7th Grade Curriculum

List of 18 items.

  • English

    Seventh-grade English emphasizes analysis, discussion, and critical thinking. This course encourages students to think globally and locally, to see and allow for multiple perspectives, to empathize with characters, and to consider to what extent historical context and an author’s background matter in understanding a given text. Students will analyze and discuss different types of texts, including novels, short stories, essays, poems, music, and film. Additionally, students will continue to build and enhance their vocabulary and grammar skills.
  • History

    This course is designed to connect world history with current issues. It explores history, geography, and culture by regions and then delves into current world issues that come from those contexts. The course begins with connecting the summer reading book with human and physical geography. Then, we begin to study region specific units. These regions include South America, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, North and East Africa, and finally Central and South Africa. Through this course of study, students will read and discuss a variety of historical documents which will help them continue to develop skills such as analysis, discussion, critical thinking, comprehension, and writing.
  • Science

    Based primarily in the life sciences, this course takes students a step further in critical thinking to the application of the scientific concepts introduced.  In seventh-grade science we practice the scientific methods of inquiry and research as we examine the nature of science. We determine how variables affect experimental design and use that knowledge as we learn to design effective experiments. We use critical thinking skills as we examine biological processes as they relate to the chemical basis of life, cell structure/function/reproduction, diversity, ecology, human body systems, and evolution.
  • Transitions to Algebra

    This course is designed to develop skills students need to be successful in Algebra I following the Math Connects curriculum. Each unit focuses on further development of specific skills, while using algebraic thinking to solve multi-step problems. Students learn to communicate their problems and solutions in an organized written and/or verbal format. The structure of the class strives to strengthen the level of independence, initiative, responsibility, and organization of each student.
  • Pre-Algebra

    Seventh-grade pre-algebra prepares students for success in algebra in the eighth grade. Pre-algebra develops rational number skills through real-life applications and problem-solving. The course introduces basic algebra skills, including integers, equations, inequalities, relations, functions, and writing and graphing linear equations. It also covers proportional reasoning, geometry, probability, and statistics.
  • Advanced Pre-Algebra

    Advanced Pre-Algebra develops students’ number sense and mathematical reasoning through problem-solving. A distinguishing feature is the enhanced pace at which the course moves. With an emphasis on group and partner work, the course introduces basic algebraic reasoning with integers, equations, inequalities, relations, functions, and graphing. Additionally, it covers proportions, geometry, probability, and statistics. The course is the precursor to entering either Algebra or Advanced Algebra in the eighth-grade year.
  • Spanish

    Seventh-grade Spanish is the first of a two-year, sequential course which adapts to the needs and abilities of the students through differentiated instruction. Students develop a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the Spanish language through a variety of creative, interactive hands-on activities and collaborative group work that integrate presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal communication skills. Students learn to appreciate the diversity of the Spanish and Hispanic cultures through authentic audiovisual materials, direct oral and written contact with native speakers, and connections and comparisons with their own culture and communities.
  • Latin

    The first-year study of Latin emphasizes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and English vocabulary derived from Latin. Translation skills are developed by reading Latin stories about Rome and its mythology. Students study the culture and geography of the ancient world, as well as the influence and importance of classical civilization today.
  • French

    Seventh-grade French is the first of a two-year, sequential course that adapts to the needs and abilities of the students through differentiated instruction. Students develop a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the French language through a variety of creative, interactive activities which integrate presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal communication. Students learn to appreciate the diversity of cultures and dialects in the francophone world through authentic audiovisual materials. As they progress in the course, students begin to make connections and comparisons with their own cultures and communities as well as with other languages they may have studied previously.
  • Fitness

    The St. Andrew’s Middle School fitness program promotes wellness, individual accountability, and group cohesion through age-appropriate activities. The fitness program includes the Presidential Fitness Test, which is designed to measure the basic fitness level of each student. Students in grades 5–8 also participate in a variety of games, including floor hockey, dodgeball, basketball relays, kickball and wiffle ball. The running program teaches basic fundamentals of running using dot mats, ladders, mini-hurdles, and jump ropes. Each fitness class includes a warm-up and stretching period.
  • Speech and Debate

