June 13 - 17
Students will be debating this week. They need to have all of their research completed for Monday. We are also reading the graphic novel Mabeth and encouraging students to have a little fun and get into character when reading lines out loud. Social Studies review material will be posted on D2L as the SS PAT is on Monday, June 20th. We will be using our Chimera time to review in class.
May 30 - June 3
This week we will be wrapping up learning about the big concepts around economics and students will be writing a source analysis on an editorial cartoon. We will also finish reading The Wave and ask students to demonstrate an understanding of the theme and make a connection to the book.
May 24 - 27
No homework. This week we will continue learning about economic systems, social programs, and the role of unions in our economy. Students will then be asked to complete a source analysis of an editorial cartoon. We will also continue with our listening activities while listening to the novel The Wave by Todd Strasser.
May 16 - 19
Provincial Exam on Monday - write either an essay or story, plus a business email. All students have had practice writing all 3 this year and have been given feedback on how to improve. They will have a total of 4 hours to write both pieces. Students have been asked to bring a snack as they will not be able to leave the room between 9-12 (except washroom breaks). The afternoon will be a period of destressing in our homerooms and a period of physed. The rest of the week will be learning about economic systems and reading the novel The Wave.
May 9 - 13
Consumerism projects are due on Monday. Everyone needs to have something to present. There will be a quiz on consumerism and quality of life on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be an introduction to economic systems, our final unit.
May 2 - 6
Students have written their practice business emails and now will write the real deal this week which will be assessed. We will also continue working on the Consumerism project with the expectation of being completed by the end of the week.
April 25 - 29
This week grade 9s will be working on an ethical consumerism project where students will be asked to research a company or product and present their findings to the class. We are also reading the book The Wave with our classes in order to explore how people can be persuaded to do things that they wouldn't normally do because they belong to a group. This will be used for listening assessments and as a discussion piece.
April 19 - 22
No homework unless the Quality of Life Visual representation task is not yet handed in. Grade 9s will be learning how to write the business email to develop and practice functional writing skills and to prepare for the PAT on May 16th. We will also continue looking at the pros and cons of consumerism before starting a project on this topic.
April 11 - 14
This week grade 9s are presenting their short stories to grade 8s as part of a persuasive activity. We will also be looking at the concept of quality of life and students will investigate a family from another country on the Gapminder website in order to compare and contrast their own quality of life.
April 4 - 8
All students will need to have read their short story and annotated it for the 6 items (on d2l). Monday will be group discussions. We will also be starting a new unit on Consumerism by first taking a look at quality of life and what this concept really means.
March 28 - April 1
This week we will wrap up our unit on immigration and students will write the unit final test on Thursday. We are also starting on a short story assignment where students will need to choose a story to read and then complete some activities around the story.
March 14 - 17
No homework unless your Karate Kid movie review is not completed. This week we will learn how to write a thesis statement and a 5 paragraph essay. This is important for when we write the PAT part A in May as students will be given a choice if they want to write a narrative or essay on that day. In Social Studies, students will continue to learn about immigration and the challenges and opportunities it poses for Canada.
March 7 - 10
No homework. This week we will be comparing and contrasting two characters - Henry K. Larsen from a novel we read to Daniel in Karate Kid. Students will also be writing a critique of the movie. As well, we will start our Immigration unit on Monday and take a look at Canada's response to helping those fleeing Ukraine.
Feb 28 - March 4
No homework. This week we will wrap up the Justice Unit and write the UNIT FINAL ON FRIDAY. We will also be watching the original Karate Kid (letter went home to all families) with an activity to follow.
Feb 22 - 25
No homework unless Justice vocab isn't completed. This week we will be starting our youth justice portion of the Justice Unit by looking at the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Feb 14 - 16
This week we will be looking at the three types of justice: retributive, rehabilitative, and restorative. Grade 9s will be asked to do a little research on the John Howard and Elizabeth Fry societies which are advocacy groups for those involved in the criminal justice system. Students will also watch a documentary comparing the prison systems in Norway and USA and then participate in a JamBoard discussion around how the three types of justice are addressed in each country.
Feb 7 - 11
Injustice visuals and write-ups are due on Monday. This week students will shift their focus from social justice to learning about Canada's criminal justice system. As part of this, they will take part in a mock trial. We will also continue our learning around Black History Month by taking a look at Africville in Nova Scotia.
Feb 1 - 4
Students are excited to start working on their Injustice project where they are to choose an injustice in the world that they feel strongly about. This week we will work through the process of researching and composing a well-constructed write-up to accompany their artifact (ie: painting, sketch, cartoon, infographic). Everyone will need to have chosen their injustice by Tuesday and inputted in the spreadsheet shared in their Google mail. The expectation is that grade 9s will have completed both the write-up and artifact by the end of class on Friday.
January 24 - 28
Everyone will need to have completed reading and annotating the short story Borders for Monday. We are also starting a new topic of study on Monday - Justice. Students will look at a poem in order to better understand the different types of justice such as social and criminal. After that, we will delve into the concept of what is not justice - an injustice. With this, they will take a look at the works of Banksy.
There will be a Unit Final test on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Thursday. Students will need to review their notes on individual and collective rights. Monday is the Parliamentary discussion where students will share their point of view on which TRC call to action is important for our Federal government to implement and why.
Parents please check PowerSchool. Teachers are currently wrapping up their assessments for term I and it is important that students have handed in all of their assignments. This week we will be starting a new topic - Indigenous Collective Rights. Students will learn about the numbered treaties and Indian Act and how these affirm Indigenous rights in Canada. They will also start on a new assignment where they will have to choose one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action to present in a mock parliamentary discussion.
December 13 - 17
No homework. CCRF quiz on Tuesday on individual rights and freedoms. This week we will prepare to write your narratives on Thursday by planning out the plot and characters.
