Students cover the basics of literature, grammar, composition, study skills, and vocabulary. They will be introduced to a variety of literary genres, including short stories, poetry, drama, and novels. In grammar, students will focus on parts of speech, usage, and mechanics. Composition will take the form of journal entries, reader responses, and short essays.Students are introduced to literary analysis, and are taught to write a literary analysis essay. Kinesthetic teaching methods are utilized when possible.
This course focuses on concepts involving rational numbers and applies them to real- world situations. Cadets will become skilled in the following areas: positive and negative rational numbers; geometry; algebra; data analysis and probability; solve problems using appropriate technology – process standards; reason and evaluate mathematical arguments; communicate mathematically; make connections among math ideas to other disciplines; represent mathematics in multiple ways.
This course emphasizes development of scientific thinking and process skills. Cadets learn to set up and conduct investigations that result in improved conceptual knowledge and group cooperation. Students gain an understanding of the common strands of life in science including, diversity of living organisms, structure of and function of cells, heredity, ecosystems and biological adaptation. They explore the nature of science and scientific inquiry by working with other cadets to make observations based on data collection and analysis. Objectives are tied to the Georgia Performance Standards for 7th Grade Life Science. In addition to the content material, emphasis is placed upon Scientific Inquiry, Research, Organizing, Note Taking, and Presentation.
Cadets study historical patterns to understand and evaluate change and diverse perspectives. They examine ancient cultures, classical institutions, world-wide organizational patterns and major conflicts. They will incorporate historical research, critical thinking, analysis, group interaction, and originality.
Offered to the cadets in middle school, this course is intended to help them make an informed decision about their choice of language study in high school. Cadets rotate through 3 of the languages offered: Latin, Chinese or Spanish, and become acquainted with the languages and cultures over a semester.
techniques through observation and practice. In drama students will build a vocabulary of theatre terms, develop an understanding of how a dramatic production operates, and attend productions as the season allows. Each student will also have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of music and develop his natural singing voice as a collaborative project and for personal enjoyment. Course length: 1 semester.
Middle school band members are part of the marching band and musical ensemble that will perform concerts for the surrounding community serving as a representative for Riverside. Cadets will develop musical skills and develop techniques related to their individual instruments. They will be musically literate young men with an appreciation for the different styles of music studied in class. Band cadets will learn self-discipline, individual responsibility, as well as teamwork. Band class will also provide leadership opportunities, a sense of brotherhood, and allow a positive outlet for expression. The band classes fulfill part of a cadet’s arts rotation requirement. Being in a band class is not intended to be a one- semester or one-year commitment. Learning to play an instrument and play music with an ensemble takes years to develop. Once a cadet joins a band class, he is strongly encouraged to remain in band for all of the years he remains at Riverside.
This course is for 7th and 8th grade students that will cover a variety of activities that will focus on overall health and wellness. Activities may include, but not limited to, a variety of team sports, individual sports, strength training, flexibility, and recreational activities. The course will promote lifelong fitness principles and enjoyment of physical activity.
This will be a comprehensive health program, provided in a flexible format, designed to improve health and wellness among high school students. Fitness principles, nutrition, fad diets, weight control, stress management, adherence strategies, and consumer information will be topics of discussion throughout the course. This course is designed to promote self-awareness and responsibility in health.