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Morden Collegiate Institute
Grade 11

Welcome to Grade 11 at Morden Collegiate!  Whether you are a returning grade 10 student or new to our school, below you will find information about courses that are available to for you to register for in your grade 11 year.

Courses will be listed in two categories; Core courses (required by the province in order to receive your Manitoba High School Diploma) and Optional courses (courses you elect to take based on your interests and career or post-secondary education goals).  Optional courses are available based on teacher availability and number of registrations and are not guaranteed based on schedule conflicts and availability.

We will schedule an information evening for parents and new students as well as host an information session for current grade 10's prior to the course selection process each year.  Information is also available at that time regarding scheduling “spares" into student schedules.

Core Courses

​Mathematics

There are three Mathematics options to choose from to achieve the required Mathematics credit.  Students may select more than one.  Only one will count as the required course and any additional courses will count as optional courses.

Applied Mathematics

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Introduction to Pre-Calculus and Applied Mathematics 20S

The Applied Mathematics curriculum has been developed in response to society's changing mathematical requirements.  New skill and knowledge requirements are emerging as a result of the increased use of technology in everyday life, in the workplace and in post-secondary institutions.  In addition, business and industry increasingly require responsible, independent learners who are:

  • able to communicate mathematical ideas
  • capable of team-work
  • skilled in problem-solving techniques
  • flexible
  • computer literate
  • self-reliant

In Applied Mathematics 30S, students will master essential skills that are gaining importance in society, technology-based industries and post-secondary institutions.

The course covers the following topic areas:

  • proofs
  • non-linear functions
  • scale
  • statistics
  • graphing and systems of inequalities
  • trigonometry
  • linear programming

Students who take Applied Mathematics 30S will gain desirable and required mathematical skills and knowledge from which they will benefit both today and in the future.

Students enrolled in Applied Math are required to purchase a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 or TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator.  Estimated cost for the calculator is around $150.00.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Essentials in Mathematics

1 credit course

Prerequisite:   Introduction to Pre-Calculus and Applied Mathematics 20S or Essentials in Mathematics 20S

Essentials in Mathematics 30S is intended for students whose post-secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science-related fields.  Essentials in Mathematics 30S emphasizes consumer application, problem solving, decision making, number sense and number use. Students are expected to work both individually and in small groups on mathematical concepts and skills encountered in a technological society.

Topics to be covered include:

  • problem analysis

  • trigonometry

  • interest and credit

  • statistics

  • 3D Geometry

  • managing money

  • relations and patterns

  • design modelling

Pre-Calculus Mathematics

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Introduction to Pre-Calculus and Applied Mathematics 20S with a recommended grade of 70%.

The topics covered in this course include:

  • quadratic functions

  • trigonometry

  • algebra

  • quadratic equations

  • sequences

  • absolute values and radicals

  • rational expressions and equations

  • inequalities

  • reciprocal functions

This course is a continuation of the Math 10F and Pre-Calculus 20S programs and is designed for students who intend to study Calculus and related Mathematics as part of their post-secondary education.  This course comprises, primarily, a high level study of theoretical mathematics with an emphasis on problem solving, mental mathematics, as well as cumulative exercises and testing.  Students are required to learn mathematical concepts through practice and regular homework.  Many of the exercises and problems are expected to be original or different from those presented in class.

Regular class work is an important component of evaluation.  Classroom and homework assignments are an important part of this course.

Students enrolled in Pre-Calculus Math are required to purchase a TI-83 or TI-84.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

English Language Arts

There are three English Language Arts options to choose from to achieve the required ELA credit.  Students may select more than one.  Only one will count as the required course and any additional will count as optional courses.

Comprehensive Focus

1 credit course

Prerequisite: English Language Arts 20F

This English course balances practical and artistic purposes and uses of language. Because the course is “comprehensive", we will divide our study equally between pragmatic and aesthetic texts. 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 manage data and information efficiently, 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. Literature studies will include novels (group and independent study), non-fiction, poetry, contemporary drama, visual text, and film.  This course includes a Final Process Exam

Literary Focus

1 credit course

Prerequisitis: English Language Arts 20F

This English course emphasizes artistic purposes and uses of language. Because the course is “literary", we will focus our study (70%) on aesthetic, literary texts. 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. Literature studies will include novels (group and independent study), non-fiction, poetry, Shakespearean Tragedy, contemporary drama, visual text, and film.  This course includes a Final Process Exam (Standards Assessment).

