Price: $125 | Credits: 5 | Dept: English | Course ID# 209-1

This is the first semester of 9th grade English and includes the topics of literary elements and designs, story structures and plot diagrams, determining theme in literature, inferences and textual evidence, and character development, as well as the grammatical rules associated with the parenthesis, the colon, the semi-colon, the comma, and quotation marks. English 9 is approved by the University of California A-G as English (category B).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • An understanding of the basic elements of literature, including the literary devices.
  • How and when to properly use the comma, the colon, the semi-colon, the parenthesis, and the quotation marks.
  • How to interpret and understand the story structure, the plot diagram, and how writers create mystery, tension, and surprise.
  • How to become an active reader, with a focus on memory, and the interpretation of a theme.
  • To do a “close” reading and find textual evidence from a piece of literature.
  • To examine the elements of a drama, character archetypes, and how character development can impact a plot and theme.
  • Read several full length works.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Basic Elements of Literature
  • Elements of Literature II
  • Literary Devices Introduction
  • Grammar Review – The Parenthesis
  • Story Structure
  • The Plot Diagram
  • How Authors Create
  • Mystery, Tension, or Surprise.
  • Grammar Review – The Colon
  • Being an Active Reader
  • Remembering What You Read
  • Definition & Examples of a Theme
  • Grammar Review – The Comma
  • Inference: An Introduction & How To
  • How to do a Close Reading
  • How to Find & Use Textual Evidence
  • Grammar Review – The Semi-Colon
  • Elements of Drama
  • Character Archetypes
  • Character Development: Affecting Plot & Theme
  • Grammar Review – Quotation Marks
  • Assigned book – William Shakespheare- “Romeo and Juliet”