Curriculum – Grade 7

Literacy and Language Arts

Overview

This is a one year course which aims to develop a stronger understanding of literary elements and a deeper appreciation of the use of language, not only in a literary environment, but also with their own writing and oratory skills. The course investigates themes that aim to enhance inquiry driven lessons using texts, short stories, poetry, and other forms of literary prose to develop and nurture language comprehension. Units such as Writing about Reading create the stage for group discussions, text analysis, grammar workshops, and language use to engage in a variety of activities that range from literature circles to essay writing. Texts for the course may include short stories by Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, Cynthia Rylant, and Amy Tan, a variety of books and in the book cafe’ (Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Animal Farm, Beowulf, and The Outsiders) along with an array of poetry and prose that focus on grade 7 concepts.

Reading Units of Study

Module 1: Short Stories
Module 2: Classic and Contemporary Fiction
Module 3: Nonfiction
Module 4: Poetry
Module 5: The Oral Tradition: Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, and Fables

Writing Units of Study

Module 1: Launching the Writer’s Workshop
Module 2: Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax, and Truth
Module 3: Writing About Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books
Module 4: Poetry
Module 5: The Art of Argument: Research-Based Essays

Word Study and Grammar Units of Study

Module 1: Parts of a Sentence
Module 2: Parts of Speech
Module 3: The Phrase
Module 4: The Clause
Module 5: Usage: Agreement
Module 6: Sentence Structure
Module 7: Mechanics

Mathematics and Numeracy

Overview

In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Mathematics Units of Study

Module 1: Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Module 2: Rational Numbers
Module 3: Expressions and Equations
Module 4: Percent and Proportional Relationships
Module 5: Statistics
Module 6: Geometry

Science

Overview

Ecosystems

Science Units of Study

Module 1: Interdependent Ecosystems
Module 2: Photosynthesis & Respiration
Module 3: Cells and Body Systems
Module 4: Evidence of Evolution
Module 5: Inheritance and Genetics
Module 6: Natural Selection
Module 7: Ecosystem Interactions, Revisited

Social Studies

Overview

World History

Social Studies Units of Study

Module 1: Rome
Module 2: The Islamic World
Module 3: Early African Civilizations
Module 4: China
Module 5: Japan
Module 6: The Early Americas
Module 7: The Early Middle Ages
Module 8: The Later Middle Ages
Module 9: The Renaissance and Reformation
Module 10: Science and Exploration
Module 11: Enlightenment and Revolution

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