Transactional Focus

1 credit course

Prerequisite: English Language Arts 20F

This English course emphasizes practical purposes and uses of language. Because the course is “transactional", we will focus our study (70%) on pragmatic texts. 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 manage data and information efficiently, 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. Literature studies will include memoirs (group and independent study), non-fiction, poetry, speeches, visual text, and documentary film.  This course includes a Final Process Exam (Standards Assessment).

History/Histoire

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Sciences Humaines Secondaire 10G & 20G or permission from the instructor  

This course focuses on the historical development of Canada. Students will develop attitudes, skills, and knowledge allowing them to appreciate diverse ways of life and societies in Canada's past and present. They will explore the concepts of time, space, and societies in Canada in the context of a historical study of the following periods:

  1. Native Cultures in Canada/Theories
  2. The French Empire in America
  3. The French Regime
  4. The Conquest and the British Regime
  5. Canada's Confederation
  6. Modern times

Evaluation of this course will include a variety of methods; short quizzes, projects, assignments, oral presentations and a final exam.

Physical Education/Health

There are two delivery methods to achieve the Grade 11 physical education credit.  Students may only select one.

Regular Delivery

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Physical Education 20F

This compulsory full-credit course is designed to help youth take greater ownership of their own physical fitness, to encourage them to seek out activities that interest them, and to engage in active lifestyles into their futures. Students will study topics related to fitness management, mental health, substance use and abuse prevention, and the social impact of sport. The focus of this content will be on health and personal planning.

Students will be graded for completion of the course with a Complete or Incomplete designation.

Students should be prepared to pay a nominal fee for activities requiring community space. (ie bowling - $2.00 per day, curling - $2.00 per day and golf - range balls).

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Women's Fitness and Wellness Focus

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Physical Education 20F

This compulsory full-credit course is designed to support a focus for young women to develop a greater ownership of physical fitness, to encourage seeking out activities of interest to them, and to motivate engagement in active lifestyles into their futures.

Students will study topics related to fitness management, personal and social development, mental-emotional development, social impact of sport, and substance use and abuse preventions. The focus of this content will be on health and personal planning for wellness and fitness, emphasizing topics and issues that are relevant to the lives of young women.

Students will be graded for completion of the course with a Complete or Incomplete designation.

Students should be prepared to pay a nominal fee for activities requiring community space. (ie bowling - $2.00 per day, curling - $2.00 per day and golf - range balls).

 *Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Optional Courses

 

2-D Animation & 3-D Modelling

2 half credit courses for 1 full credit course

Prerequisite: none

This course combines two half credit courses (2-D animation 35S and 3-D Modelling 35S) into a full credit course. The 2-D animation portion of this course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to create two-dimensional animations by creating animation storyboards, frame rate for movement, morphing and distorting of images. The 3-D modelling portion will provide students with the skills and knowledge to use software to create three-dimensional models that represent real objects or illustrate ideas.

Accounting

1 credit course

Prerequisite: none

How many scientists, mathematicians, poets, and historians do you know? Accountants are consistently among one of the top-10 highest paid in-demand jobs in Canada.

This course provides the basis for knowing how to keep accurate and neat accounting records.  Students will learn the essential accounting terms; assets, liabilities, and owner's equity, as well as how all systems relate to these concepts.  Learning to prepare income statements and balance sheets as well as journal entries, posting and preparing trial balances are some of the topics. 

Band

1 credit course

Through this four year program, students will explore music through group performance on wind and percussion instruments.  Students in band will study high quality wind band literature and be held to a high, yet attainable standard of performance.  Students will learn performance skills, musical notation, music theory, music history, and the proper playing mechanics of their instrument.  Emphasis will be placed on the ability to communicate fluently and expressively with the musical language.

Concerts, festivals, trips, and retreats are considered a part of each course, and it is an expectation that all band students participate in these.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Jazz Band

Audition will be held prior to the course to determine placement in an appropriate ensemble.

