The goal of English 9 and English 9 Honors is to transition our middle school ELA learners into moreadvanced readers and writers in accordance with the Common Core College and Career Standards. As a means to meet this benchmark, the course is based upon College Board’s official Pre-Advanced Placement program, SpringBoard, for students in grade 9. The overarching theme for the ninth grade is Coming of Age; accordingly, units of study each quarter will cover this topic through related literary units such as “Coming of Age,” "Defining Style,” “Poetic Voices," “ and “Interpreting Drama Through Performances.” The outside texts we cover during our year will support our exploration of this theme and will include The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Formal Assessments in the 9th grade will include a wide array of reading and writing tasks: weekly individual Reader's Notebooks for the outside reading, cooperative group projects, argumentative and synthesis essays, and MLA research papers.