Grade 12 Course Selections

Required Courses:

English 12 (MEN–12)

English 12 focuses on synthesizing the knowledge and skills acquired so far. Creative writing will be emphasized as well as a continued focus in short stories, poetry, plays, and novel studies. Themes in literature will be emphasized, and students are expected to make thoughtful connections (in writing and discussion) between the material covered and their ever-expanding world. Student participation and practice is part of the preparation for a Provincial Exam.

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English First Peoples 12 (MEFP-12)

This is an English course where students study from authentic First Peoples texts. It places heavy emphasis on First Peoples tradition and learning approach. Main topics are Identity, Signifcance of Colonization, and Historical and contemporary texts by First Peoples. This course will also go more in-depth regarding culture, tradition, and perspective of First Peoples.  This course replaces English 12 (EN 12) and has a provincial exam worth 40% of the final mark.

**OR**

Communications 12 (MCOM-12)

This course reinforces essential English skills including grammar, mechanics, writing clearly, and using real-life language skills. Reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and critical thinking skills are highlighted. Instead of using traditional literary choices, often movies, newspaper articles, and popular texts are chosen for discussion and analysis. Research projects, written compositions, business communications, and visual projects are all required. Students who do not intend to pursue a post-secondary academic career should consider Communications as a pathway to graduation. Alternate pathways to return to the regular English stream are possible, but students should discuss these options with counselors to ensure their future pathways are not compromised.


Academic Course Options:

ENGLISH & LANGUAGES

English Literature 12 (MLIT-12)

This course is a survey of the great works of English literature beginning with Anglo-Saxon times through to later 20th Century literature.  Many different forms of literature will be examined including poetry, drama, and prose.  Acquiring a basic knowledge about the historical periods is also an integral part of this course.

Writing 12 (MWR–12)

Using traditional and contemporary forms, students will work on various styles of creative written expression. Working through the entire writing process across various genres, students will practice written expression and workshop ideas in a collaborative classroom environment. Students should be comfortable expressing ideas in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journalistic, and digital forms. Activities might include a poetry slam, shared storytelling, and publishing opportunities.

French 12 (MFR–12)

As a student in this course you will be building upon many of the skills and knowledge that you acquired in French 11.  French 12 is a course that makes use of a variety of interactive activities, such as cafe conversation, presentations and the making of a tourism video in order to help students develop a solid fluency in the language.  French 12 is also about examining Francophone cultures around the world, with an emphasis on cultural awareness and social responsibility.

Academic Writing 12 (YLE–12) **Off-Timetable**

This is a 2-credit course that prepares university bound students for the rigors of academic writing. Students will learn ethical research strategies to avoid plagiarism. Topics and skills proper documentation styles and formatting (APA, MLA, Chicago), language expectations, content expectations and requirements of first year students at any post-secondary institution. Students will also practice several strategies for working efficiently, and they will use digital resources to improve their writing. This course is open to students in Grade 11 and 12, but it does not replace English 12 as a requirement. This is not a literature based course.


MATH

A & W Math 12 (MAWM-12)

Students will expand on their work from Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10 in imperial measures, 2D and 3D drawings, surfaces, volumes, trigonometry, budgets, interest, credit and be introduced to slope.  Students will also be introduced to statistics and the displaying of data.  Important pre-requisite skills for this course include: ratios, proportions, percents, equation solving and mathematical terminology.

Foundations of Math 12 (MFOM-12)

This course will fulfill graduation requirements and is the pre-requisite for many Faculty of Arts and Nursing programs.  Please consult your counsellor if you are unsure which math course you need.  This course is intended for students pursuing a non-science related degree.  This course is well suited for students who scored less than 70 percent in Foundations/ Pre-Calc 10.  Topics of study include: Trigonometry, Geometry, Inequalities, Quadratics, Rates, Proportions, Reasoning, and Statistics.  Important pre-requisite skills include: equation solving, graphing, factoring, exponent laws and mathematical terminology.  Note:  Some post secondary schools require Foundations of Math 12 to meet entrance requirements.  Pre-requisite: Foundations 11 or Pre-Calc 10.

Pre-Calculus Math 12 (MPREC12)

This intensive Math 12 course is intended for students who plan to enter science and business related fields of study after graduation. To be successful in the course it is HIGHLY recommended that students have at least 70 percent in Pre-calc Math 11. Topics of study include: Graphical transformations, trig Identities, trigonometry in radian measure, logarithms, polynomials, combinatorics and function sketching. Extensive work will be done using graphing and solving techniques. Consult a post-secondary calendar/website to determine if this course is needed for your future studies. Pre-requisite Pre-calculus 11. Please consult your math teacher and counsellor for the best math choice.

