• English Nine - Waterville Central School

    "In last years nests, there are no birds this year"

    In last years nests, there are no birds this year

    Had Cervantes been talking about English Nine in New York State when he penned these words for Don Quixote, he would have been right. The quote reminds us that everything changes over time. The way that English instruction is delivered and the tasks that students are asked to perform in English Nine in New York State has changed dramatically over the course of the past several years. English Nine is a course that is undergoing steady revision as we continue to implement New York State core curriculum, standards and testing.

    At one time, English Nine was heavily dependent on the reading of major works. The focus has shifted to more work with shorter fiction and non-fiction pieces and also to a much more detailed approach to close reading of all texts. The writing component delivers a higher expectation for more focused analytical writing and students are writing much more frequently and at a greater depth than they may have in the past. These are just a few of the many changes we have faced in implementing new curriculum. In short, things have changed, and as they have, our results have too. I can see many benefits to the learning that has taken place through the implementation of the new curriculum.  


    Posting Assignments to the web page provides  a wonderful opportunity for students to check and maintain daily course requirements. It is, however, important for students in my classes to understand that student needs exhibited in class during the day can often affect the time line of projected scheduled assignments. More often than not, I am faced with the need to make adjustments to scheduled assignments based on what we were able to effectively accomplish in class on any given day. For me, student daily needs will always drive the schedule more  than my anticipated desire to accomplish certain tasks. For that reason, it is important that students use the assignments and calendar sections of this website as a general guide but closely pay attention to changes as they are articulated in the classroom each day. While I do appreciate the opportunity to post assignments, as they  gives both students and parents a general sense of direction, STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHANGES MADE TO SCHEDULED ASSIGNMENTS IN CLASS EACH DAY .  

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