Grade 9 Courses

When choosing a course you will first need to decide on what level you would like from the three options shown below. For help with choosing a level click here. Students are free to choose any combination of Academic or Applied courses, however they do need to ensure their diploma requirements are met.

Academic Courses – Compulsory

Geography of Canada, Grade 9 Academic (CGC1D)
This course explores Canada’s distinct and changing character and the geographic systems and relationships that shape it.  Students will investigate the interactions of natural and human systems within Canada, as well as Canada’s economic, cultural, and environmental connections to other countries.  Students will use a variety to geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to analyse and evaluate geographic issues and present their findings.

English, Grade 9, Academic (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 to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic (MPM1D)
This course enables students to develop understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning.  Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines, and will determine the connections between different representations of a relationship.  They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional shapes.  Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.  Learning through abstract reasoning is an important aspect of this course.
Successful completion of this course prepares students for Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic (MPM2D) or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied (MFM2P).

Science, Grade 9, Academic (SNC1D)
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

Core French, Grade 9, Academic (FSF1D)
This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, social trends, and careers. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities.
Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent.

Applied Courses – Compulsory

Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Applies (CGC1P)
This course focuses on geographic issues that affect Canadians today.  Students will draw on personal and everyday experiences to learn about Canada’s distinct and changing character and the natural and human systems and global influences that shape the country.  Students will use a variety of geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to examine practical geographic questions and communicate their findings.

English, Grade 9, Applied (ENG1P)
This course is designed to develop the key oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will read, interpret, and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on identifying and using appropriate strategies and processes to improve students’ comprehension of texts and to help them communicate clearly and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 applied English course, which leads to college or workplace preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied (MFM1P)
This course enables students to develop understanding of mathematical concepts related to introductory algebra, proportional reasoning, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities.  Students will investigate real-life examples to develop various representations of linear relationships, and will determine the connections between the representations.  They will also explore certain relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional shapes.  Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.  Learning through hands-on activities and the use of concrete examples is an important aspect of this course.
Successful completion of this course prepares students for Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied (MFM2P).

Science, Grade 9, Applied (SNC1P)
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.

Core French, Grade 9, Applied (FSF1P)
This course emphasizes the concurrent development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills, using a broad-based theme such as the media. Students will enhance their ability to understand and speak French through conversations, discussions, and presentations. They will also read short stories, articles, poems, and songs, and write brief descriptions, letters, dialogues, and invitations.
Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent.

Locally Developed

Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, English
Grade 9 (ENG 1L)
This course provides foundational literacy and communication skills to prepare students for success in their daily lives, in the workplace, in the Grade 10 LDCC course and in the English Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course. The course is organized by strands that develop listening and talking skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands, the focus is on developing foundational literacy skills and in using language clearly and accurately in a variety of authentic contexts. Students develop strategies and put into practice the processes involved in talking, listening, reading, viewing, writing, and thinking, and reflect regularly upon their growth in these areas.

Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Mathematics
Grade 9 (MAT 1L)
This course emphasizes further development of mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare students for success in their everyday lives, in the workplace, in the Grade 10 LDCC course, and in the Mathematics Grade 11 and Grade 12 Workplace Preparation courses. The course is organized by three strands related to money sense, measurement, and proportional reasoning. In all strands, the focus is on developing and consolidating key foundational mathematical concepts and skills by solving authentic, everyday problems. Students have opportunities to further develop their mathematical literacy and problem-solving skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical math activities.

Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Science
Grade 9 (SNC 1L)
This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science-related knowledge and skills, including scientific inquiry, critical thinking and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students for success in everyday life, in the workplace and in the Science Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course. Students explore a range of topics including science in daily life, properties of common materials, life sustaining processes in simple and complex organisms, and electrical circuits. Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical science activities.

NOTE: After successfully completing ENG1L, MAT1L, SNC1L, students might be able to take ENG1P, MFM1P, SNC1P with their teacher’s recommendation and principal’s approval or continue their studies in grade 10  locally developed level courses.

Open Level

Native Languages, Ojibway, Open (LNOBO) [compulsory alternative to French]
This course will enable students to experience the unique respect for life that permeates Native languages and cultures. Students will expand their vocabulary and knowledge of phrases and expressions, using them in simple dialogues, narrative writing, grammatical constructions, and reading, and to exchange information electronically.
Prerequisite: At least four years of study of a Native language in elementary school, successful completion of NL1, or demonstrated proficiency.

Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9, Open (PPL1O) [compulsory]
This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living. Students will learn movement skills and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety and injury prevention. They will investigate issues related to healthy sexuality and the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and will participate in activities designed to develop goal-setting, communication, and social skills.

Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open (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.

Music, Grade 9, Open (AMU1O)
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.

Expressing Aboriginal Cultures, Grade 9, Open (NAC1O)
This course examines Aboriginal cultures in Canada through an exploration of art forms – painting, sculpture, storytelling, dance, and music – created by Aboriginal artists. Students will learn to identify Aboriginal art forms and describe relationships between the art forms and Aboriginal traditions, philosophy, and culture. Students will also create their own art forms to express their understanding of Aboriginal identity, relationships, and sovereignty.
(This course can count as an arts credit.)

Introduction to Information Technology in Business, (BTT1O),  Grade 9, Open
This course introduces students to the use of 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.

Individual and Family Living, Grade 9, Open (HIF1O)
This course explores the challenges faced by all people: how to meet basic needs, how to relate to others, how to manage resources, and how to become responsible members of society. Students will acquire knowledge and skills that are needed to make the transition to adult-hood. Teachers will instruct students in developing interpersonal, decision-making, and practical skills related to daily life. Students will explore the functioning of families and the diversities found among families and within society.
At Manitoulin Secondary School practical cooking and sewing skills are incorporated into the course.

Exploring Technologies, Grade 9, Open (TIJ1O)
This course enables students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills introduced in the elementary science and technology program. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create products and/or provide services related to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and post-secondary education and training pathways leading to careers in technology-related fields.
Prerequisite: None