Ninth Grade, First Six Weeks
August 6 - October 1, 1999
English (World Lit.)  A
Geometry              A
World History         A
Biology               A
Spanish               B
Physics               A
Grammar:  Capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech; coordinate, subordinate, and relative clauses; sentence combining, verb forms, possessives, sentence analysis and construction, analogies, and antonyms (Jenson's Grammar 2)
Spelling:  Frequently misspelled words, silent-e words, hard and soft g and c, misused homonyms, adding suffixes to words ending in y (Hearthstone)
Writing:  2000-word original adventure story (15 handwritten pages)
World Literature:  Classical Greece, Imperial Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance (A Beka)
Geometry - Valid and invalid conclusions, proofs dealing with points, lines, planes, distance, and betweenness of points using the reflexive, symmetric, transitive, substitution, addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, and/or square-roots properties (Jacobs Geometry)
World History - Dark Ages, Renaissance, Reformation (A Beka World History, 1 and 2))
Biology - Roots and stems, varieties of plants, human body (A Beka)
Lab:  Start compost pile, yard work
Spanish - Vocabulary pertaining to food, school subjects, and action verbs (1st-person singular conjugation)
Physics - Aerodynamics of race cars, scientific notation, unit conversion (Saxon Physics)

Ninth Grade, Second Six Weeks
October 5 - November 24, 1999
English (World Lit.)  A
Geometry              A
World History         A
Biology               A
Spanish               A
Physics               A
     Grammar:  Passive relative patterns, noun functions, infinitives, analogies, antonyms, editing
     Spelling:  Vocabulary, -s or -es suffixes, plurals of words ending in o, similar words; suffixes where consonant is doubled, silent e is dropped, or y is changed to i; ie words, possessive rules
     Writing:  Continuation of original adventure story (37 handwritten pages total), proofreading and correcting, critical analysis of an illustrated children's book
     World Literature:  Read selections from the Renaissance and Reformation periods; from the Post-Reformation period read Scenes I-IV of Hamlet (saw a dramatization) and up to Chapter IX in Cervantes's Don Quixote (so far)
Geometry – Exercises and proofs dealing with line segments, polygons, rays, and supplementary and complementary angles; periodic algebra review
English History - Post-Reformation Europe; English history starting from the Celts, through the Norman conquest, and into the reigns of the Plantagenet kings
Biology - Bones and muscles, the nervous system, crop-bed preparation and sustainability
Spanish - Telling time and everyday activities, more verb conjugation, dialogs from a computer program, wrote a dialog to go with pictures
Physics - Adding vectors in polar or rectangular form using trigonometry and Pythagorean theorem, mass vs. weight (newtons), relation of mass to volume (density)

Ninth Grade, Third Six Weeks
November 29, 1999, - January 28, 2000
English (World Lit.)  B
Geometry              A
World History         A
Biology               B
Spanish               A
Physics               B
     Grammar:  Identifying infinitive phrases and their particular functions, diagramming various sentence patterns, object complements, interjections, infinitives; usage through editing exercises (e.g., revising dangling modifiers, maintaining proper verb tense, eliminating unnecessary words, writing out numbers)
     Spelling:  -able and -ible hints, spelling tests and vocabulary exercises
     Writing:  Short story á la Chaucer, Twain research
     World Literature:  Chapters IX - XIX in Don Quixote, Chaucer, sonnets, Pilgrim's Progress (adapted), a little of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Geometry - Definitions and theorems concerning perpendicular lines, refining work by double checking, rays and angles, congruent triangles, ASA and SAS proofs, algebra review
English History - Houses of Lancaster and York, War of the Roses, Capetian and Valois French kings, Hundred Years' War, Tudor kings, Elizabethan Age
Biology - Nutrition and mechanical and chemical processes of digestion, yard work
Spanish - Reflexive, object, and possessive pronouns, future, conjugation, accent rules, dictionary use, dialog based on sequence of illustrations
Physics - Significant digits, getting the right answer, vector equations, forces in equilibrium

