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Morden Collegiate Institute
Grade 9

Welcome to Morden Collegiate!  We are excited to have you as a part of our school.

Below you will find grade 9 courses listed in two categories; Core Courses and Optional Courses.  We will have a meeting with all grade 8 students during the school day and an information night for parents to review the difference between core courses and optional courses and how scheduling works.  Then we will distribute course selection forms for your review, completion, signed by guardians, and turned into the MCI your EMMS grade 8 homeroom teacher.

Please feel free to review the courses listed below to give you a better understanding of the classes.  You will be scheduled in the required core courses and we will do our best to try to schedule you into your requested optional courses based on availability and timetabling.  You will be scheduled in 10 courses in total (5 each semester).  Grade 9 students do not get scheduled into spares or study periods. 

 Core Courses

English Language Arts

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

The aim of this foundational course is to enhance, strengthen, and extend language proficiency, enabling students to become competent practitioners in all six strands of Language Arts (reading, writing, representing, speaking, listening, and viewing.)  This course will offer students a broad range of language experiences using a variety of language forms for personal, social, and academic needs. A major emphasis on inquiry and critical thinking will be used to foster reflective learners.  Students will engage in a variety of units which include short stories and short story writing, poetry, personal and formal essay writing, Shakespearean comedy, novel studies (group and independent), and various projects.  This course includes a Final Process Exam.

Mathematics

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

Mathematics 10F is a foundation course designed to prepare students for more than one possible math pathway in Grades 10 to 12.  All Grade 9 students take this course.  The activities in this course are based on a problem-solving approach to learning.  

The topics dealt with in this course include a discussion of rational numbers, statistics, exponents, linear relations, circle geometry, polynomials and symmetry.   This course prepares students for both Introduction to Pre-Calculus and Applied Math 20S and for Essential Math 20S in Grade 10.

Students will need a scientific calculator for this course.

Physical Education/Education physique et Education a la sante

1 credit course

Prerequisite: none

This course focuses on 5 main areas.

  1. Movement
    Students will experience a variety of individual and team activities to gain knowledge of and competency in a variety of movement skills.
  2. Fitness Management
    Students will participate in fitness testing two times and learn how to develop lifelong fitness goals and habits.
  3. Safety
    Students will demonstrate safe and responsible behaviors to manage risk and prevent injuries.
  4. Personal and Social Management
    Students will learn how to apply the decision-making process in a healthy manner and learn to build positive relationships with others.
  5. Healthy Lifestyle Practices
    The topics of personal well-being, drugs and alcohol, relationships and family life will be covered.
    Students will be required to have proper gym attire. They will be evaluated on movement, fitness management, safety, personal and social management, and healthy life style practices.
    Students should be prepared to pay a nominal fee for activities requiring community space. (ie bowling - $2.00 per day, curling - $2.00 per day and golf - range balls).

Science /Sciences de la nature

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

This course provides an introduction to the following clusters in science.

1)    Atoms and Elements (Chemistry)

The Atoms and Elements cluster builds on the particle theory of matter. The historical development of the atomic model is examined and used to describe the conception of the periodic table. At the core of the unit is the investigation of the properties of elements and compounds.

2)    Reproduction (Biology)

The Reproduction cluster explores the biological mechanisms of asexual and sexual reproduction. These reproductive methods are compared and contrasted in terms of their contributions to an organism's propagation and an ecosystem's diversity. As well, the major stages of human development from conception to birth are examined. Finally, the reproductive unit introduces genetics and inheritance.

3)    The Nature of Electricity (Physics)

The Nature of Electricity cluster explores the development of the particle model of electricity. Through this model we will explore electrostatics and current electricity.

4)    Exploring the Universe

The Exploring the Universe cluster is completed as an independent study. You will be given two packages to examine the historical development of our understanding of the Universe and the motion of visible celestial objects. 

