Social Studies 9

Course Overview:

The Social Studies 9 curriculum is designed to address introductory concepts regarding Atlantic Canada’s:

  • Geography (Physical features, location, elevation, mapping, land forms)
  • Culture
  • Economy
  • Technology and its role
  • Citizenship
  • Government

The grade nine Social Studies course is named Atlantic Canada in the Global Community. It examines the many interdependent forces that have shaped the Atlantic region, and that continue to influence its development as part of the global community. There are five key themes that make up the course:

  • Physical Setting,
  • Culture / Political Science,
  • Economics,
  • Technology and
  • Global Interdependence.


The curriculum outcomes for the course include understandings (knowledge), skills and attitudes. Students will be assigned tasks that address the specific curriculum outcomes for each unit. Many issues will encourage students to ask questions and to search for correct information to answer them.

Student participation is an essential part of this course. All students are encouraged to participate in presenting, discussing and reacting to topics studied in class. Respect for the opinions of others, a mature attitude and a consistent effort are expected.

Extra help is available upon student request.

Students are expected to be on time for class and to bring the appropriate materials (binder, pens, text, homework assignments, etc.) to class.

Students are responsible for missed work and missed assignments, and may be expected to attend extra help/catch-up sessions for missing or incomplete work. Due dates will be assigned for major assignments. Written outlines for exams and major assignments will be provided. Students are expected to plan their work schedule carefully. Extensions may be granted if requests are reasonable. Late assignments will be penalized if an extension has not been granted, or if a student's program does not indicate appropriate adaptations.

Students should be prepared to write a missed test or quiz upon return to school. If a students is aware of a plannned absence on the date of a test, he or she should make alternative arrangements.

Electronic devices are not permitted beyond what may be provided for their use in the classroom, or permitted by specific program adaptations. If students are carrying cellphones, digital cameras, IPOD's, or other personal device,  they must be turned off and kept out of sight.

Curriculum references (links will open in a new window):

Foundation for the Atlantic Canada Social Studies Curriculum (1999)

Atlantic Canada Social Studies Curriculum: Atlantic Canada in the Global Community: Grade 9 (1998)

Students should have, for their regular use in class, the following:

  • Recommended:
    • 3-ring binder (suggest 1or 1 1/2 inch),
    • dividers,
    • looseleaf,
    • pens, pencils, ruler
  • Helpful additional items:
    • coloured pencils,
    • highlighter

Access to the Internet will be an asset in completion of homework or in researching project information.