9th Grade Collection


Including our CORE offering plus carefully curated APPLICATION elements, each experience will offer students the tools, training, practice, and inspiration needed to excel as a reader, writer, and thinker. Our pre-selected collections make shopping + lesson  planning simple by providing all the materials needed for the year in one click.

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9th Grade Collection includes:

1. Literature and Writing: Level 4 Genre Survey

When it comes to language arts, much of the exceptional work that your students will accomplish is subjective in nature tied to their ideas. As we value these ideas—their discoveries from reading tied to their observations—and challenge them to catalog and craft these ideas over time, students will rise into the work of literary analysis with vim and vigor. This collection includes six novels that represent a genre survey of literature and six student journals:

    1. Eggs, Jerry Spinelli
    2. The Giver, Lois Lowry
    3. Homeless Bird, Gloria Whelan
    4. I, Juan de Pareja, Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
    5. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
    6. Skellig, David Almond

Each week, this core offering follows a similar weekly format with ample room for students to catalog their observations of characters, themes, symbols, and motifs. and bring shape to their ideas. They will catalog rich vocabulary unique to the story, and gather quotes that exemplify themes.  At the high school level, students craft a weekly synopsis and personal reflection of that week’s reading.  For the culminating assignment, students are offered a wide range of directives to choose from and are supported with a scaffolding upon which to craft their essay.

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2. Composition: The Essay Volume 4: Little Worlds – Writing from Short Stories

This intermediate unit is developed to teach students how to translate a BIG idea tied to a little story into an essay. Through 5 lessons over the course of 10 weeks, students will craft 5 literary essays tied to great writers—Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, and more.

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3. Operation Lexicon 9: Flannery O’Connor

A lexicon is the collected vocabulary of a person. Over the course of 26 weeks, students will explore a cluster of words from the lexicon of Flanner O’Connor. Using these words in an original way, with inspiration from her many short stories and letters, will help the budding wordsmith recognize the plasticity of language and delight in its beauty.

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4. The Writer’s Toolbox

The Writer’s Toolbox teaches students to identify, appreciate, and use rhetorical devices. Every lesson begins with a simple explanation of one of the rhetorical devices, along with examples from literature, oratory, and real life. The lesson closes with suggestions on the best way to begin using the device. After each lesson are exercises that encourage students to recognize and use the tool for themselves. Students will explore ways words work and develop an appreciation for the well-crafted phrase using time-tested tools called rhetorical device.

Schedule / Pacing

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A word about grade levels and learning styles

All of Blackbird and Company curricular materials are designed with the student and teacher in mind. Whether you are in a traditional classroom or a homeschool, if you are in independent study or if you need accommodations for unique learning styles or special needs, our materials are adaptable to individual needs, to your teaching style, and to your student’s learning style.

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Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × 6 in