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9th Grade Introduction

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Introduction to 9th Grade


In grade 9, students delve deeply into substantive, complex expository works of nonfiction and literary text. Instruction will focus on helping students become increasingly aware of the choices authors make and how writers emphasize particular examples or details to create tone and theme, for example. Students support their analysis with both inferences drawn from the text and citations extracted directly from what they have read. Students constructively join in conversations and participate in groups to share their insights and ideas both orally and in writing.

Students employ multiple writing formats, from investigative reports and literary analyses to summations and research papers using narrative, informative, and argumentative modes. With regard to research, students develop research questions and pursue topics using more complex materials and specialized sources than they did in elementary and middle school. Through writing and conversation, students internalize the expectations of academic written and spoken English. 
2021 Resources 

Objective Analysis The 8 overarching standards are broken down into specific objectives. Each objective is analyzed with student actions, teacher actions, recommendations, and key terms and related objectives.
Literacy Progressions 24 major literacy skills from PK-12 are vertically aligned with commentary on the development and implications for classroom teaching.
Proficiency Levels

Student skill levels for each objective from the standards are shown at the developing, approaching, understanding, and extending stages.

  UDL Lesson

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for improving student learning experiences and outcomes through careful instructional planning focused on the varied needs of all students, including students with visible and non-visible disabilities, advanced and gifted learners, and English learners.


Some general ideas for implementing the UDL lens in an ELA lesson, PK-12, are provided in this chart.

  Writing Resources

This suite of writing resources includes:

  • student-friendly checklists for the narrative, informative, argumentative, and research modes
  • editing checklists for the beginning and middle of the school year
  • examples of teacher feedback on student writing
  • a peer feedback lesson plan with a slideshow and handout
Other Resources



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