English 9 - Kolbe Academy

English 9

English 1: Composition & Grammar

According to the Ignatian method, Kolbe Academy’s English courses are designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively speak, write, and act. As this is a composition course, the emphasis is on writing in an academic setting. The composition work is complimented by a review of the first subject of the Trivium: Grammar. (Logic and Rhetoric, as the other two subjects in the Trivium, are covered in the sophomore and junior year English Composition classes). Studies in Vocabulary are included here as well. Thus, Vocabulary and Grammar are woven in with the Composition to strengthen and enrich the student’s grasp of the English language and prepare them to write high school level papers.

The goal of this course is to help students write well-formed expository, persuasive, and compare/contrast essays.  Students will learn and practice the skills needed to be successful when writing essays.  These skills include:

  • Organizing their thoughts in a logical manner
  • Making a strong argument to support their view
  • Using correct grammar
  • Properly citing sources using the MLA Handbook
  • Revising & proofreading

Students will work with some basic elements of formal logic with an emphasis on grammar, the logic of a sentence.

There will be weekly writing assignments for this course.  Writing assignments will be accessible for all students and will be drawn from the common knowledge subject areas of history, literature, and theology, or they may be in another area of the instructor’s choice.

Students will also use the Sadlier Vocabulary program to develop their capacity to pronounce, spell, use, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  The vocabulary portion of the course will also develop the student’s ability to work with

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Homographs
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Roots
  • Denotation
  • Connotation
  • Literal usage
  • Figurative usage
  • Analogies

Practicing these skills will help the student utilize better and more effective word choices as they write and help them prepare for college entrance examinations.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will be required to submit 4 larger composition assignments per semester as chosen by their instructor.  Core students should also expect to have daily reading, shorter weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor.  All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

  • Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop Level D, Electronic Access (Paid for with enrollment)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition
  • Write Better Essays
  • Warriner’s Handbook Third Course, Student Textbook

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number






Mrs. Finnigan

Mrs. Novak

Mrs. Novak / Mrs. Finnigan

Grades (Typical)

9 – 11 (9th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.





Class Period





12:00-1:20 PM PT

3:00-4:20 PM ET

6:00-7:20 AM PT

9:00-10:20 PM ET

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET


$759 or see Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

10 (English)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Ancient Greek Literature

Ancient Greek History

Introduction to Sacred Scripture


This class is NOT offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.