A typical ninth grade curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social science and technology. It also commonly includes physical education and electives such as a foreign language and art.
Because many states adhere to Common Core standards for language arts, ninth grade language arts courses involve reading literature and texts, writing analytical papers, and learning grammar and new vocabulary words. Typical ninth grade readings come from Homer's "The Odyssey," Voltaire's "Candide," John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" and Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."
For many students, ninth grade math is first-year algebra. Some students take a general math course that includes algebra, geometry, statistics and personal finance. Advanced students may have skipped a year to take geometry in the ninth grade, while other students may elect to take applied math.
Ninth grade science is often biology, but it may also be a science survey course covering topics in biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. The Rockford Public School District in Rockford, Michigan, has its ninth graders take earth science.
Social science may include world history, geography, global studies and civics. Technology studies in ninth grade include keyboarding skills, creating multimedia presentations, using spreadsheets and researching information online.
Foreign language elective options usually include Spanish and French, although some schools also offer choices such as German, Latin and Chinese. Other electives available to ninth graders include drawing, concert band and robotics.