Grade 10 Overview
Students take ownership of their education and begin to ask themselves what elements of school inspire them. Students build a unique plan to help the individual enter an honest journey inwards, reflecting on their skills and intellect. Grade 10 is best experienced with an introspective mindset as students take steps toward a grad program that shapes future career opportunities.
Composition & Literary Studies 10
Prerequisite: English 9
Preparation for literacy 10 assessment
Read and study compositions by other writers and practice a variety of styles, varied structures, and writing forms. This course is the final recommended course before taking the literacy assessment. The course is broken down into two main sections: Composition and Literary Studies.
COMPOSITION 10 (2 credits)
- narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and opinion pieces
- planning, drafting, and editing processes
- writing for specific audiences and specific disciplines
- how to cite sources, consider the credibility of evidence, and evaluate the quality and reliability of the source
LITERARY STUDIES 10 (2 credits)
- genre-specific studies—poetry, short stories, novels, drama, graphic novels, children’s literature
- Canadian literature
- First Peoples texts
- thematic studies
- specific author studies
Mathematics 10 – Workplace Mathematics
Prerequisite: Mathematics 9
Workplace math focuses on the foundational concepts used commonly in everyday life and in the workplace. Topics in this course include the following:
- create, interpret, and critique graphs
- primary trigonometric ratios
- metric and imperial measurement and conversions
- surface area and volume
- central tendency
- experimental probability
- financial literacy: gross and net pay
Mathematics 10 – Foundations & Pre-Calculus
Prerequisite: Mathematics 9
Preparation for numeracy 10 assessment
The more math you take, the more money you make. This old saying often rings true because a strong foundation in mathematics prepares students for careers in science, technology, and engineering among other important professions. This course covers concepts of algebra, geometry, and the following key mathematical concepts:
- operations on powers with integral exponents
- prime factorization
- functions and relations: connecting data, graphs, and situations
- linear functions: slope and equations of lines
- arithmetic sequences
- systems of linear equations
- multiplication of polynomial expressions
- polynomial factoring
- primary trigonometric ratios
- financial literacy: gross and net pay
Prerequisite: Science 9
An understanding of scientific principles and theories allows students to better understand our position in the world and our understanding of life. This course provides students with a foundational knowledge in science and scientific methods. Some topics in this course include the following:
- DNA structure and function
- mutation and its impact on evolution
- natural selection and artificial selection
- applied genetics and ethical considerations
- acid-base chemistry
- law of conservation of mass
- energy change during chemical reactions
- nuclear energy and radiation
- transformation of energy
- formation of the universe
Career Life Education 10 (CLE 10)
Everyone has a place in society and career exploration is vital to finding the right fit for your skills and life aspirations. In this course students are expected to learn how to set goals and explore jobs in the community. Some topics in this course includes the following:
- mentorship opportunities
- strategies for maintaining well-being in personal and work life
- competencies of the educated citizen, employability skills, essential skills, leadership and collaboration skills
- represent oneself both personally and publicly
- personal networking and employment marketing strategies
- ways to contribute to community and society
- value of volunteerism for self and community
We all want to look our best, but did you know there is actually a science behind cutting your hair and painting your nails? In Cosmetology 10, you will learn all about this often entertaining field and how specialized equipment and technology are propelling our grooming into the next century. Just like all careers, cosmetology requires certain skills and characteristics, all of which are thoroughly explored in this course. You will learn about various beauty regimes related to hair, nails, skin, and spa treatments, and discover how to create your own business model quickly and efficiently while still looking fabulous, of course!
- Examine the common tools and technologies used in cosmetology
- Explore careers in cosmetology
- Learn basic techniques used in cosmetology
- Investigate how to care for hair, skin, and nails
Public Speaking 10
Building on the prior prerequisite course, bring your speeches to life by learning about body language, vocal, and other techniques. Learn about logic and reason while gaining the confidence to help create and deliver great presentations and speeches. You will also critically examine your speeches and presentations and those of others to improve upon your presentation.
Culinary Arts 10
Thinking of a career in the food service industry or looking to develop your culinary skills? This introductory course will provide you with basic cooking and knife skills while preparing you for entry into the culinary world. Discover the history of food culture, food service, and global cuisines while learning about food science principles and preservation. Finally, prepare for your future by building the professional, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills that are crucial to a career in the culinary arts.
- select the best knives and knife cuts for your ingredients
- decide which role on the kitchen brigade most interests you
- identify the potential safety hazards of working in a fast-paced kitchen
- learn what qualities to look for when selecting ingredients to use in your menus
Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10
What comes to mind when you think of “marketing”? Perhaps a familiar television jingle plays in your head? Or maybe you think of those irritating sales phone calls? There’s no denying the sheer magnitude and power of the marketing industry. Every year companies spend approximately $200 billion promoting their products and services – and that’s just in the United States! You may be familiar with being on the receiving end marketing, but what’s it like on the other side? In Advertising and Sales Promotions, you’ll see how these marketing campaigns, ads, and commercials are brought to life and meet some of the creative folks who produce them. You’ll learn about different marketing career opportunities and discover ways to be part of this exciting, fast-paced industry.
- Research careers in the advertising and marketing fields.
- Explore how companies use advertising and marketing to sell products.
