SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL SECONDARY SCHOOL

 
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL SECONDARY SCHOOL
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
  SECONDARY SCHOOL
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL SECONDARY SCHOOL
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School 2013/2014 Course Outline Book

                                                         Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................................... 3

COURSE SELECTION PROCESS ............................................................................................................................. 3

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................. 4

COUNSELLING DEPARTMENT ................................................................................................................................ 5
Department Head: Mr. Michael Lattimer

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ........................................................................................................................................ 5

CAREER PROGRAMS.................................................................................................................................................. 6

DISTRICT CAREER PROGRAMS ............................................................................................................................. 7
      ACE-IT Programs .............................................................................................................................................. 8
      Secondary School Apprenticeship .................................................................................................................... 8
      Trades Discovery ................................................................................................................................................ 8
      Skills, Careers and Trades Program at Tupper Secondary ........................................................................... 9

BUSINESS EDUCATION .............................................................................................................................................. 9
Department Head: Mr. Raj Manhas

ENGLISH..................................................................................................................................................................... 112
Department Head: Ms. Muriel Densford

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL) ............................................................................................................ 14
Department Head: Ms. Pamela Kwok

FINE ARTS.................................................................................................................................................................... 15
Department Head: Mr. Gregg Hurst
      Music ................................................................................................................................................................. 15
      Performing Arts ............................................................................................................................................... 18
      Visual Arts ........................................................................................................................................................ 21

FRENCH IMMERSION............................................................................................................................................... 23
Department Head: Mr. Carl Larouche

HOME ECONOMICS .................................................................................................................................................. 27
Department Head: Mrs. Kathy Nicholson

LANGUAGES ............................................................................................................................................................... 30
Department Head: Ms. Fani Ziakos

MATHEMATICS .......................................................................................................................................................... 33
Department Head: Mrs. Elizabeth Peterson

PHYSICAL EDUCATION ........................................................................................................................................... 40
Department Head: Mr. John McGillivray

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PLANNING 10 with HALF YEAR ELECTIVE OPTIONS ..................................................................................... 43

SCIENCE ....................................................................................................................................................................... 45
Department Head: Mr. Bruce Stephenson

SOCIAL STUDIES ....................................................................................................................................................... 47
Department Head: Mr. Peter Katsionis

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION .................................................................................................................................. 49
Department Head: Mr. Ed Olson
      Annual Production ........................................................................................................................................... 50
      Drafting & Design ............................................................................................................................................ 50
      Electronics......................................................................................................................................................... 50
      Graphic Arts ..................................................................................................................................................... 52
      Metalwork ......................................................................................................................................................... 53
      Photography...................................................................................................................................................... 53
      Woodwork......................................................................................................................................................... 55

VSB - ADULT EDUCATION ...................................................................................................................................... 59

VSB - VANCOUVER LEARNING NETWORK ....................................................................................................... 60

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                                         INTRODUCTION
This Course Planning Calendar was prepared by the Counselling Department of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary
School. The content of this booklet can also be located at: http://churchill.vsb.bc.ca/ in the COURSES option. This
booklet is intended for the use of our Grade 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 students and their parents or guardians. These course
descriptions are offerings by departments of the school. Undersubscribed courses (electives) may not be offered if
prospective enrolment is too low.

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content of this booklet. It is the obligation of the student,
in consultation with the Counsellor, to ensure that the student has chosen an array of courses that meet graduation and
post-secondary institution entrance requirements.

How to use this booklet:

1. Study the graduation requirements.

2. Read the Course Descriptions for the core academic courses: English, Socials, Math, Science,
   PE and Languages (if any).

3. Look for additional (elective) courses based on your
   a) Interests
   b) Abilities and
   c) Possible use in a future vocation.

4. Select eight courses.

5. If you have questions ask your grade counsellor or teachers in the appropriate department.

4. Do not assume you will be allowed to drop out of course once you have chosen it. The final decision rests with
   the grade administrator.

                       COURSE SELECTION PROCESS
Students will begin the process of selecting courses for the following school year in January. Students select a full
program of studies (8 courses per year) which meet the following goals:

1. Graduation requirements for British Columbia;

2. Support future plans, such as entrance to college or university.

A course selection evening is typically held in mid- January to assist parents and guardians in being part of this
educational planning process.

Prior to Spring Break, all students in Grades 8 through 11 will have completed their course selections. A course
verification form is to be taken home by students to confirm the courses to be programmed for the upcoming year.

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                     GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

                                      80 credits over Grades 10, 11 and 12

                                      48 required credits, as follows:

                                      Language Arts 10 (4 credits)

                                      Language Arts 11 (4 credits)*

                                      Language Arts 12 (4 credits)*

                                      Social Studies 10 (4 credits)

                                      Social Studies 11 or Canadian Civics 11 or B.C.
                                      First Nations Studies 12 (4 credits)

                                      Science 10 (4 credits)

                                      Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)*

                                      Mathematics 10 (4 credits)

                                      Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)*

                                      Physical Education 10 (4 credits)

                                      Fine Arts and / or Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)*

                                      Planning 10 (4 credits)

                                      *One from a number of course options

       Students must also:

   1. Earn 4 Graduation Transitions Program credits, and
   2. Complete a minimum of 28 elective credits
   3. A minimum of 16 credits from either ministry – or board / authority authorized or post-secondary
      courses are required at the Grade 12 level
   4. An unlimited number of credits from board – or independent school authority – authorized or
      post-secondary electives may count towards graduation

*Student must write the following provincial exams in order to graduate: English 10, Math 10, Science 10, Social
Studies 11, and Language Arts 12.

UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Please refer to the university websites or admission guides for most recent admission requirements.

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                        COUNSELLING DEPARTMENT
                              Department Head: Mr. Michael Lattimer

COMMUNITY SERVICE 12

Prerequisite: None. Open to students in Grades 11 or 12. Enrollment is at the discretion of the Grade Counsellor.

Students provide service to specific members of Churchill teaching or office staff. Filing, typing, answering phones,
acting as guides to new students, handling the circulation of materials in the library are some of the many functions
performed by over 100 community service students. Community Service is a 4-credit course. Interested students are
encouraged to make their own contacts with teaching staff who decide if the student is suitable for the service setting.
Grades are given each term.

The Counselling Department, the office and the library all use many community service students.

           STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DEPARTMENT

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Students may take a learning strategies or skills course with the agreement of subject teachers, counsellors and school-
based resource teacher. These courses offer support for core academic subjects by offering direct instruction in grade
appropriate learning strategies as well as providing teacher and peer tutoring support for the completion of class work.
Skills Development 10, 11 and 12 are 4-credit courses.

PEER TUTORING 11 AND 12

Peer tutoring is a 4-credit course offered at either the Grade 11 or 12 level. Through active participation with their
peers in a learning environment, peer tutors will acquire skills in the area of interpersonal communication, problem
solving, documenting and performance evaluation – their own and others. At the end of the course, students will
receive a certificate of recognition and a letter of reference.

SOCIAL SKILLS

This course will address communication, social and abstract thinking skills in addition to developing strategies for
resolving conflict and managing stress and anxiety. Social Skills provides the opportunity for students to develop their
skills in a safe, supportive environment with some of their peers. Enrolment is by referral from a Resource Teacher in
consultation with the grade level Counsellor. Social Skills 11 is a 4-credit course.

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                                   CAREER PROGRAMS

Two optional career programs exist for interested students. Each is at least a TWO-year commitment in Grades 11 and
12 designed to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom with the practical experience of an
employment setting.

A.      CAREER PREPARATION WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
         Earn 4 credits toward high school graduation.
         May begin in Grade 10 if certain requirements are met.
         Extensive in-school preparation and on-site work experience in a career area.
         Career Preparation Work Experience Hours may be used to fulfill the 30-hour Career Exploration
          Component of the Graduation Transitions Program.
         Career Preparation Work Experience Hours may be used to fulfill 40 CAS hours for International
          Baccalaureate students.
         For students who are interested in a particular career area and would like to explore the different career
          opportunities in that area.

CHURCHILL OFFERS THE FOLLOWING CAREER PREPARATION PROGRAMS:

        Biotechnology                     Fashion Design                   Hospitality Foods
        Careers in Writing                Financial Management             Human Services
        Marketing                         Electronics

(For a description of these programs, refer to the appropriate department’s section in this booklet.)

Program Requirements:
1. FOUR program related courses to be taken and completed successfully in Grades 11 and 12:
        MWEX2A (to be taken in Grade 12)
        THREE Focus Courses (one in Grade 11 and one in Grade 12) For program specific courses, please see
          Ms. Thomas in the Career Centre, Mrs. Petersen, Career Prep Supervising Teacher, in room 214, or your
          grade counsellor.

2. 100 – 120 Hours of Work Experience in the program area:
   Generally, the student will complete one week of work experience during Grade 11 and two weeks in Grade 12.
   Students must be prepared to miss at least a week of school in Grades 11 and 12 for work experience. Students
   may complete their work during holiday times as well, depending on the opportunities available.

Benefits:
           Development of skills and knowledge in a particular interest area.
           Gain insight into the world of work.
           Explore post-secondary programs related to career interest.
           Completion of 100 hours of work experience.
           Receive a Career Preparation Certificate upon program completion.
           Receive references and possible part-time or full-time employment
           Receive advanced placement / preferred entry / early admittance into certain post-secondary programs.
           Work placements assisted by school and the Vancouver School Board Career Programs staff.

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B.       SECONDARY SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP

            Earn up to 16 credits toward high school graduation.
            May begin in Grade 10 if certain requirements are met.
            Receive dual credit for high school graduation and first year Apprenticeship training.
            Accepted applicants continue to attend regular high school classes and work as a registered apprentice on
             a part-time basis.
            For students who plan to undertake technical training after high school graduation.
            There are a number of apprenticeable careers. For more information, see Ms. Thomas in the Career
             Centre or see Mrs. Susan Petersen in room 214 or your Counsellors.

Benefits:
            Paid employment while you learn.
            Begin a career while still in secondary school.
            Obtain workplace-based training in an apprenticeable trade.
            Develop maturity in an adult-based program and environment.
            Successful SSA candidates receive a minimum of 480 hours of work towards their first year of a
             provincial apprenticeship program.
            Graduates who achieve a C+ average and complete a minimum of 480 hours of work toward the first year
             of provincial apprenticeship program are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to continue with their technical
             training.
            SSA graduates who hold passports to education credits are able to redeem their stamps for cash if they
             continue with their apprenticeship after graduation.

