Shelby County Curriculum Guide, 9th Grade


3rd 9 Weeks Unit Overview: Students will read Romeo and Juliet or a work with similar themes. In addition, students will read and analyze short stories, poems, historical documents, and informational texts in relation to the theme of human relationships. Students will also write an analytical essay analyzing the use of language in order to convey emotions and characterize relationships.

Writing Focus: Analytical

Unit: Human Relationships and Consequences

ESSENTIAL QUESTION(S):  How are human relationships developed and how can they change?

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. [RL.9-10.3]

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone). [RL.9-10.4]

Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s ―Muse des Beaux Arts‖ and Breughel’s

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus). [RL.9-10.7]

Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare). [RL.9-10.9]

Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them. [RI.9-10.3]

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on

Grade 9 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.9-10.1]

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on

Grade 9 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. [L.9-10.4]

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. [L.9-10.5]


Reading Standards Vocabulary

• Tragedy

• Drama

• Tragic Hero

• Monologue

• Soliloquy

• Dramatic Irony

• Foil

• Shakespearean Sonnet

• Iambic Pentameter

• Blank Verse

• Prose

• Aside

Writing Standards Vocabulary

• Analytical

• Cause and Effect

• Persuasion

Speaking/Listening Standards Vocabulary

• Collaboration

Language Standards Vocabulary

• Pun

• Simile

• Personification

• Metaphor

• Hyperbole

• Oxymoron

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