**HANCOCK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT**

"Providing Excellence in Education for the 21st Century"

Ninth Grade

Curriculum Framework

Hancock High School

7084 Stennis Airport Drive

Kiln, MS 39556

CORE CURRICULUM COMPETENCIES

ENGLISH I

1. Produce writing which reflects increasing proficiency through planning, writing, revising, and editing and which is specific to audience and purpose.

2. Communicate ideas for a variety of school and other life situations through listening, speaking, and reading aloud.

3. Read, evaluate, and use print, non-print, and technological sources to research issues and problems, to present information, and to complete projects.

4. Work individually and as a member of a team to analyze and interpret information, to make decisions, to solve problems, and to reflect, using increasingly complex and abstract thinking.

5. Complete oral and written presentations which exhibit interaction and consensus within a group.

6. Explore cultural contributions to the history of the English language and its literature.

7. Discover the power and effect of language by reading and listening to selections from various literary genres.

8. Read, discuss, analyze, and evaluate literature from various genres and other written material.

*9. *Sustain progress toward fluent control of grammar,
mechanics, and usage of standard English in the context of writing and speaking.

10. Use language and critical thinking strategies to serve as tools for learning.

**ALGEBRA I **

1. Describe the real number system using a diagram to show the relationships of component sets of numbers that make up the set of real numbers.

2. Model the properties and equivalence relationships of real numbers using manipulative materials and demonstrate these properties using algebraic expressions.

3. Convert repeating decimals to rational numbers and explain the process used; estimate decimal representations of irrational numbers and verify these representations; apply these concepts in real life situations; use calculators/computers where appropriate.

4. Analyze relationships using real life examples, identifying domain and range; explain how a change in one quantity may result in a change in another; determine whether or not each relationship is a function.

5. Identify the algebraic representation for a rule that defines a given sequence and find the sequence represented by a given algebraic representation of a rule; apply such patterns to graphs, spreadsheets, etc.

6. Solve systems of equations in two variables by various methods, including the use of matrices; apply this concept to real life problem situations; use calculators/computers where appropriate.

7. Use the language of algebra to communicate, in writing or by example, the following concepts: variable, term, constant, coefficient, exponent, base, factor, monomial, polynomial, linear expression/ equation/inequality, quadratic expression/equation/inequality.

8. Add and subtract polynomial expressions.

9. Multiply, divide, and factor polynomial expressions, applying the laws of exponents; apply exponential ideas by solving problems involving rates of growth.

10. Write problem situations to accompany linear algebraic expressions and equations; write linear algebraic expressions and equations that describe problem situations.

11. Solve equations containing rational coefficients; include real life problem-solving situations; use manipulative materials and calculators/ computers where appropriate.

12. Solve inequalities containing rational coefficients; include real life problem-solving situations; use manipulative materials and calculators/ computers where appropriate.

13. Solve equations for a single variable in terms of other variables.

14. Investigate solutions to quadratic equations through the use of factoring, the quadratic formula, and calculator or computer applications; apply such concepts to real life situations.

15. Solve absolute value equations and inequalities in one variable; include the use of number line representations.

16. Evaluate formulas and verify the solutions by employing actual easurements and/or scale drawings, applying such formulas in real life situations.

17. Determine the distance between two points in a Cartesian coordinate plane and find the midpoint of the segment, with and without the use of calculators/computers; apply distance and midpoint concepts to real life problems.

18. Perform operations on numbers written in scientific notation; apply to real life problems; explain processes used and solutions obtained; use calculators/computers as appropriate.

19. Investigate measurement as a tool for solving problems in the scientific realm as well as in other real world applications.

20. Use area models and other techniques to show factoring olynomials of the following types: greatest common factor, the difference of two squares, and special quadratic-type trinomials; justify the non-factorability of non-factorable polynomials.

21. Interpret the slope of a line, using algebraic and geometric interpretations; apply to real life situations.

22. Graph linear equations and inequalities on the Cartesian coordinate plane using both calculator/computer and paper-and-pencil methods; describe the graphical interpretations reached and investigate effects of changes in coefficients and constants; apply these concepts to real life situations.

23. Use algebraic equations and inequalities to solve real life problems involving geometric figures.

24. Collect, organize, graph, and interpret data sets; draw onclusions and make predictions from the analysis of data.

25. Define "event" and "sample spaces"; apply to simple probability problems.

26. Solve real life probability problems using counting techniques, permutations, and combinations.

**BIOLOGY I **

1. Analyze the interrelationships among cell structure, function, and organization within a living organism.

2. Describe chromosome structure and its role in cell reproduction (mitosis, meiosis) as it relates to the overall survival of an organism.

3. Apply genetic principles to simple inheritance problems and concepts.

4. Investigate the impact of the environment on genetic expression including the use of today's genetic analysis and engineering techniques.

5. Apply criteria used in classification of living organisms.

6. Examine the diversity of life within a selected habitat, including interrelationships among organisms.

7. Describe the influence of one human body system on another as it relates to overall health.

8. Explain how individual organisms and populations of organisms alter the environment.

9. Investigate the stability of ecosystems and identify cycle fluctuations.

10. Relate the structure of biological molecules to their function in living organisms.

11. Explain how energy is transferred from one organism to another.

12. Relate the use of modern biological techniques and methods of analysis to careers and real life situations.

13. Demonstrate the proper use and care for scientific equipment.

14. Observe and practice safe procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

15. Integrate computers, calculators, and multimedia technology into classroom and laboratory activities.

16. Apply the components of scientific processes and methods in classroom and laboratory investigations.

17. Investigate the interrelationships of science, technology, and society.

18. Communicate results of scientific investigations in oral, written, and graphic form.

19. Research current scientific topics using resources in addition to the textbook.

SOCIAL STUDIES

**MISSISSIPPI STUDIES **

1. Explain how geography, economics, history, and politics have influenced the development of Mississippi.

2. Describe the impact of science and technology on the development of Mississippi.

3. Describe the relationship of people, places, and environment through time.

4. Demonstrate the ability to use social studies tools (e.g., timelines, maps, globes, resources, graphs, a compass, technology, etc.).

5. Explain how civic responsibilities are important to Mississippians as citizens of the United States and residents of a global setting.

- Examine the cultural impact of Mississippi artists and writers.

GEOGRAPHY

1. Explain the absolute and relative location of positions of people and places in Earth’s surface.

2. Distinguish the physical and human characteristics of places on Earth.

3. Assess how people interact with, adapt to, and modify the environment.

4. Explain varied patterns in the movements of people, goods, and ideas.

5. Relate how regions are formed and changed.

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES

TECHNOLOGY DISCOVERY

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH

ELECTIVES

ALGEBRA II

ART I

BAND

CHORUS

DRAMA I

DRUG EDUCATION/SAFETY

ENGLISH I ACCELERATED

HOME ECONOMICS

FRENCH I

GERMAN I

HUMANITIES/LAW RELATED EDUCATION

JROTC I,II

PUBLIC SPEAKING/DEBATE

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PRE ALGEBRA

SPANISH I