Ninth grade honors English class will provide a foundation for learning in language arts that students can build upon throughout the rest of their high school years. Students will work to achieve the Pennsylvania Content Standards for Ninth Grade Language Arts, which include learning to read independently; reading critically; reading, analyzing, and interpreting literature; writing focused and well-developed creative, informational, persuasive, and narrative pieces; editing using the conventions of language; speaking and listening in a variety of situations; understanding the meanings of words; and conducting research. In addition, honors students will cover a variety of extended material, be expected to work at a much quicker pace than academic students, and work collaboratively in a more ‘discovery learning’ based atmosphere.