Grade 7 at CKS
The seventh grade religion curriculum provides an integrated program of daily prayer, scripture, doctrine, family life, and church history. The majority of the school year will focus on a study of the New Testament, with an emphasis on Biblical background. The textbook and various activities will help the students to develop a mature appreciation of sacred scripture and the tradition of the Church. Students will have an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of God’s Word and to integrate the Word of God into their daily lives. After completing Christ in the New Testament, the students will participate in an interdisciplinary Family Life unit. In this unit, students will learn about family relationships, with an emphasis on Christian values and virtues, and the consequences of our choices. Feasts and seasons of the liturgical year will be emphasized throughout the year in order to help the students celebrate all that God has done for us, and allow them to enter more fully into our ultimate goal of living the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
In addition to our regular classroom activities, the students will participate in liturgy and will grow in their appreciation of the Mass and the Sacraments. The students will also experience an all-day retreat which will include opportunities for prayer, faith-sharing and community building. The seventh grade will participate in a service project where they will coordinate a food drive for the needy served by Midtown Assistance Center, in addition to the direct service of delivering the food and stocking the pantry.
Texts: Christ in the New Testament
, Be My Disciples Series – RCL Benziger, 2014; Family Life 7
– RCL Benziger, 2011
Language Arts encompasses the areas of literature, reading, speaking skills, grammar, vocabulary development, and spelling. Seventh grade students continue to develop an appreciation of written and spoken language. Writing skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum, especially helping students to respond to what they read, and to develop their own creativity. The Language Arts curriculum focuses on two interrelated areas of study: Literature/Vocabulary and English Grammar/Writing. In Literature, students acquire and expand reading skills through exposure to a variety of non-fictional and fictional texts including short story, drama, selected novels, mythology and poetry. By reading a variety of genre, students learn to recognize the elements of literature and literary devices. Class novels are selected for literary merit, cross curricular connections, and the opportunity to introduce the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. In Vocabulary, students continue to expand both spoken and written vocabulary, and increase their knowledge of correct spelling. In English grammar and writing, students use the writing process, from pre-writing to publishing, to create and develop formal and informal pieces of writing and acquire a background in the conventions, usage, and mechanics of oral and written language.
The goal of the middle school math program is to provide all students with a strong foundation in mathematics according to their academic abilities, needs and motivation. The department recognizes the importance of mathematical computation at all levels. Students in the middle school are placed in an appropriate level of instruction according to Archdiocesan standards to ensure that students are both challenged and successful. Sadlier Fundamentals of Algebra and Foundations of Algebra are used to support instruction in 7th grade.
The 7th grade math curriculum is designed to bridge from the concrete, number-oriented mathematics in elementary school to symbol-centered algebra and geometry in high school. This course provides experience that will prepare them for success in pre-algebra and algebra as well as geometry. Assessment of material learned will be achieved by nightly homework, lesson quizzes, mid-chapter and end-of chapter tests, and tests each quarter.
Seventh grade science focuses on life sciences. Students explore life from the cell to classification of organisms and body systems.
Seventh grade students explore social studies in the areas of history, geography, citizenship and economics. The units of study in these areas include US history from pre-historic cultures through the Civil War. Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips support the study of early US history.
Students participate in a day long retreat which offers opportunities for prayer, faith-sharing, personal growth and community building. The seventh grade service project is completed in November in partnership with the Midtown Assistance Center. Students coordinate a week-long food drive at CKS, and spend a day delivering, sorting, and stocking the donated food items at the Midtown Assistance Center.