In 7th religion the focus is on the life and teachings of Jesus. The Scripture that serves as a theme statement is Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Students learn about the historical Jesus and the Christ of their faith. The Gospel of Luke is the primary source because of its focus on inclusion and social justice. The culmination of this study is a dramatization of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday for the whole school community. Students also study The Acts of the Apostles to learn about how early Christians lived out their faith and spread the Good News. The importance of studying Scripture with both mind and heart is emphasized throughout the year.
The 2018-19 curriculum for literature is designed around narrative and novelization. We will investigate the merits of reading fiction and the role storytelling plays in how we understand our world.
Students will read a variety of novels in 7th grade, such as The Outsiders to understand classism, Shakespeare’s The Tempest to investigate early modern English storytelling traditions of storytelling, and Robinson Crusoe to illustrate themes of racial privilege, Christianity, and the environment, as well as a modern novel in Fahrenheit 451. Students will also read a variety of canonical and modern poetry.
English language mechanics will be taught throughout the course to state standards. We begin our year with a “boot camp” reviewing parts of speech and sentence structure to effectively describe more complex errors and effective writing models. Students will explore argumentative writing, including the Claim-Support-Explain method of paragraphing in order to maintain formal tone, sound evidence, and adequate explanation. Students are tested using the MAP assessment twice a year to track growth.
7th grade math will focus on four 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. (From Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, grade 7, p. 46) Link here for path placement information.
7th grade science is a focus on Earth science. It is divided into three major themes – Earth History (rocks, rock cycle, fossils, earth processes such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes); Weather & Water (how weather is formed, climates, how water shapes and impacts the land); Space (Earths place in space, study of the Sun & Moon and how they influence Earth, seasons, and the solar system). An appreciation of Earth and the sky will be gained through hands-on interactions and experiments that will strengthen scientific techniques needed for the 8th grade.
7th grade social studies focuses on medieval Europe, ancient Greek and Roman societies, the founding and growth of African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Latin American states through the medieval period.
In the latter part of the year, we will transition to looking at Washington State history and the history of the American West, including civics, economics, geography, and history.
The rigor increases in 7th grade Spanish as students are assessed on a higher level of detail. Students continue learning more advanced sentence structures and build on the grammar concepts and vocabulary. Verb conjugation is a main grammar concept in 7th grade, and we employ many activities to aid in mastering this topic. In 7th grade, they read and translate the novel, Esperanza, about a family emigrating from Guatemala.
The cultural focus for 7th grade Spanish is Central American countries and their histories, ways of life, economics, and governments. Throughout the year, we will also discuss immigration and connect it to Catholic Social Teachings and our faith. 7th graders have an opportunity to serve at a food bank in the Skagit Valley, where they interact with and serve migrant farm workers – a golden opportunity to practice real-world Spanish.
Middle-school students have one trimester of art as part of the fine arts curriculum. In their art classes, students develop their creative skills and their techniques in a positive atmosphere. Drawing is the foundation of the program. Students use basic and advanced art materials, develop their skills and techniques for creating quality work, learn central principals and elements of art, and develop their own aesthetic awareness and appreciation.
7th grade students focus on understanding the theatrical process of taking an idea, character and/or story, and bringing it to life on stage using a variety of techniques and methods. We continually build on our performance skills working on various activities and projects throughout the trimester. Students discover the world of William Shakespeare by studying his life, colorful characters and masterful plays.
Looking at the history of the two most authentic forms of American music is the focus in 7th grade music: jazz and the roots of rock music. The emphasis is on understanding and appreciating the musical, cultural, and historical importance of these forms of American music. Connections are made to the evolution of the civil rights movement as well as connections to the elements of music within each genre.
The goal of the middle school physical education program is to reinforce concepts and skills will translate into healthy life habits for students. We accomplish this by exposing students to many individual, dual, and team experiences throughout the year. These experiences will be creative, small group activities, and modified games. ASB PE aims to recognize that everyone is unique in their abilities. Students are assessed on their effort toward personal growth and excellence. Students should focus on positive participation, sportsmanship and class daily learning targets.