9th Grade English: High School

Use this course to review literature and composition topics commonly found in a 9th grade English class. Watch the video lessons to learn about American short stories, British novels, epic poetry and essay writing and take the quizzes to assess your grasp of the material. 

About the Course

Lessons in this course can provide you with a sampling of topics covered in a 9th grade English class. While course content varies from one school to the next, you can use this resource along with what's covered in your own class to review the elements of drama, poetry and fiction and learn how to think critically about literature. You can also discover tips for crafting well-organized essays that adhere to the conventions of grammar and usage. Check out the following list to find out what this course is designed to teach you:

  • Compare and contrast writing styles of authors from different historical periods
  • Discuss significant works in British and American literature
  • Understand key scenes in epic poems like The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • Use literary terminology to describe works of poetry and prose
  • Identify a text's main idea and use close reading skills to interpret meaning
  • Organize an essay around a strong thesis statement
  • Present a written argument that engages the audience
  • Demonstrate proper grammar and mechanics
  • Be able to cite a wide range of print and non-print sources

You can use this resource to explore all these topics and more. Instructors in the videos make the content fun and approachable. Plus, the lessons are organized in a way that allows you to work through them at your own pace and focus on the topics you'd like to review, whether they be tips for writing better essays or brief analyses of contemporary fiction. There are also quizzes attached to each lesson, so you can get an idea of how well you know the material.

If you'd like some additional resources, we're also home to courses covering English Literature and American Literature. There are also College Composition and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature courses for when you're ready for further instruction.

Course Topics

Course Chapter Objective
Prose Learn how foreshadowing, tone and mood can be used to interpret a work's meaning. Lessons also provide definitions and examples of fiction, fables, letter and diary forms, folktales and humor writing.
American Novels for 9th Grade Analyze fiction by Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Edith Wharton, Erich Maria Remarque and Herman Melville. Author biographies and writing styles are also covered.
American Short Stories for 9th Grade Discover how 'Rip Van Winkle', 'Sleepy Hollow' and other works by Washington Irving popularized the short story in America. Poe's Dark Romanticism and the modern mystery story are also discussed along with stories by Ernest Hemingway, Richard Connell and James Hurst.
Ancient Literature for 9th Grade Examine Greek myth and religion alongside themes found in The Iliad and The Odyssey. Lessons also touch on the Bible's literary influence and provide summaries of key scenes in The Argonautica, The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Aeneid.
British Fiction for 9th Grade Explore the life and works of Jonathan Swift, Jane Austin and Victorian era authors including Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Learn about modern novels by George Orwell and William Golding along with the historical fiction of Sir Walter Scott.
Contemporary Fiction for 9th Grade Study novels including Things Fall Apart, The Things They Carried, Life of Pi, Night, The Kite Runner and The Joy Luck Club. Authors Kurt Vonnegut, Cormack McCarthy and Saul Bellow are also discussed.
Dramatic Literature Review the elements of drama, such as characterization, setting and symbolism, and learn how to recognize the dramatic styles of classical, Renaissance and modern historical periods.
Drama for 9th Grade Examine Shakespeare's biography and one of his most well known tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. Additional lessons discuss English authors George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde along with the life and works of the American playwright Arthur Miller, who wrote Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.
Poetry for 9th Grade Observe approaches to reading and interpreting Shakespeare's sonnets, Edmund Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queen and poems by Ben Jonson and A.E. Housman. Works by American poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson are also discussed.
Literary Terms Explore the literary terms used to discuss works of poetry, fiction and drama, such as metaphor, simile, synecdoche, metonymy and point of view.
Text Analysis and Close Reading Learn how to improve reading comprehension skills by practicing visualization strategies and using context clues. Content also outlines methods for evaluating a literary work's structure to determine meaning.
Introduction to High School Writing Understand the purpose of a strong thesis statement in analytical and expository essays. Lessons also demonstrate how to identify logical fallacies and anticipate opposing views in an argumentative essay.
Essay Basics: Types of Essays Discover tips for writing personal and persuasive essays that identify the audience and make the proper appeals. Strategies for organizing an essay in a way that directly responds to prompts are also included.
The Writing Process for 9th Grade Follow along as instructors outline steps in the writing process, from brainstorming ideas and organizing a first draft to choosing an appeal and evaluating an argument's reasoning. Examples of how to fine tune an essay's tone through the use of word choice and language are also included.
Conventions in Writing: Grammar Check out examples of independent clauses and dependent clauses. Find out how to avoid sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
Using Source Materials Discover how and when to write a bibliography and cite a variety of sources, such as journal articles, magazines, books and online materials. The components of a works cited page are also covered.
Conventions in Writing: Usage Understand the proper use of phrasal verbs and idioms. Instructors also discuss tips for avoiding faulty comparisons and writing clear sentences in the active voice.
Sentence Structure: Elements of Grammar Study the different parts of speech and get tips for writing sentences with proper subject-verb agreement.
Writing Mechanics Review the correct usage of colons, semicolons and periods. You can also learn basic comma rules.
Usage Learn how to identify subject-verb or verb tense agreement errors and avoid pronoun use errors.
Capitalization & Spelling Identify commonly misused words and learn the correct spellings of homonyms and homophones. Lessons also cover capitalization rules.
Elements of Grammar Peruse techniques for writing parallel sentences and avoiding misplaced or dangling modifiers.
Punctuation in Writing Get additional instruction on the uses of such punctuation as exclamation points, question marks, ellipses, hyphens and quotation marks.

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