Grade 7 Curriculum Highlights

 

English/Literature

Reading:

  • Reading for enjoyment as well as learning
  • Finding tone and mood in narratives
  • Recognizing literary conventions in poetry, prose, and plays
  • Describing the use of an author’s point-of-view in prose narratives
  • Looking inside poems for both sound and sense
  • Describing themes, style, and format of essays and other examples of expository prose
  • Finding the voice behind the speaker of an essay, narrative, or poem

Writing:

  • Planning, composing, revising and publishing writing
  • Utilizing dictionaries, atlases, magazines, library catalogs, directories, and other texts to support writing
  • Discussing (through one’s writing) important narrative elements of theme, plot, and character in fiction

Listening and Speaking:

  • Employing an expansive vocabulary both orally and in writing
  • Confidently and eloquently expressing oneself, both orally and in writing
  • Using technology in reading, writing, and oral presentations

Mathematics

Honors

  • Solving two-step equations and inequalities in one variable
  • Graphing linear equations and inequalities with two variables
  • Solving systems of equations
  • Finding the perimeter, circumference, and area of any given polygon as well as the surface area and volume of a variety of 3-D shapes
  • Understanding and Creating charts and graphs that present data
  • Exploring probability

Standard

  • Solve two-step equations in one variable
  • Developing measurement sense
  • Finding the perimeter, circumference and area of any given polygon as well as the surface area and volume of a variety of 3-D shapes
  • Converting decimals to fractions to percents and understanding when each use is best
  • Understanding and Creating charts and graphs that present data
  • Understanding a given number, its square, and its square root
  • Exploring probability

Religion

  • Continuing to grow as a Person for Others who sees God in all things
  • Leading and Writing prayers
  • Understanding the Catholic faith
  • Studying “Family Life:”  topics include – sex education, peer pressure, personal safety
  • 30 hours of person-to-person service

Science

  • Exploring life science and earth and environmental science
  • Designing and conducting scientific investigations
  • Learning important scientific concepts and their applications
  • Exploring life’s diversity of living things
  • Evaluating the usefulness as well as the dangers of human activity to these organisms

Social Studies

Knowledge Outcomes

  • Studying the relationship of water to different aspects of civilization
  • Considering world religions as a factor in the history and current events of the Easter Hemisphere
  • Investigating Africa

Skills Outcomes

  • Finding and understanding primary source documents
  • Conducting research from both traditional and electronic sources
  • Synthesizing research materials to summarize and analyze their content
  • Supporting an argument both orally and in writing

Spanish

  • Attain a desirable level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Exposure to Spanish phrases and expressions through oral exercises, written drills and games
  • Learning and reciting prayers in Spanish

Art

  • Generating ideas for artwork from personal experience, observation, and experimentation
  • Following appropriate and safe steps to create original works while improving craftsmanship in a variety of media, techniques, and art forms
  • Understanding art in relationship to history and culture
  • Applying criticism and aesthetics when producing, responding to, and reflecting on artworks

Music

  • Understanding how music contributes to liturgy
  • Singing on pitch, independently and in ensembles, expressively with attention to dynamics, phrasing, and articulation
  • Learning basic elements of playing piano and guitar
  • Reading, notating, and performing music using notes and rests in a variety of meters
  • Describing musical elements understanding vocabulary surrounding such as rhythmic and melodic ideas, tonality, form, expressive qualities, and timbre
  • Investigating the origins, development, and roles in society and history of musical genres

Physical Education

  • Engaging students in developmentally appropriate activities that create maximum opportunities for development of skills, knowledge, health-related fitness, and ultimately, the confidence to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle
  • Learning life skills such as good sportsmanship and effective team participation
  • Having fun
  • PE classes take place in Georgetown University’s Yates Field House

Technology

  • Integrating word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software into an effective presentation
  • Working appropriately and effectively in collaborative online environments
  • Gaining basic understanding of installation and use of computer & video equipment
  • Understanding complex issues regarding ethical use of the Internet and technology
  • Using of iPad and Mac technology to generate iMovies of play scenes and stop motion films
  • Coding and programming: learning HTML and CSS languages and simple website creation