Calculus 12 (MCALC12)

Students planning on careers in science, medicine or engineering are required to take first year calculus at the post secondary level. This challenging course will cover the basic procedures of differentiation and integration that students will encounter in a first year calculus course and challenge students to learn complex mathematics as it is taught at a post-secondary level.  For students planning to attend an Alberta post-secondary school, this course will let them bypass the pre-calculus requirement. In addition, this course is a requirement for those planning to tackle engineering at an Alberta post-secondary school.  Certain B.C. universities are recommending this course for entrance to sciences.  Pre-requisite: Pre-Calc 11.  It is strongly recommended Pre-Calc 12 be taken prior or concurrently with this course.


SOCIALS

Social Justice 12 (MSJ–12)

This exciting course will offer you the opportunity to look at the causes and consequences of oppression and injustice, both in Canada and globally. In Social Justice 12, we will examine social justice issues such as racism, homophobia, sexism, poverty, and globalization. Challenge yourself to be an educated, fair and open-minded global citizen! Develop a significant grounding in historical and contemporary social movements from which to understand the roots, evolution, and complexity of social justice. We will also explore various philosophical perspectives on these issues.This dynamic course will involve many guest speakers, seminars and multimedia presentations.

Geography 12 (MGEO-12)

This course will give students a good understanding of the physical world and its complex inter-relationships, as well as the forces which continue to shape the environment.  The impacts involving people will be covered in each unit, as will mapping skills.  Topics include earthquakes and volcanoes, weather, oceanography and literally everything on earth.

History 12 (MHI–12)

History 12 is a dynamic senior course. You have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of media including the major films and music that capture the major world events of the twentieth century. You will be able to develop your presentation skills and delve into topics of your interest. Evaluation in this course is non-traditional. There is no final exam. Instead, you will be required to address a question that sums up one of the many themes of the course, in whatever format suits you best.  Former students have presented final exam projects such as collages, home-made music, films,paintings, poems, essays, sculptures and powerpoint lessons.This course studies the major world events of the twentieth century, from the results of World War I to the end of the Cold War from an international perspective.  Topics include the Russian Revolution, conflicts in the Middle East, Viet Nam, and Korea, among others, and show the interdependence of events.  History 12 is the only senior Social Studies course we offer that meets Alberta post-secondary entrance requirements, so students hoping to attend an Alberta post-secondary institution are encouraged to take this course.

Law 12 (MLAW-12)

Law 12 is specifically designed to provide the student with an introduction to all aspects of Canadian Law. Students will see how law is made, enforced and prosecuted.  The course will stress equally rights and responsibilities as they relate to the due process of law. Criminal matters and law suits will be considered. Students will have an opportunity to observe court, practice their role playing skills pertaining to arguing cases, and be selected to put on a full “court case” in front of their parents at the Revelstoke Court House.


SCIENCE

Biology 12 (MBI–12)

Biology 12 covers two major areas of biology – cell biology and human anatomy and physiology.  It is intended for those students who have a keen interest in and or are planning to continue their studies in the life sciences.  It is recommended that students have at least a 65 percent average in Biology 11.  Biology 12 is a demanding course that requires good communication and abstract thinking skills.  It also requires that the student have a great deal of self-discipline.  The course is taught through a modular approach with a set number of hours prescribed for each module and test dates and due dates for assignments set in advance.

Chemistry 12 (MCH–12)

This course involves the study of: Reaction Kinetics, Equilibrium, Solubility of Ionic Substances, Acids, Bases and Salts and Oxidation/Reduction Reactions. These topics will involve the students in more advanced lab work, extensive use of mathematics, applications of science knowledge and critical thinking.  We recommend that students achieve a minimum of 65 percent in Chemistry 11 before taking Chemistry 12.

Physics 12 (MPH–12)

This intensive course is intended for students who are planning to study science or engineering at university.  This course will introduce students to two dimensional physics and has a heavy emphasis on trigonometry, vectors and systems of equations.  Topics studied will include: projectiles, dynamics, momentum, energy, equilibrium, circular motion, electrostatics, DC circuits and magnetism.  NOTE:  This is not a lab based course.   It is theoretical physics and contains extensive mathematics.  A scientific calculator is an essential tool for this course. Pre-requisite:  Students MUST have completed Pre-Calc 11.


