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English Language Arts

Grade 9
English Language Arts

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What your teen is learning

In the last year of junior high English Language Arts, Grade 9 students examine ideas, experiences and information from points of view that differ from their own. Your teen will discuss how different people take away different meanings from the same material, understanding that each individual’s knowledge and experience affect their way of interpreting information. Using different sources of information, your teen will continue to develop their own opinions and impressions on various topics. Want to know more? Refer to the program of studies

Knowledge and Employability English Language Arts
Your teen will be shown additional strategies for success. They will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to comprehend and respond to different oral, print and visual/media texts and to create their own texts. They will develop language, comprehension and communication skills by responding to oral, print and media texts/materials (e.g., stories, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, diagrams, media/films, websites) that have practical and everyday home, community and workplace applications. For more about Grade 9 Knowledge and Employability English Language Arts, refer to the program of studies.

How your teen is assessed

Your teen’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your teen’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your teen is doing throughout the course. The teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your teen.

At the end of this course, your teen will write a Provincial Achievement Test, which provides information about your teen’s achievement compared with the achievement of students in the same grade from across the province.

The purposes of Provincial Achievement Tests are to:

  • determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn
  • report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards
  • assist schools, school authorities and Alberta Education in monitoring and improving student learning.

Provincial Achievement Test results can help Alberta Education better understand the factors that influence student achievement. This information can also provide teachers, principals, central office staff and Alberta Education with additional tools to help students and parents in the learning process. Teachers will often use this information to reflect on how the course has been taught and how to better assist students’ learning, and they may use it to report on your teen’s level of achievement. More information is available through the Provincial Achievement Tests web page.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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