Social Studies 9


Welcome to a NEW Adventure:  HIgh School!!

Social Studies 9!


I am very excited about this course and the creative adventures that we take on!

My name is Carrie Zunti and this is my fourth year at Bow Valley High School.  Prior to that I was teaching in BC for many years.  Parent and student communication is very important to me.  Every week, I will be posting the week events on this page.  It will be updated every Sunday/Monday night, so please make sure you look at on Sunday or by the latest Monday.  Weekly events will include what activities are planned, quizzes, tests, and when assignments are due, etc. Please also become well aquainted with power school as this is where you can see your child's progress in the class.

Attached you will find the course outline which outlines the course objectives and student responsibilities.

It is imperative that your son/daughter bring a working laptop to school everyday.  This also includes a charger as most students will be using their computer for every class.  Cell phone use is prohibited in the class.  It is a distraction to all students and the teacher.  If the use of a cell phone is required, this will be made at the discretion of the teacher.

Due to unforeseen events such as, school events or discussions taking longer than needed or re-teaching is needed, weekly events will change and students will be notified.

I look forward to our journey together!

Best way to reach me is at:



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Social Studies 9 Course Outline 2017/2018

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Weekly Update January 31-Feb 2

A friendly reminder that all students are required to bring a working laptop to class with a charger  and a USB stick.


Weekly Update:


Wednesday January 31: Course Outline.  Class expectations.  Moodle course.  Text book.  Student information sheet.  Introduction to Socials Studies 9.    2 truths and one lie activity.  What is identity?  Factors?  Worksheet.

Thursday February 1: Seating Plan.  Introduction to Social Studies 9. What is identity? Factors? worksheet.  Point of View vs perspectives. REsponding to issues.  Analyzing editorial cartoon.

Friday February 2:   Source analysis continued.  Rough copies.  Good copy Monday.   Current events sign up. Introduction to government.  What do you already know?  What is democracy?  How do we compare to other countries?

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Weekly Update Monday February 5-9

First three days of being introduced to classroom routines, moodle, and a first written assignment are now done!  We now move onto full curriculum studies.

It is imperative that your son/daughter has a working and charged computer to complete this course. It is very difficult to have optimal success without a computer.  If your son/daughter's computer is not working well, have them bring it to Mr. Goss our computer technologist at lunch.

Students can access the textbook online or they can sign one out at the library.  Students will not be issued a new textbook until all semester 1 textbooks have been returned!

What's in the News:


Monday February 5th: Texting Source Analysis due today.  Introduction to Government note taking sheet.  This sheet will be for homework.

Tuesday February 6th: Government note-taking chart due.  Pop Open book quiz on homework.  Intro to Canada's democracy/constitution and how we compare to other countries. Journal and 3 questions due tomorrow.

Wednesday February 7th: Journal due. Review Constitution of Canada.  Notes on roles of officials.  Parliament of Canada Website search/journal.  Exploring Canada's Consittution.

Thursday February 8th:  REVIEW.   Introduction to the Senate. Problems and research

Friday February 9th: Introduction to Current Events.    More Senate research.  How to write a proper paragraph.  Start rough copies




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Weekly Update February 12-16

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  The snow just keeps on coming!  The snow and weather does give you the excuse to stay warm and bundled in your home while watching the Olympics!  Go Canada Go!

We are now in the full swing of full course work!  Students are still having difficulties bringing a computer to class and making sure it is charged.  When students do not come prepared for Social Studies they waste valuable class time to get work completed resulting in a great deal of homework.

It is the student's responsibility to catch up on all missing class work due to absences.  I will remind students what they need to accomplish and due dates.  I am always available during lunch to assist all students.



What's in the News:


Monday February 12th: Continue Senate research.  Discuss findings.   What is a persuasive paragraph?  How to write a thesis statement.  Start Planners. For homework.

Tuesday February 13th: PLanners finish/due.  Start Rough Copy/Good copy.

Wednesday February 14th: Last day to work on Senate paragraphs.  Review how a bill becomes law.

Thursday February 15th:  How Canada is a democracy.  voter apathy.  Political Ideology.  How do you think politically?  What party coincides with your beliefs?   Political Parties of Canada.

Friday February 16th: GOOD COPY OF SENATE PARAGRAPHS DUE.  Last day to sign up for Current Events.  Quiz on first 2 1/2 weeks of class.  Continue political parties of Canada.

