American Lit


9th Grade TRAILS

To My Dear Students —

When I was a kid – perhaps about ten or eleven -I remember something happening with one of my parents’ friends. And because I was supposed to be too young to understand, they kept me in the dark. With that, I could only imagine the worst possible scenario – You see, Ms. B. – has always had a fantastical imagination.

I do not want you all to imagine the worst possible thing. So you should know– I am okay. I will be okay.  The messages and emails you have been sending, are so lovely, so sweet, and so kind. The make me smile – they remind why for ten years I have believed that Hadley grows not just  the world’s most fantastic asparagus, but the most fantastic children, who turn into the most fantastic young adults.

I promise that I will return to my classroom as soon as I am able to do so. I promise – I will bring back lessons, and stories, and advice about writing, and  reading, and school, and life.

Be well my dears, I promise, everything is going to be okay.

-Ms. B.

ps – it was Kai’s idea to send this — because he’s awesome.

American Literature — Research Work

Ideas for Research
American Literature Timeline

Compare and Contrast Essays – F Block

Compare and Contrast Essay Help and Grading 

Due Monday (Share final copy by class time).


9th Grade Homework, A and F Period

 Read – The Cask of Amontillado 

While you are reading, complete a SoapsTone chart in your notes. 


Due Friday for A, Monday for F

Journalism Terms

Find Me

9th Grade – F Period

Rough draft is due Friday. Please try to have it printed before you come to class.


Journalism Links

9th Grade Current Work

Both A and F Block are working on outlines for their first essay.  In class on Tuesday and Wednesday we will begin writing those essays.  We also started short story boot camp this week.  We will be discussing the elements of fiction in the coming classes.