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Grade 9 Electives


Grade 9 Elective Choices

In addition to the six core courses (English, French, Geography, Math, Religion, and Science), Grade 9 students will choose 2 electives. All of the grade 9 electives are offered at the open level. This means the electives offer a set of expectations that are appropriate for all students to enjoy! 

Basketball (PAL1O7) 

This course focuses on the development of a personalized approach to healthy active living through participation in basketball focused activities. Students will develop and implement personal fitness and strength training plans that would benefit playing this sport. Students will examine issues related to healthy relationships, reproductive health, mental health and personal safety. 

Dance (ATC1O1) 

This course gives students the opportunity to explore their technical and compositional skills by applying the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will explore a variety of dance genres, generate movement through structured and unstructured improvisation, and demonstrate an understanding of safe practices with regard to themselves and others in the dance environment. Students do no need to have any previous dance experience in order to take this course.     

Dramatic Arts (ADA1O1) 

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. 

Exploring Technologies (TIJ1O1) 

This course enables students to understand the technological and computer concepts they will need in order to  design, develop and build usable products or to deliver services, as well as to pursue further technological studies. Students will experience a rotation through three of the following technologies: Construction, Communications, Manufacturing, Transportation, Hospitality & Tourism and Computer Technology. 

Healthy Active Living-Gym (PPL1O1)   

This course emphasizes students' daily participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living.  Students will learn movement techniques and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety/injury-prevention strategies. They will investigate issues related to healthy sexuality and the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Students will participate in activities designed to develop goal setting, communication, and social skills. 

Introduction to Information Technology in Business (BTT1O1) 

This course introduces students to the use of information technology in a business environment.  Students will learn how to use information technology in a work environment, perform electronic research, communicate electronically, and use common business software.  This course occurs in a business computer lab.  

Learning Strategies (GLE1O1) 

This course prepares students to become independent learners, and helps them increase their personal management skills, both in school and in other contexts.  Students will learn how to use reflective thinking, active reading, memorization, goal-setting strategies, and time-and stress-management skills to identify and work towards their goals.  The course will also help students identify their preferred ways of learning and use this knowledge to increase their confidence, motivation, and ability to learn.  

Mohawk Language (LNMAO1) 

This course is open to the entire student body and will allow students who have no prior Indigenous language experience to develop an appreciation for the Mohawk language and culture, to explore and experience a unique world view, and to learn to speak an Indigenous language. Students will use the language being studied for greetings and daily routines, become familiar with its writing and sound system, and practise basic vocabulary and phrases. 

Music – Instrumental (AMU1O1) 

This course is designed for students who wish to play a band instrument at a level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity and imagination.  Students will study an overview of the importance of music throughout history in Western and non-Western cultures.   

Music - Vocal (AMV1O1) 

This course emphasizes vocal performance at a level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination.  Students do not need to have previous musical experience in order to take this course  

Religion and Art dual credit (AVI1OX) 

This full year, 2 credit course meets both the Visual Art and Religious Education credit requirements. Assessments will be done through artistic expression.  

This course must be taken concurrently with HRE1OX 

Visual Arts (AVI1O1) 

This course offers 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 through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles.   Students will receive instruction in the basics of painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, so no prior experience is necessary.