7TH GRADE COURSE CATALOG

COURSE: HISTORY 7 – ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY
COURSE NUMBER: 213
A-G: n/a
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Taglianetti) Periods 1,2,3,4,7,8,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Nabhan) Periods 2,3,4 (De La Cruz) Periods 6,7,8,9
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to cover ancient civilizations and the development thereof. This includes politics, religion, economy, and social traditions.  This course covers Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, China, Japan, and the Americas.

COURSE: JUNIOR ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ASB)
COURSE NUMBER: 6911
A-G: n/a
PREREQUISITE: Successful audition or election
HOUSE: Careers
CONSERVATORY: Career Arts
HESPERIA COURSES: (Burke) Periods 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Ball) Periods 7
DESCRIPTION: ASB Leadership is a project-based course aimed at increasing students’ leadership capabilities. Through the planning and execution of numerous events for the school, students will discover how to best effect change in their communities.  Students will read extensively about the nature of leadership and its different styles. Additionally, students write frequently, critically, reflectively, persuasively, and speak about the real world issues that arise from the planning of events. The course uses sections of The Student Leadership Guide by Brendon Burchard. The class will focus on standards designed by the California Association of Directors of Activities and Common Core State Standards, including communication & public speaking, creativity, service learning and reflection while positively impacting the entire student body.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA A 
COURSE NUMBER: 68
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre, Dance, Cirque, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Barton) Periods 4,6
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA B (ADVANCED) 
COURSE NUMBER: 682
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to go into more depth with junior high students with the art of theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique.

COURSE: MATH 7 / PRE ALGEBRA
COURSE NUMBER: 2007
A-G: None
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Buzzard) Periods 2,3,4 (Willison) Periods 6,7,8,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (G. Freeman) Periods 2,3,4 (Donovan) Periods 6,7,8,9
DESCRIPTION: This course serves as a precursor to Algebra 1. Various hands on activities are provided to stimulate interest and to facilitate the introduction of math concepts including whole numbers, properties and rules of operations, number theory, rational numbers, ratio, proportion, percentage, measurement, statistics, probability, real numbers, and graphing. Students will also study basic algebra principles such as algebraic expressions, polynomials, equations, and factoring.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 7 (JUNIOR HIGH COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 215
A-G: N/A, JUNIOR HIGH COURSE
PREREQUISITE: None/
HOUSE: Junior High
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Higuera-Munoz) Periods 2,3,4,6,7,8,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (De La Cruz) 2,3,4 (Nabhan) Periods 6,7,8,9
DESCRIPTION: The language arts processes of reading, writing, listening, and
speaking are taught in an integrated and inter-related manner. Course compo-
nents include the study of rich and varied literature, writing in the genres of narrative, persuasive, expository, response to literature and summary of reading materials.
Students wishing to enroll in HONORS classes in 7th grade will request the Honors extension assignments in the regular classes.  Ask counseling for details. 

COURSE: SCIENCE 7 / INTRO TO BIOLOGY
COURSE NUMBER: 212
A-G: None
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Buzzard) Periods 6,7,8,9 (Willison) Periods 2,3,4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (G. Freeman) Periods 6,7,8,9(Donovan) Periods 2,3,4
DESCRIPTION: This course presents students with a wide variety of information, activities, and experiences related to major areas of study in the field of Introductory Biology. The topics, which correlate directly with the NGSS Middle School Life Science Standards, include the study of ecology and ecosystems; cell biology and the fundamental life processes of plants and animals; human physiology including structures, the immune system, and organ systems; and genetics, including mutation, reproduction, DNA, genetic changes, and forensics. In second semester, the topics include the study of ecology and ecosystems; human physiology including structures, the central and peripheral nervous systems, and sensory structures and functions; asexual and sexual reproduction in plants and animals; genetic diversity, biotechnology, cloning; Earth Science (fossils, atmosphere, extinction and survival, etc.) and global climate change and ecology.

COURSE: STUDY SKILLS 7 / MATH STRATEGIES
COURSE NUMBER: 2395
A-G: N/A
PREREQUISITE: JUNIOR HIGH
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Burke) Periods 3,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Ball) Periods 3,8
DESCRIPTION: This essential Study Skills course will help develop and strengthen academic and organizational skills, while encouraging each student to focus more on overall personal well-being. BASIC MATH A – Essential math skills, including the numeration system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and their application in daily life situations are covered.