English 9 – Week 4/5

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.


Over the past two weeks, we have read “The Most Dangerous Game” where we explored a number of different thematic topics and the lessons that we can apply to our own lives.

My hope is that my students can pull out thematic topics and lessons from anything they watch, read, or listen to. The goal is to be able to pull out the main ideas and be able to apply the knowledge gained in a practical way to our own lives.

Next week, we will be delving into the works of Edgar Allan Poe beginning with “The Cask of Amontillado”!


Students will be given a practice grade (worth 10% of the overall reading grade) for the amount of reading they did on their own and in class over the month of September. I made this a practice grade to allow them the chance to have created a Goodreads account and figure out how exactly to record their progress, while giving them some time to find a book–online, at home, or from our school library.

If they would like to improve upon their reading, the month of October will count as a Summative grade (worth 90% of their reading grade). They are expected to read on their own while they are at home (not in school) and record their progress on Goodreads about twice per week. If they record more than the required progress updates, they will basically earn extra credit as their grade would be bumped up to a 4.

Please encourage them to find some time to read and, if they can’t find something they like, let me know so I can help!


We have been working on sorting out complete sentences vs. fragments and independent clauses vs. dependent clauses this past week. Each student should be finished with the practice assignments 1.1 – 1.3 and moving on to complete the mid-quarter assessment! 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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