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Welcome to 9th Grade Literature & Composition
DeAndra Hall
Room 108

My name is Mrs. Hall, and I am your child's English teacher for the 2015 to 2016 school year. 9th Grade Literature and Composition is a year course that is designed for students who are reading on or above the 9th grade level and who are knowledgeable of the fundamentals of literature and composition. Students should be capable of completing outside reading and writing assignments as expectations of this course. Emphasis will be placed on studying literature through a thematic lens, focusing on analysis and comparison. There will also be emphasis on understanding themes in literature, studying English grammar and usage, writing in various styles and from multiple perspectives, introducing research skills, and developing appropriate vocabulary skills. This course is broken up into four 9-week units, two of those focusing on literary texts and two focusing on informational texts.

I encourage parents and students to monitor your child's progress for this class using the Parent Portal. If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to reach me is through e-mail.


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Final grades will be submitted tomorrow afternoon (Friday, May 20th) after final exam grades are entered. Please check your children's grades. Many of their final averages have been impacted by missing assignments. If they says that a missing assignment was submitted, it may be true because I have a stack of papers with no names! Let them know that I will be available tomorrow (Friday) from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm if they want to submit a missing assignment (not including daily work), or claim a no-name paper. After this time, no changes will be made. You may also call me during this time if you have questions.​

Jessica K. McBride, Ph.D.
(706) 554-6691

Dear Mama

In recognition of Mother's Day, we watched several videos, including this one by a spoken word artist, and did a Mother's Day photo session so students could show their appreciation to the women in their lives. Enjoy this wonderful message, moms! I appreciate you, too!

Extra Credit!

Students have the opportunity to earn up to 100 extra credit points by completing an assignment they were given today. The assignment requires that they read passages and respond to selected response, constructed response, and extended response items. If students choose to complete the assignment, it is due by Monday, May 16th. I hope that many of the students take advantage of this opportunity!

After School Help


As we near the end of the school year, I am offering students the opportunity to submit or complete assignments. ​I will stay after school on Monday and Tuesday, May 10 and 11, from 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Any student interested in improving his or her grade is welcome to stay part or all of that time each afternoon to do so. I may also be able to schedule a day or two during finals week. If so, I will let you know the date(s) and times.

I appreciate everything you do to support your children's education. If you have any questions, I can be reached at the number below.

Jessica K. McBride, Ph.D.

(706) 554-6691



It's time for the End-of-Course test in English/Language Arts! Students will take the EOC for this class on the following days:
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 25 - 27
We have been working hard to prepare for this exam, and have reviewed intensely this week. Please make sure your children arrive on time and are prepared to do their best. I have done my best to prepare them, and now it is up to them to demonstrate what they learned. Encourage them to persevere - don't give up! I have faith in them!
--Dr. McBride

Test tomorrow!

This test will be the final major grade for the 3rd nine weeks. It covers poetry, and I'm confident that each child can do well on it. 
To help your child study, please make sure he or she is familiar with the following terms as they relate to poetry: 
  • Theme
  • Hyperbole
  • Personification
  • Rhetoric
  • Irony
  • Stanza
  • Symbol
  • Sensory detail
  • Figure of speech
  • Rhyme Scheme
  • Repetition
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Rhythm
  • Rhyme
  • Diction
  • Haiku
  • Sonnet
  • Free verse 
  • Rhyming Quatrains

Test on Friday, March 5th!

Students will have a summative evaluation on poetry. They will have to read poems and answer questions. We have been studying poems for a few weeks, and you can help them do well by ensuring that they study. Encourage them to ask questions in class. I'm here to ensure their success!

Spoken Word: Somewhere in America

As a part of our poetry unit, we watched these high school students perform spoken word. Ask your child about this video, and encourage them to study the poetry vocabulary we've learned. He or she should be able to tell you what they earned on the February 26th vocabulary quiz. Enjoy!

Documents from Teacher

The week of 2/15/2016 The following documents will be sent home with your child: a letter from the teacher, syllabus and activities calendar. 

Activities Calendar

A calendar was provided to students on January 6, 2016 listing all the due dates for class assignments, homework, quizzes and tests.  Please click on the Powerpoint file labeled Activities Calendar for details.  
A new calendar will be provided to students in mid-February. 

Unit 2 Test

The Unit 2 test will be given on Wednesday 11/17 and Thursday 11/18. Students may review on Study Island and handouts/notes that have been given in class. Standards covered on the Unit 2 test: ELAGSE9-10L4a, ELAGSE9-10RI1, ELAGSE9-10L4A, ELAGSE9-10W1, ELAGSE9-10RI10