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Grade 9 Courses Summary

Grade 9 provides an opportunity to gain further experience working in a fully online environment and with having multiple teachers. Students are supported in this change from Elementary to Secondary courses by having parents as primary facilitators of their program and also access to two core teachers in specialist subject areas.

This year you should aim to take...

Core Courses:

  • Language Arts  9
  • Math 9
  • Physical and Health Education 9
  • Science 9
  • Socials Studies 9
  • Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 9
    • options of: Drafting, Electronics & Robotics, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Foods, Information Technology, Media Arts, Metalwork, Power Technology, textiles, Woodwork
  • Career Education 9
  • Fine Art 9
    • options of: Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts

 Additional Electives
Options include:

  • Journalism 9
  • French 9
  • Photography 9
  • Art 9

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies & Career Education 9

 

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Art 9

This course is designed for the student who loves to explore all methods of art making, and is designed for those who are new to art as well as those who enjoyed Art 8 and can’t wait for another chance to create.This course builds upon the foundations laid in Art 8 with the emphasis on 2 and 3 dimensional media.Students will develop their understanding of the elements and principles of design through individual project work, as well as related historical/cultural significance and influence.Instruction will include basic techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

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English 9

So, you have decided to take English 9 online, which is exciting. You have some interesting experiences ahead of you.
You will start by reading a host of adventure stories.  Then you will get to read other people's mail when you learn about the genre of epistolary narratives, otherwise known as "stories told as letters."
After that, you will choose to complete one of the two novel study units. What will it be? A futuristic tale of cyber-espionage or a trip to a land populated by genies and mythical birds?
Next, you will learn about graphic novels and other tales told with the help of pictures. You will wrap up by choosing a novel that you will read on your own.
While doing this, expect to tell some tales yourself.  You might find yourself writing a few letters, poems, paragraphs and who knows what else?
Get started by going through the introductory module. It shouldn't take you long, but it will give you an idea of the skills that you will need to do well in this course. 

Good luck and enjoy!

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French 9 Continuing to explore the French language

In this course, we will continue to explore the French language in all sorts of different ways, from more advanced stories and key phrases to the cultural similarities and differences between your community and Francophone regions around the world. We will start be reviewing some of the basic lessons learned in French 8, and then work our way toward more complex concepts using authentic materials and real-life scenarios whenever possible.

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Humanities 9 (a blended English and Social Studies course)

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Journalism 9: Tell Your Story

Who? What? When? Where? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions for the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.

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Math 9

Math 9 further explores concepts that were explored in Math 8 such as Financial Literacy  and Linear Equations and also introduces new concepts like Statistics and  Polynomials. Student success is supported using the aids of online videos, interactive practice questions, and continuous assistance from a teacher. Students will be given the opportunity to resubmit practice assignments to enhance understanding and potentially earn multiple attempts on unit tests by submitting corrections. Project options are also available for the summative assessments in multiple units. Students are required to complete two projects by the end of the course but are welcome to complete more if they choose. A final exam is present to help prepare students for upcoming numeracy assessments but minimally contributes to the overall course grade.

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Photography 9

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Photographs play an important role in our world today. We photograph to preserve memories, document events, and create artistic works. This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn what it takes to create a good photograph and how to improve photographs of animals, people, and vacations. They will also begin working with their photographs using photo-editing software. Through a variety of assigned projects, students will engage their creativity by photographing a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their cameras.

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Physical and Health Education 9

The purpose of PHE 9 is to help you become healthier through an active lifestyle and to enjoy doing it! The course is comprised of a theoretical component and an activity component.  Students explore the concepts of  personal, social, and mental wellness and are provided with the opportunity to practice active living principles. If you play on a sports team, have a weekly work-out routine, or just like to go crazy with a snowboard or water-skis, you can keep track and get credit while you are having fun! Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, you can create a program that suits your needs and your interests. Note that full-time SCIDES students will simultaneously earn credit for Daily Physical Activity while participating in this class. DPA requirements include participation in 150 minutes of activity each week throughout the school year for grades 8-12 students.

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Science 9

How do organisms adapt to their environments? What are chemical reactions and why do they occur? When is electric charge considered a current? How are the hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere connected?  The above are some of the big ideas that are the center of the Science 9 course which is divided into the four main units of  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. This project-based course offers students options to present learning through the completion of research, science labs,  conceptual challenges, and creative demonstrations. Students also interact in conversation forums to share opinions and learnings using digital forums.There are a total of 18 learning tasks and no final exam for this class. 

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Social Studies 9

Think Canadian history is boring? Fed up with the fur trade? And who cares about all those battles anyway? Social Studies 9 may just change your mind about all those topics you thought you couldn’t stand, and help you link some of these events from the past to our society today.

The 300 years from 1500 to 1800 was a time of huge changes in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, North America and even the Arctic. Basically the only place in the world that was unaffected by the push for settlement and trade was Antarctica (just too darn cold). Improvements in the tools of navigation and in shipbuilding allowed people to sail further, and even more important, to get home and let everyone know what they found on their voyages. The tall tales and descriptions of the exotic plants, animals and other cultures triggered a wave of exploration and colonization by the powerful countries in Europe.

As the understanding of the world changed, so did the attitudes of people towards the existing society. The right of kings to rule, the right of the Catholic Church to dictate what everyone should believe, and the lack of rights for the common man (not women yet!) were all questioned. You’ll learn how each of the Civil wars, and revolutions led to the creation of the democracy and charter of human rights we enjoy today.

So hang on and prepare for a ride through 300 years of history!

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