    Students in speech and debate study and prepare for interscholastic competition in genres such as literature interpretation, debate, and public address. Students develop an understanding of basic movement, the structure of the story – whether it is generated by prose, poetry, or play – the basic argumentation necessary to create orations in persuasion, and the fundamentals of speech writing.
  • Art

    In the art studio, students will progress from creative exploration to exploratory experiments and conceptually-based art techniques. Students will begin to have a firm grasp on the artistic process which will include investigating, discovering and problem solving with critical thinking skills. They will create, produce, and respond to art through drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, mixed media and recycling. Students will continue to learn art history and be inspired by artists’ techniques and subject matter as they create their own artwork.

    Sketchbooks are an important part of seventh- and eighth-grade art and are instrumental tools for creativity and imagination. Students will be supported and given freedom with expressing their personal style as they continue to develop more confidence in their art making.
  • Drama

    In seventh-grade drama students begin to develop communication and performance skills in the context of improvisation, group activities, and dramatic performances of scripted and original text, employing a variety of acting techniques. Students grow in their ability to imagine, create, perform, analyze, interpret, and evaluate dramatic material through performances of prose, monologues, scenes, short plays, and original work. Students begin to implement research, curriculum connections, cultural and historical and cultural context, narrative structures, literary devices, and design elements and principles in their performances.
  • Intermediate Band

    Students build upon the foundation begun in their first year of study. One year of prior band experience or teacher approval is required. Expanding range, increasing difficulty of rhythm patterns, and more control over tone quality are emphasized in this second year of instrumental study. The intermediate band is featured in two evening concerts and other school events, and students are eligible to participate in the Region Solo and Ensemble Festival.
  • Beginning Wind Instruments

    Students in grades 7-10 are eligible to learn to play a band instrument in the beginning winds class. No prior musical of band experience is necessary. All students are placed on an instrument (flute, clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, or tuba), balancing their interests, their physical predispositions, and the needs of the program. Students are taught basic tone production and technique on that instrument. Counting, reading, playing, and listening are all elements of the program method. Students make accelerated progress due to the small class size and one-to-one instruction. The beginning winds students are incorporated into the intermediate or upper school band for the concert at the end of the year.
  • Choir

    Seventh-grade choir covers the basic elements of vocal production and music theory as well as sight-reading and performance skills. Students are exposed to a wide variety of choral literature in two and three parts. Each semester the choir performs in concert as well as at selected chapel services and special programs. The spring semester brings an opportunity to prepare for formal adjudication at district and state choral festivals.
  • Boys 7th/8th Choir

    This performance-based course teaches the physical and musical skills necessary to be a successful choral musician. Students will learn the foundations of good vocal technique, music literacy, and the ability to analyze and interpret choral music from a wide variety of genres, styles, musical periods, and regions. As students navigate the voice changes that occur during this age, they are separated by gender into Boys’ and Girls’ choir. Students sing in 2-, 3-, and 4-part harmony learning both aurally and from written scores.

    Students will have the opportunity to perform quarterly. Throughout the year, performance opportunities will include solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings through participation in concerts, festival performances, and competitions on the local and state level.
  • Girls 7th/8th Choir

    This performance-based course teaches the physical and musical skills necessary to be a successful choral musician. Students will learn the foundations of good vocal technique, music literacy, and the ability to analyze and interpret choral music from a wide variety of genres, styles, musical periods, and regions. As students navigate the voice changes that occur during this age, they are separated by gender into Boys’ and Girls’ choir. Students sing in 2-, 3-, and 4-part harmony learning both aurally and from written scores.

    Students will have the opportunity to perform quarterly. Throughout the year, performance opportunities will include solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings through participation in concerts, festival performances, and competitions on the local and state level.

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