Course Descriptions for Grade 9 Courses


English, Grade 9, Academic – Compulsory (ENG1D) 

This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended for students intending to enrol in the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12. 

Prerequisite: None


French (Core), Grade 9, Academic – Compulsory (FSF1D)

This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning. 

Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent


Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9, Open – Compulsory (PPL1O) 

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living. Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively. 

Prerequisite: None


Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic – Compulsory (CGC1D) 

This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place to live. 

Prerequisite: None


Mathematics, Grade 9, De-streamed - Compulsory (MTH1W) 

This course enables students to consolidate, and continue to develop, an understanding of mathematical concepts related to number sense and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data, probability, and financial literacy. Students will use mathematical processes, mathematical modelling, and coding to make sense of the mathematics they are learning and to apply their understanding to culturally responsive and relevant real-world situations. Students will continue to enhance their mathematical reasoning skills, including proportional reasoning, spatial reasoning, and algebraic reasoning, as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite: None 


Science, Grade 9, De-streamed – Compulsory (SNC1W) 

The new de-streamed Science, Grade 9 course (SNC1W) will be issued in Spring 2022 and will be available for educators and parents on the Curriculum and Resources website. The new course will be implemented in classrooms beginning in September 2022.

This course will replace Science, Grade 9, Academic (SNC1D) and Science, Grade 9, Applied (SNC1P). As of September 2022, these courses should not be offered, and the associated course codes will expire at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

Course description: This course enables students to develop their understanding of concepts related to biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop and refine their STEM skills as they use scientific research, scientific experimentation, and engineering design processes to investigate concepts and apply their knowledge in situations that are relevant to their lives and communities. Students will continue to develop transferable skills as they become scientifically literate global citizens.

Prerequisite: None


Drama, Grade 9, Open – Elective (ADA1O) 

This course emphasizes the active exploration of dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them. 

Prerequisite: None


Communications Technology, Grade 9, Open – Elective (TGJ1O) 

This exploratory course introduces students to concepts and skills in communications technology,which encompass television/video and movie production, radio and audio production, print and graphic communications, photography, and interactive new media and animation. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the field. 

Prerequisite: None


Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School, Grade 9, Open – Elective (GLS1O) 

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. 

Prerequisite: None


Music - Vocal Music, Grade 9, Open - Elective (AMV1O) 

A beginner vocal music course in which students develop an appreciation of music through listening, performing, and creating. Repertoire will be varied, and performance will be in both large and small ensembles with an emphasis on creating a comfortable and supportive musical environment. Theory concepts such as major scales, intervals and rhythmic dictation will be taught, along with some music history.

Prerequisite: None


Personal and Fitness Activities, Grade 9, Open – Elective (PAF1O)

This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable fitness activities that promote life-long healthy active living. This course will teach the student about weight training, cardiovascular training, strength and endurance as well as flexibility training and nutrition. Students will be encouraged to develop and follow their own gym fitness plan and will be given the tools to achieve their healthy fitness goals. The student will determine the emphasis of his/her program. Fitness levels will be monitored regularly. Evaluation will be based on the student’s ability to reach goals established jointly with the teacher, effort, participation, and record keeping. Students will gain decision-making skills, improve communication skills and develop organizational skills. 

Prerequisite: None


Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open – Elective (AVI1O)

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. 

Prerequisite: None


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