pre-k through eighth grade co-educational school in East Dallas

Seventh Grade

Language Arts

In seventh grade English students read short stories, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. While connecting the texts and the real world, students paraphrase, evaluate, and summarize information to analyze the differences between fact and opinion and to detect bias. In addition, students analyze conflict, identify imagery and symbolism, evaluate point of view, analyze figurative language, and identify elements of poetry. Students analyze the meanings of complex words by using their knowledge of roots and affixes. They will work collaboratively on a variety of projects.

In grade seven writing lab students develop skills in various formats, including expressive and informational pieces and business letters. They continue to explain, inform, entertain, and describe through writing as well as begin to persuade and analyze. They revise work using collaboration, conferencing, and self-evaluation; they edit for language conventions such as syntax and word usage. Students will respond to texts both orally and in writing, listen for meaning in conversations and discussions, and effectively summarize them. Students ask questions to investigate a topic, access information from a variety of sources, and conduct independent research, summarizing the information they gather on various projects. Daily warm-up activities allow for mini grammar lessons, the use of higher level thinking skills, and to review previous objectives. Mini-lessons incorporate actual student writing and focus on fluency and conventions.

Math

Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra is designed to help students transition from the concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of algebra and geometry. The course integrates these three areas while making connections to probability, statistics, and the use of technology. This course provides opportunities for students to individually and cooperatively visualize, discuss, and demonstrate mathematical concepts.

Science

In seventh grade, students independently and collaboratively learn in an integrated science course which introduces the principles of physical and life sciences and how they relate to each other. Through traditional and project-based modalities, students learn about matter, motion and forces, cells and genetics, and the human body. Additionally, 21st century skills are emphasized, such as collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and technology proficiency. Students research, conduct experiments, collect, analyze, and synthesize information, create models, and communicate what they’ve learned.

Social Studies

Seventh Grade Social Studies students examine diverse areas in terms of political power, economic influence, social organization, cultural ideas, and religious practices in each civilization explored. It begins with the study of Islam and the three non-Arab Muslim empires. The influential role of religion in society is emphasized. The Ottoman Empire in North Africa bridges our study to Early Africa Civilizations. Geography, culture and economics guide us through this section. Students then leap into an abbreviated look at China and Japan. Comparing the two allows for an appreciation of the each empire. Feudal societies in Asia connect to the Middle Ages in Europe. Religion is a strong thread all the way to the Reformation. The overriding desire for change lays the foundation for the Scientific Revolution. And revolutionary ideas about philosophy, society, and politics usher in the Age of Enlightenment. Studying these changes allows the student to better understand the current world situation.

World Languages

French
Seventh grade French develops basic understanding of grammar and vocabulary. Greater detail and competency are developed. The course explores the vocabulary associated with school and classroom, describing people, objects, life in the city and home interiors. Grammar includes learning the four main irregular verbs être, avoir, faire and aller. Regular –er verbs in the present tense. A more in-depth study of adjectives and prepositions is pursued. Cultural traditions are explored through skits, projects, and a field trip.

German
Seventh grade German equally addresses listening comprehension, written skills, and oral skills. The curriculum includes: reviewing the sixth-grade curriculum; asking and telling what someone is doing; talking about interests, likes and dislikes; talking about school; sequencing events properly; weather, time increments; countries of Europe, languages; asking where someone is from and giving the same information; Germany and German culture.

Spanish
In seventh grade Spanish students begin to develop complex communication skills. The students learn how to use a variety of irregular verbs and stem-changing verbs. The verbs ser and estar receive particular emphasis, and students learn to write compositions using both properly.

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