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ELA Curriculum Mapping
Grade:    9     

 

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Resilience of the
Human Spirit

  • How does experience filter our understanding of truth?

 

  • What obstacles stand in the way of enduring relationships?
  • Does it take courage to sustain a relationship?

 

  • In times of adversity, do relationships/bonds help us survive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Odyssey by Homer

Excerpts from The Iliad by Homer
“ The Rage of Achilles”/ “The Death of Hector”

-Selections from the Glencoe text

-Additional short stories and poetry

Literary Element/ Devices for The Odyssey:
Characterization: Epic Hero,  Descriptive  Epic Simile,

Reading/Thinking Skills:
Inferring; Monitoring comprehension; Verifying predictions; identifying bias; drawing conclusions,; identifying fallacious reasoning; identifying cause-and effect relationships

Writing Skills:
Expository (Poetry Interpretations, note-taking from text and lecture, character analysis)
Narrative (Personal narratives (“Make Yourself Epic”, scripts)
Persuasive (Book review, Film review)

Six Traits
Sentence Fluency, Word Choice,
Voice, Organization, Ideas &
Conventions

9th Grade GUM Skills:

Reading Literature
RL. 9-10.1
RL. 9-10.2
RL. 9-10.3
RL. 9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
R.CCR8
RL. 9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Reading: Informational Text
RL.9-10.1
RL.9-10.2
RL.9-10.3
RL.9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
RL.9-10.8
RL.9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Writing:
W. 9-10.1
W.9-10.2
W.9-10.3
W. 9-10.4
W. 9-10.5
W.9-10.6
W.9-10.7
W.9-10.8
W.9-10.9
W.9-10.10

Speaking & Listening:
SL.9-10.1
SL.9-10.2
SL.9-10.3
SL.9-10.4
SL.9-10.5
SL.9-10.6

Language:
L.9-10.1
L.9-10.2
L.9-10.3.
L.9-10.4
L.9-10.5
L.9-10.6

Formative Assessments:

  • Exit Tickets
  • Peer Review: Reading Annotations
  • Peer Editing
  • Journal Entries
  • In-class discussions: jigsaw, pair-share, Socratic seminar
  • Practice paragraphs
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Charting the epic hero
  • Castle Learning assignments

Summative Assessments:
Social Media Exchange Project
Graded quizzes.
Reading Annotations
Literary Analysis
Character Analysis

Final Assessment:
ELA Regents -based critical lens essay

Research:
Creation of a myth which explains a natural phenomenon. Research the scientific causes and effects of phenomena to include in the myth.

Benchmark:
Regents Part 3:
Controlling Idea: Work
Margaret Walker’s ’Lineage’

Anthology:
Edith Hamilton’s Mythology

Film:
Selected scenes from the 1997 film The Odyssey directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
O Brother, Where Art Thou? directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen
Poetry:
“Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood
“Penelope” by Dorothy Parker
“Ithaka” by C.V. Cavafy
“An Ancient Gesture” Edna St. Vincent Milay
“Odysseus to Telemachus” by Joseph Brodsky
"Ode on a Grecian Urn," John Keats

Informational Text
“The Odyssey: A Book Review” by Stephen Goode
“Slide Seventeen: Romare Bearden”

Song Lyrics:
“Home” Michael Bublé
“Cat’s in the Cradle”  Harry Chapin
“Dance with my Father” Luther Vandross

Fine Art
Bearden’s “Return of Odysseus” collage
“Achilles Recognized by Odysseus” textile fragment
“Judgement of Paris” Verona da Cecchino
“Achilles Battling Agamemnon” Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
“The Abduction of Helen” Zenone Veronese

 

Supplemental adolescent reading:
Running Out of Summer by Peter E. Morgan
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren

 

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Assessment

 

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Individual and Society

  • How does conflict influence an individual’s decisions and actions?

 

  • How do our actions impact others or cause chain reactions?
  • What are ways to resolve conflicts?

