English 9, Part 2 - Silicon Valley High School


Price: $125 | Credits: One Semester | Dept: English | Course ID# 209-2

This course is the second semester of 9th grade English and includes rhetorical choices, research, speech and debate. English 9 is approved by the University of California A-G as English (category B).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this course, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • How to analyze author’s purpose using the following literary lenses: political, philosophical, religious, and historical.
  • To evaluate author’s choices, purposes, claims, and symbolic meanings.
  • How to identify theme, plot, conflict, and character relationships in an allegory and coming-of-age prose work.
  • Discriminate and justify a position using lines of reasoning and argument.
  • Effectively use content-specific language, style, tone, and text structure to compose or adapt writing for different purposes and audiences.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of a variety of informational and persuasive texts.
  • Evaluate explicit and implicit viewpoints, values, attitudes, and assumptions concealed in speech.
  • Identify quality primary, secondary, and tertiary sources for academic research on a debatable topic.
  • Cite strong textual evidence to support a claim or an argument.
  • Determine and summarize a central idea or claim for a topic and its line of reasoning that is developed in its claim or argument.
  • Implement the writing process successfully to plan, revise, and edit written work.
  • Master the techniques of persuasive writing and Lincoln-Douglas debate formats and strategies.
  • Demonstrate the use of strategies, research techniques, and persistence when engaging with difficult texts or examining complex problems or issues.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Assigned book – William Golding- “The Lord of the Flies”
  • Rhetorical Choices
  • Speech
  • Research
  • Debate
Course Details:
• One Semester Credit: $125
• Second Semester of English 9