Educate the Intellect
Middle School
Seventh Grade Curriculum

Seventh Grade Curriculum

Subjects of Study:

Math Pre-Algebra
Students will:

  • Review numbers and operations
  • Understand coordinate plane and related terminology
  • Work with fractions, decimals and percents
  • Solve equations and evaluate expressions
  • Analyze two-dimensional figures and the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Focus on concepts and sills involving rational numbers
  • Review concept of ratio
  • Discuss order of operations
  • Learn the laws of exponents
  • Learn transformational geometry as well as reflective and rotational symmetry
  • Solve problems by writing both equations and proportions
  • Use proportions for solving both ratio and geometric problems
  • Use the coordinate plane to graph both functions and transformations
  • Work with nets and calculate area
  • In statistics, represent data in a variety of displays and solve problems involving measures of central tendency
  • Analyze arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • Write rational numbers as fractions, decimals, and presents and convert rates
  • Study probability simulations
  • Determine the area of a trapezoid as well as the volume of prisms and cylinders
  • Analyze scatterplots; make predictions using scatterplots
  • Explore surface area and volume of both pyramids and cones
  • Study compound events and sampling
  • Distinguish between direct and inverse variations
  • Compute compound interest and study consumer applications
  • Participate in the Catholic Math League

Language Arts
Students will:

  • Interpret theme and message in literary works
  • Identify and understand symbols and literary techniques
  • Communicate opinions
  • Identify parts of the plot, figurative language, and literary techniques using short stories and novels
  • Focus on making inferences and analyzing literary pieces
  • Take part in “Shared Inquiry” sessions
  • Write interpretive papers based on evidence from stories and novels read
  • Think critically and apply knowledge so as to diligently find and effectively communicate truth
  • Write letters, news articles, cause and effect papers, themes, speeches and editorials
  • Enlarge one’s vocabulary by studying advanced vocabulary words, basic vocabulary, and Greek and Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes
  • Examine the use of symbolism and diction to build tension within a work
  • Work on expository writing in the form of interpretive papers as well as a major research paper that will be done in history class
  • Intensive study in grammar and grammatical structures
  • Learn to be self-reflective in writings
  • Learn to self-edit writings
  • Give impromptu speeches as well as prepare a speech for the speech exhibition
  • Use gestures and blocking in order to keep the attention of the audience and to communicate in a memorable manner

Life Science
Students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the characteristics and needs of living things and understand how scientists use the scientific method to disprove and validate theories
  • Analyze structure, function, and processes within plan and animal cells
  • Understand that as multicellular plants develop, their cells differentiate and specialize
  • Discuss the unique methods of cellular transport and recognize that within many cells, many of the basic functions of the organism are carried out
  • Explain how the principles of heredity apply to inherited traits and describe the structure of a chromosome and its role in heredity
  • Observe how genetic variation and environmental factors result in the diversity of organisms
  • Recognize ways in which living things can be classified according to their internal and external structures
  • Describe how various organisms can be both beneficial and detrimental to other living things
  • Recognize the diversity of the Protist and Fungi kingdoms
  • Recognize differences between vascular and nonvascular plants
  • Recognize that there are many types of animals that all share basic characteristics
  • Describe and classify invertebrates based on traits, modes of obtaining food, reproduction, and habitat
  • Describe and classify the characteristics of the vertebrates and explain that the majority of animal behaviors are in response to stimuli that enables an animal to meet basic needs
  • Explain that populations contain specific physical factors that compose an ecosystem
  • Journey to the California Academy of Sciences for a field trip in the spring
  • Investigate and understand the nature of the human body, including body systems and their functions
  • Describe the organs and functions associated with the following systems: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous, endocrine, integumentary, reproductive, and immune
  • Take part in the Science Fair at CHA

History of the United States
Students will:

  • Review daily life of the indigenous Americans and explore those people and events which brought Western Civilization to the Americas
  • Value both our roots as a Western culture and roots and values of other cultures
  • Discover similarities between the interaction of the European nations and Indian nations during this time period
  • Discover commonalities of the human family that underlie all cultures and exist in all time periods
  • Through the study of the course of events in American history, learn the fundamental principles of morality
  • Discover a variety of viewpoints and opinions through the reading of original source documents and other history textbooks written from other worldviews
  • Encounter many stories of virtuous leaders who serve as examples of self control, fortitude, and how to inspire others by acting with integrity, diligently finding and effectively communicating truth
  • Specific area of study: Early Indigenous People, Explorers of North America, Jamestown, Problems in Jamestown and England, New England and the Middle Colonies, The Southern Colonies, The French and Indian War, The American Revolution, The Constitution of the United States, The Bill of Rights and Our First President, Finding our Place as a World Power, The Mexican-American War, The Industrial Revolution, Antebellum
  • Students will work on a research paper during the second semester

Catholic Doctrine
Students will:

  • Examine the relationship to our power of reason and the gift of faith
  • Examine theology as a “science” and its relationship to other bodies of knowledge
  • Review the basic rational paradigm that underlies the Christian Worldview
  • Review the ways in which God reveals Himself, and explore what He has revealed
  • Explore the dogma of the Trinity
  • Explore the world and its relationship to God and what revelation tells us about our place in it and how the sin of our first parents effects all of us today
  • Analyze how God began the work of redemption in the Old Testament and apply the principles of reading scriptures learned previously
  • Review the centerpiece of Christian theology: the Incarnation of Christ and His salvific work
  • Understand the connection of Catholic teaching on Mary to the Church’s teaching on Christ, and the rationale behind her key titles and appreciate the unique role she plays in the life of every Christian
  • Review the connection between Christ’s work and the Church’s work
  • Examine some of the most difficult mysteries of a fallen world: Why is there suffering? How can God allow evil? What is death? Why is being a Christian so hard?
  • Examine the essential mission that all Christians share
  • Develop an understanding and skill in the art of making the correct moral decisions and apply those principles to some of the controversial issues of today

Middle School students also attend classes in Art, Music, Latin and Physical Education.