Honors English 9

Full Year




Prerequisites Needed:

8th grade Language Arts instructor approval.

Honors English 9 is a full year course. This course is designed for students that have demonstrated an aptitude for literary analysis or whom have shown great interest and skill in reading, writing, and communication. During the first semester, students learn about the various forms and purposes of writing, with a focus on introducing writing/communication skills and learning how to analyze a piece of fiction. Throughout the first semester, students are are introduced to the study of short fiction and the novel. All literature read comes from the provided online textbook; however, students may choose to acquire their own copy of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (also available online). Second semester introduces students to three more aspects of literature: the nonfiction essay, drama, and poetry. Students read and analyze Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Students further hone their research and analytical skills during second semester. In the AP track, students must complete an additional project each semester. First semester Honors students independently read a novel (“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens) and write a formal literary analysis essay. Second semester Honors students independently read another book (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain) and give a Thematic Analysis Speech relating to the book. Throughout the year, Honors students are introduced and prepared for success on the AP Exam (given during the second semester of their senior year). This course will introduce students to AP studies (as recommended by The College Board / AP Central). Students will be introduced to all aspects of the exam and given introductory strategies for success. Many enrichment and AP Prep opportunities throughout the year distinguish this course from English 9.

Learning Targets

  1. Communication Target: Students can effectively communicate for a variety of purposes to a variety of audiences.
  2. Reading Target: Students can comprehend and evaluate both fiction and non-fiction texts.
  3. Research & Inquiry Target: Students can conduct research for a variety of purposes (evaluating sources for validity and appropriateness), and provide accurate citations.
  4. Digital Media Target: Make strategic use of digital media (such as textual, graphical, audio, visual, etc.) in writing and speaking to enhance the message and display information dynamically.

This is an NCAA-Certified Class

eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online instruction provider and this online Honors English 9 class meets the NCAA core course requirements. To see the full list of NCAA-approved online high school courses offered by eAchieve Academy, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center (use school code #502388).