- Evaluate different strategies for selling products.
- Learn how to use persuasive sales techniques.
Digital Photography 10
Have you wondered how professional photographers manage to capture that perfect image? Gain a better understanding of photography by exploring camera functions and the elements of composition while putting theory into practice by taking your own spectacular shots! Learn how to display your work for exhibitions and develop skills important for a career as a photographer.
- learn the fundamentals, from taking your first shot to presenting your work and discovering potential careers in digital photography
- take still-life, action and portrait photographs using a variety of light sources
- understand how to select appropriate lenses
- be inspired with profiles of influential photographers, such as Annie Leibovitz (Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair)
Are you someone who likes to get the story straight? Do you always want to know more? Who? What? When? Where? How? These are the details that make for a great story. Knowing how to find these key facts and then write them up in a way that makes it easy for others to read about it is the skill of a true journalist. In Journalism 10, you’ll learn how ask the right questions, look for the details, and find the story in any situation. You’ll learn how to gather information effectively, organize ideas, format stories for media production, and edit your articles. Get ready to break that news!
- learn how to format stories for different media
- investigate how to gather information about events and issues
- examine how to organize and edit the information you gather
- explore how to create engaging, impactful stories
Game Design 10
Does your love of video games motivate you to pursue a career in this field? Pursue your passion by learning about the principles of game design through the stages of development, iterative process, critiques, and game development tools. Put these new skills to work by designing your own game!
- develop skills from several disciplines, including design, visual arts, audio arts, and computer programming in order to build a playable game
- walk through the activities necessary to build a game with an abundance of screenshots and step-by-step instructions
- practice game creation techniques with hands-on activities, such as “Practice Games” and “Game On”
- learn about the business side of video games, including ethical decision-making, law and intellectual property, privacy and piracy, marketing, and crowdfunding
Social Studies 10
Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
Understanding where we came from provides us with perspective on how far society has progressed and the political systems we have developed over time. This course is intended to help students understand the progress of Canada as a nation through the years 1914 to present day. Topics in the course include the following:
- government, First Peoples governance, political institutions, and ideologies
- environmental, political, and economic policies
- Canadian autonomy
- Canadian identities
- discriminatory injustices such as the Head Tax, the Komagata Maru, residential schools, and World War I internment
- advocacy for human rights, including findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- domestic conflicts and cooperation
- international conflicts and cooperation
Physical and Health Education 10
Prerequisite: Physical and Health Education 9
An appreciation for physical activity will better allow students to understand the connection between the body and mind. PE can enhance our connection to one another through sports and other shared activities. This course encompasses topics in healthy choices influencing physical and emotional well-being. There are required hours of physical activity that need to be logged and monitored in order to receive credits for this course. Some topics included in this course include the following:
- proper technique for movement skills
- ways to monitor and adjust physical exertion levels
- effects of different types of physical activity on the body
- healthy sexual decision making
- marketing and advertising tactics aimed at children and youth, including those involving food and supplements
- basic principles for responding to emergencies
- consequences of bullying, stereotyping, and discrimination
- media and social influences related to psychoactive substance use and potentially addictive behaviours
- signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
- influences of physical, emotional, and social changes on identities and relationships
Computer Studies 10
Develop your students’ understanding and proficiency of computers! Students will learn about computer hardware, Von Neumann architecture, peripherals, and maintenance as well as data management and storage options. Learners will trace the history of operating systems and application software while also exploring network systems, administration, and troubleshooting. Finally, students will dive into word processing, spreadsheets, and databases to cement their knowledge of information technology!
- Learn how to interact effectively with computers at work and at home.
- Harness the power of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Discover which advanced courses will help you achieve your goals.
- Explore IT careers to find out which ones suit your interests and abilities.
Reading and Writing for Purpose 10
This course introduces useful, real-world information by having students learn to read legal, insurance, employment, and vehicle related documents. Furthermore, students will explore media bias, trends in journalism, word structures, and research strategies. To entrench real-world applications, students will learn how to critically read, identify good sources of information, and create an outline, making this course an asset to building life and study skills.
- Learn real-world applications for your reading and writing skills.
- Explore, research, and analyze the information around you.
- Gain experience with work, health, and financial documents.
- Solve problems using your reading and writing skills.
Web Development 10
- Create a basic web page with a customized style
- Use various CSS styles and HTML tags to construct HTML lists, tables, and a form
- Understand emerging trends in web development platforms
- Understand and discuss the principles and tools used in web project management
Does it matter which courses I pick?
Grade ten is an important year for determining a student’s education path and the course choices made will have implications for university admission requirements among other education or career paths. Course selection is up to the student, however students are welcome to meet with iLearn staff to create an education plan that align with high school requirements and future aspirations.
What is the Career Life Education (CLE) course?
Career Life Education is a mandatory course for students that helps prepare them for life after graduation. CLE 10 replaces the previously known Planning 10 course.
Can I take a grade 11 course?
Yes, as long as your current grade’s requirements are being met and all prerequisites for the course have been passed, then a student can enroll in a course that is a grade-level higher.
Digital Learning (DL)
Course curriculum is delivered online. The DL program is great for a student who values freedom and can complete coursework with autonomy.
Submit your application online.
Receive confirmation from iLearn staff.
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SaadFormer iLearn Student