Grade 7 Curriculum Narrative 

Literature
During the school year the students will be exposed to many genres of literature including short stories, historical non-fiction, drama, biographies, autobiographies, mythology, narrative non-fiction, poetry, folk tales and informational articles, including editorials. Our outside reading selections will include a "period piece" about a young girl coming of age in a man's world and an historical fiction story based during The Revolutionary War. Active Reading Skills that will be emphasized include inference, making connections, predicting, previewing and setting a purpose.

Social Studies
This year's curriculum will begin with a unit on Geography which will cover Themes in Geography, The Tools of Geography, Landscape of the Americas and Climate and Resources. The historical portion of the curriculum will start with the French and Indian War and continue through The American Revolution concluding with the writing of The Constitution of the United States. We will end the year with a unit on Civics, including an in- depth look at The Bill of Rights and the rest of the amendments, as well as some lessons on Citizenship.

Pre-Algebra A
Pre-Algebra A establishes the groundwork for Algebra in Grade 8. Also, fundamental concepts of geometry, its language and notation are covered to prepare students for a more formal course in geometry in the future.

Curriculum for Pre-Algebra A Class Introduction to Algebra includes:
Order of Operation  Exponents  Simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions  Basic properties  Operations and integers  Solving simple equations  Using equations to solve word problems FractionsGreatest common factor  Least common multiple  Operations with fractions  Fractions and decimals Geometric Figures Basic definitions  Angles and measurement  Triangles  Polygons Ratio, Proportion and Percent Using algebra to solve proportions  Percent, fraction and decimal  Percent problem solving using proportions Perimeter and Area Circumference of a circle  Perimeter of polygons  Area of rectangle, parallelogram, triangle and trapezoid Solving Equations Using several transformations  Using the distributive property and like terms  Solving word problems with more than one unknown

Pre-Algebra B
Pre-Algebra B begins the groundwork for algebra which continues in grade 8. Also, fundamental concepts of geometry, its language and notation are covered to prepare students for a more formal course in geometry in the future.

Curriculum for Pre-Algebra B Class Introduction to Algebra includes:
Order of Operation  Exponents  Simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions  Basic properties  Operations and integers  Solving simple equations  Using equations to solve word problems Fractions Greatest common factor  Least common multiple  Operations with fractions  Fractions and decimals Geometric Figures Basic definitions  Angles and measurement  Triangles  Polygons Ratio, Proportion and Percent Using algebra to solve proportions  Percent, fraction and decimal  Percent problem solving using proportions Perimeter and Area Circumference of a circle  Perimeter of polygons  Area of rectangle, parallelogram, triangle and trapezoid

Religion
Students in Grade 7 learn about their faith through the study of the New Testament. They discover that the lessons of God found in the Old Testament are not abandoned, but a new understanding of God is offered through Jesus’ teaching and by His example. With this deeper understanding of religious beliefs, students are challenged to live a Christian life by developing Christian attitudes and behaviors.

Students learn:
God gave us faith and created us to know him  Scripture and Tradition reveal the truth  The mystery of the Blessed Trinity is central to our faith  God calls us to live our faith through loving relationships  we meet God through Jesus, he shows us God’s power and love  Jesus, the Son of God, is both human and divine  the synoptic Gospels reveal Jesus to us, each presenting a different image depending on the writer’s viewpoint, audience and purpose  The Gospel of John explores the mystery of the Incarnation  to study the parables and gain an understanding of God’s Kingdom through the parables  they can spread the Kingdom of God through their actions  Jesus suffers for the sins of all humanity  Jesus fulfills God’s plan of salvation  Jesus prepare his disciples to continue his mission  The Church, the Body of Christ continues the mission of Jesus  The Sacraments help them to share in God’s life and love  to live out the attitudes, values,and ideals of Jesus in today’s world.

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