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Course Description

Welcome to 9th Grade English with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10 am and your attendance there is required.  Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work.  My e-mail is and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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Students will take a cumulative vocabulary test on all of the words they found in "The Space Traders," "To Create an Enemy," and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Fatalistic = the belief that what occurs in life is inevitable

Wry = dry, mocking humor

Vehement = showing strong feeling

Fretful = distressed

Redundant = repetitive/unnecessary

Peeved = annoyed/irritated

Caliber = the quality/level of something

Twinge = a sudden sharp pain

Pleaded = to make an emotional appeal/to beg

Editorial = an opinionated article

Perpetuate = to make something continue


Assuaged = to soothe/calm

Seldom = rarely

Condescended = to do something that one considers to be beneath them.

apothecary = a pharmacist

Sweltering = really hot/humid

Penmanship = art or skill of handwriting.

 Unsullied = not dirtied

Tyrannical = abuse power in a cruel way

Onslaught = a fierce or destructive attack

Methodist = a form of Christianity


Unburden = to reveal or confess something

Crooned = to hum softly

Infallible = incapable of making mistakes or being wrong

Obstreperous = noisy/difficult to control

Afflicted = to be distressed with pain.

Feeble = weak

Fret = to worry

Guileless = innocent

Maddening = to make someone furious

Apoplectic = overcome by anger

Dehumanization = the process of taking away a person’s humanity.

Stereotyping = a generalization about a group of people

Propaganda = typically misleading/inaccurate information designed to get people to believe something that is usually false (usually it is political and produced by a govt. or a political group)

Unconscious = unaware

Sinister = evil

Hue = color

Obscure = to hide/cover up

Myriad = many, different, varied

Kaleidoscope = an instrument that creates myriad patterns

Finite = having a beginning and an end

Abstract = not concrete

Metamorphosized = changed/transformed

Myrmidons = followers

Icon = symbol

Impediment = obstacle/hindrance

Dialectic = discussion











To overwhelm

public speaker

A group of representatives

A fleet of warships

turning things back to the way they used to be

Raw materials (something used by somebody for something else

Something/someone that came before

To reduce/to cut off altogether

Famous and respected

To inspire


To Kill a Mockingbird Essay FINAL Draft

Should people be tolerant of everyone?  Using specific examples from To Kill a Mockingbird, write a five-paragraph essay explaining whether or not people should tolerate everyone.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.