                       DISTRICT CAREER PROGRAMS
The School Board offers several district programs designed for our students interested in pursuing a career in a trade
area. These programs provide a huge jump-start for students and the benefits include the following:

        Dual credit with a post secondary institution
        A head start on pre-apprentice/ELTT/Foundation program training
        Register as a trainee with the Industry Authority (ITA) while developing skills
        May lead directly into an apprenticeship
        Work experience in the trade

For more information and an application form, please visit the VSB Career Programs website:

www.vsb.bc.ca         Students        K to 12 Students       Career Programs

and the Industry Training Authority website: www.itabc.ca

All students applying for ACE-IT programs should register at their home school with a full course load. Schools will
be asked to modify student’s timetable when the student is accepted into an ACE-IT program. ACE-IT application
forms for the February intake are due October 31, 2009. Secondary School apprentice applications are considered on
an on-going basis.

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ACE–IT PROGRAMS

      Program                Where it is         Credits Towards the          Certification          Next Start Date
                              Taught                 Graduation
                                                       Program

 Auto Refinishing                VCC                   24 Credits           Level 1 Technical            February
      Prep                                                                      Training

  Auto Collision                 VCC                   32 Credits           Level 1 Technical           September
 Repair Technician                                                              Training

 Baking and Pastry               VCC                   32 Credits           Level 1 Technical            February
       Arts                                                                     Training

    Hairdressing         Vancouver Technical           28 Credits         Hairdressing Licence          September
                               School

     Carpentry               John Oliver               20 Credits           Level 1 Technical           September
                                                                                Training

    Auto Service               Britannia               20 Credits           Level 1 Technical           September
     Technician                                                                 Training

        Cook                  Van Tech                 20 Credits           Level 1 Technical           September
                                                                                Training

    Sheet Metal                  BCIT                  20 Credits           Level 1 Technical            February
                                                                                Training

     Plumbing               Piping Industry            20 Credits           Level 1 Technical      June (after Grade 12
                            Apprenticeship                                      Training               Provincials)
                                 Board

SECONDARY SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP

Some students have the skills to begin an apprenticeship while they are in high school. Many are already working in a
trade and need only to formalize their relationship with their employer. Other students are wanting to begin a trade
while in high school. There are 4 courses (16 credits) available to these students when they have a formal ITA
agreement signed by an employer. Students should call Wendy Gilmour, Apprenticeship Facilitator (604) 713-4470
for more information on this program. Information is also available on the VSB website:

www.vsb.bc.ca  Students  K to 12 Students  Career Programs  Career Education Programs 
Secondary School Apprenticeship

TRADES DISCOVERY

This program is intended to provide a Grade 10 graduate with a “taste” of the trades (for a full list of the trades visit
www.itabc.ca). The district will provide a one-week work experience placement during the summer between Grade 10
and 11. Students will apply for the program and will be given some pre-work experience training. The program will
have a follow-up component with students and parents. Students will receive a 2 credit Independent Directed Studies
course upon successful completion of the Grade 10 program and a 3 credit Independent Directed Studies course upon
successful completion of the Grade 11 program. Applications for these programs are on the VSB website:

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www.vsb.bc.ca  Students  K to 12 Students  Career Programs  Career Education Programs 
Trades Discovery

For more information contact Sandra Wrigley (604) 713-5064.

SKILLS, CAREERS AND TRADES PROGRAM AT TUPPER SECONDARY

This program is intended to assist those students who wish to enter a trade when they leave high school. Successful
applicants will acquire a specific and documented set of work place skills and attend class from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm
on alternate days. Upon program completion, students will receive 16 credits (Senior Technology 12A and 12B, and
Work Experience 12A). Any student entering Grade 12 is eligible to apply for one of 24 seats in the program
(students entering Grade 11 and who are intending to enter an apprenticeship or Ace-It program during their Grade 12
year may be considered.)

For more information on Tupper’s SCT program contact Ms. Mavety (dmavety@vsb.bc.ca) or Mr. Evans
(rtevans@vsb.bc.ca) or at (604) 713-8233.

                                BUSINESS EDUCATION
                                   Department Head: Mr. Raj Manhas

To meet the needs of every student, the Business Education Program is designed for continuous progress through
exploration and use of the community and its resources. Students leave school with the skills necessary for future
success in their personal and professional lives.

In the past, the Business Education Program has emphasized employment skills. Now, the focus is on career
awareness, technology, and new options open in present and future employment. These include special training in
selected career areas like information management, marketing and accounting.

This Department's program provides:

            1. Personal life skills, employment skills and post-secondary preparation.
            2. Practical application of concepts and process learned in other disciplines.
            3. Application of current business technologies and opportunities to explore related careers.
            4. Interaction between the school and the workplace.
            5. An awareness of the effect of technological, economic and cultural changes on our values, social
               structure and employment opportunities.
            6. An awareness of individual responsibilities as citizens of a global economy.

The Business Education Department also offers other introductory and enrichment courses listed below, as well as
Career Preparation Programs.

