First Semester Standards-Based Curriculum Map for Language Arts: 9th Grade, Honors & Regular Level
By Trent Lorcher
This standards-based curriculum map for language arts contains links to unit plans, lesson plans, and handouts. It contains activities for honors level and regular level 9th grade English. Don't reinvent the wheel on your Freshman English syllabus. Use my thirteen years of experience.
Your Map: A Curriculum Guide
Attention Freshman English Teachers: This is your lucky day. You have come across a curriculum guide for language arts that will help you plan the entire first semester. There are links to help you teach every unit in my Freshman English syllabus.
There is one problem, however, with standards-based curriculum maps. What standards are being used? This particular curriculum guide for language arts is based on Nevada's because that's where I teach. Although you may not teach in Nevada, these standards should cover about 90 percent of what you need to teach regardless of your state.
First Quarter Standards
The following first quarter standards and objectives should be interspersed throughout the year.
Apply knowledge of context clues to comprehend new words in text: There are many ways to accomplish this standard. Most of them are boring. Here's a great context clues lesson plan that can be used in concert with a piece of literature. It may also help to explain what context clues are.
This syllabus is intended for honors-level students. Most assignments can be modified for use by all students. Many of the lesson plan links are suitable for students of all levels. Modify accordingly. Standards practiced or tested are in parentheses.
Short Story Unit Test (sorry, you'll have to make your own) (3-6)
Begin Of Mice and Men (Here's a link to lesson plans that include analyzing plot, allegory, imagery, and the novel's title. It also includes a sample letter to send home to parents before reading the novel in class) with an Of Mice and Men PowerPoint. (12)
Great Depression Narrative (lesson plan coming soon) (7-11)
Non Fiction Reading. What you choose depends on what yout textbook has. Selections should include speeches, debates, policy, and reflexive writing. Assignments should incorporate standards 2,5,6,7 above. Here are some possible non fiction works to use
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
John F. Kennedy's "Man on the Moon" Speech
"On Summer" by Lorraine Hansberry (This would make a good reflexive essay assignment: Have students write a reflexive essay called "On Winter.")
"A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote
"A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas
Outside Reading Test
Review for Semester Exams
Additional Teaching Ideas for 2nd Quarter
I'm goint to throw in some additional links to appropriate holiday related lesson plans: