Grade 9

All students in Grade 9 will read:

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho Where does the path of self-discovery begin?

In the novel, Santiago sets out to learn many things, most importantly about himself. On his journey of self-discovery, there are significant moments and experiences that are important. These moments might include people Santiago meets, moments of doubt or courage, or times he learns something about himself. Citing three or more events from the text, articulate why you think the events are important to Santiago’s journey of self-discovery.

In response to reading the assigned literature, students will write a 500 word essay addressing the above prompt. This essay is due on September 16 and must be submitted to Google Classroom. Students will join this Google Classroom using their QPS Google profile and using Class Code: t36xuit Further grading information for this assignment will be available in Google Classroom once you have joined

Grade 9 - Choose your title(s) according to your level

An assessment on the following reading assignments will be administered in English class at the beginning of the school year.


 Advanced - Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (Greek myths only) One additional title from the list below


 Honors - Two titles from the list below


 CCP - One-two titles from the list below

  •  Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

  •  James Dashner, The Maze Runner

  •  John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

  •  Ji-liJiang, Red Scarf Girl

  •  Ben Mikaelsen, Touching Spirit Bear

  •  Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Cinderella       

  •  Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  •  Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn