9 English Course Description
The ninth-grade student will make planned oral presentations independently and in small groups. Knowledge of the impact that informative/persuasive techniques in media messages make on public opinion will be introduced. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, and allusions. Knowledge of literary terms and genres will be applied in the student’s own writing and in the analysis of literature. The student will be introduced to significant literary texts. Increased requirements for research and reporting in all subjects will be supported by the use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and other media. Students will cite sources of information using a standard method of documentation. The student will distinguish between reliable and questionable sources of information. Writing will encompass narrative, expository, and persuasive forms for a variety of purposes and audiences. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.
“The Test of the Great Bow”
- What are the two parts of Penelope’s test?
- What will the winner receive?
- “The suitors’ test” is an archetypal situation. Identify other movies where a character must pass a difficult test to prove he is worthy. Can you think of any movies where various suitors must prove themselves to win a woman’s hand in marriage? Explain the similarities.
- Which two people does Odysseus reveal his true identity to?
- How does he prove he is indeed Odysseus?
- Odysseus promises to reward these two men. How will he reward them?
- What does Odysseus ask the men to do before the contest?
- What insults do the suitors yell at Odysseus as he prepares to compete?
- Zeus throws a thunderbolt down as a sign. What is he communicating with this?
- What will Odysseus and Telemachus do next?