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Weekly Update February 27-March 2

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a restful and awesome break!  We have a busy March month ahead of us!  Open house is on Thursday March 1st from 6-8.  Parent/teacher interviews are on Wednesday March 7th from 6-8:30 pm.  (If you are unable to get a time slot, please contact me ASAP and I will open up new times to accomodate you!) Grease Musical is on March 22-24th at the Cochrane Ranche House, and we will be having a range of noon hour activities to celebrate March Madness!  Last day of classess before Spring Break is Thursday March 29th.


What's in the News:


Monday February 26th: No School.  Teacher directed meetings all day

Tuesday February 27th: Last day for extremely late Senate Paragraphs. (11 days overdue).  Review.  What are political beliefs and where do they come from: Political Ideology/spectrum.  Journal response.  Introduction to Political Parties of Canada

Wednesday February 28th: Political Parties of Canada Continued.

Thursday March 1st:  Bow Valley High Open House.  Review.  How elections work. Representation by population.  Majority vs minority.  Introduction to Media.

Friday March 2nd: Media Influence continued.



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Weekly Update March 5-9

I hope everyone enjoyed the crazy amount of snow we had!  Still waiting on that Spring!

Parent/Teacher interviews are on Wednesday march 7th from 6-8:30.  Please sign up if you have not already done so.  If there are no time slots available or if you would like to meet on another day, please contact me via

IMPORTANT:  Students have been given a study guide and informed about their upcoming Unit exam on Thursday March 15th.  Students need to start reviewing 15 minutes a night.  There are practice test questions on the moodle sight, study guides, and study hints.  Students who complete a study guide will be awarded bonus marks!


What's in the News:


Monday March 5th: Political Parties Research due.  Introduction to Lobby groups.

Tuesday March 6th: Lobby groups continued.

Wednesday March 7th: Media and their affect on government.

Thursday March 8th: Media if needed.  Study hints/skills.  Working on study guide

Friday March 9th: Study for Unit Exam.



Monday: Government Source Analysis practice

Tuesday: In-class Source Analysis paragraph (written on Quest A+)

Wednesday: Study/Review Period.  Going over PAT questions.

Thursday: Unit Exam

Friday: First Current Events: Hannah and Ethan.  Introduction to Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


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Weekly Update March 12-16

Monday is a PD day!  Enjoy yourself.

Grease Musical is on Thursday March 22, Friday March 23, and Saturday March 24.  All shows are at 7pm with an afternoon show at 2pm on Saturday.  You can buy tickets at the door or at the school.  Performances are at the Cochrane Ranchehouse.

On Wednesday March 14th block 3 classes are cancelled due to an amazing guest speaker we have coming in to talk to the entire school!


What's in the News:


Monday March 12: No school.  Teacher PD day

Tuesday March 13: Source analysis planning and study period

Wednesday March 14: Source analysis in-class written test (students can bring their planner-cheat sheet-to the test)

Thursday March 15: Government Unit Exam

Friday March 16: Hannah and Ethan C. current events presentation.  Introduction to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Weekly Update March 19-March 23

We have two weeks left until spring break!  Last day of classes is Thursday March 29th.  School resumes on Tuesday April 10th.

I will be away on Wednesday March 28th and Thursday March 29th as I am a chaperone for the School Japan Trip.  I will have a Mrs. Furman come in to look after my classes.  Students will be working on and finishing their Historical Case Studies project.

Stay tuned for upcoming information about a field trip to the Glenbow Museum in April.

GREASE will be performing at the Cochrane Ranchhouse on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm.  There is one afternoon show at 2pm on the Saturday.  You buy tickets at the office.


What's in the News:


Monday March 19: Kindness day in the Library and through out the school.  Review of rights.  Difference between individual and collective rights.   Inquiry: Vaccines.   Intro to the Charter

Tuesday March 20: Charter of Rights and Freedoms analysis and notetaking

Wednesday March 21: Charter of Rights continued and Video Analysis

Thursday March 22: Charter of Rights video analysis continued

Friday March 23: Current Events.  Peoples rights in the news.

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Weekly Update March 26-March 29

We have a 4 day week!  Last day of classes prior to spring break is Thursday March 29th.  Classes resume on Tuesday April 10th.  Last day for term 3 is April 18th.  Marks will be updated, comments will be made, and progress reports will be sent home on the 19th.