 

  • What emotions come into play when resolving conflicts?
  • How do we differentiate between illusion and reality?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

-Selections from the Glencoe text

-Additional short stories and poetry

 

Literary Elements for Shakespearean Plays:
Characterization, Dialogue, Setting, Plot Structure, Cause and Effect, Symbolism, Narrative Poetry

Literary Devices for:
Point of View, Extended Metaphor, Symbolism, Figurative Language, Imagery, Simile, Foreshadowing

Writing
Expository
Narrative
Persuasive

Six Traits
Sentence Fluency¸ Word Choice,
Voice, Organization, Ideas &
Conventions

9th grade GUMs

Reading Literature
RL. 9-10.1
RL. 9-10.2
RL. 9-10.3
RL. 9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
R.CCR8
RL. 9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Reading: Informational Text
RL.9-10.1
RL.9-10.2
RL.9-10.3
RL.9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
RL.9-10.8
RL.9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Writing:
W. 9-10.1
W.9-10.2
W.9-10.3
W. 9-10.4
W. 9-10.5
W.9-10.6
W.9-10.7
W.9-10.8
W.9-10.9
W.9-10.10

Speaking & Listening:
SL.9-10.1
SL.9-10.2
SL.9-10.3
SL.9-10.4
SL.9-10.5
SL.9-10.6

Language:
L.9-10.1
L.9-10.2
L.9-10.3.
L.9-10.4
L.9-10.5
L.9-10.6

 

Formative Assessment:
 Journals , Cause/effect organizers, Character wheel, Conflict chart,  Plot diagram/story map, Character Analysis, Motif tracing, Denotation/Connotation Analysis, Quotation Analysis
Act  tests
“Did You Read” quizzes (homework review quizzes)
Vocabulary activities
Reading guide questions (homework)

Summative Assessment :
-Creation of original sonnets
-“Modern Day” Scene Re-enactment & performance
-Shakespearean Newsletter
-Motif Word Trace and Thematic Essay
- Literary Analysis essay exploring the use of literary elements between paired passages. 

from the Metamorphoses “The Story of  Pyramus and Thisbe”
Selected scenes from the feature film  “Romeo and Juliet”

Lyric Poems by Sappho

Selected scenes from the 1999 film  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Michael Hamilton

Sonnets 18 and 116 by William Shakespeare

Fine Art
Fine Art 17th c. woven hanging showing Pyramus and Thisbe

 

Nonfiction
“Only Daughter” Sandra Cisernos

 

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The Journey Inward

  • How do we know what we know?

 

  • Is knowledge the same as understanding?
  • What are the kinds of journeys on which people go?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

Comparative study of folktales and fables

Selections from the Glencoe text

Literary Element/ Devices for Oedipus:
Characterization, Dramatic Irony, Tragedy, Foreshadowing,   Descriptive  Epic Simile, Symbolism,

Reading/Thinking Skills:
Inferring; Monitoring comprehension; Verifying predictions; identifying bias; drawing conclusions,; identifying fallacious reasoning; identifying cause-and effect relationships, comparing and contrasting

Listening Skills:
Effecting listening techniques, Storytelling,

Writing Skills:

Expository

Narrative

Persuasive

Six Traits
Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, Voice, Organization, Ideas & Conventions

 

9th Grade GUM Skills

Reading Literature
RL. 9-10.1
RL. 9-10.2
RL. 9-10.3
RL. 9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
R.CCR8
RL. 9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Reading: Informational Text
RL.9-10.1
RL.9-10.2
RL.9-10.3
RL.9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
RL.9-10.8
RL.9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Writing:
W. 9-10.1
W.9-10.2
W.9-10.3
W. 9-10.4
W. 9-10.5
W.9-10.6
W.9-10.7
W.9-10.8
W.9-10.9
W.9-10.10

Speaking & Listening:
SL.9-10.1
SL.9-10.2
SL.9-10.3
SL.9-10.4
SL.9-10.5
SL.9-10.6

