Gateway Regional High School

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English I /Grade 9


Catherine Gibbons


Phone Number


Course Website

Google Classroom

Course Description

        English I is designed to prepare students for upper-level English classes as well as college courses.  English I exposes students to complex texts including fiction and nonfiction arranged in thematic units.  Students will develop abilities to analyze complex texts, reason critically, cite evidence, and communicate clearly and thoughtfully.  Also, students not only evaluate literary genres, but they enhance their writing proficiency as they craft appropriate thesis statements, support claims with evidence, establish a writing “voice,” and logically organize an essay to adhere to the thesis and establish a clear piece of writing for the reader.  Students learn the essentials of a critical and literary analysis based on research.  Additionally, public speaking, collaborating with peers, and analyzing media are key components of this course as well.

Course Expectations and Assessments

At the conclusion of these units students will be able to:


Unit 1                           Finding Common Ground                                                                                            9 weeks

Unit 2                           The Struggle for Freedom                                                                                          9 weeks


Unit 3                           Sweet Sorrow                                                                                                                             9 weeks

·       Analyze ideas presented in an essay and determine word meanings

·       Analyze how a modern artist draws on and transforms source material for a new artistic expression

·       Analyze character motivations and parallel plots

·       Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material and how an author’s choice of point of view creates desired effects

·       Determine a central idea and analyze its development over the course of a text

·       Analyze an author’s purpose

·       Use context clues to determine the meaning of words and phrases

·       Engage effectively in collaborative discussions

·       Write informative/explanatory essay (literary analysis)




Unit 4                           Heroes & Quests                                                                                                                  9 weeks



Essay (Argument,Narrative,Informative/Explanatory)               

Reading Comprehension Quizzes

Analysis Questions

Performance Tasks from Collections Series                 

Unit Test

Multimedia Project/Presentation

Close Reading Activities


Course Policies 

        W-    When I need help, I will be a self-advocate.

 I-         I will be respectful of others. This includes students and staff.  We may have our differences, but

one \thing is the same--we are all Gators.

 S-         Set your expectations high (and know in advance that I have high expectations set for you). Do

not accept what you can do as your best.  Challenge yourself to do better than you think you can.

E-        Every day is a new day, a new chance.  Imagine saying “I did it!” Make it happen.  Don’t give

up. You are your own motivation.  You are so much smarter than you think you are.  Smile because you’ve got this!

Required and Recommended Materials 

Pen/Pencil and Chromebook

Folder and Notebook (stored in our room)


        Extra support available during C-lunch and/or before/after school. Please contact the teacher to set up an appointment.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences