The importance of grade nine can be easily missed by most people. But in reality it is a year that demands a student’s focus. In this year students are building theircore foundational skills about Science, Math, English, and the Arts. For the first time a student’s ability is monitored more closely than their age. The knowledge that you can gain, and the results that you can produce in this year will significantly impact the path you choose in your high school career. This year is all about putting your nose to the grind stone and investing heavily in your education.
This course will continue to build on Art 8 concepts and skills, and provide opportunities to learn more about the visual elements and principals of art, image development strategies, art history and culture, techniques and reflective art analysis by exploring two and three-dimensional art.
English 9 is designed to develop student English reading and writing skills while developing an appreciation for literature and language. The following Units appeal to a wide range of interests and abilities.
- Unit One: Introduction to the Short Story
- Unit Two: Short Story Elements and Analysis
- Unit Three: Paragraph Development and Literary Analysis
- Unit Four: Composition and Analysis
In addition, Grade 9 students will complete several Journal Response activities and a Language Booklet designed to develop reflective thinking and writing composition skills.
French 9 expands on the basic knowledge and skills covered in French 8, extending the student’s vocabulary. It has been developed for students who have French 8 or equivalent skill level. It is provided to us by Auralog; the publisher of the Award winning language learning software Tell Me More. Students will be provided with activities that are online as well as a few additional teacher developed activities. These activities have a strong focus on listening, speaking, reading as well as grammatical practice.
Health & Career 9
This required course helps students understand themselves and how they fit in the everyday world around them. Engaging, thought provoking assignments are contained within 9 short chapters. Students are given tools and decision methods pertaining to healthy living, career choices, peer pressure, and personal safety.
Information Technology 9
This course continues and expands on the work begun in Info Tech 8 – old concepts will be reviewed and new concepts will be introduced. This course addresses the basic principles of organizing and presenting information through electronic systems and using the computer as a multimedia tool.
Students will be introduced to business software, keyboarding, programming, web design and digital art. Software used will include Word, Powerpoint, Excel, All the Right Type, Notepad (HTML Programming), Dreamweaver, and Photoshop.
A continuation of Mathematics 8, this course leads to Mathematics 10 Foundations & Pre-Calculus. The course includes algebra, geometry, and graphing and introductory trigonometry.
Mathematics 9 – Essentials
This course is designed for students who have experienced significant difficulties in Mathematics 8. This course leads to Mathematics 10 Apprenticeship & Workplace.
Physical Education 9
PE 9 is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle through active living. Students will be required to participate in and log 75 hours of physical activity from five different movement categories. Students will research and report on various types of physical activity and have an opportunity to reflect on their own level of fitness and progress.
Science 9 is intended to give students a better understanding of the scientific method, and the three areas of science – Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. The class is a “survey course” covering the fundamentals of science yet providing students with important problem-solving skills and more awareness of the many misconceptions about science. The course covers six topics within the three areas:
- Applications of Science
- Body Systems
- Factors Affecting Body Systems
- Elements, Compounds, and Reactions
- Force and Energy
- The Solar System and the Universe
Social Studies 9
Social Studies 9 examines Europe and North America from the years 1500 – 1815. Important European topics include the English Civil War, French Revolution, Napoleonic Era, and the Industrial Revolution.
The study of North America centers on First Nations cultures, European exploration, the fur trade, colonialism, the fall of New France, the growth of British North America, the American revolution, and the War of 1812. Map skills, atlas use, and geographic knowledge of North America developed in earlier grades are further developed. Evaluation includes assignments, essays, projects, quizzes, 10 chapter tests, and 2 major module exams.
- Module 1: Change Comes to Europe – the Modern Age to the Industrial Revolution
- Module 2: North America Beckons – the Vikings to the War of 1812