7th Grade Curriculum

 

 
 
Enduring Understandings
 
Essential Questions
 
Sample Instructional Activities/Assessments
 
Bible
 
 
 
God is faithful through the generations.
God makes covenant promises with his people.
God calls us to be faithful to him and to one another.
 
How does God work through our families and histories?
How did God guide his people through nations and exile, kings and prophets?
What citizenship does God call us to today?
 
Take-home tests; family history project
Classroom discussions, Bible activities
Memory Work: Psalm 36:5-9, 33:12-22, and other passages from the prophets and the New Testament
Reading
 
 
Read for fluency, understanding, comparison & contrast.
Apply genre; flashback, point of view, and mood.
Study poetry, tall tale, short story, novel, essay.
 
 
How does high quality writing help us comprehend it?
How can literary techniques match their content?
Why did Jesus call himself The Word? What can that mean for us?
 
Tic tac toe--independent reading of genre-novels
Theme studies: Civil War, Lincoln; Christian decision
Poetry scansion, short story comparison, application of flashback, point of view, and mood.
 
Spelling
Vocabulary
English words have come from many different places.
English has adopted many common prefixes and suffixes.
Some words are confused, mispronounced, and misspelled.
How do we discover words’ etymologies?
What patterns do common prefixes and suffixes follow?
Why is it important to review often-misspelled words?
Weekly pretests, practice tests, and post-tests
Weekly lessons to practice vocabulary/spelling lists
Practice pronouncing/defining vocabulary/spelling words
 
Grammar
 
Identify and write compound and complex sentences; adjective, adverb, and prepositional phrases.
Direct & indirect objects; predicate nominatives & adjs.
Learn types of pronouns; review parts of speech, mechs.
 
How do phrases match the parts of speech?
How can you construct effective phrases and sentences?
Why is knowing correct grammar important?
 
Sentence surgery
Daily grammar mini-lessons
Unit pretests and post-tests; quarterly cumulative tests
 
Writing
 
 
Apply the writing process: prewriting, first draft, revise, proofread, and publish.
Practice writing a research report, persuasive letter, cause and effect, and story.
 
Why is writing clearly essential to communicating?
How should different writing styles match different types of writings?
 
Research report:: prewriting, note cards, draft, revise-proofread, publish
Persuasive letter, cause and effect, story
 
 
Mathematics
 
 
 
Master use of integers, patterns, and percents.
Review decimals and fractions.
Deepen study of geometry and algebra concepts and applications.
 
How do we understand and use integers, patterns, and percents?
Why are geometry and algebra important to God’s world and our understanding of it?
 
Daily lessons
Math activities
Unit tests
 
Science
 
 
 
Learn how and why we study Physical Science: structures; matter; motion, force, and work; and electricity.
 
 
How do we understand Physical Science: structures; matter; motion, force, and work; and electricity?
How do we acknowledge their Designer and Sustainer?
 
Laboratory experiments
Projects
Unit tests
 
Social Studies
 
 
 
Learn US History from its beginnings to the Civil War.
Study how colonial settlements led to a new nation, why religious and financial freedoms invited immigration and expansion, and why the country fought.
 
How was the US founded?   Was/Is it a Christian nation?
How did religious and financial freedoms lead to immigration and expansion?
What caused the Civil War?   How was the nation saved?
 
Timelines, RAFTS, skits, newspapers, and maps
Quizzes
Unit tests
 
Christian Conduct
Service
 
 
Jesus calls us to practice our faith with deeds of service.
Growing a vibrantly Christian learning community involves helping, encouraging, and praying with one another. 
 
 
How do we practice learning and living as Jesus’ school?
How should we spend time, money, and effort to serve one another and others in our community and world?
 
Serve cafeteria lunches; fly flags
School chapel-worship and classroom devotions
Annual service projects such as volunteer at Mel Trotter Mission, raise funds for Hope Int’l New Orleans relief.

*In combination classes, Bible curriculum, Reading novels, Social Studies and Science units, and other activities that are not reflected on this Grade-Level Subject Summary Map may be replaced by or conjoined with that of an adjacent grade-level.