English 9 – Week 3

In English 9, you can follow along with our daily work by going to our class website. Once there, you will be able to navigate to the weekly schedule, course overview, and a number of other links. I also have a FOR PARENTS tab where I will link these posts.

To organize these posts, I will separate them into three categories: our current unit, reading, and grammar. This should make it easy to see what is expected of each throughout the week.


This week, we covered 26 Literary Device terms in order to speak the same language as we discuss short stories in our class. The goal is to pick out when authors use these devices in each story so we can write our own personal narrative in the next unit.

We also read our first story “Thank you, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes discussing the concept of treating people with compassion and understanding, even when they make mistakes. We were able to pick out the allusion/symbol of the blue suede shoes, watched Elvis sing his musical version, and thought about the “blue suede shoes” we each have in our own lives.


Students were expected to read twice at home for thirty minutes a piece this week, and then they were required to update their progress on the goodreads website for their monthly reading grade. If anyone still needs a book or help with updating their progress, please reach out to me!

Life seems so busy now that prioritizing reading can often be difficult. However, my hope is that my freshmen students can find the enjoyment in reading. Books, even simply one great book, can really play a huge part in shaping our futures for the better. I encourage parents and students alike to find ways to prioritize reading and make it a part of family life.


We have been covering subjects, verbs, direct objects, nouns, and simple verb tenses over the past two weeks. Each student should be finished with the practice assignments 1.1 and 1.2 on No Red Ink by next Wednesday! Each quarter there are two quizzes on these practice assignments, and I do not allow retakes UNLESS the practice is completed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me (email would be the most effective way to get in touch). You can also find more information about myself and the school organizations/teams I lead (Wrestling, English Department Europe Trips, and Student Council) by exploring the following link: halter.education.

Mr. Halter




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