My name is Ms. Beury and I am excited to meet all of your students this year! I teach 6 sections of English 9, both honors and academic, here at the high school. In the past I have also taught Creative Writing here at BAHS and 8th grade English in Virginia. I completed a Master's program in Higher Education at Penn State and am very passionate about learning and education in general. I love to do outdoor activities such as kayaking, and I also enjoy reading whenever I can find a free moment. One of my favorite novels is one that many parents might have read called The Outsiders.
About our Class:
English 9's focus is on what it means to "come of age" since moving from middle to high school is a big transition for many students. We center our units around identifying and developing voice by focusing on a few essential questions:
- How do experiences effect who we grow up to be and the choices that we make?
- To what extent does culture and society influence our choices?
- How do our relationships with others change and/or impact our beliefs and values?
I am excited to work through our content which includes written assessments and reading classic titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet. We have added some modern texts to our curriculum as well including Every Falling Star (academic and honors), A Long Way Gone (honors only), I Am Malala (honors only), Code Talker (honors only), They Called us Enemy (honors only, graphic novel paired with Manzanar), and Farewell to Manzanar (honors only). The honors only options will be literature circle options for our Memior Unit.
If you have any concerns about your child reading the above texts, it is important that you notify me prior to the start of a unit. Copies of these texts can be borrowed from the local library and I encourage parents to read along with their student. You can also find information about each text on various websites; I reccommend checking them out on Good Reads and Common Sense Media. If you would like your child to read an alternate text, please contact me and let me so we can work together to meet the standards I am hitting and choose a text that you feel comfortable with.
Independent Reading (IR) is also going to be a core component of English 9. This reading will help students explore interests, build vocabulary, and model good writing technique. I will not be monitoring student IR choices; it is impossible for me to read every book that all of my students will potentially ever read. However, please feel free to contact me if you would like to work out a plan for this so we can make sure your child is reading things you deem appropriate. Please see the attached parent letter on IR here.
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns. My email can be found above. I am looking forward to a great year of collaboration to help your ninth-grader transition to the high school and be the most successful student they can be!
2021-22 English 9 Course Syllabi:
**Some things this year will be "passive consent" to avoid exchanging hard copies of papers, so it is important that you review materials posted here or sent home and notify your child's teacher if you have any concerns or objections.**
Updated for 2021:
Materials for English 9: 1 subject notebook with lined paper, 1" binder with dividers, writing utensils, independent reading book, Chromebook issued by school
Suggested Materials for English 9: Post-it notes (any size is fine) for annotating, highlighter, pocket folder for loose papers or homework transportation (so you don't have to take home your entire binder), an agenda to write down assignments and due dates, a library card-- I am working on this with the Centre County library currently. Please check back or with your student at the start of school for more information.
PARENTS: In the years that I have been teaching both middle and high school, I have found some sound strategies that help students stay organized and adjust to the demands of multiple subjects, teachers, and classroom changes. I HIGHLY recommend students use an agenda of some sort to track their assignments. Most think they don't need it, but many times students run into trouble when it comes to homework and meeting deadlines when they get to the high school. This tool is something many adults use, and I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to have your 9th grader begin to use one right from the start of the year. A paper copy, a Google Calendar, or even Google Keep notes can be used for this. Your students might already be familiar with these tools, so check in with them to see what might work best to suit their needs.