ELA 9: Introduction to Literature—Semester B
Drama, Non-Fiction, Bestsellers (Oh My!)
Welcome to high school, Shmoopers. There's no going back. Unless you find a time machine, in which case, we'd really like to know who was truly the bigger stud: Alexander Hamilton or Aaron Burr.
Oh right, back to the point.
Over the course of the next four years, you're going to learn everything there is to know about literature. But you have to start somewhere, right? And that's what ELA 9 is all about. In Semester B, you'll dig deeper into the novel form and get your feet wet with drama (ahem, Shakespeare), nonfiction, and even a bestseller or two.
By the end of the course, you'll be a regular ol' bibliophile.
P.S. Introduction to Literature (ELA 9) is a two-semester course. You're looking at Semester B, but you can check out Semester A here.
- Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or another word processing program
- A scanner (or access to one)
- A camera (a camera phone is sufficient)
- All other work can be done via the Shmoop website.
Unit 6. Sometimes It's Okay to Steal a Book
In this unit, The Book Thief will help us dig deeper into the novel form and everything that comes along with it.
Unit 7. Mo' Drama Mo' Problems
Drama, drama, drama! This unit will introduce us to drama through Romeo and Juliet and The Crucible.
Unit 8. The Real World
Essays, speeches, news—we might not think of it all as literature; but now that you've got the chops, this unit will allow you to put your analysis skills to the test on these non-fictional genres.
Unit 9. Top of What Charts?
This unit will dive into the world of bestsellers—what makes them sell best?—through The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars.
- Course Length: 18 weeks
- Course Number: 110
- Grade Levels: 9
- Course Type: Basic
- Category: English
ELA 9: Introduction to Literature—Semester A
Just what the heck is a ShMOOC?
Common Core Standards
The following standards are covered in this course:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1