The High School English/Language Arts credit is complex — so many pieces to put together. Sometimes, it’s good to have everything all in one place. You have found your all-in-one-place curriculum right here with One Year of High School English/Language Arts (a good fit for 9th grade)…and with your homeschooling big sisters’ commitment to no-busywork!
Your PDF curriculum is ready for immediate download after purchase. This full-year, adaptable, no busy-work English/Language Arts curriculum for your high school student provides:
~ Reading with literary analysis,
~ writing instruction (for 4 types of papers),
~ public speaking
~ a suggested schedule and
~ tools to help with grading!
The literature & writing guides included in this downloadable text will inform and inspire your homeschooling high schoolers without boring or burdening them with busywork.
Literature guides contain brief background information, important literature terms and themes, vocabulary and analysis questions – NEVER enough to kill your teens’ enjoyment of the book.
Writing guides contain concise daily lessons that teach four different types of writing skills important for high school students to master (creative writing/short story, essays, research papers, and poetry). The lessons contain brief information, instruction, and assignments. Rubrics for grading are included.
Both the literature guides and the writing guides are good for self-instruction, as well as family or co-op classes.
Here’s what each 7Sisters High School English/Language Arts one-year bundle includes:
- Study Guides for literary analysis of books (and movies!)
- Research Paper Writing Guides
- Essay Writing Guide
- Poetry Writing Guide
- Short-Story Writing Guide
- Public Speaking Experiences
- Grammar Pocket Guide
- Grammar Resources
- Vocabulary Resources
- Clear and friendly How-To-Use section for parents
- Suggested schedule for a 9-month academic year
- Rubrics and suggestions for grading
9th grade High School English/Language Arts
Why choose THIS bundle as opposed to other curriculum at 7Sisters?
While each guide included in this ELA bundle may be purchased individually from 7Sisters, this bundle provides everything you need for ONE YEAR of high school English — all 5 elements of this complex credit — in one place, with a suggested schedule for you to follow, and with detailed information on ways to grade your student’s work and determine an overall grade for the year to record with confidence on the high school transcript.
And how about SERIOUS SAVINGS? The regular price of $75.00 for One Year of High School English/Language Arts (a good fit for 9th grade) saves 30% off the price if you purchased as 4 bundled products (one for lit., one for cinema studies, one for writing, and one for public speaking); it’s a 42% savings off the total price if you purchased each guide individually!
Why the weird name?
We always want you to make 7Sisters curriculum fit YOUR homeschool, rather than trying to fit your homeschool into our curriculum.
You can use any ELA bundle in the year that seems the best fit for your student.
Our introductory level writing guides are in the “One Year” bundle, with intermediate level guides in the “Another Year” bundle and so forth.
But if your student is a strong writer in 9th grade, and you want to use one of the more rigorous levels of writing, you should feel free to do so!
Which books will my student read and analyze with THIS one-year curriculum bundle?
(You will need to buy copies of these books for your teen to read, or borrow a copy from the library. You might want to purchase from Amazon; if so, we are Amazon associates, and will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you visit Amazon using our link in our sidebar to the right.)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Antigone (a play) by Sophocles
Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Eareckson Tada
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (a collection of poems) by T. S. Eliot
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Which Cinema Studies guides are a part of this year’s bundle?
(You will need to buy or rent these movies; many are available on streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix, or borrow them from a friend or from the library.)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (starring Richard Dreyfuss)
The Truman Show (starring Jim Carrey)
Hook (starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman)
A Christmas Carol (starring George C. Scott)
Which writing guides are included?
An Introductory Guide to High School Essay Writing
An Introductory Guide to High School Short Story Writing – Family Narrative
An Introductory Guide to High School Poetry Writing
Research Writing Readiness
APA Style Research Paper: An Introductory Guide
Writing Your Personal Mission Statement
What else will I find in this bundle?
Grammar Granules – Essential Elements of English
Recommended Resources for Supplemental Grammar and Vocabulary Learning
Kid Lit Public Speaking Experience
Spoken Word Poetry Public Speaking Experience
Parents Manual – Intro and How to Use This Bundle (including direction for grading and determining a final ELA grade for the transcript)
Chart for Determining the Level of Rigor for our year of High School ELA
Suggested Schedule for the Year
Recommendations for HOW MANY BOOKS TOTAL your student should read this year
There are as many different ways to earn that big, complicated ELA credit as there are homeschool families, but this curriculum bundle will make it easy for you to:
- cover everything you need to cover in a year
- tweak the assignments if they don’t fit your needs perfectly
- steer clear of busywork or overkill that might make your student come to hate ELA
- grade your teen’s work with confidence
- adjust the level of rigor to fit your child’s level of competence (average – honors)
- stay on track and record your teen’s progress as the year unfolds
More on the literature and cinema studies guides in One Year of High School English/Language Arts (a good fit for 9th grade):
Your teen will begin by reading the introductory material at the beginning of the guide and then read the book with its accompanying guide close at hand. Some questions should be answered while reading the book; others will call for a bit of reflection after finishing the book. Each guide makes the process clear.
“Sum It Up” and “Write in Response” sections in most of the guides help students pull together what they have learned and articulate it using their own words, cementing the new knowledge or understanding in their brains as they do.
These guides are designed to help students mature as readers and thinkers, to do more than simply comprehend the meaning on a surface level and begin to think about what they read more deeply.
Immature readers ask: What happened? Who did it? When did it happen? Where?
Mature readers ask: What is likely to happen as a result of that event? Why did that person do that? How did the passage of time affect the outcome? Might it have been different if it had happened someplace else?
This is the goal of literary analysis, to help teens practice thinking in deeper ways about the words they read on a page.
Your curriculum also includes guides to accompany movies for the purpose of literary analysis. Cinema Studies for Literature Learning guides are a part of this bundle.
Hold the phone!
Why are we assigning MOVIES for literary analysis??
Because good storytelling is good storytelling, and because literary analysis is more about practicing THINKING SKILLS than it is about practicing the physical reading of printed words on a page, literary analysis can be practiced using the medium of movies as well as books.
Your teen will begin by reading the introductory material at the beginning of the guide and then watch the movie once with its accompanying guide close at hand. Like with the books they read and analyze this year, some questions should be answered as they watch the movie (just press pause and jot down a few notes); others can wait until the final credits roll. Each guide makes the process clear. Then, a few days, or a week or two later, the student watches the movie a second time, likely now noticing far more about the elements making up the story and the excellence with which they fit together (we’ve chosen movies that do a really nice job of demonstrating particular literary devices). After a second viewing, they’re ready to write in response to the movie, using prompts at the end of the guide to get them started.
Most teens love a good movie, and struggling readers, in particular, really thrive when given the chance to separate the thinking process of literary analysis from the visual processing challenge of reading printed words. A nice blend of books to read and movies to watch draws high school students in to really engage in the learning available to them as they move beyond comprehension and into analysis.
There are four bundles total in this series of comprehensive High School ELA titles from 7Sisters
~ One Year of High School English/Language Arts (a good fit for 9th grade)
Here’s Sabrina explaining these new bundles, including this 9th grade bundle —
Wouldn’t your high school freshman enjoy a no-busywork ELA credit?
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For more on the complex ELA credit: Why is Language Arts Such a HUGE credit?