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Grade 7 Curriculum

 
Curriculum Overview
Curricular Goals

Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Explore Salvation History through the Old Testament
  • Emphasize the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Word Made Flesh in the New Testament and reflect upon the Gospel message
  • Evangelize the student through prayer, worship, and discussion of Catholic doctrine
  • Discuss of the Call to Action and Catholic Social Teaching
 
Text and Materials
 
  • Faith and Life: The Life of Grace series (Ignatius Press)
  • The Catholic Youth Bible (St. Mary's Press)
  • YouCat English (Ignatius Press)
Curricular Goals

Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Examine the elements of literature: novels, short stories, and poetry
  • Implement close reading techniques
  • Read, discuss, and interpret a variety of genres in fiction (mystery, dystopia, coming of age) and nonfiction (essay, biography, speech)
  • Define, establish and reproduce key literary devices/terms and techniques
  • Cite textual evidence and annotate
  • Write literary analyses
  • Incorporate metacognitive strategies for comprehension, vocabulary, and study skills
 
Text and Materials
 
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  • The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman
  • Newsela
Curricular Goals

Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Practice and emphasize conventions of standard English grammar and usage
  • Utilize phrases and clauses to strengthen sentence structure
  • Increase sentence interest with the use of transitional, prepositional, gerund, participial, and infinitive phrases
  • Refine paraphrasing skills throughout the research process
  • Develop vocabulary attack strategies: spelling, incorporation, and context
  • Extend sentence diagramming skills
  • Employ Modern Language Association (MLA) style in final draft writing
 
Text and Materials
 
  • Easy Grammar Plus (ISHA Enterprises, Inc.)
  • Vocabulary Workshop (Sadlier)
  • MLA Handbook (Modern Language Association)
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Pre-Algebra

Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Develop an understanding and application of proportional relationships
  • Develop an understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations
  • Solve problems involving scale drawings and work with two- and three-dimensional shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume
  • Draw inferences about populations based on samples
 
Accelerated Pre-Algebra
 
Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Develop an understanding and application of proportional relationships
  • Represent proportional relationships as equations and graphs to solve problems involving ratio, percents, and scale
  • Develop an understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations
  • Solve problems involving scale drawings and work with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume
  • Draw inferences about populations based on samples
 
Text and Materials
 
Curricular Goals

Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Identify the ways cells contribute to the function of living organisms
  • Compare how a system of living and nonliving things operate to meet the needs of the organisms in an ecosystem
  • Explain how living organisms pass traits from one generation to the next
  • Differentiate how organisms change over time in response to changes in the environment
 
Text and Materials
 
  • Life iScience, (McGraw-Hill)
  • Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers in Middle School: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Shiverdecker and Fries-Gaither (NSTA Press)
  • BrainPop
  • Newsela
  • Discovery Education
Curricular Goals

Students in 7th Grade will:
 
  • Define and elucidate an in-depth historical and anthropological study of six major ancient societies (Mesopotamia, Egypt/Middle East, India, China, Greece, and Rome).
  • Explore a survey of major world religions with a focus on their origins and belief systems (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and major mythological systems from the Near East/Mediterranean World)
 
Text and Materials
 
  • History Alive!: The Ancient World (Teachers' Curriculum Institute)
  • Historical sources: sacred scriptures from the world religions, such as the sermons of the Buddha, the Bhagavad Gita, and historical writings from different philosophers
  • Discovery Education
Students is 7th Grade are enrolled in the following specials classes, one Fine Arts elective, and one Technology elective.
 
Specials
 
  • Computers
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
 
Fine Arts Electives
 
  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
 
Technology Electives
 
  • Computer Coding I and II
  • Drafting I and II
  • Graphics Design I and II
  • Robotics I and II
Field Trips
 
  • Vocations Awareness Day, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
  • Tree Runner Adventure Park
 
Featured Projects
 
  • Human Dignity Course
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Letters to Veterans
 
Enrichment and Competitions