

  • Monster: This is another class read. You again will get assigned a study guide packet. Not only will you get a study guide packet you will also get the option of writing in a journal that Mrs. Allen will give you or typing in on a website. You will turn in the journal every few responses. You will also watch videos of prisoners and their experiences. They are usually teenagers to go along with the book and talk about what their life is like. This book was very good as well.

  • Group Literature Circles: This is where you will fill out a paper and rate a book on how you think it sounds by reading the summary of the book. You will do this with 6 books. Then you will rate them as your favorite and get put into groups assigned by Mrs. Allen. Your whole group will be reading the same book. This isn't a class read. You will be assigned to read it for independent reading, you will also have to read outside of class. You will do TDA's on the book and also write a podcast and record it with your group. My book I read was "Thousand Words" I really enjoyed it and I couldn't put it down, I finished it within a few days. You will fill out a paper for the weeks you read the book. You will get a week one, two, and three paper. You will fill them out each week and turn them in for points.

  • You will get assigned to read outside of class as well as you will read together in class. You will sometimes listen to an audio book, or get to volunteer to read as a class. You will get assigned a character to read if you volunteer, this is with any book you read as a class, usually.

Favorite Book I Read This Year/ Independent Reading

I have had many other books I enjoyed this year, but I recently read the book "Hate List" and absolutely loved it. This book really makes you about so many things. Independent reading is where you have a list of genres of book on a paper you will need to complete by the end of the year. Every month you will go to the library and Mrs. Scott will give you an overview of many books and you will write information down that she said. With this paper you will turn it in for points. Once you turn it in you are free to pick any book she has went over or just in the library. Again you will do this every month with a different genre. Every Friday Mrs. Allen will give you about 15-20 minutes to read in class. Use your time wisely and actually read, she doesn't have to give you the time in class. That's why it is called independent reading! You must bring your book to receive the participation points. Once you finish the book you will have a book talk with Mrs. Scott if you finish your book early, or Mrs. Allen when you finish. Mrs. Allen will schedule a week to do so. You will need completed your book, the sticky notes you're supposed to put in your book and fill out, your weekly reading paper, and the reading log. She will also collect a book mark that she gives you in the library, it says how many pages a week, and how many pages a day you should read to finish your book in time. You will write down everyday how many pages you have read and what page you are on. You will read so many books and discover which genre and type you like to read. It is a lot of fun!

My Favorite

My favorite thing out of the whole year would probably have to be Poetry. I really enjoyed writing the poems and reading and listening to others. It was cool to see all the different types of poetry. I used to think it was boring.

Least Favorite

I struggled with staying on task in class. I got behind or would get unfocused. I am trying to get better at it.


Now I am going to give you some advice for your English 9 class. To start off, you will want to be very organized. You will have many papers you will need to keep in your binder. The best way to stay organized is to mark which section your paper needs to go in your binder at the top of the page, just in case they get out of order. You will need five dividers for your binder, they are all separate sections for each unit and stuff you are doing. You will have binder checks. Moving on, you need to stay on task and not get distracted. Pay attention and follow everything she says. We move a good paste, but you can get behind fast. Lastly, when you miss a day of school or the class, check in the next day to get your papers if you don't do this you wont be caught up with everything and we do something everyday.

Top 5 Ways to Organize your Binder

  1. Get the right sized binder to fit everything for English in it.
  2. Make sure you have the five dividers to separate your papers in the correct order.
  3. Put each paper in the correct spot at the end of the day.
  4. Get rid of the extra paper you don't need so you do not have a clutter.
  5. Always keep your binder up to date.

Inspirational Quote

"If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you're about to do today?" - Steve Jobs