KEYBOARDING 9                    Prerequisite: None, Open to Grades 9/10

Communicating is a life-skill – you learned to talk, read, and write – now you will learn to type – properly. Learn to be
a professional; leave the amateurs behind. Whether you decide to be an employee or to work for yourself ... the key to
success is keyboarding! When you attend post secondary to train as either a professional or a technician, you will need
to be able to type. Using proper technique, develop the ability to touch-type – that means using correct fingering and
without peeking. Learn many keyboard short-cuts (alternatives to using the mouse) which speed up production. Learn
file management with Windows. Specific drills develop the speed and accuracy necessary for effective computer use.
The ability to touch-type, use correct fingering without peeking, is a valuable and achievable goal.

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BUSINESS EDUCATION 10                    Prerequisite: None, Open to Grades 9/10

Business Education 10 fulfills the Grade 10 Applied Skills requirement. The course is intended to introduce topics in
business. The course will develop an understanding of the roles of government, business and individuals in society.
Topics studied include: economics, money and banking, marketing, accounting, consumerism and entrepreneurship.
There is also an emphasis on Pacific Rim issues and career exploration. The course uses a variety of instructional
strategies including group work, research and computer simulations.

KEYBOARDING 11              Prerequisite: None, Not open to students who have completed Keyboarding 9

You will learn to keyboard by touch with as much speed and control as possible and to format personal letters, reports,
resumes, and other business documents. With the increased use of computers in homes and offices, the course is
recommended for any student who has not taken a keyboarding course. Keyboarding is a communication-related skill
essential in today's computer-oriented society.

ACCOUNTING 11           Prerequisite: Open to Grades 11/12 and Grade 10's planning to enrol in the
                        Accounting Career Preparation Program in Grade 11

If you are planning to have a career in business or to study Commerce at the post secondary level, basic knowledge of
Accounting is essential. Money is the lifeblood of any business. Accounting addresses three vital questions: Where did
the money come from? Where did it go? What did we get for it? Student will learn basic Accounting Principles and
learn about Source Documents, Journals, Ledgers, Trial Balances, Worksheets, Income Statements, Balance Sheets
and other Financial Statements. Students will also learn applications of computer accounting by using spreadsheets
and the Simply Accounting software.

MARKETING 11            Prerequisite: Open to Grades 11/12 and Grade 10's planning to enrol in the
                        Marketing Career Preparation Program in Grade 11

This is an introductory course, which emphasizes the importance of salesmanship as it is related to the 4 P's of
marketing (product, price, place and promotion). Marketing skills and strategies are applicable to every career and lead
to the development of desirable personal attributes. The activity-based nature of this course is achieved through work
experience in the school store, which gives a framework for the creative application of retail concepts.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 12                  Prerequisite: AC11 recommended

Financial Accounting 12 will involve the study of generally accepted accounting principles and the application of
these principles to solve business problems. It is designed for students who plan to pursue post-secondary studies in
accounting, finance, business management or commerce. Topics will include: inventory evaluation, depreciation, bad
debts, finance, budgeting, and preparation and interpretation of financial statements.

Advanced concepts of financial accounting encourage students to develop analytical decision-making and
communication skills. Industry standard software is used as important accounting tools in the course.

MARKETING 12                    Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fascinating field of advertising and consumer
behaviour. Students will complete activities directed at developing effective marketing and advertising strategies. An
understanding of marketing principles can be extremely useful for students in their future business careers.

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ECONOMICS 12                    Prerequisite: None

The study of economics provides a variety of strategies that students may employ in their public and private lives. The
curriculum includes analysis of economic activity in society, nation, and global community. It also gives perspectives
on government and social policies. The course uses a variety of instructional strategies including group work and
computer simulation. If you are planning to study Economics of Commerce in college or university, this is the course
for you!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 12                     Prerequisite: None

Want to make money? Want to learn how to start your own business? Do you think you have entrepreneurial qualities?
Want to find out about the opportunities that are out there? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should
enrol in Entrepreneurship 12.

BUSINESS EDUCATION CAREER PREPARATION

The Business Education Career Prep program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with an opportunity to combine work
experience with regular classroom work.

Successful students will receive a Career Preparation Certificate when they graduate.

These qualifications may enable preferential treatment in admission process and course placement in post secondary
institutions.

The Career Preparation Program involves taking four courses in two specialties (Financial Management or Marking)
plus 100 to 120 hours of external work experience over two years.

The employer will evaluate the student's performance along with the Career Prep teacher. A final grade is given in
June of the graduating year.

The work experience portion of the program enables the student to gain knowledge about a variety of careers to
increase awareness about the work world. Students are assigned to a work site for one week in Grade 11 and two
weeks in Grade 12. Every attempt is made to accommodate work site placements during Christmas, Spring Break, or
the Summer to minimize impact on class time.

Career Prep will more than meet the mandatory 30 Career Exploration hours required for the Graduation Transitions
Program and some hours can count toward CAS requirements for IB Diploma students.

                                                ENGLISH
                               Department Head: Ms. Muriel Densford

English (Language Arts) is required in Grades 8 through 12 for high school graduation. English courses at each Grade
level focus on the study of literature, language, composition skills, and media studies. The work in each year’s
English course builds upon the concepts that have been acquired in previous years. Emphasis is placed on a student’s
ability to communicate effectively in speaking and in writing. All students have access to the MacLab for word
processing and publication and to audio-visual equipment for media production.