FINE ARTS COURSES:

Art Foundations 12 (MAF–12)

Art 12 offers an important, creative complement to academic-oriented course loads for senior students of all artistic ability levels.  Emphasis is on promoting and enhancing your imagination and personal expression skills through an array of rewarding art experiences which teach and foster the development of technical skills, visual literacy, art appreciation and visual communication.  Drawing, painting, sculpting, print-making and ceramics are among the list of mediums to be explored.  Participation in art has been proven to develop and broaden problem solving and creative thinking skills by fostering the consideration of multiple responses to any given challenge in the studio and beyond.  Prerequisite: AF 11 or VAMT 11

Studio Arts 12: Ceramics & Sculpture (MSACS12)

Studio Arts Ceramics and Sculpture 11 and 12 provide opportunities for students to engage in a focused and in-depth study in ceramics and sculpture.  Students engage in the study of image development, context, and elements and principles of design while  developing knowledge andskills in relation to the materials, process and technologies particular to sculpting.

Studio Arts 12: Drawing & Painting (MSADP12)

Studio Arts Drawing and Painting 11 and 12 provide opportunities for students to engage in a focused and in-depth study in drawing and painting.  Students engage in the study of image development, context, and elements and principles of design while  developing knowledge andskills in relation to the materials, process and technologies particular to drawing and painting.

Visual Art Media 12 (MVAMT12)

Media 12 is an advanced level, project-oriented course in which digital photography and graphic arts design are featured.  Students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond to media artwork and to create their own photo-based art using media arts technology and/or traditional art studio materials.  Equipment and basic materials will be supplied, although students are welcome to use their own digital cameras.  Participation in art has been proven to develop and broaden problem solving and creative thinking skills by fostering the consideration of multiple responses to any given challenge in the studio and beyond.  Media Arts 12 might be considered an “academic art” course in that it requires diligence and a good understanding of the theory lessons.   Prerequisite:  Any Grade 11 Visual Arts Course

Music 12: Concert Band (MIMCB12)

This course is a continuation of Concert Band where students will take their musicianship and skills to the next level with more performance opportunities. Students are exposed to a more challenging repertoire and will achieve a much higher level of performance and overall understanding of musical communication and interpretation.  This course will take the students to their highest level of achievement in the secondary school band program through developing and studying some of the finest concert band literature.

Music 12: Jazz Band (MIMJB12) **Off Timetable**

This course is designed for students who have a special interest in jazz music and want an opportunity to play in a smaller group.  Students will be exposed to different jazz styles such as swing, be-bop, blues rock, and funk.  Studentäó»s technical skills and musicianship are developed through jazz performance.

Choral Music 12: Concert Choir (MCMCC12)  *Off-Timetable*

Choir 8-12 is vocal-based course that will focus singing, theory, and performance. Students will cover a wide range of musical genres from classical to popular music. The choir will be accompanied by a rhythm section and there will be some additional opportunities for students who play guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Students will also have the opportunity to work on band covers as well as arranging their own music. There will be a variety of opportunities for public performances and song writers are encouraged. Rehearsals will take place one evening per week from 7-9.

Theatre 12: Acting (MTPA-12)

Acting skills and theatrical knowledge will be developed through various assignments and projects so that the students, upon completion, will be competent actors in community theatre or well-qualified candidates for university or college programs.  Students will learn about various theatrical genres and styles and create performance art within these styles. The students will also become competent with backstage tasks and knowledgeable about history and current events in the theatre.

Theatre 12: Directing & Scriptwriting (MTPDS12)

In this course students will have the opportunity to select, cast and direct a one-act play.  Students will be mentored, but will also work independently liasing with other sudents as producers, theatre technicians and actors.  Student directors will learn all the skills required to put on a successful production for a live audience.  Students must be able to work independently and be self-directed.


APPLIED SKILLS COURSES:

Family Studies 12 (MFS–12)

Family Studies has six individual modules with 2 credits each.  These modules may be taken in Grade 10, 11, or 12.  Two modules will be offered each year.  Modules will include:  Child development and Parenting, Adolescent Development, Adulthood, Families in Society, Interpersonal and Family Relationships, Housing and Living Environments.

