English Language Arts (0133)
The emphasis in the 7th grade Language & Literacy classes is to teach students to become strategic learners and critical thinkers—eventually ensuring that they are college and career ready. The California Common Core State Standards’ main categories are reading, writing, listening, speaking, and language. Students actively read high-quality literary and informational texts to increase their reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and word analysis skills. Writing application centers around informative, argumentative, and narrative formats. Students also increase their skills in listening and speaking through delivering oral presentations and holding active classroom discussions. Further, they will continue to strengthen their basic skills in the areas of spelling, vocabulary, and grammar usage. The ultimate goal is to prepare students to become contributing, literate members of society.
In grade seven instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and proportional equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) properties of numbers and number sense. Students also work towards fluently solving multi-step equations with rational coefficients.
Enhanced Math 7/8 (0312)
This course contains content from both the Math 7 and Math 8 courses. This course is intended for the student who is able to move through the mathematics quickly and still master the full range of mathematical practices, content and skills. Instructional time in the Math 7/8 course focuses on the following grade 7 critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) properties of numbers and number sense. In addition, the following critical areas from Grade 8 will be included: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations; (2)
The 7th grade science curriculum covers content from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools integrated model. The four major disciplines of integrated study will include Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering Design. The NGSS curriculum is designed to emphasize on developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, the scientific inquiry process, making models, and experimentation. Science is taught thematically in accordance with NGSS to promote relevancy and application to the real world and is facilitated through a hands-on, activity-based approach while integrating the following themes: Matter and its Interactions, Structure and Processes, Ecosystems, Earth’s Systems, and Earth and Human Activity.
World History (0610)
Students in grade seven study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, America, and Asia from 500-1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during the medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. In aligning our studies with the Common Core State Standards, students will work collaboratively on research projects and presentations. Through their study of world history content, students also learn intellectual skills such as spatial and chronological thinking, points of view, historical research, and historical interpretation.