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ENGLISH 8               Prerequisite: Grade 7 English

In English 8, students will focus on developing the basic fundamentals of oral and written composition. They will
begin a formal study of literature. Short stories, plays, poetry, and novels are read, and myths and legends from
around the world are studied and compared. Students are also introduced to media studies.

ENGLISH 9               Prerequisite: English 8

This course continues the formal study of literature in prose fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and plays. In addition, Grade
9 students are introduced to Shakespeare with the study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Process writing, an intensive
approach to composition, provides students with an abundance of writing experience and teaches them the essential
skills of revising and editing. Grammar and usage are taught in the context of student writing. The process-writing
program seeks to assist students in gaining a wide writing experience, in relating writing to reading, and in developing
confidence in their written expression.

THE TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM

The Transitional Program at Churchill is a bridge between the ESL and English Departments. Transitional English
classes combine the intensive study of language with regular English curriculum content. Each Transitional English
class will consist of two blocks rather than the single block of regular English. One teacher will teach both blocks to
provide continuity within the class. Transitional Junior classes focus on the Grades 8 and 9 curricula, while
Transitional Senior classes focus on the Grade 10 curriculum. Most students remain in the Transitional Program for
two years. Movement into regular English classes will be determined on an individual basis.

ENGLISH 10              Prerequisite: English 9

Literature studies in prose fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and plays, including Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, form the
core of the Grade 10 English course. The emphasis in this course is on developing a critical appreciation of literature.
Students learn to respond to their reading in more sophisticated ways, both orally and in writing. The process-writing
program begun in Grade 9 English continues and forms an important component of the program. Students develop
and refine the elements of the writing process from the generation of ideas, through development and support of a
thesis statement, to final editing and polishing. Research methods and the writing of formal research papers are
introduced. A provincial examination worth 20% of the year’s mark will be administered to all students at the end of
English 10.

ENGLISH 11              Prerequisite: English 10

A major goal of English 11 is the improvement of communication skills in oral and written language. The course
provides students with a review of the writing process and emphasis is placed on improving the organization,
coherence, and structural unity of their writing. The literature component of the course includes prose fiction, poetry,
non-fiction, and drama, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Students are expected to become familiar with various
literary and media forms, devices, and techniques, and to develop skills in reading, writing about, and discussing
literature critically.

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ENGLISH 12               Prerequisite: English 11

English 12 continues the study of increasingly demanding literature – prose fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and a
Shakespearean play. Course goals include effective preparation for post-secondary English courses. Students are
expected to develop further critical reading skills, to understand and appreciate the literary structure of various works,
and to recognize the elements and devices inherent in that structure. Development of oral and written composition
continues with more emphasis on accurate and mature vocabulary and more formal writing assignments, including
literary criticism and research papers. English 12 is a provincially examinable course accepted for entrance to
university and the examination at the end of the year, worth 40% of the year’s mark, counts toward a provincial
scholarship.

COMMUNICATIONS 11 / COMMUNICATIONS 12

Prerequisites: for Communications 11: English 10; for Communications 12: Com 11 or teacher referral

These courses are offered as alternates to English 11 and 12 for students whose interests are better served by a more
practical and work-related approach to the study of English rather than the literary focus found in English 11 and 12.
Students who have difficulty with oral or written expression may be given extra support in these areas.
Communications 11 and 12 fulfill the English requirements for high school graduation. Communications 12 is a
provincially examinable course accepted for entrance to colleges such as Langara, Kwantlen, and BCIT. The year-end
examination is counted as 40% of the year’s mark.

COMPOSITION 11                    Prerequisite: English 10

Composition 11 is an elective course taken at the same time as Communications 11 or 12 or English 11. It is intended
for students who have difficulties with basic writing skills. Composition 11 is recommended for students who wish to
improve their writing skills, whether their future includes college, university, or the workplace. The course focuses on
improving practical writing skills useful in personal, business, and school writing. Some of the formats taught are
journals, personal and business letters, applications and resumes, memos and reports for business writing, note taking,
précis and summary writing, and research skills and essays.

JOURNALISM 12                     Prerequisites: English 10

Past successful students in the course have had an A or B mark in English 10 and 11. Class participants will publish a
school newspaper and learn the investigate skills and responsibilities of a reporter, and how to shape their writing into
the primary journalistic genres: news, sports, features, and editorials. They will learn some of the technical aspects of
journalism in the PC and Mac labs. Students will work on graphic illustrations for cartoons, editorials, and
advertisements; layout, photography, and sales promotion will also be components of the course.

LITERATURE 12                     Prerequisite: English 11 (B grade or better in English 11 is strongly recommended)

The primary goal of Literature 12 is to foster a critical appreciation of the richness and variety of literature written in
English through the ages, in its social and historical contexts. This course is designed for any student who likes to
read, discuss, and write about literature, but it is particularly valuable to students who are planning to study sciences or
humanities at university.

