CURRICULUM:

RELIGION:

STRAND I – MESSAGE:

Students will explore their relationship with God made possible through the life and mission of Jesus

  • Jesus and His Mission
STRAND II – WORSHIP:

Students will appreciate the value of sacraments, signs, rituals, and prayer in their daily lives

  • Sacraments
  • Sacramental
  • Liturgical Year
  • Prayer
STRAND III – COMMUNITY:

Students will deepen their understanding of Scripture as a portrait of Jesus.  They will appreciate Mary and the Saints as role models in the Church.  In addition, students will begin to respond to Jesus’ call to ministry through school, parish, and diocesan involvement.  Finally, students will understand the true meaning of ecumenism and interrelatedness.

  • Role Models in the Church
  • Ecumenism
STRAND IV – SERVICE:

Students will model Jesus by living a life of service to others

  • Jesus as Role Model
  • Living as Jesus Teaches

LANGUAGE ARTS:

Reading for all grade levels addresses the many types of genres while focusing on the analysis of character development, conflict, cause and effect, and plot development.  Students will have many opportunities to explore reading material of their own choosing. 

Writing Process

  • Pre-writing
  • Drafting, Revising, and Editing
  • Publishing

Writing Applications

  • Narrative Writing
  • Informational and Expository Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Letters and Documents
  • Responses to Literature

Writing Conventions

  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Grammar and Usage

Research

  • Pre-writing
  • Drafting and Revising
  • Editing and Publishing

Communication

  • Listening and Viewing
  • Speaking Skills and Strategies
  • Speaking Applications

The seventh grade curriculum covers;

            Non-fiction

            Short stories

            Drama- “Christmas Carol”

            Poetry

1. The students will continue to read more challenging texts

2. Students will be exposed to vocabulary words using contextual clues, dictionaries, thesauruses, connotations/denotations and word relationships.

The use of the IPAD in the classroom helps facilitate this endeavor.

3. Applying comprehension strategies

4. Displaying comprehension of age appropriate texts using questions, assessments and oral responses.

5. Cause/effect and fact/opinion techniques

6. Usage and purpose of literary elements

7. Identify and explain exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

8. Character analysis will become more in depth.

9. Identify and explain the development of conflicts in the story.

All of the above are supplemented with IPAD usage, videos, movies, audiotapes, guest speakers and field trips. Some of the field trips taken will include: Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, Federal Reserve Bank, and Plays.

*Literature:  The Literature Standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades

*Informational Text:  The CCR anchor standards and high school grade-specific standards work in tandem to define college and career readiness expectations—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity.

*Writing: Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. The expected growth in student writing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student writing samples.

*Additional Note on Reading Across Subject Areas:  Reading is critical to building knowledge in history/social studies as well as in science and technical subjects. College and career ready reading in these fields requires an appreciation of the norms and conventions of each discipline, such as the kinds of evidence used in history and science; an understanding of domain-specific words and phrases; an attention to precise details; and the capacity to evaluate intricate arguments, synthesize complex information, and follow detailed descriptions of events and concepts. For example, when reading scientific and technical texts, students need to be able to gain knowledge from challenging texts that often make extensive use of elaborate diagrams and data to convey information and illustrate concepts. Students must be able to read complex informational texts in these fields with independence and confidence because the vast majority of reading in college and workforce training programs will be sophisticated nonfiction. 

MATH:

Numbers, Number Sense and Operations

• Numbers and Number Systems

1. Place value

2. Exponents

3. Concepts of pi

• Meaning of Operations

1. Order of operations

2. Explore the meaning and effect of operations

• Computation and Estimation 

1. Real life problems 

2. Absolute value

3. Exponents

4. Square roots 

5. Rational numbers

Measurement

• Measurement units

1. Appropriate units when measuring

2. Temperature 

3. Making change

4. Convert measurements 

• Measurement Techniques and Tools

1. Scale models 

2. Measure angles

3. Relationship between volume and surface area

Geometry and Spatial Sense

• Characteristics and Properties

1. Relationships between figures 

2. Pythagorean Theorem

3. Congruent triangle 

• Spatial Relationships

1. Scale factors

2. Use coordinate system 

• Transformations and Symmetry

1. Line of symmetry and rotation

2. Concepts of congruency 

• Visual and Geometric Models

1. Three dimensional objects from different views 

2. Support formulas

3. Relate geometry to everyday life 

Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

• Patterns, Relations, and Functions

1. Direct and indirect variation

2. Non-linear or linear number patterns

• Algebraic Relationships

1. Create graphs and apply formulas

2. Use parenthesis for grouping

• Analyze Change

1. Solve problems when one variable is dependant on another

2. Create and interpret graphs to show patterns and trends

Data Analysis and Probability 

• Data Collection

1. Box-and-whisker plots 

2. Stem and leaf plots

3. Histograms

• Statistical Methods

1. Mean, mode, median

2. Associations between variables

• Probability 

1. Probability of compound events

2. Relationships between independent and dependent events, permutations, and combinations

SCIENCE:

Overviews:  These are the science disciplines: Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life science. Overlaying all the content standards and embedded in each discipline are science inquiry and applications. These are the overarching ideas that connect the strands and the topics within the grades. Themes illustrate a progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade that is applicable to all the strands.

The Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. The PreK-8 documents are designed to provide guidance for educators who have the responsibility to teach science to Ohio students.

Scientific Process- Use independent and dependent variables to perform the scientific method

• Scientific Interpretation- analyze findings

• Scientific Tools and Safety- perform labs and use tools safely and correctly

• Ethical Practices Reflecting Catholic Social Justice Teaching

• Water Cycle

• Weather

• Characteristics and Structure of Life

• Elements

• Matter

• Simple Machines

• Energy

• Diversity and Interdependence of Life

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Social Studies in sixth grade is World History and covers many topics dealing with civilizations.  Seventh and eighth grade Social Studies covers the onset of exploration in the New World and continues through the Civil War.  

Early civilizations of the Americas

            European Explorers

            Medieval Period

            Renaissance Period

            Exploration and Colonization of the New World

            Development of Jamestown

            Period leading up to the Declaration of Independence

            Geography – states, countries, latitude, longitude etc, use of IPADS to supplement.

            Vocabulary recognition

            Mercantilism

            Slave Trade 

The above topics are supplemented with use of the computer class to create presentations. 

Also, the above subjects are augmented with the use of IPADS, videos, field trips, and audiotapes.