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Seventh Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

  • 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

Mathematics

Transitions

  • 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
Algebra
  • 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

Science

  • 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

Religion

  • 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

History

  • 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

Social Studies

  • 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