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9: Grade 9 Electives
Drama ADA1O1
This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
Music - Repertoire (Concert Band) AMR1O1
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life. The Repertoire band credit is an additional music credit available to students registered in AMU1O1. Repertoire is a year long de-semestered course.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: AMU1O1 - Music - Instrumental
Music - Instrumental AMU1O1
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.
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Music - Vocal/Choral AMV1O1
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life. An introduction to vocal production through technical, choral and solo work. Students will learn to appreciate the language of music as they develop and strengthen their singing voices.
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Visual Arts AVI1O1
This course is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
Computers and Communication Technology in Business BTT1O1
This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.
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Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School GLE1O1
This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.
COURSE NOTE: Requires recommendation of Elementary and Secondary LRT.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
PREREQUISITE: Recommendation of Principal
Math Focus (Gap Closing) GLS1O1
This course explores learning strategies and helps students become better, more independent learners while increasing their personal management skills, both in school and in other contexts. Students will learn how to develop and apply a range of strategies to improve their learning and achievement, particularly their literacy, numeracy, communication, and planning skills. This course will increase students’ confidence, motivation, and ability to learn.
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Family Studies HIF1O1
This course explores, within the context of families, some of the fundamental challenges people face: how to meet basic needs, how to relate to others, how to manage resources, and how to become responsible members of society. Students will explore adolescent development and will have opportunities to develop interpersonal, decision-making, and practical skills related to daily life. They will learn about the diverse ways in which families function in Canada and will use research skills as they explore topics related to individual and family needs and resources.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9
Classical Languages, Level 1 Academic (Ancient Greek/Latin) LVLBD1
This course introduces students to the enduring achievements of the classical world through the study of
Latin or ancient Greek. Students will learn vocabulary and grammatical concepts essential for reading
and translating adapted classical texts. Although English is the language of instruction, students will
develop language skills that will enable them to read and interpret the classical language with fluency and
confidence. Through a variety of enrichment activities, students will explore aspects of life in the ancient
world including trade, commerce, education, entertainment, and social customs. In addition, students will
enhance their literacy skills and improve their interpersonal skills through effective communication skills,
and will make connections across the curriculum between the classical world and the world around them.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: AcademicGRADE: 9
Tech - Exploring Technologies TIJ1O1
In this course, students are introduced to a variety of technical and problem-solving skills. These skills are directly transferrable to the more specialized technical courses offered in Grades 10, 11, and 12. This is a project-based class in which students learn by creating hands-on practical projects. Students will learn to use tools and lighter duty machines in a shop specifically designed for Grade 9 technical education. Literacy and numeracy skills are embedded in many of the projects. This course is a great introduction to technology, engineering and the technical trades.
CREDIT: 1TYPE: OpenGRADE: 9