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Grade 9 GT

Unit 1: Identity
In this unit, students read Kindred and To Kill a Mockingbird as well as additional works of fiction and nonfiction to analyze how authors develop themes through complex ideas and characters. With these texts, students will use the critical approaches to assist in their analyses. Finally, they will compose an analysis of characters from two or more texts who are used to develop a theme connected to identity. 

Unit 2: Hero's Journey
In this unit, students will read the Odyssey and A Lesson Before Dying as well as other, shorter fiction and nonfiction works,to expand their understanding of the "hero's journey" and to continue to work with the critical approaches, focusing on the archetypal approach. After analyzing Homer's style and choices, students use the Odyssey as a mentor text to create an original episode for Odysseus' journey. Their original story will use the structure and language of an epic to create tension or surprise and to illustrate a theme. 

Unit 3: Experience and Loss of Innocence
In this unit, students will continue their examination of how authors develop universal themes and transform source material using the texts Romeo and Juliet and Othello. Students will also read and analyze literary critique to trace the development of ideas and reasoning in nonfiction texts. The unit will conclude with students composing a response to an AP-style analysis prompt in which they analyze an academic article related to major themes and archetypes found in Romeo and Juliet to determine the author's point of view, purpose, and development of ideas. 

Unit 4: Alienation and Belonging
In this unit, students will read various informational and fictional texts, including Lord of the Flies, in order to analyze how ideas and themes are shaped by specific details. They will continue working with the critical approaches, focusing on the sociological approach, to connect to the unit's themes. Students will compose a response to an AP-style essay prompt defending, challenging, or qualifying the author's assertions about human nature.

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