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English 9 or Freshman Academy Supply List

Posted by Mrs. M. Smith on August 27, 2013

Mrs. Smith Class Supply List

English 9

Summer reading is due by the third day of class.

It is a quiz grade!


3 ring binder

College Ruled Loose leaf paper

Red/green pen

Black or blue pens

Theme notebook or single subject notebook

3 x 5 lined index cards

4 x 6 lined index cards

9 x 13 manila envelope

Crayons or markers or colored pencils

5 3-ring separators

Number 2 pencils

Clorox wipes or Kleenex tissue

1gb Jump Drive

9th grade novel Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers


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Honors English 9 Supply List

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Honors English 9 Supply List- Mrs. Smith A108

Notes: Books can be purchased from book stores, online from Amazon or Better World Books.

  1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
  4. Choose Two (2) Memoirs from the list (see Mrs. Smith’s blog at
  5. Choose Two of the following books:

The Gifted Hands – Ben Carson

The Pearl – John Steinbeck

Summer of My German Soldier – Bette Greene

Sidhartha – Herman Hesse

Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois

Up from Slavery –  Booker T. Washington

The Life and Times of Harriet Jacobs – Harriet Jacobs

  1. Agenda for School Year 2013-1014
  2. College Ruled Notebook paper
  3. 1-inch 3-ring binder
  4. Blue or black ball point pens
  5. Red ball point pen
  6. Green ball point pen
  7. 2 highlighters of different colors
  8. Jump drive
  9. 3×5 lined index card
  10. 4×6 lined index cards
  11. 2 composition books (different colors)
  12. 5 tab separators
  13. Color pencils, crayons or markers
  14. #2 pencils

No SPIRAL notebooks please


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Memoir List for English 9 Honors

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Memoirs for English 9 Honors

Choose any two. If there is one not on the list you would like to read, bring the title and we will determine if it is acceptable.

Earthly Paradise – Colette
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts – Maxine Hong Kingston

Borderlands/La Frontiera: The New Mestiza – Gloria Anzaldùa
The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
The Hermaphrodite – Julia Ward Howe
A Dialogue on Love – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Words of Fire – Beverly Guy-Sheftall
The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston

Blue Rage, Black Redemption – Stanley Tookie Williams

Black Boy – Richard Wright

Giving Up the Ghost – Hilary Mantel

Goodbye to All That – Robert Graves

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X

Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

This Boy’s Life – Tobias Wolff

Dispatches – Michael Herr

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

A Fan’s Notes – Frederick Exley

Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabokov

Med Head – James Patterson

A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle

Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Aron Ralston

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier- Ismael Beah

The Reluctant Tuscan – Phil Doran

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

Three Weeks with My Brother – Nicholas Spark

A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison – R. Dwayne Betts

Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He was Black – Gregory Howard Williams

Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away – June Cross

Brother, I’m Dying – Edwidge Danticat

The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir – Jennifer Baszile

Dear Marcus, Speaking to the Man Who Shot Me – Jerry McGill

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream – Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. George Jenkins, and Dr. Rameck Hunt

What is the What?: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng – Dave Eggers

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins

The Umpire Strikes Back – Ron Luciano

You’re Out and You’re Ugly Too! – Durwood Merrill

Boy: Tales of Childhood – Roald Dahl

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy

Bad Boy – Walter Dean Myers

Beautiful Days of My Youth: My Sixth Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow – Ana Novac

Bo Knows Bo: The Autobiography of a Ballplayer – Bo Jackson

Burn Journals – Brent Runyon

Burnt: A Teenager Addict’s Road to Recovery – Craig Fraser

Candy Freak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America – Steve Almond

Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive – David J. Pelzer

Crocodile Hunter: The Incredible Life and Adventures of Steve and Terri Irwin – Steve Irwin

Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood – Jennifer Traig

A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me – John Katz

Fat Girl: A True Story – Judith Moore

Fighting Fire: A Personal Story – Caroline Paul

Friend Called Anne: One Girl’s Story of War, Peace, and  a Unique Friendship with Anne  Frank – Carol Ann Lee

Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life – Mia Hamm

Greatest: Muhammad Ali – Walter Dean Myers

Hole in My Life – Jack Gantos

Houdini: Master of Illusion – Clinton Cox

I am a Soldier Too – Rick Bragg

I Have Lived a Thousand Years – Livia Bitton Jackson

I Touch the Future – Robert T. Hohler

Into the Wild – John Krakauer

Joni: An Unforgettable Story – Joni Eareckson Tada

A Journey: The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno – Apolo Anton Ohno

King of the Mild Frontier – Chris Crutcher

Knots in My Yo-Yo String – Jerry Spinelli

Let Me Go – Helga Schneider

Lost Childhood: A World War II Memoir – Yehuda Nir

Monkeys on the Interstate: And Other Tales from America’s Favorite Zookeeper – Jack Hanna

Needles: A Memoir of Growing  up with Diabetes – Andie Dominick

Radioactive Boy Scout – Ken Silverstein

Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life – Tracey Gold

Save Karyn: One Shopaholic’s Journey to Debt and Back – Karyn Bosnak

Second Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr – Alison Osius

She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall – M.  (Misty) Bernall

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood – Julie Gregory

Soul Surfer- A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board – Bethany Hamilton

Space: A Memoir – Jesse Lee Kercheval

Steven Spielburg: Hollywood Filmmaker – Virginia Meachum

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self – Lori Gottlieb

Thanks to My Mother – Shoshanah Rabinovits

Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq – Thura Al-Windawi

Total Impact: Straight Talk from Football’s Hardest Hitter – Ronnie Lott

Tuesdays with Morrie:  An Old Man,  a Young Man, and  Life’s Greatest Lesson – Mitch Albom

Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G. – Cheo Hodari Coker

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia – Marya Hornbacher

Wild Times: Tales from the Suburban Safari – Tim Harrison

Wise Girl – What I’ve Learned about Life, Love and Loss – Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Within Reach: My Everest Story – Mark Pfetzer

Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America – Michelle Kennedy

You Belong in a Zoo!: Tales from a Lifetime Spent with Cobras, Crocs, and Other Creatures – Peter Brazaitis




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English 9 2nd Nine Weeks Project Sheet

Posted by Mrs. M. Smith on November 8, 2012

English 9

Mrs. Smith

Second 9 Weeks Project Sheet




Book Report:

Book due November 21, 2012

Test on Book in class December 11-12, 2012

Presentation due December 13-14, 2012

Choose a biography or autobiography. This book must be shown to Mrs. Smith by November 21, 2012 (homework grade). Bring your book to class on December 11-12, 2012 to take a test on your book (test grade). If you do not have your book, you will not be allowed to go get it and will lose fifteen (15) points. On December 13-14, 2012 you will dress up as the protagonist in your book and give a 2-3 minute oral presentation to the class. This is a quiz grade. You may use up to five (5) 3×5 index cards for your presentation. More than five cards or paper will not be allowed. Extra credit will be given if you complete your presentation in the first person, “I” voice.


Bring Gingerbread House kits with pre-made icing no later than December 14. We will do all Gingerbread Project Work in Class

College Research Report: Part 2 due December 19-20, 2012

1. Write the Outline for your essay

2. Create a Works Cited page from your source cards on the college you choose during 1st Nine Weeks

3. Write a thesis statement

4. Write the introduction

Follow MLA guidelines, use 12-font, double-spacing,, and Times New Roman, Arial, Courier or New Zurica, black ink only. This is for the college/career research you started in the first nine weeks. Place everything in a manila envelope.


Poetry Project: Due January 10-11, 2012

Find ten (10) poems that you like from the internet, poetry anthologies, or the textbook, copy or type them onto 8 ½” x 11” paper (any color) and do the following:

  1. Create a cover and include your first and last name, block number and a title (2 points).
  2. For each poem include the following (50 points):
  1. title
  2. poet
  3. theme
  4. type of poem
  5. example of figurative language
  1. For any two (2) poems, draw a picture for each that depicts what the poem “says” to you (25 point)
  2. Choose one (1) poem that you especially like and write a one-page, typed, double-spaced, 12-font report about how the poet and the poem made you feel using examples and descriptions from the poem. Be sure to include the title, poet, and theme (15 points).
  3. Creativity will be graded. Please use your markers or crayons or color pencils to be as expressive as possible (8 points).


