9th Grade
Language and Literature


Focus Text: Antigone by Sophocles Translated by Don Taylor

Statement of Inquiry: ​Our identities are shaped by our interactions and inclusion in different environments.
Factual Question: ​
What is identity?
Conceptual Question:​
How does our environment affect our identities? Debatable Question:​ Can I control how others perceive my identity?
Key Concepts:​
Related Concepts:​
Character, Setting
Global Context:
​Fairness and Development (Inequality, difference and inclusion)
Assessment: ​
Authentic Project with options for writing and performance.

Unit 2: Relationships Unit

Focus Text: A  Midsummer Night's Dream

Statement of Inquiry:​ We use language to manipulate others, and in turn others use language to manipulate us.
Factual Question:​
What are examples of figures of speech/literary devices that Shakespeare uses?
Conceptual Question:​
How do we use language to influence others?
Debatable Question:​
Which characters in the play are the most influenced by language? Which characters in the play are the least influenced by language?
Key Concept: ​
Related Concepts:​
Style, Theme
Global Context: ​
Identities and Relationships (human nature and human dignity; moral reasoning and ethical judgement)

Assessment: Authentic Project with options for writing and performance.

Unit 3: Future Worlds

Focus Text: The Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Statement of Inquiry:
An author’s vision of the future often reflects the negative aspects of our society or offers a warning.
Factual Question: What is a global resource? What is point of view?
Conceptual Question: How do authors portray the world of the future? Have authors successfully predicted the future?
Debatable Question​: What is our responsibility to technology and change?
Key Concept: Connections
Related Concept: Theme, Point of view, purpose
Global Context: Orientation in time and space

Assessment:​ Socratic Seminar


Unit 4: Global Perspective

Focus Text: Persepolis Book 1 & 2 Graphic Novel

Statement of Inquiry: Authors express their cultural perspective through various types of stories so that diverse audiences can understand their histories.
Factual Question: What is culture?
Conceptual Question: ​How does the way we express our cultural stories affect how our audience perceives them?
Debatable Question: To what extent can stories change our perspective on others' cultures?
Key Concept: Perspective
Related Concepts: Point of View, Self-Expression, Genres
Global Context: Orientation in Time & Space (Civilization and social histories)

Assessment​: Multi-Genre Project

Unit 5: Social Justice

Focus Text: Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Statement of Inquiry: An examination of perspective and point of view contributes to a deeper understanding of themes that address and may inspire civic responsibility. .
Factual Questions: What is theme? What is civic responsibility? What is equity and fairness in economic development?
Conceptual Question: How does perspective and point of view contributes to a deeper understanding of themes? Community and civic responsibility?
Debatable Question: Should everyone demonstrate civic responsibility? Key Concept: Narrator, perspective
Related Concepts:​ Point of view and theme
Global Context: Fairness and Development - Civic responsibility and the public sphere

Assessment: Literary Analysis Essay