Ninth Grade Literature and Composition is a course study which engages students in a varied exploration of humanities through the modes of reading, writing, grammar and usage, and speaking and listening. While studying long and short works of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama, and the epic, students will think and discuss critically and constructively while becoming familiar with literary elements and techniques. Students will write creative pieces of fiction and poetry in addition to expository papers using a process of writing. These writings will establish knowledge of standard grammar and usage as well as a sense of audience. Students will engage in speaking and exercise listening skills through active discussion and oral presentations. Vocabulary work is derived from reading selections and from lists that prepare students for standardized tests, namely the End Of Course Test (EOCT).