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09th Grade 1CP and Honors





Welcome to 9th grade English!


❏ English 1CP students will select only ONE book from the following options:


Free? Stories about Human Rights (Amnesty International)  Link to Amazon.  Link to Barnes & Noble.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. If you are unable to borrow or purchase the book, here is an online PDF book -



❏ English 1 HONORS will select TWO books from the following options:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (PDF).  Link to Amazon.  Link to Barnes & Noble.

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano. Link to Amazon.   Link to Barnes & Noble.

Remix: Conversations with Immigrant teenagers by Marina Budhos.  Link to Amazon.   Link to Barnes & Noble.


❏ While you read, use the online Double-Sided Journal link above for each novel (select the one for your course!). (Use your school login to access it, once open in Google Docs, click "file" > "Save a copy" so you can type in it).  Do not use Post-its. 


❏ Write at least one thoughtful, reflective sentence commentary for each quote/passage. You may use the “Sentence Starters for Active Reading Strategies” to guide you.  Sentence Starters are the 2nd page of the PDF.


❏ The commentaries are evidence of your reflective process in reading the book well. Notes should be thoughtful, neat, organized and have a clear reason for being marked. Quotes should be selected throughout the entire book (beginning, middle, and end).


❏ One of your first in-class writing assignments in 9th grade English will be based on the book(s). Your 9th grade teacher will provide you with more details once the school year begins.


❏ You will need your book(s) during the first two weeks of school.


You will submit your online Double-Sided Journals on the first Tuesday of school via, August 20, 2019. Your 9th grade English teacher will provide you with instructions.


If you do not complete it by August 20th, you may submit it up to one week late for 50% credit by August 27th.