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7th Grade Courses

Seventh Grade Required Courses

Language Arts 7

Language Arts 7 will be two-periods of instruction in the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Classes will meet everyday for an entire year. All curriculum and related assessments are aligned with program outcomes and essential elements of learning already established for the middle school and the district. Students will apply critical thinking to each area listed below.

Reading Strategies

  • Explores methods to facilitate proficiency in reading (e.g. visualization, predicting, inferences, and establishing purpose)
  • Determine the meaning of words through structural analysis, semantic relationships, or context clues
  • Paraphrases, summarizes, analyzes, and synthesizes literary genres, elements, and techniques

Writing

  • Uses various prewriting strategies and writes a draft that matches the tone and purpose to the audience
  • Revises writing based on the Six Traits of Good Writing
  • Applies strategies for proper spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and conventions
  • Creates mental images for the reader by using the senses and vivid language
  • Defines, interprets, or explains an idea, event, or process for the reader
  • Presents a series of arguments to convince the reader to believe or act in a certain way
  • Creates different forms of poetry by including figurative language, rhythm, emotion, and sometimes rhyme

Speaking and Listening

  • Demonstrates appropriate skills in speaking and listening in various settings (i.e. formal speech, small group discussion, and dramatic interpretation)

 

Social Studies 7

This course studies the relationship between Western European nations and early American history. The goal of this class is to examine such topics as government, perspective, and cultures of early American people, exploration, and early American history. First semester students will focus primarily on the development of economic and political systems in Western Europe, early America, and Native American tribes. During second semester students will look at the movement towards American Independence and the early development of the American Republic.

Science 7

7th Grade Science is a hands-on, lab oriented general science course. Students will gain knowledge in the following areas: inquiry, the nature of science and technology, matter, the structure and function of living things, heredity, earth structures and processes, and energy in earth’s system.

Math 7

Math 7 is a grade level math course with instruction and assessment in the following areas:

  • Number Sense
  • Decimals
  • Integers
  • Fractions
  • Algebraic Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Probability
  • Geometric Concepts and Measurement
  • Coordinate Geometry & Transformations
  • Data Representation and Analysis

Honors Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra is an accelerated math course with instruction and assessment in the following areas:

  • Number Sense
  • Algebraic Equations
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Geometry Concepts
  • Data Analysis
  • Inequalities
  • Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Probability

NOTE: Students should maintain a grade of “B” or higher to remain in the class and to be ready for the next course level in the honors math program.

Honors Algebra 7

A fast-paced, challenging high school level algebra course for accelerated math students. Continuation on this path places students in Calculus as a junior in high school. Areas of instruction and assessment include the following:

  • Number Sense
  • Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
  • Rates, Ratios, Proportions, and Probability • Graphs and Functions
  • Linear and Absolute Value Equations
  • Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Polynomials and Factoring
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Radical Expressions and Equations
  • Data Analysis
  • Algebraic Applications

NOTE: Students should maintain a grade of “B” or higher to remain in the class and to be ready for the next course level in the honors math program.

Physical Education 7

Seventh grade students will participate in Physical Education classes every other day for the year. The course will include team activities with emphasis on skill and interest development for lifetime fitness. Students are required to wear appropriate clothing (shorts, shirts, sweats, and tennis shoes).

*Leggings and tights are not acceptable PE attire.

PE activities include: Soccer – Fitness Activities – Aerobics – Flag Football – Fitness Testing – Indoor Hockey – Basketball – Frisbee Golf – Softball – Volleyball – Tennis – Dance

Seventh Grade Required Elective Courses

Art 7

This course will offer a variety of experiences to the beginning art student. A foundation in drawing is the main building block of the quarter. Students will also expand on their knowledge of the elements of art: line, shape, color, space, and texture. Focus will not only include the production of art, but also art history and the critical evaluation of one’s own work as well as that of other artists.

Business and Technology 7

This course will include exploration of word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, presentation applications, as well as emphasize elements of digital citizenship, personal financial management, and technology communication tools. Career education is an integral part of this course. In addition, students will master keyboarding skills.