Language:
L.9-10.1
L.9-10.2
L.9-10.3.
L.9-10.4
L.9-10.5
L.9-10.6

Formative Assessment:
 Journals , Cause/effect organizers, Character wheel, Conflict chart, Plot diagram/story map, Character Analysis, Motif tracing, Denotation/Connotation Analysis, Quotation Analysis
 “Did You Read” quizzes (homework review quizzes)
Vocabulary tests
Reading guide questions (homework)
Summative Assessment:
Research project/Oral presentations/Power Point “Investigation of Justice Through the Ages”
-Motif Word Trace and Thematic Essay

Fables
“The Oak and The Reed” by Jean de la Fontaine

African folktale
Aesop’s fables
From the Panchatantra: The Lion-Makers

 

Speech
from the Apology by Plato

Poetry:
“It’s Better to Live, Licinius” by Horace
Fine Art
Oedipus and the Shepard by Honore Daumier
Oedipus Kills Laius on Chariot Roman relief

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Essential Questions

Content

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Freshman Foundations

  • How do we know what we know?
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  • How does the study of fiction and non-fictional texts help individuals construct their understanding of reality?

 

 

Origins

  • What kinds of events shape our lives and brief systems?
  • How do tales and myths explain the inexplicable?
  • What is a hero?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer’s Inc

-Selections from the Glencoe text

Comparative study of epic poetry

Comparative study of sacred texts

Literary Element/ Devices for Epics:
Characterization: Epic Hero,  Setting, Figurative Language, Theme, Narrative, Mood, Legendary and mythical heros

Literary Elements/Devices/ for Sacred Texts:
Historical context, Conflict, Theme. Character, Dialogue, Plot,

Reading/Thinking Skills:
Inferring; Monitoring comprehension; Verifying predictions; identifying bias; drawing conclusions,; identifying fallacious reasoning; identifying cause-and effect relationships

Writing Skills:

Expository

Narrative

Persuasive

Six Traits
Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, Voice, Organization, Ideas &
Conventions

9th Grade GUM Skills

Reading Literature
RL. 9-10.1
RL. 9-10.2
RL. 9-10.3
RL. 9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
R.CCR8
RL. 9-10.9

Reading: Informational Text
RL.9-10.10

Writing:
W. 9-10.1
W. 9-10-4
W. 9-10.5
W.9-10.9
W.9-10.10

Speaking & Listening:
SL.9-10.1
SL.9-10.2
SL. 9-10.4
SL.9-10.5

Language:
L.9-10.1
L.9-10.2
L.9-10.3.
L.9-10.4
L.9-10.5
L.9-10.6
Reading Literature
RL. 9-10.1
RL. 9-10.2
RL. 9-10.3
RL. 9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
R.CCR8
RL. 9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Reading: Informational Text
RL.9-10.1
RL.9-10.2
RL.9-10.3
RL.9-10.4
RL.9-10.5
RL.9-10.6
RL.9-10.7
RL.9-10.8
RL.9-10.9
RL.9-10.10

Writing:
W. 9-10.1
W.9-10.2
W.9-10.3
W. 9-10.4
W. 9-10.5
W.9-10.6
W.9-10.7
W.9-10.8
W.9-10.9
W.9-10.10

Speaking & Listening:
SL.9-10.1
SL.9-10.2
SL.9-10.3
SL.9-10.4
SL.9-10.5
SL.9-10.6

Language:
L.9-10.1
L.9-10.2
L.9-10.3.
L.9-10.4
L.9-10.5
L.9-10.6

Formative Assessment:
Vocabulary quizzes

Journals , Cause/effect organizers, Character wheel, Conflict chart, Plot diagram/story map, Character Analysis, Denotation/Connotation Analysis, Quotation Analysis
 “Did You Read” quizzes (homework review quizzes)
Vocabulary tests
Reading guide questions (homework)
Summative Assessment:

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology

From “The Immortality of Writers”

Excerpts from
the Bible
the Tanakh
the Qur’an
the Analects
the Tao Te Ching
the Vedas

Epics:
Sundiata: The Lion’s Awakening
The Mahabharata
Epic of Gilgamesh

Fine Art:

Minotauromachia by Pablo Picasso

Gauguin’s The Creation of the Universe, from Noa Noa, 1893–94

TED Talks: “Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game”

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