Ms. Layton's AC English 9

     This course will explore all of the language arts, including reading, writing, listening and speaking. Literature will be studied in the forms of drama, non-fiction, poetry, the short story and the novel. Grammar and vocabulary will be studied in the context of the reading and writing done in class. You will also be responsible for learning and implementing public speaking and presentation skills. An emphasis will be placed on developing study skills and learning to effectively use the library. Texts will include the literature book and outside reading books.


     Ideally, I would like for this classroom to be a place where you can freely discuss the ideas and issues that are presented in the literature and which affect our world. I would like to create both a social and academic environment where we can learn from books as well as each other's thoughts and perspectives. I like to hear what you think about what you are reading and experiencing. In order for this to work effectively, there are a few requirements. The first requirement is that we are all respectful of others' opinions, ideas and beliefs. The second is that you must be aware of my role as the teacher and the leader of this classroom. Although I encourage you to share and participate, you must also be aware that it is my job to lead the discussion and direct its course. If both of these requirements cannot be met, then we will be forced to limit class debates and discussions.