Seventh Grade Core Curriculum
All 7th grade students will automatically be enrolled in the following classes:
Language Arts 7 (Full Year)
Language arts curriculum consists of four major units of study: reading, writing, listening, speaking and information literacy. By reading a variety of materials, students will develop and apply strategies and skills to comprehend and analyze fiction and nonfiction. Working through the writing process, students will write effectively in various forms of writing, especially expository text. Students can also expect to develop and apply listening and speaking skills. Applying research process skills, students will gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of media in the information literacy strand.
Advanced Studies Language Arts 7 (Full Year)
This course parallels the content of the 7th grade Language Arts course with a more rigorous and in-depth focus on selected topics. Units of study include expository writing; literary analysis using fiction/drama selections; a research project; whole class novel study; grammar/usage study and vocabulary study. Differences from Language Arts 7 will occur in novel selections, independent work & reading, and the nature of performance tasks (projects/assessments). Higher expectations through inquiry based learning, critical thinking strategies, and creativity will also differentiate this class from Language Arts 7. Students are expected to embrace a more rigorous curriculum and must be proficient writers with above grade level reading ability.
7th Math (Full Year)
Students are recommended for this class based on their achievement and previous successful experience with mathematics. 7th Math topics include fraction, decimal, and percent relationships; integers; algebraic expressions; solving two-step equations and inequalities; ratios and proportions; angle relationships; two- and three-dimensional geometry; probability and problem-solving strategies. Remediation of basic mathematics skills will be provided for selected students. Daily homework will be assigned. Note: Students in 7th Math can move to 8 Algebra I after taking the Summer Bridge Course to make up content missed in 7th Accelerated.
7th Accelerated Math (Full Year)
Students are recommended for this class based on their achievement and previous successful experience with mathematics. This is a continuation of the 6th Accelerated Math course. This course includes the second half of the 7th-grade math standards and all of the 8th-grade math standards (i.e. 1 ½ years of math content in one school year). Students should have a strong number sense, be able to master concepts quickly, and persevere when content is challenging. Strong reading skills are recommended. Work includes independent study. Daily homework and projects will be assigned. 6th Accelerated Math and 7th Accelerated Math will prepare students for Algebra I in 8th-grade. Note: Students in 6th Math can move to 7th Accelerated after taking the Summer Bridge Course to make up content missed in 6th Accelerated.
Science 7 (Full Year)
This course is designed to investigate our world through the study of Earth Science. Students will learn inquiry skills by using the science and engineering practices developed within the Next Generation Science Standards. While using the science and engineering practices, students will learn about Earth’s Systems, Earth’s Place in the Universe and humans impact our planet. Students will use hands-on activities and inquiry based instruction to learn about our Earth and its place in the Universe.
Advanced Studies Science 7 (Full Year)
PREREQUISITE: Strongly recommended concurrent enrollment in Advanced Studies 7th grade Math Students are recommended for this class based on their prior achievement and successful experience with science. This course parallels the content of 7th Science curriculum with a more rigorous and in-depth investigation of selected topics in science and technology. There is an emphasis on laboratory investigation and inquiry. Creative thinking is useful in problem solving as well as the decision-making processes used in higher level science processes. Projects will require independent study and time management skills.
Ancient World History (Full Year)
This course studies the development of civilizations in the ancient world. Content themes include government, religion/culture, geography, technology, social structures, economics and connections to current events. Emphasis will be given to the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will further develop critical thinking skills including analysis, examination, inference, and prediction. Emphasis will be given to the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will further develop critical thinking skills including analysis, examination, inference, and prediction.
Advanced Studies Ancient World History (Full Year)
This course parallels the content of the 7th grade Ancient World History course with a more rigorous and in-depth focus on selected topics. This course will prepare students for Advanced Studies courses at the high school level.