I will be away on Wednesday and Thursday this week as I am a chaperone for the Bow Valley High School Japan Trip.

There will be a substitute teacher coming in both days.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me prior to this day.

I hope everyone has an amazing and restful Spring Break!


What's the News:


Monday March 26th: Introduction to Canada's Dark Past; Women's suffrage, Japanese interment camps, First Nations.  Start historical Case Studies

Tuesday March 27th: Historical Case Studies continued.

Wednesday March 28th: Historical Case Studies continued

Thursday March 29th: Historical Case Studies due at end of class.  Charter of Rights and Freedoms Quiz.

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Weekly Update April 10-April 13

I hope everyone had a restful break!  Term 3 ends on Wednesday April 18.  Term 4 begins on Thursday April 19th.

There is approximately 11 weeks left of the school year!  It is imperative that your son/daughter keep up on their studies by completing assigned work on time, being prepared for class, attending classes regularly, and studying for upcoming exams/quizzes.  I am available every lunch hour for extra help everyday except Wednesday at lunch for term 3.  During term 4, I am available everyday except Thursday's (as I have lunch supervision)

An email will be sent home by the end of the week to any student who has fallen behind in their work.  During the week of April 23-27th, students will be coming home with a progress report that contains their marks (assignments, projects, exams/quizzes) for term 3 and comments.



What's in the News this Week:



Tuesday April 10th: Historical Case Studies due.   Notes and discussion on Collective Rights in Canada

Wednesday April 11th: Collective Rights notes continued.  Introduction to Quebec Language Laws

Thursday April 12th: Quebec Lanaguage laws continued.  Review of Collective rights.

Friday April 13th: Current Events: Brielle, Amber, and Brooke.  Collective rights continued.


BE ADVISED:  We will be covering some sensitive issues in learning about immigration as students will have the opportunity to learn about life as a child refugee and what life is like in a refugee camp from actual footage and interviews.

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Weekly Update April 16-April 20

Welcome back to a snowy spring!

Last day for Term 3 is Wednesday April 18th!  Term 4 starts on Thursday April 19th.  Any option classes that students need to adjust, please do so as soon as possible.  If classes are full it will be difficult to change out of options.

Next week, progress reports will be given out to each student.  These progress reports will show completed assignments, missing assignments, assessment marks, cummulative grade, and comments.  Parent/teacher interviews will be held in May, however, I am available most days after school to meet with you and students.

Social Studies field trip to the Glenbow Museum is this Friday April 20th.  Students will be meeting in the front foyer by 8:50.  We will be loading the bus shortly after.  The school bus will leave promptly at 9 am as we need to be at the museum by 9:45.   Our program will run until 12pm.  Students will have to bring a bagged lunch and will be eating at the museum in a classroom.  We will leave the museum by 12:25 and arrive back at Bow Valley before 1:30 for students to take the bus home.

I am still missing some permission forms and payments for this program.  As this program is fee-based it is not a mandatory requirement.  However, students not attending need to let me know so they can work in another class and complete an alternate assignment based on the field trip (Treaty 7 and Treaty and Reconciliation)

Any questions, please contact me!


What's in the News:


Monday April 16th: Singh vs Canada case.  Introduction to Immigration: Myth Busters

Tuesday April 17th: Do you and your parents qualify to be immigrants to Canada?  Where do most immigrants come from?

Wednesday April 18th: Study guide for Charter of Rights exam on Monday April 23.

Thursday April 19th: Review immigration.  Provincial immigration program.  Refugees and Canada.  Life as a child refugee, life in a camp.  Canada's dark past in dealing with refugees (WW2 and Komagata maru)

Friday April 20th: Glenbow Museum Field Trip: Treaty and Reconciliation


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Weekly Update April 30-May 4

Spring is finally here!

Upcoming news:

Wednesday May 2 is Hats on for Mental Health.  Students are encouraged to wear a hat to promote awareness for mental health.  Any student wearing a hat, can have their name entered into a draw to win prizes!

Saturday May 5th: Colour Run.  Bow Valley leadership students have organized a colour run to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and for Mental Health Awareness.  Tickets can be bought at the school.  It is a 5 km walk/run event where young children may ride their bikes, scooters, or wear roller blades!  Please no pets!  Any questions, please contact the school.

Wednesday May 9th: Parent/teacher conferences.  Please sign up with any teachers you would like to meet.  If there are no time slots, please contact the teacher to set up an alternate day/time.