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CREATIVE WRITING 11 / 12                 Prerequisite: English 10 (a grade of C+ or better is recommended)

Creative Writing 11/12 is an elective course for Grades 11 and 12 that provides an overview of different styles and
genres of writing, as well as providing extended opportunities for students to generate their own ideas, and to draft,
edit, and publish their own writing. Students will develop the skills of self-criticism and analysis of the work of other
writers. Narrative forms will be looked at in-depth, as will the many varieties of poetry. Narrative sub-genres such as
mystery, fantasy, and science fiction will be introduced, especially the particular expectations these genres have in plot
and structure. Creative Writing is intended for students who have an interest in creatively expressing their views of
the world through their writing, and students will be encouraged to seek publishing opportunities.

ADVANCED CREATIVE ENGLISH 12

ACE 12 is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated students to explore ideas and to hone their skills in
areas which fall into the general area of “Humanities.” Because the materials explored in the class are often
philosophical and international in nature and scope, the course allows non-IB program students the opportunity to
navigate issues with a focus on philosophical and international awareness. ACE 12 recognizes the need for
independent learners to be nurtured, and allows for and promotes independent learning, giving students the
opportunity, as the year progresses, to set their own goals, develop their own projects, and, with consultation, evaluate
their own performance on these projects.

                      ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
                                  Department Head: Ms. Pamela Kwok

ELL students are individually assessed upon arrival at the District Placement Centre to best determine their course and
level placement. Churchill’s ELL program is divided into language ability levels; the number of levels is subject to
change, depending upon the needs of the students. Churchill also offers a Transitional program to assist students
almost ready for the regular program, and English Language Centre blocks to assist students newly enrolled in regular
English courses.

The ELL program consists of adapted courses in English, Reading, Social Studies and Science at two different levels
and for both junior and senior students. Math, P.E. and electives are taken in regular courses. According to demand,
some special “ELL Elective” courses are also offered. Language courses such as French, Spanish and Japanese are
usually delayed until students have left the ELL program.

ELL Level 1 students study English, Reading, Social Studies, and Science. ELL Level 2 students meet with a variety
of ELL teachers. Teachers use a language-in-content approach where the skills of reading, writing, listening and
speaking are taught while supporting the students’ learning in different subject areas. ELL teachers use a variety of
resources, writing and communication activities to assist students acquire English language skills.

ELL Planning 10 is offered to senior ELL students enrolled in ELL 2 in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

ELL students take:

        ELL English              ELL Reading              P.E.             Elective         ELL Planning 10

        ELL Science              ELL Social Studies       Math             Elective

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Students are integrated into Transitional English, Science and Social Studies courses as soon as they are ready to
manage the linguistic demands of the curriculum. Assessment is ongoing and promotion into Transitional or age/grade
appropriate courses is determined on an individual basis and also on course availability.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE

English Language Centre (ELC) is a non-credit, full-year support class for students who have moved out of the
Transitional Program and who have moved into regular English and Social Studies courses, and who still require
assistance in areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion and composition writing. The teacher designs
individualized programs to best support each student in this advanced English language support.

                                               FINE ARTS
                                  Department Head: Mr. Gregg Hurst

                                                    MUSIC
Chorus, Band and Orchestra provide an opportunity to develop skills that will enrich a person’s life as a participant
and appreciative listener. Music also develops a critical appreciation of performances in the various media. In each
course, students must be prepared to participate in several school and community based events throughout the year.
Attendance at rehearsals and performances is compulsory and is considered an integral part of evaluations.

BEGINNING BAND 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12                          Prerequisite: None, Open to Grades 8 to 12

No previous training is required for this course which is designed for beginners or those with less than one year or less
experience with a band instrument. By the end of a year the successful student will be able to play simple songs and
most major scales.

Students should be prepared to practice at home for at least 20 minutes a day. This group will give at least two public
performances during the school year.

Cost: Students will have to provide their own instruments, either through rental or purchase. Some instruments will
be available to rent through the school. A uniform shirt will need to be purchased.

INTERMEDIATE BAND 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: At least 2 years of elementary or 1 year of secondary school band experience. Open to Grades 8 to 12

This is the second level of concert bands in the school. The classes will focus on technique as well as more advanced
concert band literature. Students will have to submit type recordings of their work for evaluation. This group will
have the opportunity to perform publicly 6 times during the school year. Students will have the option of joining the
music tour each year. In the past the group has performed in Calgary, San Francisco, Washington, Toronto, Ottawa,
Whistler, Banff and San Diego, New York. Students must buy a uniform shirt and buy or rent instruments. (**See
comments in italics).

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SENIOR CONCERT BAND 9, 10, 11 & 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Band or equivalent. Open to Grades 9 to 12

This is one of the primary performing bands in the school and performs publicly at least 7 times. This group has
performed across Canada and in US west coast cities. (**See comments in italics above relating to travel and costs
and uniforms). Classes are before and after school. Practice 30 minutes per day is expected.

This is also offered on Timetable as Advanced Band.

STAGE BAND 9, 10, 11, 12                Prerequisite: Two years of band experience. Open to Grades 9 to 12

Music performance will be jazz inflected and students will study techniques, performance, phrasing, and other subjects
relevant to the jazz idiom. Students will learn to improvise over short progressions. This group will give many public
performances and will have the opportunity to join the Spring Music Tour. The course is held during lunch hours
Monday to Friday. (**See comments in italics relating to costs and uniforms).

MUSIC COMPOSITION TECHNOLOGY 11 AND 12

Prerequisite: Student’s musical background should include a degree of competence on a musical instrument and
basic theory. An interview with the teacher is required.

