• Ninth grade students are expected to develop and strengthen all areas of English language arts over the semester in order to build a solid foundation. They will become more aware and strategic in their approach to reading increasingly complex selections on a more independent level. While the focus in reading is on world literature, students will also learn to expand their control of the writing process. By managing the research process, students will learn to investigate and present information in a multitude of fashions that includes written, visual, and oral. Students will take part in discussions in order to investigate gray areas of literature and practice communication skills with peers. Overall, students will develop skills in researching, questioning, presenting, reading, writing, and discussing.