- Identify, explain and find concrete examples of literary devices and imagery including flashback, foreshadowing, symbolism, simile, metaphor, personification and alliteration
- Write/speak to compare, describe, relate, predict, recommend and state opinions based on fiction and nonfiction
- Write/speak to persuade, inform and entertain
- Listen/read to analyze others’ points of view (keep an open mind, separate fact from opinion, understand speaker’s point of view and bias)
- Apply note-taking and study skills
- Read, write and analyze poetry and understand the writing devices used in poetry
- Evaluate oral-visual presentations
- Use appropriate grammar in writing
- Correctly diagram sentences to demonstrate an understanding of parts of speech, and the role these words play in a sentence
- Correctly spell, use and understand words in writing and from readings
- Correctly use vocabulary words in writing

- Translate a verbal phrase to a numerical of algebraic expression
- Solve an equation for a replacement set that was given
- Use addition, subtraction to solve equations involving whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
- Use the basic properties of addition or multiplication to write an algebraic expression
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers
- Use inductive reasoning to make generalizations about geometric figures and solids; find areas, volumes, and perimeters
- Understand decimal notation and place value; to compare and order decimals
- Write equations to solve simple problems using decimals
- Use estimation in problem-solving
- Develop and apply the concepts of factors, multiples, primes, and prime factorizations, GCF, and LCM to problem situations
- Investigate divisibility rules and the basic ideas of powers and exponents
- Describe the relationship between two variables using functions
- Make the transition in problem-solving situations from work with rational numbers to application of rational numbers
- Decide what the variable should represent when setting up an equation
- Solve equations which include rational number multiplication and division
- Use exponents, in products and quotients, scientific-notation and repeating decimals to solve problems
- Solve equations with combined operations and with all types of numbers by using equation-solving process
- Understand the relationship between percents, fractions and decimals, by changing them from one form to another
- Create and analyze linear, bar, and circle graphs
- Measure length, weight, and capacity in metric and customary units
- Convert between systems of measurement
- Determine simple probabilities

- Evaluate algebraic expressions by grouping, simplifying, and factoring, and evaluate expressions with exponents
- Compare integers and compare rational numbers; use all four operations to simplify expressions with each group of numbers
- Utilize properties of addition and multiplication to solve equations; simplify equations containing absolute value, fractions, decimals, and percent
- Solve inequalities using properties of addition and multiplication; graph inequalities on a number line
- Multiply and divide numbers in exponential formal evaluate with monomials and polynomials
- Factor monomials and polynomials; recognize a difference of two squares; recognize a trinomial square; recognize common term
- Graph linear equations in two variables using a variety of methods; define and determine the slope of a line; determine the equation of a line
- Employ techniques to solve a system of equations using the substitution, addition, and multiplication methods
- Simplify rational expressions; multiply, divide, add and subtract rational expressions with like/unlike denominators; solve rational equations
- Find square roots of perfect squares; utilize a calculator to give an approximation for an irrational number
- Evaluate radical expressions using all four operations
- Solve triangles and problems using the Pythagorean theorem
- Write and solve a quadratic equation in standard form by factoring and the quadratic formula
- Use set notation and perform operations on sets
- Recognize functions; graph quadratic functions
- Use the distance and midpoint formulas

- Make quantitative and qualitative observations and use scientific method
- Understand that an object’s form is related to its function, understand support, strength and efficiency
- Study spheres, cylinders, triangles and fractals
- Learn properties of matter: density, atomic structure, molecules and compounds
- Explain the general organization of the Periodic Table
- Recognize properties used to classify and identify elements
- Understand forces: electromagnetism, gravity, friction and inertia
- Understand basic properties of magnets and concepts of electricity
- Study Solar System, its composition and bodies within it
- Understand forces that change the Earth: earthquakes, volcanoes, erosion and deposition
- Study weather: interpret weather maps, explain air masses, including temperature, pressure and humidity
- Learn about cell division and reproduction in organisms
- Have a basic understanding of genetics and heredity
- Study stages of human development
- Identify the components of an ecosystem
- Understand water cycle and aquatic ecosystems
- Explain the movement of energy through a food web
- Study consumers, producers, predator/prey and symbiotic relationships, communities and niches
- Explain change and succession in an environment

- Help students arrive at a Catholic interpretation of their life experiences
- Explore the fundamentals of the Catholic faith
- Identify and describe parts of the Mass
- Name and explain the seven Sacraments
- Recognize and explain the Ten Commandments as guidelines for moral decision-making
- Recognize and explain the liturgical year
- Explain the death and resurrection of Jesus and how that applies to adolescence
- Saint Thomas Chastity Curriculum for Seventh Grade

- September – October will study world history from the Middle Ages to the Age of Discovery
- November – June will begin the study of American History form Columbus to events leading to the Civil War
- At the completion of the American Revolution, the U.S. governmental system will be studied
- Three branches of government
- Court systems of the federal, state and local levels
- How a law is passed
- How political parties work
- Role plays will by used to enforce understanding of the government
- Project reports will be given to understand the main events and leaders of each historical period
- Try to teach a historical event that might apply to a similar event of today

- Acquaint each student with the map and flag of each country being studied
- Demonstrate the cultural heritage of each country being studied
- Understand the religious, artistic, dress, and food tastes of each country
- Master the cause-and-effect relationship of historical events
- Introduce an economic study of each country
- Demonstrate an understanding of the political, social, and economic problems of each country
- Produce projects that explain the differences and similarities of each country or continent
- Develop an understanding on how environment, climate, and land mass play an important role in the life of the people
- Demonstrate the relationship of education to technology and lifestyles
- Master at least two countries from each continent