Grade 9

G9 Collections AnthologyUnit 1: Identity and the Bonds Between Us
In this unit, students will analyze the concepts of home and identity and how these concepts contribute to the development of complex characters. The exploration of essential questions allows students to draw parallels between various literary texts of study. Students will spend time reviewing the literary Critical Approaches in order to determine the most beneficial approach when interpreting fictional texts and compose an essay analyzing the development of character in a central text of study.
Text options: KindredSpeak

Unit 2: Storytelling and the Hero's Journey

In this unit, students will examine the cultural values of ancient Greece as well as the structure and style of a Homeric epic as they engage in reading The Odyssey. The epic provides students with opportunities to explore universal motifs such as the longing for home, loyalty, the dangers of temptation, the triumph of cunning over strength, and the quest. Other shorter literary pieces, as well as information texts, will be examined to provide students opportunities to increase their understanding of the universality of the human experience and the ways in which artists draw on and transform source material like The Odyssey.
Alternate text option: 
The Old Man and the Sea 

Unit 3: Freedom
In this unit, students will build on their knowledge of theme development by examining historical, cultural, geographical, and social context in order to evaluate its impact on a novel and readers’ reaction to it. Additionally, students will explore current civil and human rights issues in order to make personal connections to texts of study. The grade 9 service-learning project is the culminating event for the unit wherein students will compose a personal belief statement and create an action plan advocating for a group/cause/belief based on what they know about themselves and what they discover about their community.
Text options: To Kill a Mockingbird, March (Books 1 - 3)

Unit 4: Experience and Loss of Innocence
In this unit, students build on their abilities to trace themes throughout the text as they study Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Students will analyze the text in three distinct ways: by examining how the author manipulates time and plot to achieve dramatic effects, by evaluating the quality of literary criticism, and by examining the lasting cultural, artistic, and philosophical legacy of Shakespeare's work. This deep study of the text culminates as students synthesize how universal themes in "Pyramus and Thisbe," Romeo and Juliet, and inspired works of art and film have been depicted over time.  

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Note: The BCPS ELA curriculum provides teachers and students with choices that allow for personalized, responsive, and engaging instruction. Students should read the majority of the unit's novel-length work(s) outside of class time. The suggested unit sequences and text options may vary.