Grade 11 Optional Courses

Agriculture 30S/E/M 
In this course, students will explore and gain an understanding of the diversity and significance of agriculture in Manitoba and the world. Students will learn basic knowledge in soil science, plant science and animal agriculture that applies to Manitoba. As well, students will study the sustainability of agriculture and how food production is evolving.

Biology 30S/E/M

Grade 11 Biology is driven by specific learning outcomes arranged around the key themes of wellness and homeostasis. Working with “big ideas” such as these can stimulate student interest and allow for more in-depth inquiry. By organizing learning outcomes around themes, information will be presented in the context of real-world applications. The specific learning outcomes identified for Grade 11 Biology are organized according to six units: 

• Unit 1: Wellness and Homeostasis
• Unit 2: Digestion and Nutrition
• Unit 3: Transportation and Respiration
• Unit 4: Excretion and Waste Management
• Unit 5: Protection and Control
• Unit 6: Wellness and Homeostatic Changes

Chemistry 30S/E/M 
Grade 11 Chemistry is designed to expose you to the study of the interactions between matter and energy. This course will also foster the development of content-based knowledge, decision-making, problem-solving, experimental, and independent learning skills. The overall aim of Chemistry 30 is to develop students' ability to relate science to their experiential life.

The content of this course is covered in 6 sections: Physical properties of Matter, Gases & the Atmosphere, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Solutions, and Organic Chemistry.

Concert Band 30S/E/M
The emphasis of this course is the performance of various musical styles and forms in a large ensemble setting. Members of the band program continue to develop their instrumental musicianship through the repertoire studied in class as well as opportunities to reflect and connect music to various times, places, and groups. Workshops, concerts, tours, and festivals are an intrinsic part of the band program.

Concert Choir 30S/E/M
This course provides students with the opportunity to experience singing in a large group setting. Students will learn how to read a vocal score and perform a variety of different styles of choral music both accompanied and unaccompanied. Students will learn to develop their voices and gain confidence in the areas of vowel formation and clarity, range extension, breath support and musical expression. They will be introduced to proper rehearsal techniques and performance etiquette. Students will learn to view musical performances with a critical eye and ear.

Desktop Publishing 35S/E/M
The purpose of the course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to plan and create a variety of published print documents.
Specific Learning Outcomes Students will:
1. Define the purpose and audience for a print document.
2. Incorporate elements of good design when designing documents. (Examples: balance, harmony, contrast, colour, consistency…)
3. Plan and produce print documents conforming to recognized standards:
• Brochures
• Flyers
• Media inserts (Examples: CD inserts, DVD inserts…)
• Newsletters
• Posters
• Programs
• Yearbooks
4. Participate in multi-user document editing and reviewing.
5. Use language and tone appropriate to the communication.
6. Critique and suggest improvements for published documents using given criteria.
7. Accept a critique of a print document and make changes based on the feedback.


Drama 30S/E/M

This course requires students to trust themselves and others in order to express and reflect on thoughts, feelings and beliefs, to take risks within a dramatic context; and to express themselves through varied forms of dramatic communication. Students will use the building blocks of drama to study events and issues related to their own lives. Students will learn and perform the following: improvisation, reader’s theatre, commercials, pantomime, choral reading, monologues and play building.

 

Drama is a multimodal and expressive art form. Through this art form, students will develop their skills using transformative learning opportunities that include physical, emotional, intellectual, and intuitive exercises. It is the goal of this course to promote and encourage the use of the following: language, movement, concentration, analysis, self-expression, collaboration, communication, imagination, self-confidence, responsibility and creativity.

 

In addition to course work, students are given the opportunity to attend live local assemblies and workshops as well as view professional productions.

Food and Nutrition 30S/E/M
The food and nutrition area of study provides students with opportunities to explore their relationships with food in both a theoretical and practical way that can enhance one’s health and well-being. It also provides knowledge and skills that have immediate relevance to students’ lives, as well as lifelong applications personally, within families, in their communities, and on a global scale. The goal of this area of study is to shape students to become informed consumers and responsible citizens.

French 30F/M 

The purpose of this course is to foster in students the ability to communicate coherently in the French language. The four main skills that we will be focusing on this year are:

1- Comprehension Écrite - (Reading)

2- Procuction Écrite – (Writing)

3- Comprehension Orale – (Listening) and Production Orale – (Speaking)

 

The instructional approach that we will be using to develop these communication competencies is L’Approche Communicative Expérientielle. This approach is based on preparing students to do a task, accomplishing the task, and then reflecting on what has been learned. As such, students will be expected to participate in the skills development process and will be evaluated on their participation. Students will be evaluated on a continual basis throughout the school year. There will be a formal mid-term exam in November and a final exam in January.

Music 30S/E/M
In the first bit of the course, we will take a look at the "materials" of music. We'll look at pitch, timbre, rhythm, harmony, notes, chords, scales, ext. We're going to do a historical overview that starts with early music, the Baroques, the Classical, the Romantic and the 20th Century, Western Concert Music tradition, and touch on early jazz and blues (pre-war popular music). The vast majority of the class will focus on post-1950 popular music. No previous music experience is needed. Students will listen to and engage with music that is familiar and brand new. No playing instruments or singing in class, opportunities for folks who have musical skills can use their talents in the completion of assignments.

This course will be taught with rigor and thoroughness, students will be encouraged to demonstrate understanding of the outcomes in a variety of ways.

Visual Arts 30S/E/M
Visual Arts education develops important disciplinary and cross-curricular competencies for learning and living well together in an interconnected world.  Research indicates that well-designed visual arts education contributes to learning engagement, self-efficacy, and a wide range of positive academic, social, and emotional effects. Visual Arts education offers learners a diverse, unique, and powerful ways of perceiving and making meaning about the world through practices that include drawing, illustration, work on paper, painting, media arts, textile art . These practices offer multiple ways for learners to engage with, connect with, and respond to their world through various approaches and in diverse visual arts education contexts.  Visual Arts education is not just about learning the language and practices of the visual arts, “it is about addressing who we are as people, embracing differences, encountering numerous cultures, interacting and collaborating with others, and inviting response”. 


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