Seventh Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

Students receive advanced-level linguistic and text analysis skills, providing them with an in-depth understanding of the English language, which prepares Carden students to more easily approach the higher-level texts they will be encountering in high school. Students new to the Carden language arts program are provided with the methodology and controls used for an in-depth understanding of the pronunciation, spelling and origins of words, along with the grammar tools utilized for high-level comprehension of text. Technology is incorporated through the use of the 1-1 iPad program.

WRITING SKILLS

  • Trait Writing: Students will continue to follow the writing process of prewriting, first draft, revising, editing, and publishing. They will be using the six traits of writing; ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions (grammar). They will explore these writing genres; descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive, response to literature, creative writing including poetry, and research writing. Writing activities will be a part of your child’s daily experience.
  • Research and Reporting: The fundamentals of data gathering and the analysis of written material as the basis of cohesive and meaningful report writing, along with the application of composition techniques specific to report writing.
  • Oral Reports and Public Speaking: Engage in formal and informal presentations in front of a classroom or assemblies
  • Poetry: Students will learn how to create their own poetry as well as learn about figurative language used in literature and poetry. Annual participation in National poetry contests gives students the ability to demonstrate their skills.
  • Modern and Classic Literature: An exploration of modern fiction includes discussion and seminar formats that lead students to discover meaning and relevancy of important works of our time. A formal approach is applied in the study of major works, which facilitates a high level of understanding and appreciation of the plot, story elements and themes. Included are:

Treasure Island
Story of the Aeneid
Summer Reading Titles

MEDIEVAL HISTORY

  • Students are presented with an overview of medieval history through the examination of social, political, and cultural values of the medieval world beginning with the Fall of Rome and ending with the establishment of the New World.
  • Students explore topics within the curriculum through various books, written materials and research projects. Class is designed in a seminar and colloquial format and is coupled with written and orally presented reports. These are the methods used for developing and refining, critical thinking and information analysis skills.

MATHEMATICS

Algebra 1 has an emphasis on writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations. Mathematical reasoning is interwoven throughout.

Students review the algebra covered in sixth grade, then continue on.

The class work includes:

  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Integers and Rational Numbers
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Exponents and Polynomials
  • Polynomials and Factoring
  • Graphs and Linear Equations
  • Systems of Equations
  • Inequalities and Absolute Value
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Radical Expressions and Equations
  • Relations and Functions
  • Quadratic Equations

Geometry

  • Basics of Geometry
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • Perpendicular and Parallel Lines
  • Congruent Triangles
  • Properties of Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Transformations
  • Similarity
  • Right Triangles and Trigonometry
  • Circles
  • Area of Polygons and Circles
  • Surface Area and Volume

SCIENCE

Through hands on experiments and our text (Pearson-Prentice Hall Life Science) students study:

  • Introduction to and review of science skills; preparation of science fair project
  • Cells and Heredity
  • Microorganisms, Plants, Invertebrates, Vertebrates
  • Human Organ Systems and Health
  • Ecology

MUSIC AND MUSIC APPRECIATION

The study of American Music History begins from the civilizations of Antiquity to Renaissance, Puritans to Singing Schools and work songs. Includes listening appreciation and performance.

ART AND ART APPRECIATION

A wide range of art media and techniques will be explored, placing an emphasis on one-point perspective, identification of atmospheric and linear perspective and use of 2-D space. They study a wide variety of artists and utilize their works for inspiration in the students’ own pieces. Develop skills of mixing colors and increased mastery of color relationships and color schemes. Linoleum cutting and printing will be explored.

Ipads will be used for research, ideas, creating portfolios, storyboards, and presentations in Art.

FRENCH

Students work from textbook Discovering French 1.

A student with no prior knowledge of French will begin in a French class that includes vocabulary building, grammar, sentence structure and basic conversation. For continuing students and those with knowledge of basic French, this class includes composition, French culture, literature and conversation. For an introduction to French literature, students read, “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Sportsmanship and Health: The development of good-sportsmanship and a positive attitude towards healthy physical exercise continue to be an underlying principal of Carden Physical Education. Numerous fun and skill-building games and activities are included through the year, as well as participation in the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge.
  • Organized Sports: Students participate in different team sports, providing them with exposure to competition, responsibility and commitment. These sports are volleyball, flag football, basketball, and softball.

TECHNOLOGY

Students will continue to work on the tools such as documentation, presentation, spreadsheet and keyboarding as a refresher course during the year. There will be a module conducted on cyber safety and Internet usage. Programming practices such as debugging a program, identifying an algorithm, modifying an existing program will be explored. Students will continue to work collaboratively for some projects. Fundamental programming concepts will be introduced, reviewed, and strengthened in the projects. Students will be introduced to HTML programming toward the end of the academic year.

Seventh graders are issued IPads for use in the classroom and at home. The classroom teacher will introduce learning apps, videos, presentations, interactive quizzes and documentation to enhance what is taught in the classroom. Students with different styles of learning and understanding will be able to use the IPads to their advantage. Teachers can also individualize teaching when necessary. Students will also use readily available tools such as the dictionary, calculator, camera and more.

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