7th Grade Curriculum

Grade Level Curriculum Guidelines

St. Martin of Tours Academy, in partnership with parents, is a Catholic parish elementary school that prepares students to be lifelong learners through a curriculum that has a strong moral, spiritual, and academic foundation. Students understand the need for peace and justice, and as responsible Catholics, are challenged to answer the call to service and become engaged citizens of the world.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations
Primary Grades

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  • Recognizes God as personal God who reveals His teaching through Christian scripture, and the Sacraments, which are visible signs of God’s grace uniting us in faith
  • Understands Mary’s role in salvation, and the communion of saints as the union of all those who follow Jesus
  • Understands and experiences prayer as memorized, spontaneous,  meditative, and contemplative
  • Experiences participation in a variety of prayer forms and liturgical celebrations
  • Reviews the parts of Mass and properly responds
  • Witnesses to life as a Christian with uniqueness and human dignity
  • Understands that service is a response to the message of Jesus, and that the people of God have been and are active throughout history
  • Actively participates in community service projects  
  • Recognizes the moral guidelines for life as a guide for making good choices

WORD ANALYSIS, FLUENCY, AND VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT

  • Infers word meanings through identification and analysis of analogies, idioms, multiple meaning words, connotations, denotations, and jargon
  • Uses knowledge of root words and word etymologies to understand word origins and content vocabulary

READING COMPREHENSION

  •  Understands and analyzes the differences among multidisciplinary forms  of informational materials such as textbooks, newspapers and digital content in terms of their structure and purpose
  • Identifies the development of an author’s argument, point of view, perspective in fictional and nonfictional texts
  • Makes predictions, infers and draws conclusions, or generalizations based on textural evidence and content
  • Identifies the details of character development, main idea, conflict, plot, resolution and theme in various forms of literature

LITERARY RESPONSE AND ANALYSIS

  • Identifies the elements and purpose of various forms of literature such as autobiography, biographies, memoirs, short story fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, folk tales, myths, fables, and novels

STUDY AND REFERENCE SKILLS

  •  Previews titles, headings, summaries, and questions when studying
  • Uses a variety of information sources to gather information: dictionary, maps, charts, graphs, schedules, newspapers, and digital media

WRITING STRATEGIES

  • Uses transition words between sentences, ideas, and paragraphs in order to create comprehensive, detailed written content
  • Provides description, facts, statistics, and examples to support claims and assertions
  • Outlines, takes notes, and summarizes to ensure cohesive structure of drafts
  • Edits and revises drafts in order to improve final composition using relevant technology and word processing tools

WRITING APPLICATIONS

  • Applies note taking, outlining, summarization, and inquiry techniques to enhance writing
  • Defines thesis statements
  • Completes various extending writing projects, such as narrative (1st and 3rd person), expository, descriptive,  persuasive essays
  • Utilizes footnote techniques to cite data for research papers
  • Prepares a bibliography including appropriate sources and citation pages
  • Uses word processing skills to systematically compose essays and research papers
  • Applies editing tools to revisions, ensuring complete and thorough written content
  • Utilizes printing, planning drafting, revising and editing/proofreading steps of the writing process

WRITTEN AND ORAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONVENTIONS

  • Applies grade appropriate language and mechanics and capitalization, vocabulary, and spelling to all written work
  • Demonstrates correct usage of grammar, conventions, clauses, including all parts of speech and verb tense consistency with written and verbal communication and expression
  • Demonstrates the use of simple, compound, and complex sentences

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

  • Asks questions designed to elicit purposeful information
  • Discusses effectively and constructively in whole classroom or group setting
  • Analyzes the tone of speaker’s attitude toward the subject
  • Responds to persuasive messages with questions, challenges, or
    affirmations
  • Synthesizes information to achieve a particular purpose with an audience
  • Arranges details, reasons, descriptions, and examples effectively
  • Defines roles and shares responsibility for effective collaboration in a group project
  • Utilizes rubrics to evaluate and provided constructive feedback to speaker presentations
  • Delivers narrative presentations, oral summaries, and research presentations using engaging coherent and concise approaches

NUMBER SENSE

  • Knows the properties of and computes with rational numbers
  • Understands decimals as a place value system
  • Solves problems that involve the addition, subtraction, multiplication,and division of fractions and integers
  • Converts fractions to decimals and percents and uses these representations in estimation, computation, and application
  • Identifies and uses the properties of integers

ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS

  • Explores algebraic expressions involving addition, subtraction,
    multiplication, and division
  • Interprets and evaluates expressions
  • Uses order of operations correctly to evaluate algebraic expressions
  • Uses variables and appropriate operations to write expressions and equations
  • Solves inequalities

