Monday, September 21, 2009


Welcome to OHS and to Grade 9 Social Studies!
This course is intended to “enable and encourage students to examine social issues, respond critically, and make informed decisions as citizens of Canada.” Students will be learning about basic Canadian history as well as the factors that have shaped and continue to shape Canadian identity. Your chills will soon discover that Social Studies 9 is interactive, challenging and engaging. How ell one does will depend entirely upon attitude and effort. Please encourage your child to make a commitment to work hard and improve themselves for their own future benefit. With a determined attitude, all things are possible!
Like most classes, assessment and evaluation are based on the usual: quizzes, writing assignments, presentations, independent work, and test/exams. Since instructional time is vital to a successful year, a portion of the grade is based on attendance, preparedness, participation, homework and behaviour. This is designed to encourage students to “put their best foot forward.” Keep in mind that students are required to keep their work up-to-date. If they miss time, it is their responsibility to get the notes/work they missed from another student in the class. Late assignments will be penalized.
We will be covering many different units throughout the semester, such as Expressions of Canadian Identity, Geographic Influences on Identity, Decades of Change, Citizenship and Identity, and An Evolving Identity. By the end of the semester, students will be asked to portray their own understanding and interpretation of hat it means to be Canadian.
Extra help is available at noon hours. Each student must make prior arrangements with the teacher beforehand. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the school via email or telephone. I look forward to working with each and every student and with the parent/guardian support!

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