9th Grade Team

Ms. Jaclyn Clark (Jaclyn.Clarke@hartfordschools.org)


Textbook Used: Collection of Short Stories, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet

Additional Items: Student Dictionary

This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of reading and writing at the high school level. These texts explore the notion of heroism as well as the theoretical concept of fate. Students practice writing in a variety of capacities including but not limited to; creative writing, expository writing, argumentative writing, and analytical writing. Students also complete a major research paper during the last marking period ranging from 10-15 pages in length. Throughout the course students study vocabulary based on Latin roots and practice spelling of SAT and other college-preparatory words. Students are also required to read 12 books, outside of the designed curriculum, in a range of literary genres.


Amanda Gilbert (gilba001@hartfordschools.org)

Latin ICambridge Latin Course: Unit 1 and Unit 2 Students learn basic Latin grammar and vocabulary in order to read simple Latin prose. Students learn the culture and social history of the early Roman Empire through a study of Pompeii, Egypt and Roman Britain.

Latin IICambridge Latin Course: Unit 3 Students learn to read increasingly more complex Latin prose through expanded vocabulary and grammar study. Students continue with their study of the culture and social history of Roman Britain and the city of Rome itself.

Antonio Zea (zeaan001@hartfordschools.org)

Algebra 1:
Textbook Used: Tools for a Changing World : Prentice Hall
Additional Items: Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition.

Students start their study of algebra by analyzing and graphing linear data. Students will graph data using various graphs from scatter plots to two variable plots. Students study all aspects of linear equations and concepts. Students will be able to graph and solve linear systems using a variety of methods. Students will finish the year with graphing and solving inequality expressions.

Textbook Used: Discovering Geometry : Key Curriculum Press
Additional Items: Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition.

Students start their study of geometry with the basics of Euclidean geometry. Students will study triangle, polygonal, and circle properties. Students will also study right triangle geometry with a more in depth study of Pythagoras to include 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 right triangles. Students study the in depth area, surface area and volume of regularly shaped objects and irregularly shaped objects both two dimensional and three dimensional.

Algebra II:
Textbook Used:Advanced Algebra Tools for a Changing World : Prentice Hall
Additional Items: Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition.

Students start the year by studying functions and relations. Students then begin their study of non-linear functions to include: quadratics, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions. Students will be able to analyze data and describe the shape of the data points as they relate to any type of function that they have studied in the year.

Ms. Carella Barrett-Rafala (Carella.BarrettRafala@hartfordschools.org)

9th Grade: Biology

Classical Magnet students use an inquiry model to explore the biological world. Socratic and scientific questioning are the hallmarks of this college prep course. Using the Paideia learning framework, student learning includes topics and standards including cell biology, genetics, chemistry of life, biodiversity and evolution. This living course blends current science understanding with historical classical science history

Mrs. NkaoZer Kelleher (NkaoZer.Kelleher@hartfordschools.org)

Civics / Greek & Roman Empires

9th Grade Civics (Fall semester half-year course)

What are the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society? What are the criteria for being a good citizen? What values and principles are basic to American constitutional democracy? How are power and responsibility distributed, shared, and limited in the government established by the United States Constitution? In what ways can conflict over political issues provide avenues for change? How has the United States influenced and been influenced by other nations? These are the major guiding questions that students will be working to answer in this Civics course. Students will be working with numerous primary documents of importance including the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, the Connecticut State Constitution, and many more. Students will be asked to describe the system of government that the Constitution established and to evaluate the current system for its strengths and weaknesses. Students will also analyze the systems in place to limit the powers of governmental groups. Finally, students will explore how they can play a role in political affairs and assess why it is important for citizens to be active members within the political system of the United States.