Pre-AP English 9 Handouts/Links



    Pre-AP English 9 Syllabus 2018-2019


    Writing Essentials 2018


    ELA 9 e-Portfolio Directions


    ELA 9 e-Portfolio Rubric 


    ELA 9 e-Portfolio Links


    Weebly e-Portfolio Tutorial


    Pre-AP ELA 9 Prompts 2018-2019

    Personal Narrative (Student Choice)

    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
    • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

    “The Masque of the Red Death” Literary Analysis

    • Readers agree that “The Masque of the Red Death” can be interpreted as an allegory. In a well-developed essay explore the use of three essential symbols used by Poe to present his allegory. Be sure to support your assertions with evidence from the text.

    The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Literary Analysis

    • Several events take place in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, in a very short amount of time. All of these events take place because of an action that occurred before it.  In a well-developed five paragraph essay, explain how the interactions between Juliet and her nurse, OR Romeo and Friar Lawrence change and affect the lives of their own characters, other characters and future events.  

     Tavarez Mirabal Group Rhetorical Analysis

    • In a well-developed multi-paragraph essay, identify the claim of Minou Tavárez Mirabal ’s ““Violence against Women and the Example of the Mirabal Sisters” and explain how she develops the claim of her speech using specific rhetorical appeals and techniques.

    JFK “We Choose to Go to the Moon” Rhetorical Analysis

    • In a well-developed multi-paragraph essay, identify the claim of John F. Kennedy’s “We Choose to Go to the Moon” and explain how he develops the claim of his speech using specific rhetorical appeals and techniques.

    To Kill a Mockingbird Synthesis

    • Synthesize material from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay in which you develop a position on the role, if any, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird should serve in public schools.