The Senior Jazz Band provides an enrichment opportunity for students wanting to learn about jazz and perform in a smaller group setting.  It extends upon the concepts learned in Junior Jazz Band.  Auditions for this group are held late in the spring of the previous school year.  Rehearsals are held outside the regular school day. A rehearsal time will be determined after the group has been selected.

Students in the course will learn various idioms of the jazz language and various jazz styles (swing, ballad, rock, latin).  They will also learn jazz forms, jazz chords, jazz scales, and improvisation.  Similar to concert band, the ability to communicate fluently and expressively using the jazz language will be emphasized.

Concerts, festivals, trips, and retreats are considered a part of Senior Jazz Band, and it is an expectation that all students participate in these. 

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Biology

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Science 20F

 

The Biology 30S Curriculum focuses on two main themes; “Wellness and Homeostasis".

The course is divided into the following 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

The students learn the multidimensional aspect of wellness and how the different systems of the body function to maintain homeostasis.

The evaluation consists of lab work, project work, daily assignments, tests and a final exam.

Physics

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Science 20F AND Intro to Pre-Calculus and Applied Math 20S are recommended prerequisites for this course. Continuation in Pre-Calculus 30S or Applied Math 30S is recommended if continuing in Physics 40S.

Physics 30S is intended to provide students with the opportunity to explores physical concepts using four modes of representation. The modes deal with being able to describe an event using words, numbers, a graph, and an algebraic equation. There is a great deal of math required for this course, but all problems are solved using linear concepts.

The units to be covered in this course are:

1)     Mechanics

  • Kinematics, Dynamics

2)     Fields

  • Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Magnetic Fields, Electromagnetisms

3)     Waves

  • Waves in One Dimension, Waves in Two Dimensions, Sound

4)     The Nature of  Light

  • Models, laws & theories, The wave & particle model of light. 

Chemistry

1 credit course

Prerequisite:  Science 20F AND Introduction to Pre-Calculus and Applied Math 20S are prerequisites for this course. Continuation in Pre-Calculus 30S or Applied Math 30S is necessary to continue in Chemistry 40S.

Chemistry 30S continues to develop the concepts and themes introduced in the chemistry clusters of grades 9 and 10 General Science. This course is designed as prerequisite for Chemistry 40S and further postsecondary study in the sciences. It is a rigorous course covering the following topics.

  1. Physical Properties of Matter
  2. Gases and the Atmosphere
  3. Chemical Reactions
  4. Solutions
  5. Organic Chemistry

Current Topics in Science

1 credit course

Prerequisite:  Science 20F

Current Topics in Science 30S is a grade 11 course that allows the students to explore topics in science that are of personal interest.  The topics covered in the course are to be decided upon and developed at the local level.  The topics will fit within the general themes of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science while meeting the learning outcomes and workload expected of a grade 11 science course.   

Evaluation is based on assignments, group/project work, tests and a progress portfolio.

Career Development

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

The grade 11 curriculum focuses student learning on personal management skills, life/work balance, and transition from high school.  In grade 11 students will have up to 40 hours to apply specific learning outcomes during their Career and Community Experiences unit.

Choir

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Choir 20G

Choir 30S is a year-long course. Students will receive one credit for this course. Classes are rehearsal-based, with the majority of class time spent studying repertoire. The course is an extension of Choir 20S with emphasis on expanding the students' repertoire to include a wider variety and more challenging repertoire. Music selections include, but are not limited to, other languages such as Latin, French and German, and 20th century music.

Students in Choir 30S will be expected to develop and grow in all areas of the curriculum, as established in Choir 20S:

Making Music

  • Acquire singing skills including vocal production, breath management, tone quality, diction, dynamics, intonation and phrasing
  • Develop skills in listening, vocal blend, vocal confidence, independence and discipline

Creating Music

  • An expanding ability and opportunity to generate ideas, revise, refine and share creative works

Connecting in Music

  • Opportunities to make personal connections to music and understanding the role of music in the world

Responding to Music

  • Ability to provide evidence of their developing understanding of music through deepening and thoughtful responses. Evidence of growing and music-related vocabulary as it is used in responses.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Vocal Jazz

1 credit courses

There are auditioned and non-auditioned vocal jazz ensembles.

