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					          HIGH SCHOOL COURSE PROPOSAL FORMAT/SAMPLE

                            Riverside Unified School District
                                 Instructional Services
                            Secondary Education Department


 I. Course Purpose: Briefly (in a short paragraph) explain the rationale for this course
    offering (why this course is being developed). Include how this course will benefit
    students.

II. Course Description: Briefly (in a short paragraph) describe the course, focusing on
    content rather than instructional strategies, assessments, or rationale. Additional
    paragraphs should be added for Honors, SDAIE, and Special Education. This section
    will be included in the district course catalog.

III. Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes: List 3-5 broad educational goals,
     similar to the “Expected School-wide Learning Results” (ESLRs) required by the WASC
     Focus on Learning process.

        Example: Demonstrate ability to solve problems and think critically by effectively
        completing challenging group and individual projects and assignments.

        Example: Acquire artistic knowledge, perception and technical skills to express and
        communicate ideas graphically.

IV. Course Objectives: List several subject-specific learning objectives. Different from
    “course goals”, objectives should be more detailed and specific to the subject matter. If
    the course covers California Content Standards, links to the standards may be included
    (see example 3).

        Example 1: Students will prepare written research reports showing his/her ability to
        apply the scientific method to solutions of problems.

        Example 2: Students will use the color wheel and demonstrate an understanding of
        color composition.

        Example 3:
                           Objectives                          Standards (optional)

                     1. Students will                     Language Arts Gr. 11/12,
                     prepare written                      Writing 1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8
                     research reports                     199 Science Draft Standards
                     showing his/her ability              Gr. 9-12, Investigation &
                     to apply the scientific              Experimentation 1d, 1f, 1k, 1l
                     method to solutions of
                     problems.



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  V. Course Outline: Include a traditional course outline listing all topics and sub-topics,
     indicating both breadth and depth of coverage. This is the most important part of the
     course description. Be sure to provide substantial detail. For standard courses, (i.e.
     Algebra, World History, Spanish 2, etc.) a page or two is generally adequate. For more
     innovative courses (i.e. Biotechnology, Animation, etc.), more detail is advisable. Be
     sure to include only the content knowledge. Course objectives, key assignments,
     assessments, etc. should be listed in the appropriate sections of the course description, not
     on the outline.

 VI. Texts and Supplemental Materials: First, list district-adopted core textbooks and core
     literature. Follow with other readings, articles, reports, etc., indicating if materials will
     be used in part or in their entirety. Feel free to also list additional reference/resource
     materials, including books, periodicals, web sites, etc.

VII. Key Assignments: List key assignments that students will complete in the course. For
     English courses, be specific about the number, type and length of writing assignments,
     and include a complete reading list. In the reading list, indicate whether books are read in
     their entirety or in part, and whether they are required or optional. For lab science
     courses, provide specific information on lab work performed by students.

      Feel free to use any format that you believe is appropriate. For example, you may want
      to correlate key assignments with the course outline, following the format below.

          Example:

                  Topics/Units/Themes                     Key Activities/Assignments
                                                                  (optional)

            Kinetic theory of matter                Egg in bottle laboratory and write-up
                Gases
                The Ideal Gas Law                  The diameter of a molecule laboratory and
                Pressure                           write-up
                Boyle’s Law
                Charles’ Law                       Airplane contest
                Bernoulli’s Principle
                                                    Kite Contest
                Avogadro’s Law

VIII. Instructional Methods and/or Strategies: List instructional methods used, including
      lecture, group work, readings, lab work, project-based learning, service-learning, library
      research, internet research, interviewing, videos, audiotapes, CD ROM, etc. Firs, list
      primary instructional methods/strategies, followed by other strategies. A brief bulleted
      list is adequate.

 IX. Assessment Methods and/or Tools: List the assessment methods used, including
     exams, quizzes, papers, homework assignments, projects, participation, attendance., etc.
     Include information on final exams/projects. Indicate the approximate percentage for
     which each type of assessment will count. A brief bulleted list is adequate.

  X. Pacing Guide: Include a chart indicating the instructional time in days that are allotted
     for each course topic or set of standards. (If available, use the California STAR Blueprint
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as a guide to calculating the instructional time for course topics.) Also include the
units/chapters, pages, etc. from the textbook and any additional resources that will be
used in instruction.

   Example:

       California          Number of            Topic(s) to be      Unit/Chapter/Pages
      Earth Science       Teaching Days           Covered                from Text
        Content              Allotted
       Standards
                                                                           Unit 8
            1 a-f                16             Solar System      Chap. 28; pgs. 44-773
             *g                                                   Chap. 29; pgs. 744-803
                                                                           Unit 8
           2 a-d                 12            Stars, Galaxies    Chap. 30; pgs. 804-831
            *c                                    Universe        Chap. 31; pgs. 832-857
                                                                           Unit 8
           3 a-e                 21            Plate Tectonics    Chap. 17; pgs. 442-469
            *f                                      Rocks         Chap. 18; pgs. 470-493
                                                 Earthquakes      Chap. 19; pgs. 494-521
                                                 Volcanoes        Chap 20; pgs. 522-535
                                                                           Unit 2
                                                                  Chaps. 4; pgs. 76-97
                                                                  Chaps. 5; pgs. 98-119
                                                                           Unit 4
           4 a-c                 12              Atmosphere       Chap. 11; pgs. 270-297
            *d




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