7th Grade Academics
Students continue to build and improve upon their communication skills. This includes a strong focus on the organization and development of effective writing, mechanics, grammar, and vocabulary (Wordly Wise). Students utilize the writing process and improve upon their writing styles during formal writing assignments. Students will write in a variety of forms to explain, inform, analyze, entertain, reflect, and persuade. By the end of the year, students will have written texts in three major modes: narrative, persuasive, and expository. Through the use of our literature textbook, Mirrors and Windows, students will learn to closely analyze and explore a wide range of writing styles. Seventh graders will read novels such as The Outsiders, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Animal Farm, The Westing Game, Holes, and Coraline
The 7th grade curriculum equips students with concepts to prepare students for Algebra 1 the following year. Topics include:
- Real numbers system
- Algebraic expressions
- Equations and inequalities
- Ratios, proportions, and percents
- Functions and linear relationships
- Systems of equations
- Measurement: area and volume
This curriculum is purposely challenging in order to better prepare students for Algebra 1.
Science – Life Science
7th grade life science focuses on cells and body systems as defined by New York State. The students start with chemistry and energy within the cells. Other topics include photosynthesis, cellular respiration, mitosis and meiosis, DNA and flower reproduction. The body systems covered are the circulatory, respiratory, skeletal and muscular.
Social Studies – Revolutions
Seventh grade social studies explores various revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries around the world. Beginning with the enlightenment thinkers, students will explore their influence on the American, French, and Latin American Revolutions. In the second half of the year, students will study the Industrial Revolution and Civil War. Within the study of these units, students will continue to develop their research and literacy skills through hands-on learning, with a strong focus on beginning to analyze multiple perspectives on a topic.
Seventh grade Spanish focuses on the active development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing skills, and cultural knowledge. Using the Santillana textbook series, students build vocabulary and learn basic grammatical structures, creating a solid foundation of the Spanish language. The vocabulary topics covered include shopping, clothing, food, beverages and dining. Grammatically we focus on conjugating irregular present tense verbs, discussing likes and dislikes, making comparisons, expressing wants, and using direct and indirect objects. Additionally, students partake in a variety of hands-on, student-led projects with a cultural focus, culminating in a school-wide showcase at the end of the year.
The 7th-grade visual art curriculum explores the relationship between past and present artists and how their past has influenced future artists. Students goals are to bring their personality into their art, gaining confidence in exploring, presenting and sharing their views. The year culminates in an art history research project including a paper and work of original art based on each student’s individual artist.