Social Studies 9

This year’s grade 9 curriculum is designed to help you to become a more informed citizen with an appreciation for how our government works and how the Canadian economy affects our way of life. The textbook for this year is Issues For Canadians.

Overview: We will first learn to demonstrate and understanding and appreciation of how Canada’s political processes impact citizenship and identity in an attempt to meet the needs of all Canadians. Second, we will learn to show our understanding and appreciation of how economic decision making in Canada and the United States impacts our quality of life, citizenship and identity.

Evaluation: A continuous process is used to evaluate you according to values, attitudes, knowledge and skills you have learned. You will be given a variety of ways to show what you know. Each Unit will have multiple forms of assessment. Class work and quizzes will help you to apply, synthesize and evaluate what you have learned as formative assessment. Unit tests, culminating assignments, the midterm and the final will provide you the opportunity to sum up your learning. Summative scores will result in your final grade and will be weighted as follows:

Unit 1: Our Canadian Government    

Unit 2: The Economy and Me   

Unit 3: Current Events   

Coursework: Assignments, Presentations, Unit Tests and Quizzes     75%

Midterm   10%

Final PAT   15%

Expectations: All students are required to retest or resubmit an assignment if a mark of less than 50% occurs on the first attempt. Any student may choose to redo once. In most cases the two scores will be averaged and added to the final grade.

Questions/Help:

I can be reached at school (584-3751) or on my cell (305-8227). Homework assignments, due dates and news are listed on our school website: www.fortschool.ca. You can also access your progress on Powerschool by using your personal username and password.