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Social Studies

Grade 9
Social Studies

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What your teen is learning

Your teen will discover the important influences that government and economics have on our lives. They’ll focus on the rights, roles and responsibilities of citizens in decision-making processes and in the Canadian justice system. Your teen will also explore issues related to immigration and consider the impact of economic decisions on the quality of life experienced in Canada and in the United States. For more about Grade 9 Social Studies, refer to the program of studies.

Knowledge and Employability Social Studies
Grade 9 Knowledge and Employability Social Studies focuses on citizenship, identity and quality of life. Your teen will discover the important influences that government and economics have on their life. They will focus on the rights, roles and responsibilities of citizens in decision-making processes and in the Canadian justice system. Your teen will also explore issues related to immigration and will consider the impact of economic decisions on the quality of life experienced in Canada and in the United States. They will be provided with additional strategies for success in this course. For more about Grade 9 Knowledge and Employability Social Studies, 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.

More information regarding social studies assessment is available through Assessment: Linking Teaching and Learning.

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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