Social Studies/Sciences Humaines

1 credit course

Prerequisite: French Immersion Grade 8 or permission from the instructor  

This course is intended to help students gain a greater understanding of the society in which they live, their roles within that society, and the role of Canada within the world today.  The themes that will be explored are geography, natural resources, the nourishing earth, industry and commerce and urban spaces.  There is also an ongoing emphasis on citizenship skills and an individual's responsibility in a global context.

Evaluation of this course will include a variety of methods; short quizzes, projects, assignments, oral presentations and a final exam.

Optional Courses

Band

1 credit courses

Through this four year program, students will explore music through group performance on wind and percussion instruments.  Students in band will study high quality wind band literature and be held to a high, yet attainable standard of performance.  Students will learn performance skills, musical notation, music theory, music history, and the proper playing mechanics of their instrument.  Emphasis will be placed on the ability to communicate fluently and expressively with the musical language.

Concerts, festivals, trips, and retreats are considered a part of each course, and it is an expectation that all band students participate in these.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Jazz Band

1 credit courses

Audition will be held prior to the course to determine placement in an appropriate ensemble.

The Junior Jazz Band provides an enrichment opportunity for students wanting to learn about jazz and perform in a smaller group setting.  Auditions for this group are held late in the spring of the previous school year.  Rehearsals are held during the regular school day.

Students in the course will learn various idioms of the jazz language and various jazz styles (swing, ballad, rock, latin).  They will also learn jazz forms, jazz chords, jazz scales, and improvisation.  Similar to concert band, the ability to communicate fluently and expressively using the jazz language will be emphasized.

Concerts, festivals, trips, and retreats are considered a part of Junior Jazz Band, and it is an expectation that all students participate in these. 

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Career Education

 1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

The grade 9 curriculum provides students with an overview of career development outcomes with an emphasis on building a positive self-esteem, exploring self-assessment, locating work information, selecting high school courses and personal finance/entrepreneurship. 

Choir

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

Choir 10S is a year-long course. Students will receive one credit for this course. Classes are rehearsal-based, with the majority of class time spent studying repertoire. Choir 10S will provide students with:

Making Music

  • an emphasis on good vocal technique (breath management, blend, balance)
  • an emphasis on vocal and aural development through unison and part singing
  • balanced experience to sacred and secular music within various genres, including various languages other than English
  • the foundations of music theory
  • the foundations to sight singing, including use of solfege

Creating Music

  • opportunity to generate ideas and experiment with short rhythmic and notated compositions
  • opportunity to revise, refine and share music ideas and creative work

Connecting in Music

  • an introduction to important historical composers and musicians
  • an opportunity to identify personal connections they have with music
  • develop understandings about the roles, purposes and meanings of music in their world and in the world around them

Responding to Music

  • various opportunities to respond to musical experiences (live and recorded) that reflects initial reactions
  • use of suitable and accurate music-related vocabulary in their observations and descriptions on music experiences
  • begin to analyze, interpret and apply their growing understanding of music within rehearsal and performance

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

 Vocal Jazz Choir

1 credit courses

Prerequisite: None

There are auditioned and non-auditioned vocal jazz ensembles.

 Vocal Jazz 10S and 20S is a year-long course. Students will receive one credit for this course. Classes are rehearsal-based, with the majority of class time spent studying repertoire. The ensemble (10S and 20S) demands time and commitment from the members as we rehearse before school (7:45am – 8:45 am, Tuesday and Thursday).

