English I

English for 9th Grade

Open to students in grades 9-12 as well as 8th graders who have demonstrated they can do writing by passing well the Composition Exam and who can read well.

Florida Course Code # 1001315 (Standard) or # 1001320 (Honors)





  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  •  August 16, 2017 through December 13; no class November 23; and January 10, 2018 through May 16, 2018
  • August: 16, 30; September: 6, 13,20, 27; October: 4, 11, 18, 25; November: 1, 8, 15, 29; December: 6,13; January:10, 17, 24, 31; February: 7, 14, 21, 28; March: 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16


  • New Covenant School

Cost Per Student

  • $15 registration fee
  • $90/semester tuition fee



Registration Deadline

December 4, 2017 at noon; It is possible that openings may close in August.


  • Must have access to computer with...
    • Internet access
    • A copy of Microsoft Word (not fake Word or other word processors; you need in order to access grading function with me);
  • 3-ring notebook at least 3”
  • Black/Blue ink pens
  • Notebook paper
  • Dividers
  • Students desiring honors credit should let the instructor know by the 2nd week of class so that the instructor can give the student the required handout that describes the required project.

Class Caps

  • Minimum of 4 students
  • Maximum of 12 students


Sandra Hancock

Dress Code

  • Students should wear clothing that allows them to move freely.  No shorts. No sleeveless shirts. No flip-flops.
  • Also, boys must wear long pants to all classes; girls must wear long pants or a long skirt at all classes.  
  • All shirts must be long enough to cover the tops of pants/skirts when the student's arms are fully extended above the head.

Other information

  • English I course covers literary terminology, vocabulary building, and several literary genres including poetry, short story, mythology, essay, humor, and drama.

  • Students will be taught how to read each genre of literature (what to expect, what is important, how to find the author’s purpose, etc.)

  • Each student will be assigned a book to read each month as well as weekly assigned reading. Books will be taken from the Reading Contest for the student’s grade level.

  • Students will be taught to write character analysis essays, plot analysis essays, setting analysis essays, compare/contrast essays, cause/effect essays, poetry, and short stories.

  • Reading selections will include works by such authors as Poe, Shakespeare, Bradbury, Asimov, Doyle, Frost, Thurber, White, and more.

  • Students will be reading at least 90 minutes a day outside of class, plus writing essays or poetry for 2 hours a week.

  • This class will meet NCS requirements for 9th grade English.

  • All writing assignments are to be typed. Students must have access to a computer with internet and email.

  • Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure that the student’s work was scanned at turnitin.com and both reports generated before it is submitted for class.

  • Parents/guardians are responsible to make sure students bring all necessary materials to class, to proctor take home exams by following the instructions I provide for the testing as well as to make sure that students have completed the required homework before coming to class.

  • If the student does all assignments on time and to the best of their ability, attends class without excuses, and participates as required, I guarantee the student will be successful in this class.

  • Students will be expected to attend one theatre production class field trip whose ticket is covered in the class fee. The details of this field trip will be announced at the first class. Optional other such trips will be announced periodically for extra credit points.

  • While all parents are welcome to attend this event at their own expense, not all parents are required to attend. However, some parents will be needed to assist with transportation.

  • Siblings of appropriate age would be welcomed at this trip at the parents’ expense, but we would need to know by September 1st who will be attending so that we can order tickets before they are sold out.

  • Once parent/sibling tickets are purchased, they are not reimbursable regardless of circumstances.

  • It is not the teacher’s job to spend time hawking these tickets.

  • However, if, after the teacher announces the tickets’ availability, someone buys the tickets, the parent will receive the money back.

  • Should the parent notify the teacher less than 48 hours before the performance that the tickets will not be used, the teacher may not be able to send out announcement of availability on time, and the tickets will not be reimbursed.