9th Grade Curriculum:

English I, Grade 9

The basis of this course is instruction in reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking with an emphasis on vocabulary. Students will have the opportunity to express the mastery of these skills through a variety of venues. A variety of lessons on writing will be given throughout the year such as a personal narrative, persuasive essay, a process description, a character sketch, reports, stories and a play. Towards the end of the year students are expected to do a PowerPoint/research project. This course is also designed for students to explore the various diverse social, historical and cultural dimensions of literature. A broad range of literature is studied including short stories, plays, poems, and a unit in Shakespearian Literature analyzing sonnets and iambic pentameter in prose. Novels for this course include: The Lord of the Flies, Adrift, and The Odyssey Book I, II and IX. There will be an emphasis on reading non-fiction text. Students are required to hand in a certain number of written book reports by the end of the year to ensure that they are reading at home. Grammar essentials will be covered. In addition, there will be an emphasis on proper sentence structure and writing etiquette. Non-fiction short stories and novels have been added to the curriculum.

Global Studies I, Grade 9

The Social Studies program for 9th Grade is Global History and Geography. It provides students with the opportunity to study world cultures and civilizations and apply them to the “Five New York State Social Studies Standards.” During the course of the year, students will understand the connections which exist between the study of Global History, Geography and the complex interdependent world in which they live. Ninth grade is the first year of a two year program. These units are developed chronologically, beginning with Ancient Civilizations and concluding with the Age of Absolutism.

Living Environment, Grade 9

This laboratory course is based on the New York State Living Environment Core Curriculum. Topics of study include unity and diversity among living things, anatomy and physiology, reproduction and development, genetics, evolution, ecology, and the impact of human activities on the physical and living environment. Students demonstrate their proficiency through examinations, laboratory activities, projects, and presentations. This course concludes with the New York State Regents Examination in Living Environment.

Integrated Algebra, Grade 9

This is the first mathematics course in high school. Algebra provides tools and develops ways of thinking that are necessary for solving problems in a wide variety of disciplines such as science, business, and fine arts. Linear equations, quadratic functions, absolute value, and exponential functions are studied. Coordinate geometry is integrated into this course as well as data analysis, including measures of central tendency and lines of best fit. Elementary probability, right triangle trigonometry, and set theory complete the course. Students will take the Integrated Algebra Regents examination at the conclusion of this course.

Art, Grade 9

Art education is essential to fulfilling the potential of the whole child by fostering intellectual, social and creative growth. Our Art program for high school provides opportunities for students to use a large variety of media in an expressive and organized form, respond critically to works of art, and learn about art expression in its social, historical, and cultural context. Students are encouraged to explore different solutions to problems to develop divergent thinking. This skill is fundamental to the creative process. This course will teach critical thinking, analysis, and judgment.

The fundamentals of drawing, design, composition, shading, printmaking, color, painting and sculpture are explored. The students are given the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of projects.

Physical Education, Grade 9

The 3 standards for physical education are included in this course: 1. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sports activities. Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. 2. Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication. Students will be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants. Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity. They will be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs. Students will also be aware of some career options in the field of physical fitness and sports.

Arabic I, Grade 9

Arabic courses are aimed at improving students’ proficiency as users of the Arabic language. Communicating in Arabic is the ultimate objective of teaching Arabic. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed using Islamic texts that discuss etiquette, friendship and character.

Islamic Studies/Quran Studies I, Grade 9

Islamic Studies is a course that is aimed at both building character as well as providing students with background knowledge of Islamic faith, history, and culture. Quran recitation (tajweed) is taught as a skill. Meaning of Quran (tafseer) is emphasized.