English 9 places emphasis on four major areas: reading comprehension, written composition, English language conventions, and vocabulary. Students will read and analyze many different genres including short stories, novels, poetry, non-fiction excerpts, and a drama. They will develop critical thinking skills by examining the plots, themes, and other literary conventions included in the literature they read. Vocabulary lessons are interwoven throughout the course. Students will write compositions for different purposes and audiences, and a three to four page research paper. The English language conventions used in the composition component of the class will also be used for improving their oral communication skills.