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Assessment for Learning
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions


Geography, Grade 9 Applied
CGC1P

Global Connections
Overall Expectations
By the end of the course, students will:
•       demonstrate an understanding of the connections between different parts of Canada, and between Canada and other countries (e.g., migration, cultural activities, foreign ownership,trade, aid programs);
•       explain how Canada’s diverse geography affects its economic, cultural, and environmental links to other countries;
•       produce research reports on global concerns that affect Canadians (e.g., wilderness protection, economic impact of globalization).

Enduring Understanding:
How I live impacts on others around the world. (eg. transportation, communication, economy, culture, recreation.)

Essential Questions:

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How do world events affect Canada?
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Canada is big.  How does this fact affect how we all get along at home and with the rest of the world?
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What is globalization and why should I care?

Human-Environment Interactions
Overall Expectations
By the end of the course, students will:
•       demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of natural and human systems in Canada’ rural and urban landscapes;
•       analyse ways in which Canadians use resources in Canada;
•       demonstrate an understanding of the challenges associated with achieving resource sustainability and explain the implications of meeting or not meeting those challenges for future resource use in Canada.

Enduring Understanding:
Understand that there are positive and negative effects of using natural resources.

Essential Questions:

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How do I use natural resources?
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Is this use sustainable?
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What are the impacts on me if a resource runs out, or is no longer available or affordable?

Methods of Geographic Inquiry
Overall Expectations
By the end of the course, students will:
•       collect, organize, and synthesize information about the characteristics of Canada’s geography from a variety of sources (e.g., atlases, photographs, hypermedia);
•       select and use appropriate geographic methods and organizers to analyse the economic, social, and natural characteristics of selected regions in Canada;
•       communicate the results of geographic inquiries using appropriate methods and technologies, and present viewpoints on issues affecting Canadians.

Enduring Understanding:
I will know where to find answers to geographic questions.

Essential Questions:

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How do I interpret a graph, chart or map and how might I use it in my daily life?
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Can I define the problem/issue or point of view?
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Can I come up with an answer?

Geographic Foundations: Space and Systems
Overall Expectations
By the end of the course, students will:
•       demonstrate a knowledge of spatial organization components (e.g., place, location, region, pattern);
•       identify and evaluate patterns of spatial organization, including land use, population distribution, and ecozones;
•       demonstrate an understanding of the regional diversity of Canada’ natural systems (e.g., vegetation, climate zones) and human systems (e.g., transportation links, urban hierarchies);
•       analyse factors that affect natural and human systems in Canada, using local and regional examples.

Enduring Understanding:
There is a link between the environment and human activities.

Essential Questions:

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What are the links between people and the environment (climate, landforms, vegetation and soil)?
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What are the links between the natural environment and jobs across Canada?
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What is the physical and human geography of the local area?

Understanding and Managing Change
Overall Expectations
By the end of the course, students will:
•       demonstrate an understanding of how natural and human systems change over time and from place to place;
•       synthesize information on changes in the geography of Canada, such as changes in land use and urban patterns, as well as resource depletion, in order to plan for the future;
•       explain how global economic and environmental factors affect individual career and lifestyle opportunities.

Enduring Understanding:
Everything that we do has an impact on the environment and the future.

Essential Questions:

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How do we impact the environment on a daily basis?
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Do we really need all the resources we use and the space/things that we demand?
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What can I do?
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What power do I have?


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