7th Grade Course Descriptions

Two elements define classical education: a philosophy or world view and a pedagogical approach.

Latin B

SECOND FORM LATIN: Memoria Press

Form B Latin focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary. Grammar and vocabulary are the skills suitable for the grammar (7th grade) stage student. Syntax and translation are logic and rhetoric stage skills, respectively, and quickly overwhelm the student unless they are introduced at a slow, gentle pace and taught for mastery.

  1. It is committed to the trivium model of teaching grammar systematically in order to facilitate retention and understanding, rather than topically, to facilitate translation.

  2. Extensive workbook exercises ensure skills mastery and rapid recognition of inflected forms.

 

Mathematics B

SAXON MATH COURSE 2, Saxon

The goal in Mathematics B is to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of God´s creation through the study of the precise order of Mathematics.  This is a transitional course designed to help students move from the concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of algebra.  To achieve this goal, an incremental development of mathematics is used, that is the division of concepts into small, easily understood pieces that are taught over several lessons.  Continual practice allows fundamental skills and concepts to be reviewed throughout the year.  As a result students achieve a deeper understanding and successful retention of the material.

English B

GRAMMAR 7 COMPOSITION I: A Beka Book

The seventh grade language arts class is designed to help the student appreciate the structure of the English language and to help the student to learn to use the language properly.  Through proper grammar instruction, the students learn to understand and use language effectively both in speaking and in writing.  Students engage in the study of grammar, vocabulary, spelling, poetry, literature and composition.

 

Science B

SCIENCE: ORDER & DESIGN, A Beka Book

Students will be presented with the living world as being the creation of God who is the great Creator, Sustainer, and Lawgiver, without whom the evident design, ingenious structure, and orderly function of nature would be inexplicable.  Photos, charts, and videos will clearly illustrate the life science concepts being taught, which students will apply by means of experiments, projects and dissections.  The topics covered include taxonomy, plants and animals, human anatomy and physiology, creation and science, and ecology.

History B

OUR CATHOLIC LEGACY I, Seton Hall Press

History B continues the examination of the developments that led to the emergence of modern Europe and the first age of global interaction.  Students will learn how the Protestant Reformation shattered the religious unity of Europe and about the Catholic Reformation.  They will learn about the rise of France during the XVII century.  They will examine the emergence of Prussia and Russia as European powers and about how the ideas of the Enlightenment materialize in the French Revolution and its aftermath, the Napoleonic era.

 

Geography B

GEOGRAPHY II SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, ASIA, OCEANIA, and THE AMERICAS: Memoria Press

The main goal of Geography B is to familiarize students with the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.  Because of the number of countries in these regions each lesson will cover approximately 2-3 countries.  The introduction to each lesson consists of interesting facts about the countries, including local geography and history.  Obviously, the current information about the countries is subject to change, but we have made it as accurate as possible at the time of writing.  Students will study world geography in more detail in a later course.

 

The main goal of this course is for students to master the identification of each country on a map.  By the end of the course, students should be able to map each of the countries studied, as well as certain capitals and other major cities.  This requires some review in order for students to retain what they have learned. 

Religion B

FAITH AND LIFE SERIES: LIFE OF GRACE: Ignatius Press

The seventh grade student text, The Life of Grace, builds on the doctrine already taught in earlier grades with an emphasis on revelation, grace, and the moral life.  Seventh graders, facing the onset of puberty, can be idealistic and open to the gift of grace.  At this age they are able to reason and abstract more than in the earlier grades, so The Life of Grace delves into the importance of reason in their lives as Catholics.  In addition, students at this age begin to experiment with independence.  It is vitally important, at this stage of their lives, for students to be taught that the virtues and the Sacraments are practical ways to receive and grow in grace, which will help them live the moral life to which Christ calls them.

The part of the curriculum dedicated to the sacrament of the Eucharist and the Holy Mass will be focused on learning the theology of the Latin Mass.

 

Spanish B

SPANISH FOR CHILDREN, PRIMER B: Classical Academy Press

Modern Language B uses the Spanish for Children B program from Classical Academy Press.  This dynamic language program combines immersion style dialogues and vocabulary with a study of grammar and the parts of speech, as vital tools for the correct speaking and understanding of Spanish.  The texts use lively chants to aid memorization of both grammar and vocabulary.  There is a distinction between just learning common words and phrases, which is the approach of many Spanish programs, and knowing the language well enough to communicate correctly, fluently, and accurately.  All teachers are native.

Spanish for Children Primer B by Julia Kraut contains 32 weekly chapters, including 6 review chapters and an end-of-book review.  Students will learn 290 commonly used Spanish vocabulary words in addition to weekly review of vocabulary from Spanish for Children Primer A.  All teaching and explanations in this student edition are written at the student's reading level and emphasize a continued mastery of grammatical concepts.

In Spanish for  Children B Streaming Video, the delightful instruction by author Julia Kraut continues.  Students will hear pronunciation, learn chants, and enjoy Julia's clear teaching and explanations of Spanish grammar.

Computer Science B

EDUTYPING SECONDARY CURRICULUM

Students will learn (or improve) typing skills. EduTyping Secondary curriculum uses a traditional method of touch-typing and includes a series of interactive lessons that integrates updated pop culture content and keeps students interested and engaged.

Students will also learn how to code using CoffeeScript. It is a language that complies with JavaScript, and similar to JavaScript, it is used in the industry primarily for web applications. We chose this language for a few reasons, but mainly because of its friendly syntax, which resembles the way we write in English, compared to other programming languages.

Some of the topics students will be learning are: objects, function calls, arguments, loops, variables, arrays, for loops, function definitions, boolean conditions, until loops, if and if-else conditions, boolean operators, keyboard and mouse events. 

 

Art B

TEACHER'S CURRICULUM

Art B is centered on practical art skills. On this course, students will learn the basic art of calligraphy. They will also crochet a towel topper, embroider a pillowcase, knit a cowl and quilt a table runner all the while learning the basic elements of a personalized fashion style and how to decorate on a budget.