Honors vs. Regular 9th grade English

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by EngTeacher15, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. EngTeacher15

    EngTeacher15 Companion

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2006
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 26, 2007

    I'm teaching 9th grade honors English for the first time next year, and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around what I need to do differently for honors classes. We do poetry, Romeo and Juliet, and The Odyssey. When I had regular, we read ALL of R&J and The Odyssey in class. Basically, does anyone have any suggestions? What is a typical homework assignment like? How much homework should I assign?
     
  2.  
  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,606
    Likes Received:
    2,714

    Jun 26, 2007

    When I was in English H and English AP, I remember having to read a lot on my own outside of class, like a few chapters per night.

    We used class time for seminar/Paedeia type discussions and presentations.
     
  4. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    6,040
    Likes Received:
    1,520

    Jun 26, 2007

    Basically, it's more outside of class reading, more literary criticism, and more discussions. The honors/AP kids are ready for a higher level. The regular and remedial classes will need more help just reading the material and understanding the main ideas.
     
  5. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,606
    Likes Received:
    2,714

    Jun 26, 2007

    Oh, and plan on having your kids do a lot of writing. We wrote and wrote and wrote--everything from 5-paragraph essays to 20-page papers. We did a lot of timed writing, too, where we'd go to the computer lab and compose a 5-paragraph paper on the spot. It really helped me learn to write academically.
     
  6. Brendan

    Brendan Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2004
    Messages:
    2,974
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 26, 2007

    My son is in honors English and they read the unabridged version of the Odysey while CP reads the abridged.
     
  7. cheeryteacher

    cheeryteacher Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2006
    Messages:
    2,237
    Likes Received:
    9

    Jun 27, 2007

    When I was in honors we were a year ahead, so I did 10th grade work as a 9th grader. We also read harder books than the rgular classes. When we got to 12th grade we automatically took AP English, since we did 12th grade English as 11th graders.
     
  8. dehabel

    dehabel Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2005
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 3, 2007

    In my honors class I had them read higher level novels and went faster, require more writing, etc. For example, my regular kids read Forged by Fire while my Honors kids were reading LIfe of Pi, my regular kids read The Outsiders and Speak while my honors kids read North and South. When we did Romeo and Juliet my regular students read both the Shakespearian language and modern language and my Honors kids only got the original format.

    As far as assignments they both may have had the same assignment, however, my regular kids were graded differently than my Honors kids.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. Batman15,
  2. rpan,
  3. Iris1001
Total: 281 (members: 7, guests: 243, robots: 31)
test