Foods & Nutrition 12 (MFDN-12)

The aim of the Foods and Nutrition 8 to 12 curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have immediate and future applications in their personal and family lives, as well as in local and global environments, including understanding the principles of healthy eating to plan and create nutritious foods for individuals, groups, and family members; and to increase the students knowledge of the nutritional, social, and economic factors that affect food selection and preparation –  practising and thinking critically about principles and techniques related to acquisition, production, and consumption of foods.

Yearbook and Media 12 (MICTX12) *Off-timetable*

Do you want to develop and express your ideas in a variety of digital forms? Do you have a voice and a vision for your school yearbook? This course is designed for students who would like to learn more about communications in a digital age. This year-long four credit course is designed to enhance communication skills through various forms of graphic, verbal, and broadcast media. Students will work on project-based activities such as creating content for the school website, producing podcasts and television broadcasts, creating the school yearbook, and participating in the school announcements. Focus areas for this course include writing in a journalistic style, graphic design and layout, photography, digital communication in a variety of forms, advertising, and working in a collaborative environment. This course is open to grade 10, 11, and 12 students.

Digital Media 11: Photography & Photoshop (MICTM11)

Digital Media 11 will help students to develop their artistic expression and their technical skills as they work with digital photography, photo editing (Photoshop), as well as desktop publishing.  Students will learn a variety of uses for their skills as they model their work after media produced by professionals.

Digital Media 12 – Film Production (MICTM12)

Digital Media 12 will help students develop their artistic skill set in the fields of animation and video film production. Students will study a variety of uses for each media format, while modelling their work after media produced by professionals.

Automotive Technology 12 (MAT–12)

This course is an extension of Automotive Technology 11, exploring the theory and operation of more complex systems and their relationship to the automobile.  Emphasis is placed on Safety, Respect, and Work Habits.  Students will be expected to complete advanced theory and shop projects to receive credit.

Automotive Tech 12: Drivetrain (MATD-12)

This course is designed essentially for those students who are pursuing a career in automotive mechanics and are wishing to hone their skills before going on to a college entry mechanics program.   Written assignments will be given for home study on a weekly basis.  Class work will have minimal instruction, but will require the student to work independently on more advanced practical type projects.  Instruction permission for entry into the course will be based on the following criteria:   -Student Learning Plan will demonstrate a desired career in automotive mechanics  -Student will have demonstrated responsible, independent, safe, and mature work habits in previous mechanics courses. -Students will have demonstrated an ability to achieve a C+ minimum in previous Automotive Technology 11/12 course in preparation for college level programs.

Carpentry & Joinery 12 (MCJ–12)

In this course students will apply the knowledge and skills developed from previous years to the test. Students will have a solid foundation of tools and their applications, understanding material choice and selection, as well as various joinery techniques and applications. Students will be encouraged to design their own project that demonstrates and challenges their skills and ability. Students will explore and understand relationship between form and function through individually designed projects. Emphasis in this course is for students to use critical analysis to design and construct a project of high quality made mainly from wood and wood products, using machining and joining processes. Students will be required to pay a course fee to cover the cost of some of the basic items and material supplied in this course in addition to any material they consume for their own projects.

Metal Fabrication 12 (MFM-12)

Metal Fabrication and Machining 11/12 emphasizes skills needed in a changing society. As a result, emphasis is given to the following areas: personal and project safety, health and safety,  tools and equipment,  materials, forming and joining process, cutting process, mathematical applications.  This course includes a focus on identifying and using a variety of metals. This area emphasizes the development of safe and approved operational and maintenance skills associated with tools and equipment in related trade areas.  It is expected that students will complete various lab activities and produce various projects.

 


OTHER ELECTIVES:

Leadership 12 (YPA–2A)

This Leadership course is all about YOU and how to create the life that you want.  We will focus on developing leadership skills such as personal responsibility, goal setting, decision making, communication, teamwork, time management and so on.  In order to do this, we take part in practical and written classroom activities as well as access different opportunities within the community.  The goal of the course is for you to have fun learning, build relationships, and most importantly, walk away with valuable life skills and new perspectives on personal leadership.

Teacher Assistant 12 (YIPS-2A)

This is a participatory course that prepares and motivates students to provide leadership and assistance to individuals with a variety of needs. Students wishing to take the course should have a strong academic background in the area for which they are applying, be a strong role model and demonstrate leadership skills.  Students will work under the supervision of a classroom teacher to provide assistance to individuals and / or small groups in a variety of learning activities.  They will develop social responsibility while acquiring and developing skills in communication, responsibility, decision-making, learning styles, interpersonal relations, leadership and teamwork.   They will apply these skills in roles such as tutoring and mentoring.  Student Teacher Assistants will learn the value and complexity of social diversity while acquiring an appreciation of the importance of life-long learning and helping others.