This course focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to compose music, using traditional and
contemporary technologies. Students explore how developments in technology affect composition, how technologies
vary across culture and how composers manipulate these to express individuality and creativity.

Students need to be self-motivated and willing to work independently. Performances of student work will be held
through the school year.

JUNIOR CONCERT CHOIR                    Prerequisite: No previous choir experience required

Choir 8-9 is a performance-based course that will provide opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and skill
required to read and perform music in a vocal ensemble. Development of musical and vocal skills will include breath
support, healthy tone production, part singing and ear training. Students will build confidence and gain strategies for
performance in the school and community. A wide variety of musical styles will be studied (classic, pop, folk, world,
musical theatre, contemporary).

INTERMEDIATE CONCERT CHOIR                      Prerequisite: No previous choir experience required

Intermediate Choir 10-11-12 is a performance-based course that provides further opportunity for students to strengthen
the knowledge and skill required to read and perform music in a vocal ensemble. Singers will broaden their
development of musical and vocal skills, train in three to four-part singing, and build sight-reading ability. Students
will increase their presentation confidence and learn professional standards of performance. This course is offered On
Timetable and Off Timetable. A wide variety of musical styles will be studied (classic, pop, folk, world, musical
theatre, contemporary).

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SENIOR CONCERT CHOIR                     Prerequisite: Two years of experience or by permission of instructor

Senior Choir 10-11-12 is designed for senior students with performing experience who are eager to express artistry
through singing. Students will refine their vocal skills, gain independence in four to eight-part singing, engage in solos
and small group ensembles, and perform with professional poise. This group rehearses Off Timetable and represents
the school at district, provincial, and local events throughout the year.

STRINGS 8 / 9 / 10               Prerequisite: Minimum one year experience on a string instrument

This course is for students with previous elementary school experience on a string instrument. Students will have to
buy or rent their own instrument. Students who have played before but have stopped playing for one or two years may
register.

INTERMEDIATE STRINGS 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 (ORCHESTRA)

Prerequisite: One or two years experience either at the elementary level or from a private instructor. Older students
should have the ability to play string instruments.
This course is designed to prepare students for participation in the Senior String course. Students must be able and
willing to work at their own pace for long periods of time. Technical musical studies in-group or for individuals are an
important part of this course. Group work will increase as students’ progress. Home practice is required; 30 minutes a
day is expected.

STRINGS 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 (ORCHESTRA)

Prerequisite: Generally an audition or successful completion of intermediate Strings

The major focus of this course is an in-depth work on selected compositions. An integral part of the course is public
concerts in the school and community. Practising for these will take a large portion of the course time.

Strings 10 / 11 / 12 students will also work in small groups. Evaluation is based on: self-evaluation of effort and
progress, skill improvement, participation in concerts and extra curricular efforts.

Cost: Students will be responsible for the care and repair of instruments whether owned by the student or loaned by
the school.

GUITAR

Guitar 10 is for students with no experience playing guitar. Basic guitar techniques covered will include finger
picking, strumming, and first position and barre chord forms. Music literacy will be developed through pitch and
rhythm reading, and guitar tablature notation. Students will learn varied musical styles (blues, rock, classical, pop)
and explore basic improvisation and compositional techniques. This course will provide opportunity for the student to
perform solo as well as in duo and trio ensembles.

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                                    PERFORMING ARTS
Drama has something for everyone, whether it is a student who plans on becoming an actor or a student who wants to
acquire the confidence and poise required when presenting ideas in the business world. Churchill’s Drama department
has as its aim the broadening of student’s awareness of literature and the dramatic tradition. We want students to
develop visual literacy and understanding of media as well. There will be a broad range of course work that cover
technical skills as well as acting in drama from stage to modern film and media production.

The initial years are in developmental Drama. Confidence and communication are the main themes. At the senior
level more attention is given to the requirement of performance including practical production and audition skills. All
levels of the drama program emphasize: teamwork, generosity in sharing ideas, focus and the audience response, basic
mime skills, clarity of voice, imaginative development of storytelling ideas, sensitivity and clarity in scenes. Some of
the following courses are production oriented with outcomes on display in the Theatre Churchill productions. All are
designed to help the student appreciate the wide variety and many styles of dramatic art.

DRAMA 9                  Prerequisite: None

The aims of this course are to develop imaginative abilities, a good speaking voice, control of the physical self, and the
use and control of emotions.

The focus is on the development of improvisational skills and the understanding of theatre stories. The elements of
story telling, setting the problem, raising the stakes and resolution are explored as they relate to improvisation and
scene building and play structure.

Original screen writing will be studies. Visual language (film and TV) will be compared to the language of the stage.
Mime skills will be reviewed. Improvisations, monologues and short scenes will be presented by the students.

DRAMA 10                 Prerequisite: None. An extension of Drama 9 and an introduction for new students

Drama 10 further develops the speaking voice, the power and concentration cooperation in-group scenes and the use of
the body on the stage in mime and other routines.

Film and TV special effects will be examined with an aim to understand both mediums and the effect on the viewer.

The students will begin working on the presentation of roles and characterizations through memorized scripted scenes.
A special focus will be character work looking at the techniques of character development. Classes will study script
analysis, with the aim of the development of character.