Vocal Jazz 30S and 40S is a year-long course. Students will receive one credit for this course. Classes are rehearsal-based, with the majority of class time spent studying repertoire. The ensemble (30S and 40S) demands time and commitment from the members as we rehearse before school (7:45am – 8:45 am, Monday and Wednesday).  Sight reading skills and vocal experience are an asset to the ensemble.

Vocal Jazz 30S and 40S are expected to develop, grow and model leadership in all areas of the curriculum as established in Vocal Jazz 10S/20S:

Making Music

  • Acquire singing skills including vocal production, breath management, tone quality, diction, dynamics, intonation and phrasing
  • Develop skills in listening, vocal blend, vocal confidence, independence and discipline

Creating Music

  • An expanding ability and opportunity to generate ideas, revise, refine and share creative works

Connecting in Music

  • Opportunities to make personal connections to music and understanding the role of music in the world

Responding to Music

  • Ability to provide evidence of their developing understanding of music through deepening and thoughtful responses. Evidence of growing and music-related vocabulary as it is used in responses.

Travel opportunities will become available through festival/competition performances

Clothing, Housing & Design

1 credit course

Teacher Recommended Prerequisite: Clothing, Housing, and Design 10G and/or 20G

This course may include the study of some decorative techniques, such as beading, stencilling, cross-stitching and decorative stitching, appliqué work, hand and machine embroidery, as well as advanced sewing skills for creating unique garments. Some time will be devoted to learning flat-pattern design. Sewing projects for this level may include graduation dresses, jackets, trousers and will reflect the sewing skills of the individual. Students will also focus on several elements of interior design, such as colours, patterns, textures, layout, forms, shapes, spacing, style, etc. Students will further expand their study of computer aided projects for clothing, housing and design.

The actual content may vary from year to year depending on the needs of students involved in the course.

Project Fee - $10.00

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Computer Science

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Intro to Applied and Pre-Calculus Math 20S & Computer Science 20S

This course will continue topics from Computer Science 20S. We will review some concepts like variables, conditional statements, loops, and functions in programming; and learn more complex programming instructions in this course. Students will focus on object-oriented programming, by looking at Java programming in Greenfoot.

Dramatic Arts

1 credit course

Suggested Prerequisite: Drama 20S. Students should have a genuine interest in drama.

This course runs during the school day schedule.

The curriculum is organized around a set of drama elements, which are developed at different levels of complexity over the three years.  The drama elements are the essential components around which teachers build programs for specific groups/classes of students. (The drama categories are listed under Dramatic Arts 20S). This intermediate course continues to emphasize  the elements and extends the experience to scripts and literature appropriate for dramatic interpretation. This class will participate in multiple public performances. All courses will be taught in our specialized theatre classroom and supported by our Backstage Theatre class.

English as an Additional Language

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

This is the entry level coursed intended for beginners learning to communicate in English. Students may have little or no knowledge of English and may experience difficulty in the regular classroom. The emphasis in this course is on the speaking and listening and survival language for the school community. Students will develop basic conversation skills and vocabulary and use simple sentence patterns. Possible topics to be covered are food, homes, family, school, weather, occupations, holidays and Canadian customs.

Family Studies

1 credit course

No prerequisite

This grade 11 course is for students interested in the child care/child development fields. It focuses on the developmental stages of childhood from birth to age 12 as well as changes, challenges, and care throughout pregnancy. Students are expected to do a variety of projects and presentations and, most importantly, spend 40% of the semester working in community daycares or early years classrooms. While out on the practicum placements students will act as an extra set of hands while helping their supervisors, interacting with and helping care for young children.

The program offers an Infant Care Unit and students will have an opportunity to experience Realcare Baby for one weekend during the semester.

Almost half of the final mark is based on the effort and responsibility shown during the work experience and baby care portion of the course. Because of this a positive, energetic, and open minded attitude is essential to enjoying the course and growing through it.

