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Picketts Charge 2019

English Language Arts (ELA)

The seventh grade Language Arts curriculum continues to develop skills taught in grade six. It focuses on literary analysis, grammar mechanics, vocabulary expansion, and writing skills. While students are introduced to current literature, such as Wonder and I Am Malala (Young Reader’s Edition), classic novels are also incorporated in the seventh grade curriculum, including A Wrinkle in Time andFever 1793. One of the major interdisciplinary units focuses on Fever, as they connect it to what they are learning about our country’s history in Social Studies class and a study of infectious diseases in Science. Along with reviewing the grammar topics covered in grade six, seventh graders also begin to focus more on language mechanics and utilizing a formal tone in their writing. Students continue to work on strengthening their argumentative writing skills through a variety of topics relevant to them. They grow in their ability to make a strong claim statement that is supported by research. Along with this type of writing, grade seven students are also given the opportunity to write creatively through personal narratives, poetry, and literary reflection and analysis.

Religion

Seventh grade students will continue studying the Bible with the emphasis being upon the New Testament of Jesus Christ as it fulfills the promises of the Old Testaments. They will begin the year with acquiring a firm grasp of Jesus as a real historical figure who lived, preached, died and rose again in the first century. Many facets of Jewish life and belief will be explored. Students will also learn about how the New Testament Canon was created, and what gave impetus for its creation. Students will be encouraged to compare the life of their parish with the life of early Christians. The sacramental and liturgical life of the Catholic Church will be explored through the prism of the New Testament with an eye to its modern theological development. Once again students will understand the sacraments are encounters with Christ who is working in and through the sacraments to make them into holy members of his body, the Church. The grace given in each sacrament will also be studied in greater depth.

Science

The material in each course is presented to the student in a variety of ways - lecture and notes, hands-on experience and experiments in the lab, investigative reports, and long-term projects. Lessons are designed to challenge our students to think about the scientific world around them. They are taught to observe and think like scientists. The laboratory setting gives them the authentic feeling that they are working as scientists. Ultimately, our curriculum is designed to produce students with innovative thinking skills through experience with hands-on investigations, rigorous science content, and engaging, real-world applications that make science fun, exciting, and stimulating.

In seventh grade, students focus on systems and cycles by looking at plate tectonics, interactions of humans and Earth processes, organism systems to support and propagate life, ecosystem dynamics and motion and energy systems.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum at Saint Joseph School is designed to teach students about their world's history and geography. Students learn about themselves in relation to other citizens of the world and the country. Students study human experiences from the past and the present, which enable them to wisely prepare for the future. They are taught the skills necessary for them to become responsible, intelligent, and caring citizens.

A variety of teaching activities are utilized in the Social Studies program, including lectures, oral presentation, projects, group work, research, and exploration of the internet.

The grade seven curriculum centers on the development of ancient and classical civilizations and the physical geography of Asia, Oceania and Europe. Students in seventh grade also conduct research-based projects in accordance with the National History Day program.

Math

The seventh-grade math program is a bridge between the computational exercises learned through grade 6 and the advanced mathematics courses they will take in high school.  All students take Pre-Algebra; one class is a regular course, and one is an honors level course. 

Students master operational procedures using fractions, decimals, percentages, and integers as they tackle the more abstract concepts of algebraic expressions and equations, and proportions.  Students are introduced to linear functions and explore data and probability. Geometric topics include similar figures, converting measurements, and using formulas to find areas, surface areas and volumes of 2-d and 3-d figures.  

Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is placed upon developing sound problem-solving strategies that challenge our students' minds and build their confidence for taking on the real-life problems they will face in the future. 

Classes are taught in both interactive and traditional modes to best meet the diverse needs of our students. The teaching approach is varied, using teacher-lead instruction, collaborative learning, manipulatives, and technology. 

Our goal is to give students the basic mathematical skills necessary to function in life, as well as to prepare them for higher level thinking which lies ahead. Students are encouraged to value mathematics, to think mathematically and to solve problems strategically. They practice communicating effectively using precise mathematical language to appreciate the connections between mathematics and life experience.  

Technology

Students in seventh grade technology expand their foundational skills in research and learn to customize with MicroSoft 365 tools. Digital story telling skills are practiced with authentic and cross-curricular projects. A Colonial America fact sheet develops on-line research skills using key words, databases, citations, image and text cohesion. The theme of digital storytelling continues with animated comic strips, presentations on events with cultural impact and interactive info-graphic maps. Students use Microsoft drawing tools to make original creatures and learn how today’s technology companies create accessibility tools for diverse users. Personal budgeting and graph editing skills are taught with Excel spreadsheet projects. Like sixth graders, the grade level continues to master keyboarding with regular practice.