Course Description:The ninth-grade student who has already exhibited an aptitude for English will read and analyze a variety of literature. Knowledge of literary terms will be applied in the student’s writing and in the analysis of literature and drama. Students will analyze informational and nonfiction materials to evaluate accuracy of information. Writing will encompass narrative, expository, and informational forms to inform, explain, analyze, or entertain. Due to the advanced nature of the course, the representative works chosen from different literary genres and time periods will be challenging to advanced English students, as will the nature and scope of writing assignments. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking. Requirements for research and reporting will be supported through the use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and a method to cite reference sources. The student will identify reliable Internet sources as well as understand plagiarism. During second semester, the student will participate in the Campbell County writing assessment. There is no SOL test given for this course.