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Upper School Curriculum

  • English
English 9: Innocence & Experience
Grade: 9

In English 9, students acquire and apply the skills and habits necessary for a literate life. The course focuses on the thematic topic of Innocence vs. Experience, including how individuals and cultures signal childhood and adulthood, the role of knowing the self in maturing, and navigating difference and conflict as we come of age. Reading assignments include a diverse range of authors, cultures and genres and help students build foundational comprehension and interpretive skills, including developing an annotation style that supports the individual learner. Writing assignments — which include personal response and analytical modes — emphasize developing supportable interpretations from well-selected textual examples and expressing those interpretations clearly. Grammar instruction highlights understanding functional components of the English language to enhance clarity in writing and reading comprehension.

  • Grade 9