The focus of the Christ Our Life series in seventh grade is the study of Jesus. The program is divided into three units: Jesus Christ the Way, Jesus Christ the Truth, and Jesus Christ the Life. This program is designed to help students grow in their knowledge of Jesus and to know what it means to follow him in daily life. Students will have a greater appreciation of the life Jesus won for us by his death and Resurrection. We will also be using the RCL Benzinger Family Life book for Seventh grade. There are five themes: God’s Gift of Family, God’s Gift of Self, God’s Gift of Life, God’s Gift of Love, and God’s Gift of Community. Each unit focuses on different Catholic values associated with the theme. Students will continue to pray, study the gospels, and learn prayers. Students will also participate in school liturgies and prayer services.
7th graders will gain the tools needed to elevate their writing skills to be able to write clear, coherent, and focused essays. This includes students being aware of their audience and purpose of writing a particular piece. In this class, we will focus on formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions. The skills to be highlighted this year are using Research and Technology as well as Evaluation and Revision of an essay.
In 7th Grade Literature, we will deepen our comprehension of literary skills through analyzing different structural features of literature, including: short stories, novels, poetry, essays, autobiographies etc. By doing so, students will be building on their own skills of analyzing a piece of historical and/or cultural work, determining the author’s purpose, creating their own point of view, and defending it.
The math curriculum for 7th grade follows the seventh grade common core standards. Major areas of study include Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Students will use various resources (websites, apps, manipulatives, textbooks, etc.) to master these important mathematical concepts before heading to high school.
Advanced Math: This course reinforces mathematical skills taught in the grade six class with additional advanced computation including an emphasis on Algebraic concepts. Students study fractions, decimals, percents, positive and negative integers and rational numbers. They become more proficient in using ratios, proportions and solving algebraic equations. Students continue to practice using math skills to solve word problems and to think creatively and analytically. The use of manipulative, calculators and computers is a part of the problem solving process. This course is aligned with the California State Standards and the Common Core for math.
This world history course is broken into eight units covering Medieval Europe, the rise of Islam, the Kingdoms of West Africa, Imperial China, Medieval Japan, the Civilizations of the Americas, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the Early Modern Era of Europe (Age of Exploration, Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment). Through this course students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations covered throughout the year. The study of geography and mapping skills will also be included throughout the course. All of the California History Social Science Standards for Seventh Grade are covered throughout the course. The new Common Core Standards are also integrated through the course. Students will learn using a combination of reading and writing activities, projects, group and individual class work and homework, and various iPad apps.