Work Experience 12 (MWEX-2A)

Students enrolled in this course  will complete written assignments and work 90 hours  in a field of their choice, if available. Students may be required to schedule a spare, adjacent to their Work Experience block, or to work outside of school hours so they can complete their hours by the end of the semester.   While on work experience, students are expected to learn as much as they can about their job choices, build their skills, and develop a positive work ethic. Work Experience students receive no monetary remuneration and are covered by Workers Compensation.

Apprenticeship courses (MSSA-1A)

Secondary School Apprenticeship – SSA, is a career program that gives you the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school, and to earn high school credits for doing so.   A Secondary School Apprenticeship involves part-time work within a trade.  Like other apprentices, secondary school apprentices need to find an employer who will hire them and commit to their training. To register as an SSA student contact Mr. Colvin.

Physical Education 12 (MPE–12)

Physical Education 12 is a course which will endeavour to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to incorporate physical activity into regular routines and leisure pursuits to live an active, healthy lifestyle.  The curriculum will be organized around three areas: Active living – concepts, personal fitness, positive attitude; Movement – sport specific skill development,  efficient body mechanics; and Personal and social responsibility – interpersonal relationships, occupational opportunities, intellectual skills.  Specific activities will be determined by class members.

Volleyball Skills 11 (YLRA-1A)

This course is designed for students who would like to continue to improve on their volleyball skills and knowledge of the game as well as further their abilities in coaching.  As students persevere with their personal skill development, they will also look at the technical and theoretical aspeacts of the game from a coaching perspective including the development of drills and practice plans.  The class will take place on both indoor and outdoor courts as well as in a classroom setting.

Basketball Skills 11 (YLRA-1B)

This course is designed for students who would like to improve their basketball skills and knowledge.  Students will be involved in skill development, team dynamics, strategies, video analysis, basketball specific training, basic coaching, officiating, and score keeping.  The class will take place primarily in the gymnasium, as well as in the classroom setting.

Superfit 12 (YHRA–2A) **Off Timetable**

This course is for students wanting a comprehensive course in modern strength and conditioning principles.  Units of study include: strength training, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, nutrition, sports psychology, anatomy and physiology.  This course is intended for students wanting to improve their overall personal fitness and develop a healthy lifestyle.  It will help students understand and critically evaluate commonly accepted theories of fitness training.  This course will be offered outside the regular timetable – twice a week in the morning.  Students must be scheduled for a full schedule in addition to this course.

STEM 10 (MTEG-10)

In this course students will face regular design and build challenges, while learning and applying the principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This is an applied skills class where students will design, prototype, and build working devices for each challenge. During this process, students will utilize STEM to improve and modify their design to optimize its performance. Some potential challenges offered in class include: rockets, trebuchets/catapults, canons, robots, racers, and many, many more. Students in this course will be required to pay a course fee to cover the cost of some of the basic items and materials supplied in the course.

Woodcraft 10: Fine Art Woodworking & Jewellery (YIA-0A)

In this course students will learn the finer details of woodworking. After completing a series of mandatory projects to expose students to certain tools in the shop as well as to develop some basic skills, students will then to be able to explore and design their own projects. Projects in the class will focus on creating pieces of art and dÈcor using a variety of woods and techniques. Some potential projects offered in class include: jewellery (rings, pendants, earrings), wall art, decorative picture frames, turned pieces like pens, cups and bowls, as well as many more. Students in this course will be required to pay a course fee to cover the cost of some of the basic items and materials supplied.

Electronics & Robotics (MTEE-10)

In this course students will the explore the world of electronics and robotics. Students in this course will learn about the various types of components that are used in common circuitry, as well as learn how to build circuits and the properties governing their function (Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Rules, etc.). Students will also have the opportunity to build an assortment of projects that they can take home. Once students have a solid understanding of circuitry, they will apply this knowledge in the Robotics portion of the course. In this section students will learn how to build robots to perform certain functions and tasks. Students will be required to build and design their own robot, but also learn how to program and code their robot. Students in this course will be required to pay a course fee to cover the cost of some of the basic items and materials supplied.

Graduation Requirements

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