Food & Nutrition

1 credit course

Prerequisite: None

Grade 11 students are encouraged to take this course for an additional credit

This course is a continuation of the Food and Nutrition 20G course. Should I take a vitamin supplement in the winter? Are all additives “bad" for you? This course focuses on consumer issues such as food additives, organic foods, processed foods, supplements, special diets, such as vegetarian/vegan, weight reducing or gaining diets, etc., and food labeling. The FOOD LAB component will focus on meeting specific nutritional needs and the theory and application of cooking techniques. If time permits, this course will include a few extra topics, such as foods of the world, food choices and nutritional needs through the life cycle, and health and environmental factors which influence food supply.

The actual content may vary from year to year depending on the needs of students involved in the course.

Project Fee - $10.00

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

French

1 credit course

Prerequisite: French 20G

Over the four years of coursework, students will be expected to communicate orally and interact spontaneously. They will listen in order to understand the communicated message. Students will plan and write coherent texts to communicate the message. Students will read a variety of texts, for various purposes, and demonstrate understanding orally, in writing or visually. They will demonstrate a general knowledge of francophone cultures and apply knowledge of francophone cultures to interactions with others.

The focus of class time will be oral communication then reading and writing. Students are assessed according to message, fluency and accuracy.

French Language Arts

1 credit course

Prerequisite: French Language Arts 20F or permission from the instructor.

Students will be further introduced to French culture through literature, television and film.  Topics and themes that may be covered include culture, discrimination, poverty and immigration.  This course will also look at biographies, newspaper articles and current events.

Evaluation of this course will include a variety of methods; short quizzes, projects, assignments, oral presentations and a final project.

Graphic Arts

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Graphic Arts 20S

Students will build on previous experience from Graphic Arts 20S. Students should be comfortable with the role of a graphic designer, the basic fundamentals of graphic design, and how to apply them to the design process. Students will develop further skills in Adobe programs along with photography and typography. Students should be able to produce commercial quality work for projects this semester with real clients and real problems.

Technical Theatre

1 credit Course

Prerequisite:  None

This is not a performance course. Building upon the grade 10 course, grade 11 students will take on a more leadership role in the production aspects of theatre; Lighting, Sound, Stage Construction, Set Painting, House Management, Marketing, Stage Management, and Backstage Crew positions.  Developing deeper understanding of seeing the bigger picture and problem solving are skills that are woven into all aspects of this course.

Theatre Production

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Audition with course instructor.

Note:   This class will meet outside of the school day in both semesters, until the completion of the show in the Spring

This is a practical course involving the rehearsal and production of theatre and a show. The course will include rehearsal techniques, script analysis and practical experience in design, technical theatre and stage management.  The course will culminate in a public performance.  The course will be taught in our state of the art, flexible theatre space. This course will be supported by our technicians and design teams from our Backstage Theatre class.

Visual Arts

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Students selecting this course should have a genuine interest in art and come with some knowledge of drawing techniques.

Visual Art 30S is designed to be a continuation of the student's study of their environment, with a more analytical look at the techniques past artists have used to portray the world around them.  In Visual Art 30S students learn to apply their knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design to creating well-planned artwork that has more focus on personal expression.

Course work will be mainly studio based.  A study of historic influences on art are also included.  Student's progress will be assessed on the basis of studio assignments and art history studies.

ART FEE - $15.00 plus supplies as mentioned in Visual Art 20G.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Woodworking Technology

1 credit course

Prerequisite: Woodworking Technology 20G

In Woodworking Technology, students will develop skills in furniture construction.  The course will explore these areas through in-class lectures and assignments, as well as through individual project work.

Supplies you will require are:

  • White Art Eraser
  • Compass
  • Lined Paper (at least 50 sheets)
  • Calculator
  • Safety Glasses
  • Tape Measure

There are costs for materials associated with this course.  Students may select from a number of projects and types of materials, so costs do vary.

*Financial assistance is available to any student who may be interested in taking courses with associated costs or fees.  Please see Ms. Fenn for more information.

Yearbook

1 credit course

Prerequisite: none

This course is designed around creating the MCI yearbook. Through Adobe InDesign, students will learn how to properly design and layout yearbook spreads. After students have learned the layout basics, they will have creative freedom when choosing fonts and colour styles. Students will learn about organization, responsibility, and meeting deadlines. Students will become comfortable with selling to clients and photography. Photography and Adobe Photoshop will also be covered.