We will focus on reading and analyzing a variety of literary forms: novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Often these selections will complement the history curriculum. In the area of writing, we will concentrate on forms such as summary, narrative, persuasive or argument, expository and research. We utilize the six traits rubric (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions) as a guide for the process of writing and for evaluation. Note taking and outlining skills will also be emphasized.
Seventh grade history is concerned with world history from approximately 500-1600. The following topics comprise the seventh grade history curriculum: Roman Empire, Islamic Empire, sub-Saharan Africa, Age of Exploration, Japan, Medieval Europe, Renaissance/Reformation. We will distinguish what makes societies unique and the links that bind them together. Often, we connect this understanding to today's world. The study of geography is also incorporated to enhance the students' understanding of a particular culture. A variety of activities will be utilized to engage the students in this rich curriculum.