English language and literature are the two components of Language Arts. The English component stresses vocabulary development, grammar, and the process of writing with a focus on organizational structure, clarity, coherence, and the development of ideas. The literature component emphasizes the comprehension and analysis of a variety of literary works including novels, short stories, and poetry. Students will begin to understand the tools of the writer and identify these literary devices in literature as well as employ them in their own writing. A variety of oral and written projects and presentations will allow students to develop their skills and demonstrate their knowledge.
This year focuses on Medieval and Early Modern Times. Among the civilizations studied throughout the year are: the Roman Empire (reviewed) the Byzantine Empire, the Muslim Empire, early West African Empires (Mali, Ghana, and Songhai), the Mayas, the Incas, the Aztecs, the Mongol and Ming Dynasties of China, Japan, and early European societies. Some world religions are also covered within the context of specific civilizations, including paganism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Within each chapter, specific skills are introduced, continually practiced and tested. These skills include, but are not limited to: reading maps and charts, interpreting line graphs, analyzing causation and correlation, ordering events on a flow chart, and judging the validity and reliability of primary and secondary sources and other historical evidence.
Seventh grade mathematics provides students with the introduction to algebraic and geometric concepts, at the same time solidifying the arithmetic operations of fractions, decimals, and positive and negative integers. Problem solving and the reading and writing of mathematics are all integrated into the curriculum on a regular and on-going basis. Successful completion of this course gives students a firm foundation for the algebra class they will take as eighth graders.
Seventh grade religion classes focus on the New Testament and the life of Jesus. Students are encouraged to gain an appreciation for the message and mystery of Christ and the development of Christian scriptures. Based on Jesus' teaching of unconditional love expressed by service to others, students will complete ten hours of community service during the school year. Their community service experiences are a springboard for discussions on social justice and the outreach activities help them to see how they can make valuable contributions to their community. Seventh graders also complete a course of study on family life.
Students study a variety of Science topics. They start with Unit 0: Think like an Engineer, this will remind them of the questing focus we carry through all science units. Next we will move into Unit 1: Light and Matter, Unit 2: Chemical Reactions and Matter Transfer after this, Unit 3: Chemical Reactions and Energy, Unit 4: Body Systems, Unit 5: Cells and Systems to finally, Unit 6: Natural Resources and Human Impact. They also learn the scientific process, in which they implement when completing their Science Fair Investigation each January.
Spanish class begins with greetings, prayers, and today’s weather and date. Students review colors, alphabet, numbers, months of the year, days of the week, seasons, and body parts as warm up. Students learn new vocabulary weekly and perform oral and written activities using a workbook. Students continue to focus on spelling, developing sentences, and carrying on conversations. Students will read in Spanish, for comprehension and pronunciation; they will write in Spanish, focusing on grammar and proper usage. Assessment is based on weekly tests, vocabulary quizzes, daily class work, homework, and participation in class.