Grade 9 Courses
- Arts: Visual, Media & Dramatic
- Canadian & World Studies: Geography
- Modern Languages
- Physical & Health Education
DRAMA 9, OPEN (ADA1O)
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.
VISUAL ARTS 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.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY IN BUSINESS 9, OPEN (BTT1O)
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.
ISSUES IN CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY 9, ACADEMIC (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.
ENGLISH 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 9, ACADEMIC (MPM1D)
This course enables students to develop an 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 linear relation. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.
CORE FRENCH 9, ACADEMIC (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 continue to develop language knowledge and skills 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 the skills necessary to become life-long language learners.
(Prerequisite: Minimum of 600 hours of Elementary Core French instruction, or equivalent)
SPANISH LEVEL 1, ACADEMIC (LWSAD)
This introductory course is designed to enable students to begin to develop competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish Students will participate in interactive activities in which they can apply their language skills to communicate with native speakers of the language. They will explore aspects of culture in regions of the world where Spanish is spoken, including formal and informal forms of address, naming practices, family life and relationships, and celebrations.
The underlying goals of the Physical and Health Education program at Metro Prep are:
- to improve overall fitness and motor development;
- to increase motivation to be physically active; and
- to provide an enjoyable, successful experience in exercise and sport.
HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIVING EDUCATION 9, OPEN (PPL1O)
This course emphasizes students’ daily participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy living. Students will learn movement techniques and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety/injury-prevention strategies. This course will provide each student with an increased knowledge of the rules and skills required for the following sports: softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball and floor hockey. The rules for each sport will be expanded upon in order that the student may have an increased understanding of the sport. Also, the required physical skills will be further introduced, practiced and used in game situations. The Health component has three major units: The use and abuse of Alcohol and Tobacco and other Drugs; Physical Fitness and Nutrition; and Healthy Sexuality (AIDS and STDs). Each unit will build on previous knowledge from Physical and Health Education 8 and provide each student with more in-depth and extensive information on current issues and topics. Students will participate in activities designed to develop goal-setting, communication and social skills.
SCIENCE 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.