7th Grade Course Descriptions
The objective of English 7 is to align the curriculum with the New York State English LanguageArts Learning Standards.Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information, literary response and expression, critical analysis and evaluation, and social interaction. Students will read various types of literature focusing primarily on the novel but also including poetry, drama, and the short story.. Writing will follow the process of brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing. An emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to recognize and correct writing errors during the editing process. Grammar skills will be taught in context.
MATHEMATICSThe objectives of this course are to build upon skills and concepts achieved in the 6th grade and to bring thestudent to a level of competency in order to meet the state standard for graduation. Subjects covered are: Computations with whole numbers, decimals fractions, integers and real numbers, number theory, solving equations, applications of percent, probability and statistics, graphing and problem solving.
SCIENCEThis course follows traditional biology starting with the study of cells and progressing on to more complex life forms.The interdependence of all life is emphasized. The role of man and his responsibilities for maintaining a fit environment in which to live is considered throughout this course. Frequent journal entries are made in student folders. At appropriate times we discuss new findings and discoveries in science in order to tie our studies more closely to everyday life.
SOCIAL STUDIES7th and 8th grade Social Studies is a chronologically organized two year course study of U.S. and New York State history.Document Based Questions (DBQ). The sequence traces the human experience in the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present. Major political, social and economic trends in United States history are tied to parallel trends and time frames in New YorkState history. Where relevant, references are made to Canada and Mexico. Emphasis is placed upon developing skills to write essays using primary source documents. This will prepare them for the state test in eighth grade and beyond.
ARTStudents will illustrate their understanding of the element and principle of art by building on skills in various media(ink, paint, and dry media). Projects concerning design, art history, color theory and calligraphy will be done.
TECHNOLOGYStudents will learn about the development and management of technology. Students gain an understanding of how people control technology to solve problems to make their lives easier. Hands-on activities will relate to the three aspects of technology including: biologically related technology, information/communication technology, and physical technology.