What's in the News:


Monday April 30th:  Finish YCJA summary questions and notes. YCJA #1 notes finish for homework.

Tuesday May 1st: YCJA #1 questions due.  Start YCJA #2 questions.  Practice a Community Justice Conference

Wednesday May 2: Grouping studnets into Justice Conference and a Healing Circle.  Improvisation and script roles.

Thursday May 3: Finish Healing Circle.  Actual youth crime cases.  Students be the judge and decide sentencings. Shows understanding of the YCJA, it's purpose and main goal.  Understanding of sentencing principles.

Friday May 4:  May the Fourth be with you!  Current events: Jamie and Heart.  Finish sentencing and Case study research on Canadian youth criminals.

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Weekly Update May 7th-11th

I hope everyone had an enjoyable sunny weekend!

PAT/Final exams have been posted through out the school.  The grade 9's will be writing the following days:

Monday June 18: Social Studies PAT.     Tuesday June 19: Math 9 PAT.   Wednesday June 20:  Science PAT


Friday June 22: ELA Part B PAT: Reading Comprehension.




What's in the New's this Week:


Monday May 7th: Current Events. Review, Jury Duty, Introduction to Advocacy Groups

Tuesday May 8th: Continue Advocacy Groups

Wednesday May 9th: Victim Rights Bill, reading and a journal.  Political Cartoon Response via Journal.  Study class for exam.

Thursday May 10th:  ENGLISH PAT A:  WRITTEN PORTION in AM. Child Criminals Case Study.  Group work.

Friday May 11: Current Events.  Continue Child Criminals Case Study.  Group Work.

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Weekly Update May 14-May17

There are offically 22 days left of semester 2!  last day of classes before the final exams is Friday June 15th!

That means our Grade 9 class has much to do.  Please make sure your child attends all classes.  If they miss any, they are responsible for catching up on their own time.  There will be no exemptions of any assignment or test due to missed school days.

Whats the News this week:


Monday May 14: Finish Case Studies

Tuesday May 15: Position Paragraph writing.  (DUE TUESDAY MAY 22)

Wednesday May 16: Position Paragraph writing and review for exam.

Thursday May 17: YCJA & Immigration Unit exam.  Any time left over is devoted to their position paragraph writing (assignment on moodle)



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Weekly Update May 22-25

I hope everyone had a great long weekend!  The weather was just amazing!  The count down has started!  There are only 19 school days left until exam break!

Final exam schedule was posted last week and all through out the school, times/dates of exams are posted.  Any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher.


What's in the News this Week:


Tuesday May 22: POSITION PARAGRAPH DUE.  Mini-source analysis journal.  Introduction to Economics.

Wednesday May 23: Economics continued.  Questions, notes, and discussions.  Capitalism vs Communism.

Thursday May 24: Review.  3 Types of economies

Friday May 25: Review: Current events:  Paige and Braydon, Brady, Tyson

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Weekly Update June 4-June 15

There are two weeks left of classes before students start writing their final exams.  Study guide for the PAT has been posted all semester and is on the moodle site.  Please make sure your son/daughter has started studying.  There are also many practice PAT questions your child should also be taking as well.  There will be between 2-3 classes devoted to studying/preparing for exams.

Your child will be writing their Social Studies PAT on Monday JUne 18th.  Please make sure they arrive before 9 am so they have time to find their desks, and get their booklets ready.

It has been an adventure teaching your children Social Studies. I hope they have learned a great deal about themselves and the world around them.  I hope they will continue to seek out information and have informed views about issues in today's world!


What's in the News this Week:




Monday June 4: Consumerism Case Study

Tuesday June 5: Consumerism Case Study.  Ted Talk Video.  CALM: My Blue Print portion.  (mandatory for graduation). Current Events

Wednesday June 6: Labour unions and corporations

Thursday June 7: Social Programs: affordable housing.  Environment and the economy.

Friday June 8: TNT celebration in the afternoon!  Assembly for end of year and end of year BBQ!!!


Monday June 11: Environment and the economy.  Source Analysis Choice Assignment

Tuesday June 12: Source Analysis Assignment.  Due tomorrow.

Wednesday June 13: Source Analysis assignment due.  Study session.

Thursday June 14: Practice PAT exam. (Study session)

Friday June 15: LAST DAY OF CLASSESS.  Studying for PAT

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