This course is aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning. The English 9 student will plan, present, and critique dramatic readings of literary selections. Knowledge of literary terms and forms will be applied in the student's own writing and in the analysis of literature. The student will be introduced to significant literary works. Increased requirements for research and reporting in all subjects will be supported by the use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and a standard style sheet method to cite reference sources. The student will distinguish between reliable and questionable Internet sources. Writing will encompass narrative, literary, expository, and informational forms, with particular attention to analysis. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.