Language Arts 9 - Course Outline
2015/2016 School Year
Cold Lake High School
Mr. Whan / Ms. Schwab / Ms. Johnson

The Course:

Welcome to English Language Arts 9. This is a 10-month course. All students in grade 9 will write the Provincial Achievement Examinations in May and June.

Clear student learning outcomes and high learning standards in the program of studies are designed to prepare students for present and future language requirements. Changes in society and technology have affected, and will continue to affect, the ways in which people use language to think, to communicate and to learn. Students must be prepared to meet new literacy demands in Canada and the international community. The ability to use language effectively enhances student opportunities to experience personal satisfaction and to become responsible, contributing citizens and lifelong learners.

General Learner Expectations:

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:

1. explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences
2. comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print & other media texts
3. manage ideas and information
4. create oral, print, visual, and multimedia texts and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
5. respect, support and collaborate with others

The following assignments may be included during the course:

§ Personal Response (journals, personal essays)
§ Critical/Analytical Response (literature based essays)
§ Narrative Writing (short stories, creative writing)
§ Functional Writing (business letters)
§ Poetry
§ Oral/Visual/Multimedia presentations
§ Reading Comprehension
§ Vocabulary
§ Unit Tests (including multiple choice and written answer)
§ Midterm Exams (reading and writing)
§ Provincial Achievement Test Part A – Written Response (May)
§ Provincial Achievement Test Part B – Reading Comprehension (June)

  • 35% Functional, Narrative, Essay Assignments
  • 20% Assignments/Projects
  • 20% Tests & Quizzes
  • 25% Final Exams

Units of Study and Resources (subject to change at teacher’s discretion):

|| Unit of Study
Text or Resource
Introduction/CAT IV
(September ~ 2 weeks)
Introduction to Short Stories & Literary Devices
(September ~ 2 weeks)
Resources provided by instructor
Public Speaking/Persuasive Writing
(October ~ 3 weeks)
ResourceLines textbook
Resources provided by instructor
Novel Study/Film Study
(October to December ~ 6 weeks)
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
(January to February ~ 3 weeks)
Poetry & Advertising
(February to March ~ 3 weeks)
ResourceLines textbook
Resources provided by instructor
Independent Novel Study
(March to May ~ 5 weeks)
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
Short Stories and PAT Preparation (May to June ~ 4 weeks)
Crossroads textbook
ResourceLines textbook
Resources provided by instructor

Student Expectations:
Class will begin on time each day. Students will be expected to be on time for class. If for some reason you are late for class enter the class without disrupting, fill out a late slip at the back of the room, take your seat and join where the class left off. Either speak with the teacher or a classmate to catch up on what was missed while you were not in class.

Students are expected to be prepared for class each day. A paper and pen/pencil are required each and every day unless otherwise indicated. Please be advised that I will call home if being prepared for class becomes a problem.

If you miss a class, excused or unexcused, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain notes from another classmate or from the teacher and complete the missed work. If you know you will be absent ahead of time please consult with your teacher so they can arrange for you to keep up with the rest of the class during your absences. In order to pass this course you must attend class regularly.

All assignments/projects must be handed in. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that their assignments are handed in. As per Alberta Education assessment practices, if you fail to hand in an assignment on time because you are absent or otherwise, you are still expected to complete the assignment. If the teacher has contacted the student, made arrangements to have the assignment finished, and the student still does not submit the work, the teacher will have no choice but to reluctantly assign a zero.

Prior to reluctantly awarding a zero teachers will:
  1. clearly communicate within the course outline how long students have to make up missing assessments prior to being awarded a zero.
  2. make it clear to the student that they have missed an important summative assessment
  3. make arrangements with the student to complete the assessment within a certain time period and document this conversation in Power School.

After awarding 2 zeros for any student parents will be contacted by the teacher to determine if the student needs interventions or supports to improve their habits.
The staff know that a zero is not an accurate measurement of curricular outcomes and brings into question the validity of the final grade, but that being said, if all reasonable efforts to get the test, quiz or assignment completed have failed to work with the student, the teacher must reluctantly award a zero.

If you are having difficulties with any topic in this course, please see me for extra help. I am available for help everyday after school until at least 4pm. If you cannot stay after school for help you can arrange another time with your teacher (before school or during lunch).

The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited during class time. These devices are not allowed to be used in the classroom under any circumstances. They are not to be seen by the teacher. According to CLHS Cell Phone Policy, if a student has their cell phone out in class they will be asked to give their phone to their teacher for...
    • The remainder of the class (1st offence)
    • The remainder of the day (2nd and subsequent requests)
    • Until a parent comes to the school to get the phone (at teacher’s discretion after multiple abuses of the phone) policy).