No homework. It's hard to believe we only have two full weeks left until Winter Break. This week students will be participating in a 4 corners debate on whether them earning two dollars less minimum wage than those over 18 is a reasonable infringement on equality rights. They will also take part in a group activity where they will be given a case study and need to make a judgment as Supreme Court Judges. In Language Arts, students will be working on a number of post novel (Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen) activities in preparation for them writing their own short stories.
November 29-December 3
This week we will continue learning about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with a discussion around prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes, and privilege. We will also finish our novel and students will need to write a reflection piece on the book.
November 22 - 25
Parent-teacher conferences Thursday evening and Friday (no school Friday). Please check out your student's progress in PowerSchool before your conference. 91 & 92 homework: Complete CCRF questions for Monday. This week we will delve deeper into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by looking at each section and actual case studies of charter challenges. We will also continue reading Henry K. Larsen as part of our focus on the concept of resilience.
November 15 - 19
No homework unless students have not handed in their federal government visual. Students are moving on to a new social studies unit - The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On Monday we will be reading an article where students will practice their reading comprehension skills and use the content to prepare for a Socratic Seminar activity. After this, they will take a look at the different sections of the charter and the responsibilities that Canadians have in line with our rights and freedoms. We will also continue reading our novel "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen" and students will be asked to follow a character in the book in order to see how his/her relationship with other characters played a role in the plot.
Federal government visuals are due Monday (Tuesday for 9-1). All resources are posted on D2L. The Unit final test will be on Tuesday and we will review in class on Monday. Wednesday will be a day of remembrance and students will participate in activities to honor those who have served our country.
November 1 - 5
This week in Humanities we will be wrapping up our research on the structure and function of the federal government and be ready to start planning their visual on Monday. We will also continue reading the novel The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.
October 25 - 29
Students have finished writing and filming their rants which were due on Friday, 22nd. This week we will be moving on to a new project where they will need to demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the three branches of the Federal Government in a visual. We will also be starting a novel that focuses on the themes of bullying and resilience.
October 19 - 22
This week students will need to have their final copy of their rant scripts completed so that we can start recording. We will also continue our conversation about bias in the media. A new assignment will be introduced at the end of the week where students will need to construct an understanding of the function and organization of the three branches of our Federal government.
October 12 - 15
This week we will work on our rant scripts and be ready to film later in the week. Students will have the opportunity to learn and experiment with variations of punctuation and choosing descriptive vocabulary while writing their scripts. They will also be expected to peer conference where they will be giving and receiving feedback on their script.
October 4 - 7
No homework for Monday. No school on Friday (PD Day). This week we will be starting a new assignment where students will be creating their own rant. The topic of their rants will come from the themes of the short stories we recently read. We will also begin learning about how to detect bias in the media.
September 27 - October 1
Students are asked to find a book of interest this week. They can bring one from home or sign out from our Learning Commons. Remember that Thursday is a day off in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. Students will take part in activities that will ask them to think about what "Truth and Reconciliation" means and how they play an important role in helping to work towards this.
This week students finish up annotating the story The Veldt and fill in their graphic organizer and record evidence from the story in order to support a conclusion (inferencing). Students will also be discussing the questions that they posed while reading the story as a strategy to understand the text at a deeper level. In Social Studies, students will begin to move on to looking at media, with a focus on how misinformation spreads and detecting bias in the mainstream media.
We witnessed democracy in real time. Following our look at the political platforms last week the students took part in the students vote on Monday. Using the information and evidence from their research they selected who they believe should be the MLA of our Shepard riding. We took time throughout the week to look at our results, the national results, and more. These ideas will continually looked at all throughout the year as it is a major focus through grade 9.
Next week we will be looking at National Truth and Reconciliation day (September 30, 2021). We will be reading and viewing some sensitive and emotional material this week as well as having some in-depth conversations.
“Too much of anything isn’t good for anyone.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Veldt
This week in Lit we looked at the Veldt. An amazing story about the perils of technology. We used this story for many different reasons.
1. Predictions as to what you think the story will look like what
2. Who is the author? What was life like when they were actually alive?
3. What is the perfect parent writing?
4. Read story the story and Annotation (annotation with a purpose)
5. Using evidence to support our opinions
We will continue with these tasks and looking at the veldt throughout next week.
This week students will be focusing on two major Ideas.
1) What is the political spectrum and how do the Canadian parties fit in?
2) Students will begin to become informed citizen and educate themselves on the platforms of the political parties of the candidates in the Shepard Riding for the upcoming election on September 20th.
We will be culminating all of this in a research project that will see students "voting" for their candidate of their choice.
This week students will be working on their "tarot" cards which will be laminated and used throughout the year. On Tuesday, students will be asked to think about what it means to be Canadian and what makes us unique as a nation. We will also begin preparing for the Federal Election Student Vote on September 20th. Here, students will learn about such concepts as ridings, first past the post, candidates, and political platforms.
September 2nd - 3rd
"Welcome to grade 9" was our focus the past two days. We reintroduced the Covid protocols, school expectations, as well as getting to know each other. Through a mix of direct instruction, games, and more the teachers had the opportunity to get to know the students better. The students were given two tasks this week. The first was a getting to know me task where the students were asked to answer several questions that included what the were worried about in grade 9 and what are there personal interests. The second task was based on the art of Tarot cards. We looked at the history of the cards and the students will be creating one that represents who the are. The planning sheet was sent home Friday and will need to be done for Tuesday.
Next week we will kick off by asking and investigating 2 important questions. What does it mean to be Canadian, and what issues do Canadians face. We will also start looking at the upcoming election in the next coming weeks. So any conversations around political parties, policies, or candidates around the dinner table will come in handy.
See ya next week!
-The Grade 9 Hum Team