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Grade 9 Students - Teacher Connection is a place for you and your family to check for quick information like quiz and test dates, links to extra study resources, and other "big picture" items.  The majority of your assignments and in-class documents will be posted in the Google Classroom.   Please bring your Chromebook to class with you every day and be sure it is fully charged. You will not always have the luxury to plug in to charge during class.  

AP Language Students - To make things simple, and share a wealth of resources and information with you, I have created an AP Language & Composition class website using Google Sites.  This, alongside Google Classroom, will be our main form of communication for AP.  I keep my Teacher Connection page primarily for my Grade 9 English class.  

National Honor Society Students (juniors and seniors) - Please visit the NHS club page for important information.


Way to go VHS and Florida students!  Today's (March 3) Villages Daily Sun boasts about AP courses here at VHS and the rise in AP participation throughout the nation. Florida leads the nation in AP participation!




Week of March 20, 2017

ENG I (periods 3 & 7) - On Monday and Tuesday we will be completing the state required EPAT (practice) training for the FSA Reading Exam.  We will then continue with Lord of the Flies and related close reading projects.  Students are responsible for keeping up with the reading and being prepared to discuss the novel and it's symbolic nature in class.  

ENG I Honors (period 6) - On Monday and Tuesday we will be completing the state required EPAT (practice) training for the FSA Reading Exam. We will then begin our next unit on fable, extended metaphor, and allegory with Animal Farm. History, government, democracy, and leadership are themes worthy of exploration through this novel and Orwell's inspiration and purpose for writing will be discussed. The unit will culminate with you taking the position of writer and authoring your own children's story.  


Upcoming Quiz and Project Due Dates  

ENG I (periods 3 & 7) - Reading Checks will be given (5 points) after each chapter of Lord of the Flies; assignment will be due March 23 (US Constitution); A test on Lord of the Flies will be given on April 5; a final project on Lord of the Flies will be due April 12

ENG I Honors (period 6) - Quizzes on Animal Farm will be on March 28 (Ch. 1-4), March 31 (Ch. 5-7), April 5 (Ch. 8-10); Orwell's "Why I Write" Annotations will be due March 24; "To Preface or Not" Questions and Letter to the Editor will be due April 7; the Independent Writing Project (write your own allegory) will be due April 18



USA Test Prep Access - to access USA Test Prep, visit the site and use the following:

Account ID: buffalo77 (no capital letters) 

Username: your personal student ID (first letter of your name and then the numbers; do not capitalize your first initial)

Password: Buffalo17 (Buffalo must be capitalized)


CommonLit Access for Grade 9 - to access, please visit the site and enter the following.  Once you have entered the following class code you will be part of my classroom for your class period and have access to the assignments.  Please be sure to set up a password that you will remember. 

Period 3 - VG9Y5

Period 6 - E5ZNB

Period 7 - 9RLJW



Helpful Links  

  • Great practice for Parallelism Structure Identification - ChompChomp
  • We will be using NoRedInk for grammar assistance in the classroom.
  • We will also be using USA Test Prep to prepare for the FSA exam and help direct individualized learning.
  • Looking for resources to study this summer? You will find Free ACT Practice Tests here. There are a number of practice tests here for you to use to practice Grammar and Reading skills this summer. The bonus?  You get ACT/SAT/FSA practice at the same time!
  • Access your textbook online!   Please visit Pearson Easy Bridge and log in using your school email account and password.  
  • Google Classroom link
  • NoRedInk is a great grammar study tool - we will use it in class, but students are encouraged to use it on their own, as well
  • Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
  • Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution
  • Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site often in class.  Here is a great link for what your MLA formatted paper must include/look like. 
  • Writing Commons is another helpful writing and speaking (presentation skills) site. While the site does say it is for college level writers, there is plenty of information on the site that we review in class.  I think you will find that it is easy to understand and navigate. 
  • The State Exam (FSA) website shares valuable information for students and parents/guardians and includes a training test and guide. 
  • P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) - Florida's customized common placement test - information can be found here.  
  • The Center for Online Education has an Academic Writing Guide that has helpful advice on various types of academic writing, common grammar pitfalls, citations, and more.
  • Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work. 
  • Access this link for a Pronunciation Guide. This is especially helpful while working with unfamiliar vocabulary.



PDF documents
AP Language Syllabus & Classroom Policies 2016-17 - AP Language & Composition Syllabus and Policies
Chromebook Device User Agreement - Must be read/signed by student and guardian
ENG I Syllabus & Classroom Policies for 2016-2017 - Grade 9 Syllabus and Classroom Policies Document
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Ramsell's Recommended Reading - A few titles to get started; not required texts
Syllabus Acknowledgement Form - Students and parents/guardians must sign by 8/8/16

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Period 6 - TKAM Quiz Ch. 21-31
Quarter 3 Literacy Assigment





Period 6 Flip Book Project Due




No school



Spring Break










English I : Assignment

English I Honors : "Why I Write" Annotations



Quarter 3 Report Cards

English I Honors : Animal Farm Quiz Ch. 1-4



English I Honors : Animal Farm Quiz Ch. 5-7