Dr. Ray Gen

Description of Assignments

English 9



This year many multiple draft essays will be assigned.  The essays will include autobiographical, reflective, interpretive, analytical, persuasive, and controversial topic styles.  Each draft will be evaluated by peer respondents who will give suggestions for improvement of the paper.  All essays need titles that reflect the content.



Reading Summaries

A chapter or reading summary is a long, descriptive paragraph which outlines, describes and condenses the assigned reading.  The more detailed your summary is, the more credit you will earn.


Example:  Summary of Chapter 7 of Huckleberry Finn


Huck fools his tyrannical and abusive father into thinking that Huck was killed.  Huck performs this trickery so that he could escape and live a better life out on his own on the Mississippi River.  Huck kills a pig in the house and spreads its blood all around to fool his father into thinking that Huck had been killed by robbers.  Huck takes a canoe and hides out upon an island where he falls asleep.



Dialectical Journals

Every journal entry MUST include the page number wherein the citation can be found.  Your responses may include interpretation, questions, predictions, personal insights, personal feelings, comparisons, observations, etc.  You are free to choose the passages to which you will respond.


The dialectical journal MUST cover the book in its entirety.  Do not limit your journal to only one section of the book.  Students may earned extra credit by doing additional dialectical journals.


Vocabulary Homework

Vocabulary homework will be assigned each week and will correspond to the quizzes every Friday.




Journals will be assigned periodically.  Journals will coincide with the literature being studied.  Students are expected to respond to the writing prompt and to engage the topic with alacrity.  Students will be given 20 minutes to write each entry.


Group Work

Students will be given various topics to work on collaboratively.  Grades will be based upon the output of the group as well as individual cooperation within the group.