Seventh Grade Full-Year Elective Courses

Band 7
This sequential band course meets every day and is open to all seventh graders meeting prerequisites. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of music theory and listening skills. Students are given at least a four week notice and are required to attend all performances. Members have the opportunity to participate in jazz band or other small ensembles which rehearse before or after school.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a sixth grade Band course or audition for director.

Band/Music 7

This course is open to those uniquely talented in both vocal and instrumental music. Since the student will be absent from “Band 7” rehearsals two days each week, it is essential that he/she has above average sixth grade band skills. Woodwind and brass players must be able to play the following scales: concert Eb, F, and a one octave chromatic scale. Percussionists must be able to count quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth note rhythms and must be able to play the following rudiments: single stroke roll, flams, paradiddles, flam-taps, 5-stroke roll, and a 9-stroke roll. Chorus will include two rehearsals per week on soprano/alto/tenor/bass music. Students are required to attend all performances, given at least four weeks notice.

Strings

Seventh grade strings will meet every day for the full year. In this class students will review the basicsl earned at the elementary level and continue with exploring 3rd position and perform four-part playing. Each student will attend all performances, given four weeks notice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a sixth grade Strings course or audition for director

Strings/Music 7

This course is open to those uniquely talented in both vocal and instrumental music. Since the student will be absent from “Strings ” rehearsals two days each week, it is essential he/she has above average sixth grade skills. Chorus will include two rehearsals per week on soprano/alto/tenor/bass music. Students are given a four week notice and are required to attend all performances. Prerequisites: Successful completion of a sixth grade Strings course or audition for director as well as 6th grade Strings teacher’s signature on registration form.

Seventh Grade Semester Elective Courses

World Languages 7

WMS World Language courses for 7th grade are one semester long, and students may take one course per semester. They are helpful, but are NOT a pre-requisite for 8th grade World Language courses.

Exploratory French

Students will be introduced to the French language and culture. They will learn basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and structures. We will learn about where French is spoken around the world and where we find it in our everyday lives. Students will work independently and in groups to explore a variety of language and cultural topics.

Exploratory German

Students will be introduced to the German language and culture. They will learn basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and structures. We will learn about where German is spoken around the world and where we find it in our everyday lives. Students will work independently and in groups to explore a variety of language and cultural topics.

Exploratory Spanish

In this course, students will review and build upon the Spanish that they have learned. They will practice basic conversation skills, vocabulary, and structures. We will learn more about where Spanish is spoken around the world and where we find it in our everyday lives. Students will work independently and in groups to explore a variety of language and cultural topics.

Fundamentals of Fitness

The Fundamentals of Fitness class is a lecture/lab course. Students will spend time in the classroom discussing the current fitness, nutrition, and health trends and topics that they see in society today. During the lab portion of the class students will apply the concepts learned in the classroom. Topics include: sports nutrition, basic anatomy and physiology, physical activity vs. physical fitness, aerobic vs. anaerobic activity, stress management, health and skill components, obesity, and current fitness trends. The use of technology will enhance this course as well as track student progress. Students will experience many different types of workouts (Yoga, Cross-fit, P90X, Pilates, Kettle bells and resistance) during the lab portion of the class.

Music 7

Students will explore music of varying styles and cultures, by developing listening skills and musical understanding and sensitivity. This course will also emphasize developing good vocal production (with special attention to the changing voice) and the skills necessary to participate in unison, two-part, and three-part choral singing. Students will be involved in at least one public performance a year; attendance is mandatory. (Any student planning to audition for show choir must be in a chorus class.)

World Religions

World Religions is a study of world cultures from a religious perspective. Students will examine global issues from multiple perspectives as they learn about five of the world’s most commonly practiced religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Students will gain an understanding of the major beliefs, religious practices, customs and traditions of these five major religions to become more culturally competent as members of a multi-cultural, global society.