English 1 @ Independence High School

English 1/9 is a one-year, college preparatory course which teaches students to write successful, multiple-paragraph compositions and to identify and use in their writing advanced grammatical structures. The course will include the study of literary works and will integrate the learning of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

This course satisfies one year of the East Side Union High School District's English requirement. This course satisfies one year of the English requirement at the University of California and the California State University.


Core Textbook: The Language of Literature Grade 9 (McDougal Littell, publisher)

Required Reading: Romeo & Juliet, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Odyssey (or a mythology unit, in which The Odyssey may be included)

Novel Check Out Page 2009-2010

Romeo & Juliet
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Odyssey


Plus a minimum of one additional core novel:

The Bean Trees
The House on Mango Street
Cannery Row
Bless Me Ultima
Living up the Street
The Good Earth
The Bluest Eye
West Side Story
Great Expectations
Of Mice and Men


Essential Standards & Curriculum Map

Essential Standards (click to download as pdf)

Curriculum Map (click to download as pdf)



Click on any of the following to download a PowerPoint tutorial/presentation to your desktop.

Cause & Effect Personal Narrative Research Report
Character Sketch Persuasive Speech Response to Literature
Compare and Contrast Essay Process Description Short Story
Opinion Statement Reflective Staging a Scene

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