This course teaches student the process of using critical and creative thinking skills when designing to meet specifications. It is a project course, which allows students to receive credit for both ADST 9 and General Fine Arts 9. Starting with a guided project, students work through stages of design and develop their final Careers 9 project. In the second part of the course- the breadth section – The Breadth part of the course includes design scenarios from a range of topic areas such as foods, textiles, marketing, music, drama, art. Students use the design process that they learned in the Guided Project to complete their chosen design scenarios. Most of these projects are linked to learning outcomes for the CORE Grade 9 subjects as well. With consultation with their teacher, Students also have the option to earn tech certificates – Jasper Active training in using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Food Safe Level 1, Coding, Typing.
In this course, students will learn the basics of American Sign Language. Starting with the Alphabet and basic phrases, students will progress and learn an expanded vocabulary and extensive phrases. Students are expected to demonstrate their learning by submitting video evidence of their learning.
This course uses the five big questions – Who, What, Where, Why and How – to teach students how to pose and answer inquiry questions. Along the way, students learn to search Google more effectively, take notes in a meaningful way, ask powerful questions, reduce bias, and generally learn about the world.
Students have ample opportunities to work on material they’re passionate about and are supported as they develop intellectual passions. In-course social networking gives students a chance to learn from each other.
Combine your passion with your talent to earn up to four-course credits in Independent Directed Studies!
You can work with the IDS teacher to build your course, based on training that you wish to take locally, and at least one learning outcome from a Ministry-approved course. Example: create an outdoor education focus by combining other courses such as Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue, and C. O. R. E. hunter training to focus on the Outdoor Living 12 learning standard of demonstrating responsibility for personal safety and the safety of others.
Or you can pursue your learning (by working with your online teacher/mentor) to develop a project that meets at least one learning outcome from a senior Ministry-approved course. Examples: write and direct your play, design and conduct your science experiments, design and build a useful invention, or even create a documentary.
Your project topic, subject to teacher approval, must meet the required 120 hours to fulfill the requirements of the course. Students may begin an IDS course at any point in the year.
Note: Independent Directed Studies 10, 11, 12 do not apply toward Adult Dogwood Graduation Credits
Literary Studies 12 allows students to delve more deeply into literature through increasingly complex texts. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media. Linking world literature to current events and concerns/topics important to today’s students will:
- increase their literacy skills through close reading of appropriately challenging texts.
- enhance their development of the English Language Arts curricular competencies, both expressive and receptive
- expand their development as educated global citizens
- develop balance and broaden their understanding of themselves and the world
- further refine higher-level thinking and learning skills
Philosophy 12 is an academic course that prepares students for academic post-secondary studies.
Students will complete a unit on methods of research, reasoning and argument, a unit on metaphysics and the nature of reality, a unit on ontological theories of being, a unit on epistemological theories about knowledge and truth, and a unit on the theories of morality and ethics.
Students will write thought papers, engage in philosophical discussion in forums via key word posts, complete an essay on metaphysics; comparing and contrasting movies, and argue about the morality and ethics of their choice of politician or celebrity in a video essay.
The course has no textbook, rather will use engaging videos to introduce topics, with readings alongside for further study.
This course cannot be used toward Adult Graduation Credits
Psychology 12 can be taken on its own or as a continuation of Psychology 11. It surveys the topics on history of psychological thought, research in psychology, developmental psychology, psychological disorders, methods of therapy, and neuroscience and biological foundations from a Western World’s point of view to various cultures, including an Aboriginal’s view. This course is best suited for students with strong writing skills and the self-motivation necessary to work well independently.
In this course, students will learn the basics of the Spanish Language. Students will learn and use basic vocabulary – including basic nouns and verbs, common terms and phrases and tourist related phrases. Students are expected to demonstrate their learning by submitting audio evidence of their learning.