Vocal Jazz10S and 20S will provide students with:

Making Music

  • an emphasis on good vocal technique including, breath management, blend, balance, intonation
  • an emphasis on vocal and aural development through unison and part singing
  • an emphasis on good microphone technique
  • sight reading skills will be developed
  • opportunity to study various genres of jazz (swing, blues, bebop, funk, etc) and contemporary styles (pop, ballads, etc. )

Creating Music

  • opportunity to generate ideas and experiment with short rhythmic and notated compositions
  • opportunity to revise, refine and share music ideas and creative work

Connecting in Music

  • an introduction to important historical jazz composers and musicians
  • an opportunity to identify personal connections they have with music
  • develop understandings about the roles, purposes and meanings of music in their world and in the world around them

Responding to Music

  • various opportunities to respond to musical experiences (live and recorded) that reflects initial reactions
  • use of suitable and accurate music-related vocabulary in their observations and descriptions on music experiences
  • begin to analyze, interpret and apply their growing understanding of music within rehearsal and performance

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

 Visual Arts

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course working with the basic elements of art through drawing, projects and painting assignments. The course will concentrate on the theory behind the creation of artworks as well as actual studio work.  At this level, paints and paper will be supplied for the students but they will be responsible for the following supplies - a sketchbook, one 2B, 4B pencil, one 6B pencil, and a white eraser. The Visual Art10G course provides the background for the Fine Art courses offered in Visual Art 20G,Visual Art 30S or Visual Art 40S.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

ART FEE - $15.00

Clothing Housing & Design

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

Students will study the principles and elements of design which assist them with selecting garments that suit their body type. Students will produce research about the history of clothing. One of the topics of study will include developing new sewing skills and techniques through completion of a sewing portfolio. Another topic will include clothing care, styles, brands, colours, textures, etc. Students will study introductory computer aided projects for clothing, housing and design. Students will demonstrate basic sewing skills by creating a basic garment, such as a hoody. Students will also construct a garment of their choice as a major project that reflects their sewing skills.

The actual content may vary from year to year depending on the needs of students involved in the course.

Project Fee - $10.00

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Dramatic Arts

1 credit course

Suggested Prerequisite: Students should have a genuine interest in drama.

This class runs during the school day schedule.

This course provides an introduction to dramatic elements and techniques through an exploration of drama forms. As the core of the course grade is performance based, students must be prepared to fully participate in performing activities. Topics covered include improvisation, script work, playwriting, performance and technical elements of backstage theatre.  All courses will be taught in our specialized theatre classroom.

English as an Additional Language

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

This course is intended for beginners learning to communicate in English. Students may have little or no knowledge of English and may experience great difficulty in the regular classroom. The three main focus of this course is developing everyday vocabulary, building community, and developing English listening, speaking reading, and writing skills.

French

1 credit course
Prerequisite: Grade 8 French

 

Students without grade 8 French may be admitted to the course if they are willing and able to complete additional work to catch up with the class.

Over the four years of coursework, students will be expected to communicate orally and interact spontaneously. They will listen in order to understand the communicated message. Students will plan and write coherent texts to communicate the message. Students will read a variety of texts, for various purposes, and demonstrate understanding orally, in writing or visually. They will demonstrate a general knowledge of francophone cultures and apply knowledge of francophone cultures to interactions with others.

The focus of class time will be oral communication then reading and writing. Students are assessed according to message, fluency and accuracy.

French Language Arts

1 credit course

Prerequisite:  French Immersion Grade 8 or permission from the instructor.

This course introduces the use of French for artistic, personal, and technical purposes using a variety of texts.  The course will examine the elements of the short story, poems, essays, novel study, persuasive speeches, media, current events and improvisation.

Evaluation of this course will include a variety of methods; short quizzes, projects, assignments, oral presentations and a final project.

Food & Nutrition

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

This course will focus on a study of nutrients, personal nutrition, meal planning and food preparation. We are continually bombarded with information about nutrition and health from the news media, books and diet “experts", but are we getting the right information? The focus of the course is on the nutritional needs of the individual. An in-depth exploration of the major nutrients, their functions, sources and disease related issues. This program will teach skills that will enable students to make optimal use of the food dollar and practice meal planning throughout the FOOD LAB component of the course.

The actual content may vary from year to year depending on the needs of students involved in the course.