MEASUREMENT AND GEOMETRY

  • Converts within and between measurement systems to solve problems
  • Reads, interprets, and make multiple graphs to plot simple figures
  • Identifies cross sections of space figures
  • Constructs and identifies basic elements of geometric figures
  • Computes the perimeter, area, and volume of common geometric objects
  • Identifies reflections, rotations and translates images

STATISTICS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND PROBABILITY

  •  Identifies the mean, mode, and median for a set of data
  • Represents two numerical variables on a scatter plot
  • Lists outcomes and events for sample space
  • Determines the probability of an event

MATHEMATICAL REASONING

  • Applies strategies and results from simpler problems to more complex problems
  • Uses estimation techniques of substituting compatible numbers and rounding
  • Determines when and how to break a problem into simpler parts
  • Uses inductive reasoning to make generalizations about number patterns and geometric patterns
  • Discovers mathematical generalizations by observing relationships

INTRODUCTION TO LIFE SCIENCE

  • Understands the role of technology, the Scientific Method, field and laboratory investigations, and the SI units of measurement as fundamental elements of Life Science

LIVING THINGS

  •  Comprehends the characteristics and chemistry of living things, and understands the principles of organic compounds and energy as they apply to all life

CELLS

  • Understands the basic structure and function of plant and animal cells and the major role of cell transport, energy processes, growth and division within these cells
  • Utilizes the physiology and chemistry of plants and animals to fully identify and understand the evolutionary foundation and adaptation processes of both the plant and animal kingdom

HEREDITY AND EVOLUTION

  • Defines and comprehends the basic principles of heredity, patterns of inheritance, structure of chromosomes, genes, DNA, and the role of genetic engineering
  • Correlates and analyzes the earth’s geomorphology with the basic principles of the evolutionary theory, the earth’s history, the origins of life and its adaptations, and Darwin’s theory of natural selection

BASIC HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

  • Reviews the human body tissues, organs, and systems
  • Comprehends various human disorders, their causes and cures, and the importance of research
  • Students analyze the causes and effects of vast expansion and disintegration of the Roman Empire
  • Analyze the geographic political economic religious and social structures of civilizations of Islam in the Middle ages; the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages; the of sub Saharan civilizations of Ghana and Mali in Medieval Africa; the civilizations of Medieval Japan
  • Analyze the origin, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance
  • Analyze the historical development of the Reformation
  • Analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effects on religious, political, and cultural institutions
  • Analyze political and economic change in the sixteenth, seventeenth  and eighteenth centuries
  • Develops an understanding of the development of computers and technology in the past, present and future
  • Understands computer-related terminology and how computers function
  • Discusses the advantages and limitations of technology
  • Learns to use computers as tools for home and business
  • Reviews, evaluates, and selects appropriate software and hardware
  • Discusses Internet safety, ethics and copy write issues pertaining to computer usage
  • Increases touch type 40 words per minute with 80% accuracy
  • Supporting and mastering spreadsheet objectives: builds formulas for cells, analyzes the effects of changes
  • Supporting and mastering electronic presentation objectives

EXERCISE AND CALISTHENICS AND SPORT SKILLS

  • Plays organized agility games exercising Christian sportsmanship
  • Acquires knowledge to build responsible decision making, healthy lifestyles, and general wellness
  • Participates in team sports to develop tolerance of others and cooperative skills
  • Understands and utilizes rules for organized sports like: Basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track and volleyball

VISUAL AND TACTILE PERCEPTION

  • Understands perspective (1 vanishing point), 3-dimensional  composition, landscapes, recognizes line suggesting plane figures, distance; use pencil, pen and ink, markers, acrylics, oils and mixed media in producing art work

CREATIVE EXPESSION

  • Demonstrates ability in drawing shaded for depth, proportion, figures
  • Emphasizes facial proportion in drawing
  • demonstrates ability to work with a variety of crafts/media, printing, clay, papier-mache, weaving, collage, mosaics

VISUAL ARTS HERITAGE

  • Appreciates art work  from a cultural perspective, art history, variety of artists and their work
  • Studies cultural diversity

ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION

  • Appreciates art work using these criteria:  design elements, art media and processes, artistic mood and style, major artists and their works
  • understands careers and future applications of arts
  • Tolerance Museum -Los Angeles  (7th or 8th grade) 
  • San Diego Zoo Conservation Tour
  • Class Retreat
  • Rueben H. Fleet Science Center & IMAX
  • If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period    Choldenko    
    Beacon Street Girls Series        Bryant
    The Castle Corona            Creech
    Ethan Suspended            Ehrehberg
    Eldest                Paolini

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