7th Grade Curriculum
Objective: To prepare students to be able to communicate and express themselves as Christians in an ungodly world; to examine genres of literature.
Textbooks: Glencoe Literature – The Reader’s Choice Course 2, Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition, Wordly Wise
Time Allotment: 175 days – 60 minutes per day
First Quarter: Theme: What I Am, What I Want to Be
Where the Heart Is (poems, essay, memoir, autobiography, short story)
Second Quarter: Theme: Winds of Change: Facing Challenge (short story, song, poems, nonfiction)
Third Quarter: Theme: At the Crossroads, Twists and Turns (short stories, folk tales, drama, poems)
Fourth Quarter: Theme: A Different Dimension – A Delicate Balance (myth, legend; short story, essay, journals)
Areas to Be Evaluated: Vocabulary, spelling, Comprehension and expression, Compose written work that is articulate, clear, creative, grammatically accurate, and that has a meaningful purpose, Appreciation of literature, Oral speaking
Literature and Composition
Course Objective: To prepare students to be able to communicate and express themselves as Christians in an ungodly world; to examine genres of literature.
Course Description: This course consists of five components: literature, composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. The literature component is built around selected books read by the class as a whole, as well as by using specific stories from the grade level literature book. Students are required to read daily and to complete a quarterly book report project. Composition assignments are taken from journal prompts and selected class discussions from literature books. The basic writing process (outline, rough draft, editing, and final draft) is practiced. Grammar and Vocabulary/Spelling alternate weekly.
Areas to Be Evaluated: Vocabulary and spelling, Comprehension and expression, Compose written work that is articulate, clear, creative, grammatically accurate, and that has a meaningful purpose, Appreciation of literature, Oral speaking
- 3-ring notebook
- Tab Dividers
- Dictionary and Thesaurus
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Index cards (lined)
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Students select one from NC Battle of Books list
- Class Readers
- On His Own by Horatio Alger, Jr.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
First Quarter: No Place Like Home
Second Quarter: Which Way to Go; Short Story; Poetry
Third Quarter: Free to Be Me
Fourth Quarter: Memoirs; Poetry; Drama
Student/Teacher Resources and Texts:
- Literature: The Reader’s Choice Course 2, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 2000 edition
- Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition 1st Course. Holt, Rinehart, Winston 1985 edition
- Wordly Wise 3000, Book 7, 2nd edition. Educators Publishing Service/2007/Cambridge, MA
- Vocabulary from Classical Roots Book A: Educators Publishing Service 2003 edition. Cambridge, MA
- The Winston Grammar Program: Teacher edition only. Battleground, WA; Precious Memories Education Resources, 1982.
Math – A Group
Objective: The challenge of middle school mathematics course of study is to acquire a deeper understanding of math concepts, a proficiency in math skills, mastering all arithmetic functions, fractions, decimals and measurements; becoming fluent in rounding, estimating, interpreting data, using basic geometric terms and functions, problem solving techniques; and further developing algebraic thinking. The A group will be basic math course of study for those not taking Algebra I in middle school.
Textbooks: Saxon Math, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Course 2 and supplements
Time Allotment: 75 minutes for 175 days
(The Saxon program mixes math concepts throughout the year in a cyclical pattern for planned practice and repetition – the following highlights areas of emphasis):
First Quarter: Number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and problem solving
Second Quarter: Number and operations, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, problem solving, algebra
Third Quarter: Number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement
Fourth Quarter: Number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, problem solving
Areas to be Evaluated: Above course content and mathematical practices
Objective: Students will be engaged in scientific investigation to develop reasoning and problem-solving ability which will glorify God as the Creator of our powerful and orderly universe.
Textbooks: Order and Reality, 2nd Edition (ABeka Books, 1993)
Time Allotment: 35 minutes for 85 days
(Approx. 4 weeks) The Earth’s Atmosphere (Water cycle, weather and climate and the effects of the atmosphere on humans)
(Approx. 4 weeks) Structures and Functions of Living Organisms
(Approx. 4 weeks) Forces and Motion
(Approx. 5 weeks) Energy: Conservation and Transfer, Origins: Creation vs. Evolution
Areas to be Evaluated: Class participation, tests, class assignments
Objective: Students will recognize and honor God as the author of creation and the molder of history. Students will examine creation and Biblical / historical events from approximately 4004 BC to approximately 630 BC.
Textbooks: The Mystery of History, Volume I
Time Allotment: 35 minutes per day for approx. 85 days
First Quarter: Creation to 1199 BC (Gideon)
Second Quarter: 1117 (Samson) – 629 BC The Rise of Athens and Sparta
Areas to be Evaluated: Course content through class participation, tests, quizzes, maps and projects
Objective: Students will develop competent motor skills, behavioral strategies to demonstrate responsibility, respect of self and others, and understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Time Allotment: 45 minutes a day; 5 days a week for 175 days
3 Weeks: Personal / Social Responsibility
11 Weeks: Motor Skills
11 Weeks: Movement Concepts
11 Weeks: Health Related Fitness
Areas to Be Evaluated: Participation as an individual and in a group, Teacher observation, Role-playing. Checklists / Fitnessgram / Assessments,