Honors ELA Quarter 1

Throughout the year:

Writing Process and 6-Trait Writing

  • Vocabulary - half ACT/SAT prep words and half content specific

  • Weekly essay - Assigned on Monday, peer reviewed on Wednesday, due on Friday

  • 9.1-9.10 & 9.12

Quarter 1

Grammar: Parenthetical Citation & Paper Format

Literature unit: Classic American Fiction

  • Fiction Notice and Note Signposts (Close reading strategy)

  • Short Story: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain

  • Short Story: “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst

Novel:  Jeanne Houston’s Farewell to Manzanar, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

             The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

  • Historical Account – RL.8.9; W 8.10

  • Compare and Contrast Fictional Portrayal vs Historical Account RL.8.9

  • Theme & Central Idea – RL.8.2; RIT.8.2

  • Setting – RL.8.3; RL.8.9

  • Plot elements – RL.8.3

  • Major and Minor Characters – RL.8.3; RL.8.6; RL.8.9

  • Inferences & Conclusions – RL.8.1; RIT.8.1

  • Text Structure: (Sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect) – RL.8.9; RI.8.5;

  • Figurative Language – L.8.5; 8.5.a; 8.5.b; 8.5.c; RIT.8.4

  • Paraphrasing and summarizing and making inferences – RL.8.1; RIT.8.1

  • Points of View RL.8.6

  • Compare and Contrast Multiple Forms of Media RL.8.7

  • Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare). RL.9.9

Additional Honors Novel: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Theme Essay

Famous American Author Research Paper

Additional Honors Assignment: Children’s Story Book

Speaking & Listening
              • SL 9.1 – Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
groups, teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, building on other’s
ideas & expressing their own clearly & persuasively.
              • SL 9.4 – Present information, findings, supporting evidence clearly, concisely, &       logically so
listeners can follow the line of reasoning; the organization, development, substance, & style
are appropriate to purpose, audience, task
              • SL 9.6 - Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English
when indicated or appropriate