English 9

Intensive Composition with Vocabulary

In accordance with the Ignatian method, Kolbe Online Academy's English courses have been designed to help form the student's abilities to effectively Speak, Write, and Act. 

Course Description

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 and properly citing sources using the MLA Handbook. The students will also work with some basic elements of formal logic and elocution.  Through these elements, the students will learn to develop logical arguments and use literary devices to enhance their writing. 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, and 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.

Course Expectations

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.

Course Texts


  • Vocabulary E-License
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
  • Write Better Essays


Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number





Ms. Finnigan

Ms. Finnigan

Mrs. Heyne

Grades (Typical)

9 - 11 (9th) 

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.





Class Period





10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET

12:00 - 1:20 PM PT

3:00 - 4:20 PM ET

 9:00-10:50 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET



Credits (Type)

10 (English)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Ancient Greek Lit

Ancient Greek History

Intro to Sacred Scripture


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