The seventh grade focus for Religion is on Jesus Christ and his Church.The students learn about Jesus by studying Scripture with emphasis on his words contained in the Gospels. They consider the people and places that Jesus encountered throughout the course of his life on Earth. They also take a deeper look at the gifts that Jesus gave us in the Sacraments, lived out by participation in weekly Mass, service projects, devotional prayer, and visits to the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration. Sacred art, sacred music, and virtue study offer additional opportunities for spiritual growth.

In addition to the content from our textbook, Spirit of Truth: Living as a Disciple of Christ (Sophia Institute Press, 2017), the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Liberia Editrice Vaticana, 1997), and the New American Bible, Revised Edition (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, 2010), the seventh grade students begin their preparation for Confirmation with a review of Church doctrine.

Language Arts

Reading - Using a combination of resources including selections from the textbook, The Language of Literature (McDougal Littell) as well as independent reading tools (a reading log to record reading responses, genre studies, vocabulary investigation, and cooperative learning literature circles), seventh grade students will concentrate on:Identifying themes and messages in both fiction and nonfiction;

  • Understanding how setting, characters, and themes change and adapt over the course of a book or article;
  • Examining resources for author bias, validity, and reliability as a trustworthy source of information;
  • Learning how authors support their ideas through word choice, paragraph structure, and other literary methods; and
  • Make predictions while reading based on context clues.

Writing - Using our textbook, Voyages in English (Loyola Press, 2011), along with the corresponding practice workbook and other supplemental works*, the seventh grade writing curriculum focuses on giving the students the skills and tools to:

  • Learn and grow in understanding of the 6 Traits of Writing- Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions;
  • Proficiently write in expository, persuasive, and narrative styles;
  • Use research skills to analyze informational text, pull out main ideas, and organize information into an evidence-based research paper;
  • Expand their vocabulary and spelling skills through regular spelling and vocabulary units of study;
  • Support their ideas in writing with strong evidence and reasoning, precise word choice, smooth transitions, and varying sentence structure;
  • Edit and make revisions to improve writing through the steps of the writing process; and
  • Utilize a Writer's Notebook and Binder to develop journaling skills, as well as, maintain notes of mini-lessons in grammar and composition, and personal student checklists to measure their growth toward mastery of a writing standard/skill for assessment.

*Supplemental course materials for the writing portion of Language Arts include Writing Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and Audra Kirshbaum Robb, as well as, Power Point presentations, videos, and writing samples to improve specific skills.Spelling and word work follows the strategies of Words Their Way (Pearson, 2015.)

Social Studies

Using the textbook, United States: Civil War to Present (Harcourt), the seventh grade social studies class explores United States history from the Civil War up to the present day. We start by focusing on the geography of the United States and then proceed through major historical events such as the Civil War, Industrial Revolution, World Wars I and II, and the Great Depression. Throughout the course of the year, the students work on improving their map skills, reflecting and responding to primary source documents, and using these skills to complete projects that focus on the main questions facing the United States at each point in its history.

Students also familiarize themselves with current events by finding news stories that are of interest to them and reflecting on them using the lens of the five areas of social studies (geography, economics, government, sociology/culture, history) and Catholic Social Teaching.

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