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Grade 9: English: Reading & Literature Studies

This guide contains information for students completing the Grade 9 Academic and Applied English course in Ontario.

Literature Studies

Early American Novel


This unit explores the novel genre itself, as well as the epistolary form. It focuses on the Early American Novel, taking as its basis Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette. As this topic is generally neglected in textbooks, this unit creates a useful introduction to American Literature that compliments the non-fiction and short story pieces normally found in the curricular resources.

Suggested Databases

How to Find Writing Inspiration & Help

Tip: Use the Artemis Literary Sources database to research the books you are studying in English class!

VLC Bookmark

Logins for all VLC databases are found on the back of the VLC Bookmark.

Talk to your LCI today!

A new way to choose a book

Top Picks

Want to find a "good book?"  Check out these book reviews on the web.

Information for Writing your own Book Reviews:

Tip: Search the Encyclopedia Britannica to find information about mythology concepts!


Suggested Search Terms for Destiny:

  • mythology
  • Greek mythology
  • Roman mythology
  • Celtic mythology
  • Norse mythology
  • Native North American mythology
  • folklore

Literary Terms & Devices

Gr. 9-12: Ask Us/Demande Moi

Gr. 9-12: How do I start my research?

Gr. 9-12: How do I cite my sources?

Join an Online Book Club

Searching for a book

When searching Google for books, search under the title, author or series.

 Search Destiny, the e-catalogue, for books also using the title, author or series.


- check out an author's webpage - they are often amazing!

- ask your parents, friends, neighbours for book recommendations - good books are remembered!

- ask your LCI at your school or ask at a public library for help finding a book - if you want to enjoy reading a book, start with a book you like!