The grade 9 component of A Question of Influence covers the three spheres of influencepersonal, social, and culturalin the form of three learning themes: how I influence myself, how others influence me, and how I am influenced by the world around me. Each learning theme includes a set of activities and associated teacher and student materials matched to the Nova Scotia Healthy Living curriculum outcomes for grade 9. The three learning themes are preceded by a First Class session that introduces the complete unit to the students and lays the foundation for the learning theme activities. A final wrap-up session, entitled The Final Session, completes the unit. It is designed to encourage students to reflect on what they have learned. It also provides the teacher with an opportunity to assess what students have learned from the unit as a whole.1

Each of the three learning themes, the introductory First Class session, and the wrap-up Final Session begin with introductory notes to help orient the teacher to the content of that session or learning theme. A summary table is provided at the beginning of each session/learning theme to identify the Healthy Living curriculum outcome links, specific activity objectives, estimated time frame, and preparation required to work through each activity in class. Separate pages for teaching aids, referred to as slides throughout the unit, and student handout materials are found at the end of the unit.

1. Suggestions for assessing other aspects of student performance throughout the unit can be found in the Appendix D: Assessment Rubrics.