Extra Credit: Due January 18, 2012

Create a travel brochure of one of the places in The Odyssey. Include the following parts: accommodations, package deals, individual prices, sights and entertainment. Each of the above parts will count 18 points and you will be awarded 10 points for creativity and originality. Please make this brochure as colorful and exciting as possible. Remember you have to SELL your ideas.




Student name _______________________________________


Block _____________________________________________


Parental/guardian signature noting due dates and late policy _________________________________________

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Summer Reading and Housekeeping

Posted by Mrs. M. Smith on September 9, 2012

I hope that the school year has gotten off to a great start. Here are a few reminders for next week:

Summer Reading is due on September 9 for odd and September 10 for even.

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Summer Reading

Posted by Mrs. M. Smith on August 30, 2012

Summer reading was assigned last June. Per the instructions on the Summer Reading Sheet, we will have a writing prompt on the third day the class meets. For Odd Day classes, the date is September 9, and for Even Day classes, the date is Septemeber 10. This assignment will be a quiz grade. The book for the 9th Grade Summer Reading is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.

Please make sure that you are prepared for the writing prompt for the summer reading by refreshing the book that you read over the summer.

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English 9 1st 9 Weeks Project Sheet

Posted by Mrs. M. Smith on August 28, 2012

Project Sheet

English 9 – Mrs. Smith (A108)

1st Nine Weeks

The first two of these assignments are a test grade and the last two are quiz grades

Late work will be taken with a 10% deduction per day. Late work will not be taken after the fifth day late (not blocks)

If you are absent, these projects are due the day you return to school (even if is not the day I see you).

Book Report (TEST GRADE)

Due – September 26 (even), 27 (odd)

Read a fictional novel from the KFHS library. On a sheet of computer paper, identify the following literature terms: title, author, copyright date, protagonist, antagonist, tone, mood, setting, and theme. Then answer the following questions in complete sentences:

A. Why did you choose this novel? B. Was the novel what you expected? Why or why not? C. If you could change one thing in the novel, what would it be and why? All your responses should follow SPS Writing Guidelines. Place your full name, date, block, and grade in the upper right hand corner. Your report should not be longer than one page. You may use any color paper you choose and you may decorate your book report if you choose to. Creativity will receive up to 10 extra points. (total value 110)


Project (TEST GRADE)

Due: October 10 (even), 11 (odd)

Create a Facebook collage about your life. Your collage should have the following topics about your life:

1)      Family                                                                         6) hobbies

2)      5 years from now                                                      7) future job

3)      10 years from now                                                    8) future education goals

4)      Friends                                                                        9) auto-biography

5)      Extra-curricular activities                                       10) heroes in your life

Please be as creative as possible. Each section of your Facebook collage should have pictures or photos and an explanation of at least one paragraph in each section. Creativity will be graded for an extra 10 points.(total value 110)


Mini Research (QUIZ GRADE)


Choose a college or university that you would like to attend. Use two (2) internet sources to take notes about the college or university. Use 3×5 index cards to cite your sources. From each source, take five (5) notes on 4×6 index cards. (Please only put one note per card on each 4×6 card.) (There will be a total of 10 note cards). Be sure to use Modern Language Association (MLA) format. This can be found on the Media Center webpage.


Current Trends Position Paper (QUIZ GRADE) Date TBA

Choose one of the following topic and read current news paper or magazine articles on your topic. You shoule read a minimum of three (3) articles. Explain your position on the topic in a one (1) page, double-spaced, 12-font, persuasion essay. Be sure to cite your sources on a separate sheet of paper labeled Works Cited.

a)      Should Medicare, Medicaid or Welfare exist?

b)      Who would be the best president of the United States of America?

c)      Should technology be used on the Standards of Learning tests?

If you need help with any of these projects please do not wait until the last minute. I am available to help you be successful on these projects. Mrs. Smith


I understand that each of these is a test grade or quiz grade. This signature page is due on next class and is worth five (5) extra points on a test.


Student Name __________________________________                Block ________________

Parent signature ____________________________________________

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