Grade 12 Compulsory Courses

ELA 40S/E/M - At least one of the following:
1. ELA: Comprehensive Focus 40S/E/M

Grade 12 ELA provides opportunities for students to consolidate many of the skills, strategies, and attitudes they will need to meet the challenges of a world in which language forms and media are rapidly evolving.  ELA Comprehensive Focus will also allow students to explore and produce a broad range of texts that are a balance of pragmatic and aesthetic language use. Approximately 50% of the course will concentrate on aesthetic forms of language, such as: poetry, novels, plays, short stories etc.  While the other 50% will concentrate on pragmatic forms, such as, letters to the editor, magazine articles, reports, reviews, etc.

This course is designed to allow students to develop their skills in each of the six language arts.  Students will listen, read, write, view, speak and represent to the following curricular outcomes:

  • GLO 1- Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences

  • GLO 2- Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts

  • GLO 3- Manage ideas and information

  • GLO 4- Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication

  • GLO 5- Celebrate and build community 

These skills will be developed through a number of thematic units.  Each unit will include a number of works and projects that build upon the six English Language Arts and the curricular outcomes through a unifying theme.

2. ELA: Literary Focus 40S/E/M
Students will learn to think critically and independently while developing their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing. Students will become increasingly proficient in using language to communicate effectively to an audience, express themselves clearly, and select appropriate forms for their purposes. They will learn to select and use literary devices and techniques effectively, and to work collaboratively in small groups.  Students will produce and explore oral, written, and visual texts that inform, persuade, analyze, foster understanding and empathy, reflect culture, express feelings and experiences, and bring enjoyment.

3. ELA: Transactional Focus 40S/E/M
This course will assist with the language development of Grade 12 students. The emphasis of this course is 70% pragmatic/practical and 30% aesthetic/reflective.  The Transactional Focus stresses the pragmatic uses of language: language that informs, directs, plans, persuades, analyzes, argues, and explains.  This course is designed for those students who wish to work with and create non-fictional materials.  The overall theme of this course is “influences”; students will explore and reflect on significant people, communities, and places/events that have helped shape their lives.  Students will have the opportunity to: create their own biopic, pre-pare and conduct interviews, write a tribute, report, and reflective essay, and design a portfolio. It is structured as follows:

  • Sequence 1: Influences and Self
  • Sequence 2: Influences and Other
  • Sequence 3: Local and Global Community Influences
  • Sequence 4: Reminiscences
  • Sequence 5: Using Language to Share and Celebrate (Portfolio)

Each sequence contains lessons that lead to the successful completion of a learning experience and assignment(s). At the end of each sequence, students are required to submit all the work from that sequence, including the assignment(s).  Both the student and the Tutor/Marker assess assignment processes and products. Students will be required to record an oral presentation and a speech in audio form, as well as a conversation with their learning partner.

Life/Work Transitioning 45S/E/M - 
This is a Rolling River School Division Compulsory Course.

The Work Experience that Grade 11 & 12 students participate in allow each person to see first-hand a career that they are interested in. They are given the chance to choose an area of interest and businesses that they would like to see. The hope is that by going out, participating and seeing the work that people do on a daily basis will help students connect the dots between education and careers. This program encourages students to stay in school because they see the correlation between business, labour, education and the community. It gets students thinking about what their next steps are past graduation and increases their self-confidence and social skills.

Outcomes of the Career Preparation and Exploration program, students will receive two half credits, Life/Work Building 35S and Life/Work Transitioning 45S.

Mathematics 40S/E/M - At least one of the following:
1. Applied Mathematics 40S/E/M
Grade 12 Applied Mathematics (40S) is intended for students considering post-secondary studies that do not require a study of theoretical calculus. It is context-driven and promotes the learning of numerical and geometrical problem-solving techniques as they relate to the world around us. The primary goals of Applied Mathematics are to have students develop critical-thinking skills through problem solving and through modelling real-world situations mathematically to make predictions. The course uses technology to assist students as they cover various mathematical topics ranging from personal finance to advanced algebra. The topics at grade 12 level are: personal finance, counting methods and probability, applications of functions, person finance, design and measurement. All students enrolled in a 40S mathematics course will write a provincial exam, the exam will compose 30% of the student’s final grade.

2. Essential Mathematics 40S/E/M
Grade 12 Essential Mathematics is directed to students whose post-secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science-related fields. Students will develop mathematical understanding, critical thinking skills and develop connections between symbolic mathematical ideas and the real world around us. The topics covered include: Problem Analysis, Home Finance, Vehicle Finance, Geometry and Trigonometry, Statistics, Business Finance, Precision Measurement, Probability, and Career Life. All students enrolled in a 40S mathematics course will write a provincial exam. The Math Essentials 40S exam will compose 20% of the student’s final grade. Recommended Prerequisite is Essential Math 30s.

3. Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S/E/M
Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (40S) is designed for students who intend to study calculus and related mathematics as part of post-secondary education. It builds on the topics studied in Grade 11 Pre-Calculus Mathematics and provides background knowledge and skills for the study of calculus in post-secondary institutions. The course comprises a high-level study of theoretical mathematics with an emphasis on problem solving and mental mathematics. The topics include study of transformations of functions, trigonometric functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, radical functions, rational functions, and the binomial theorem. All students enrolled in a Pre-Calculus 40S will write a provincial exam, the exam will compose 30% of the student’s final grade

Physical Education 40S/E/M
The aim of the Physical Education/Health curriculum is to provide students with planned and balanced programming to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for physically active and healthy lifestyles for all students. The new Grade 12 Physical Education/Health Education (PE/HE) curriculum promotes home, school and community involvement. It is the intention of the Grade 12 Active Healthy Lifestyles curriculum to promote the discovery of activities suited to students’ individual interests and abilities, which will enable and empower students to adopt active lifestyles that persist into their futures.

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