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Freshman (Grade 9) Activities

Select a section below to see specific optional enrichment activities.
The activities are divided by class subject.

CA Collections and Close Reader

From The Good Soldiers (Close Reader page 113) 

  • Read and analyze narrative
    • Read background information and preview text
    • Read text
    • Answer Close Reading Questions 1-12
      • Note: For question 10, used the “Close Read Notes” section in the margin to prepare notes for a discussion. 
      • If able, use Google hangouts to have the discussion with peers.
  • Short Response
    • Read and unpack the prompt.
    • Reread your responses to questions 1-12 and plan your response.
    • Compose your Short Response.
    • Reread your response aloud and make any revisions as needed.

“The Journey” (pages 441-442)

  • Read and analyze figurative language in a poem
  • Read pages 441-441
  • Analyzing the Text (p. 444) #1, 2, 4, 5
    • Responses should be in complete responses and restate key concepts/words from the question.
  • Reread and analyze structure and theme
    • Reread “The Journey”
    • Analyzing the Text (p. 444) #3, 6
      • Responses should be in complete responses and restate key concepts/words from the question
      • Refer to the glossary in the back of the text for clarification on figurative language.

Speaking Activity: Response to Literature 
Collection 6, “Heroes and Quests” explores the idea that a hero’s journey takes many forms. Think about the journeys portrayed in “The Journey” and in the excerpt from The Good Soldiers. What similarities and differences are there between the journeys?

  1. Review both selections and consider how you might answer the question. Cite text evidence from both selections that support your ideas.
  2. Think about how you can best present your ideas in a clear, concise way. You might discuss the poem first and then The Good Soldiers. Alternatively, you might discuss one similarity or difference between the journeys at a time.
  3. Write a summary of the similarities and differences to present. Note on your summary where you might adjust the volume or make eye contact to emphasize important points.
  4. Deliver your presentation.
    • Choose how you will present your ideas: (1) Record your presentation using Red Dot, OR (2) share your presentation with a family member, OR (3) Give your presentation in front of a mirror.

Read: p. 698-706

  • Do: Inquiry activity p. 699; Reviewing Concepts, Critical Thinking, and Writing in Science p. 706

Read p. 707-714

  • Do: Reviewing Concepts, Critical Thinking, and Writing in Science p. 714

Read: 715-721

  • Do: Reviewing Concepts, Critical Thinking, and Writing in Science p. 721

Science Extended Enrichment

Read p. 1031-1035

  • Do: Key Concepts, Critical Thinking Inferring, Descriptive Writing p. 1035

Read: p. 1036-1042

  • Do: Key Concepts, Critical Thinking Inferring, Descriptive Writing p. 1035

Read: p. 1042-1047

  • Do: Key Concepts, Critical Thinking Inferring, Descriptive Writing p. 1047

Read: 1048-1054

  • Do: Key Concepts, Critical Thinking Inferring, Descriptive Writing p. 1054

Keep a daily log of your physical fitness activities; OR, research a sport or leisure activity that you want to learn more about.

Write a report or create a project on this topic.

Read for at least 30 min each day.

Activities Optional

Students will not be graded, penalized, or held accountable for optional enrichment activities provided during this time of school closures; all offerings are optional.