Project Fee - $10.00

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Hockey Skills Academy

1 credit course

Prerequisite: none

Hockey skills academy is for everyone regardless of experience or ability. Instructors can help with finding the necessary equipment. The philosophy of the Morden Collegiate Hockey Skills Academy is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their hockey skills, fitness, and knowledge of the game while promoting a healthy active lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to educate themselves with many aspects of hockey such as fitness training, on-ice skill development, nutrition, sport psychology, as well as respect and fair play in sports. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to enhance their own personal skills while also being given a well-rounded view of the sport of hockey. Through these aspects of the program, we aim to provide these student athletes with the means by which they can achieve their full potential as athletes, coaches, managers, or officials.

In addition, it is the aim of Morden Collegiate to provide every student with the opportunity to experience success. The addition of the Hockey Skills Academy to our programming will enable us to continue to address the diverse needs of our students by providing an authentic and engaging learning option.

Finally, the Hockey Skills Academy would provide students with a program that would facilitate the development of soft skills such as peer relations, teamwork skills, leadership skills, and problem solving skills. Through the academy students will strive to improve themselves both in and out of the arena. Fee to be determined (approximately $250.00).

Equipment pick up is the responsibility of the students/parents. Storage options are available if they have been previously arranged with the teacher.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Information & Communication Technology & Applying information & Communication Technology

1 credit from two half-credit courses

Prerequisite:  None

The purpose of this course is to reinforce and extend the ICT knowledge, attitudes, and skills acquired by the students in the Early and Middle Years.  The course will further prepare students to use ICT to learn and demonstrate their learning in all Senior Years courses. Topics covered include: Computer Orientation, the Internet, Spreadsheets, File Management, Databases,2D Animations and Web Design.

Reading is Thinking

*this course does not count as an English course for graduation requirements.

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the key reading, writing, oral communication and thinking skills students need to be successful in their learning across high school curriculums. In particular students will read and respond to a variety of narrative and expository forms from a variety of content areas. The course activities will help develop confidence, and self-esteem when interacting with a variety of written and visual texts across curriculums. By the end of the course students will learn that:

  • Reading is thinking
  • Reading is a social act
  • Reading empowers people and transforms the world
  • Reading is a lifelong journey
  • Students need to experience reading for the love of it

Technical Theatre

1 credit Course

Prerequisite:  None

This is not a performance course. This is an introductory course on backstage theatre production.  Students will focus on the production aspects of theatre; Lighting, Sound, Stage Construction, Set Painting, House Management, Marketing, Stage Management, and Backstage Crew positions.  Students study Ladder Safety, WHMIS, as well as are taught the Focus on Safety in the Arts booklet. Students will learn the various stages and equipment used in professional theatres today as well as the many careers in the theatrical arts and the structures of Canadian Professional theatre. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of technical theatre and will have opportunities to tour various performance venues and develop skills in conflict resolution, team and individual strategies for success, expectations on the job as well as a general understanding of workplace practices in any career of their choice.

Theatre Production

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Audition with course instructor.

Note:   This class will meet outside of the school day in both semesters, until the completion of the show in the Spring

This is a practical course involving the rehearsal and production of theatre and a show. The course will include rehearsal techniques, script analysis and practical experience in design, technical theatre and stage management.  The course will culminate in a public performance.  The course will be taught in our state of the art, flexible theatre space. This course will be supported by our technicians and design teams from our Backstage Theatre class.

 

Woodworking Technology

1 credit course

                     Students should have an interest in developing their skills in the areas of drafting, design, and basic furniture construction. The course will explore these areas through in-class lectures and assignments, as well as through individual project work.

Supplies you will require are:

  • White Art Eraser
  • Compass
  • Lined Paper (at least 50 sheets)
  • Calculator
  • Safety Glasses
  • Tape Measure
  • $20.00 supply fee for two projects

There are costs for materials associated with this course.  Students may select from a number of projects and types of materials, so costs do vary.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.