ACTING 11                Prerequisite: None

Acting 11 introduces the students to the role of the actor on stage, extending and developing the understanding of story
and the character development skills achieved in Drama 9 and 10. Character development and presentation will be the
focus, developed through the use of role-play and the memorized scripted scenes. Technical elements: lighting,
stagecraft, make-up and general theatre history will be introduced but all focus on the actor in stage production.
Students should develop sufficient confidence over the year in order to participate in auditions for a role or to be
involved in the creation of a full-scale production. The emphasis is on acting for the stage and those interested in stage
technical skills, film and TV, or directing should look to other courses offered by the department.

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ACTING 12               Prerequisite: None

This course builds on character development and presentation techniques learned in Acting 11. Different acting styles
and periods will be studies: History of Greek theatre, Comedia del Arte, Elizabethan theatre and more. Contemporary
Canadian, American and British plays will be a focus. Play reports from current drama will be expected. Comedy,
stand-up comedy, and comic scenes will be studied audition techniques explored. Presentations of monologues and
scenes from world drama, classical theatre will be mounted. Film and stage techniques will be compared. (**See also
Film and TV Drama 11).

DANCE PERFORMANCE 10

The focus of this course is on the use of the elements of movement (body, space, time dynamics and relationship).
You will learn the skills and attitudes necessary to work within a performance group, including teamwork,
adaptability, support, leadership, and responsibility for stagecraft elements such as props, costumes, light, music and
scenery. This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills and attitudes required throughout the process of learning new
movements and rehearsing and refining towards a polished product. You will be expected to work in groups and
independently. Attitude, effort and participation is key to being successful in this course. The dance types that the
course will cover will be hip-hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary and cultural dances such as Bhangra and Ballroom.
Runners are required. Jazz and ballet shoes are recommended.

DANCE PERFORMANCE 11

See Dance Performance 10

DANCE PERFORMANCE 12

See Dance Performance 10. Prerequisite: Dance Performance 11 or by audition

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY 11

Prerequisite: Dance Performance 11, Dance Performance 12 or by audition

Choreography 11 provides students with opportunities to create dance for a variety of informal and formal settings and
for a variety of purposes. Students learn to explore, create, refine, and produce dance using the elements of movement
to serve artistic intentions. By working through the creative process, students develop an understanding of these
elements and how they combine to form the final product, a choreographed piece.

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY 12

Prerequisite: Dance Performance 12, Dance Choreography 11, or by audition

Choreography 12 provides students with further opportunities to create dance while drawing on all the learned
movement elements and skills. This process requires a nurturing environment that encourages risk taking. Such an
environment enables students to become comfortable moving back and forth through the creative process of exploring,
selecting, combining, refining and reflecting. Students learn to discuss their own creative processes and those of
others as they describe and respond to choreography.

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TV PRODUCTION 10 / 11

TV Production is an introductory course in film and television. Students will produce their own short film subjects, as
well as lean the basics of production work: writing, camerawork, directing, editing and sound. They will be
introduced to technical equipment, and begin to study media form the viewpoint of both the creator and the consumer.
Students will learn film language, and lean how to analyse their own and others media productions. This course is a
excellent introduction for those students who later wish to take IB Film Studies 11 / 12 or Drama for Film and
Television 11 / 12.
DRAMA 11 FILM AND TELEVISION                    Prerequisite: None

This course is highly recommended for those who see a possible future in the Vancouver’s growing film and TV
industry or those who contemplate doing theatre in University. Designed for those who plan to act or enter the
technical side of visual productions, this course offers pre-production, production and post-production skills. Acting
techniques appropriate to the technical parameters of the studio are taught.

Voice, movement and characterization skills are adjusted. Production stages: editing, sound track and special effects
will be studies. The emphasis is on practical production but screenplay format, social, cultural and historical context
of TV and film will also be studied.

DRAMA 12 FILM AND TELEVISION                     Prerequisite: None

This course extends those skills learned in Drama 11 Film and TV into a production setting and is significant for those
who will go on in this field. Exploration and analysis of Film acting skills, film industry organization, film technology
and processes will be examined. The students will be expected to produce scrip treatments which will be translated to
film. Team leadership skills in the production environment will be taught. Students will be assisted in portfolio
building to expedite admission to university in other programs.

STAGECRAFT 11                    Admission: Interview with the Instructor

An introductory course in backstage theatre: design, set construction, colour, painting, properties, lighting,
management and theatre background. Students acquire a working knowledge of theatrical production. Only the
interested and dedicated should apply since self-discipline and self-direction will be a necessity. Production is a
requirement which entails main stage productions, student assemblies, after school and evening time commitments.

STAGECRAFT 12                    Prerequisite: Stagecraft 11

An extension of Stagecraft 11. Set design, special effects, sound, make up and costume, property head, house
manager, lightening designer and more are studied. Production after school and in evenings is a requirement.

SCRIPT WRITING AND DIRECTING 12                           Admission: Interview with Instructor

This course involves study of story telling structure in a workshop environment, learning a variety of types of
narratives, simple scripts and monologues culminating in the writing of a one-act play. Each student will co-direct an
original one-act play. One aim is understanding the co-operative role of writer and director in rehearsal and the central
role of the director in interpretation of the scrip for production for audience.

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