Ninth Grade, Fourth Six Weeks
January 31 - March 17, 2000
English (World Lit.)  A
Geometry              A
World History         A
Biology               A
Spanish               A
Physics               A
     Grammar:  Identifying gerunds and gerund phrases and functions, diagramming gerund phrases as subjects, direct objects, and objects of prepositions, editing sentences
     Spelling:  Spelling tests and vocabulary exercises
     Writing: Original illustrated children's book on the Spanish Armada, research paper on sleep and dreams, start of mystery story
     World Literature:  Ten chapters in Don Quixote, four acts of Shakespeare's As You Like It, two chapters of Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution, by Langguth
Geometry - Exercises proving angles or sides equal, constructions
English History/Geography - Test over Tudor times, drew British Isles from memory; Stuarts, Great Civil War, Restoration, Glorious Revolution, and test; Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo
Biology - Blood, heart, circulation, respiration
     Lab: Dissected cow's heart and tongue
Spanish - Creative dialogs about apartment hunting, football game, details of usage in original dialogs; vocabulary of shapes, math operations mas, menos, and por, adjectives, and
Tennis - Fundamentals

Ninth Grade, Fifth Six Weeks
March 20 - May 2, 2000
English (World Lit.)          A
Geometry                      A
English and African History   A
Biology                       A
Spanish                       A
P.E.                          A
     Grammar:  Creating sentences fitting parameters for infinitives &/or gerunds; diagramming infinitive phrases, gerund phrases, participles, and participial phrases
     Spelling:  Matching and fill-in-the-blank vocabulary practice, spelling tests
     Writing:  Lazy-brown-fox handwriting practice, narrative poem
     World Literature:  Wulf_the_Saxon, by G.A. Henty, Sleep Thieves, by S. Coren, Rocketeer
Geometry - Congruent-triangles review and test, algebra review, proofs involving inequalities
English and African History – Nelson and Napoleon, Industrial Revolution, rise of international trade, triumph of capitalism, Victorian Age, and African colonization and independence
     Geography:  Draw British Isles from memory, draw Africa including Algeria, Mozambique, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, encyclopedia research for workbook on African countries
Biology – Integumentary (skin), excretory, and endocrine systems review, disease and the body's immune system, cytology
     Lab:  Dissected a fetal-pig dissection in Jane Charnock's class, yard work
Spanish - Recognizing large numbers, courtesies, family members
P.E. - Tennis practice, catch

Ninth Grade, Sixth Six Weeks
May 3 - June 16, 2000
English (World Lit.)      A
Geometry                  A
African History           A
Biology                   A
Spanish                   A
P.E.                      A
     Writing:  Wrote two short stories and a paper on narrative voice and narrative-voice location (Writing Strands) based on an O. Henry story
     World Literature: Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy, by Jostein Gaardner, The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, by Sax Roehmer, listened to A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
Geometry - Sphere geometry, Saccheri quadrilateral, proofs using Lobachevskian geometry, Riemannian geometry, overview of geometric concepts
African History - Read Lincoln and Douglas: The Years of Decision, by Regina Kelly, wrote a report about Sudan
     Geography:  Drew African continent with countries from last six-weeks period plus Togo, Benin, Angola, Zaire, Egypt, and Sudan; found information about each country’s land, people, and history
Biology - Genetics, DNA, worldviews of Marxist/Leninists, secular humanists, cosmic humanists, and Christianity pertaining to biology, drew the five phases of mitosis, solved genetics problems, constructed a model 2-D DNA chain matching bases, showed RNA replication by splitting chain and matching bases of each half for two daughter cells
Spanish - Speaking drills, reading from Don Quixote in original language, Pedro, El Conejo, y Otros Cuentos, and a Spanish reader edited by Angel Flores
P.E. - Went to a tennis camp

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