In this class, seventh graders will add to the skills of writing they have learned in previous grades. They will be using various forms of technology to create writing pieces in a wide range of genres, which will include, but not be limited to:
- Influential Speech Writing and Presentation
- Persuasive Essay
- Short Stories (Drama, Mystery, Myth/Legend)
- Research Project
- Responses to Various Writings and Situations
They will be given examples and will work both independently and in groups to create original works. Students will utilize technology provided by Bradford Academy to learn how to write according to various formatting standards as well as following the pre-defined “Writing Process.” Students will also learn the importance of writing final drafts on paper in clear, legible penmanship. This class will help seventh graders improve and perfect their writing which is an important part of their daily lives and will continue to get more important as they further their education
Seventh-grade students will review the tools and mental constructs used by historians and geographers. They will develop an understanding of Ancient World History, Eras 1 – 3 (earliest human society, earliest civilizations and classical civilizations), of the Eastern Hemisphere and will study contemporary geography of the Eastern Hemisphere. Contemporary civics/government and economics content is integrated throughout the year. As a capstone, the students will conduct investigations about past and present global issues. Using significant content knowledge, research and inquiry, they will analyze the issue and propose a plan for the future. As part of the inquiry, they compose civic, persuasive essays using reasoned argument.
Seventh-graders will study the narrative genre which includes: poetry, memoir, myths, legends, drama, and mysteries. We will also study informational genre such as:
- Persuasive essay
- Research report
- Personal correspondence
- Autobiography and biography
Students will develop an understanding of story elements as well as the structure and style elements that appear in each genre. While reading various stories, students will compare and contrast characters and other story elements to develop a better understanding of the novels/ short stories as a whole. The goal of 7th-grade reading is to appreciate, integrate and apply what we learned while reading for real purposes in our homes, schools, communities and workplaces.
Throughout the seventh-grade science year, students will design and conduct scientific investigations; generate questions based on their observations, investigations and research; and construct and analyze charts and graphs from data and observations, identifying patterns in data and evaluating scientific explanations based on current evidence and scientific principles. Students will demonstrate knowledge through creative representation. Examples are singing, technology usage, dance or physical movement, projects and any other creative displays that students possess.
This class will use many traditional methods of teaching and learning, which includes, but is not limited to, reading from the book, taking notes during class and using PowerPoint presentations. We will also be conducting many experiments as well as a few projects throughout the year.
Our math course provides the student with perspective understanding of mathematics in real world situations. The course content is developed in a manner which suggests sequencing to topics as well as strategies for their development. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Tools for Problem Solving
- Statistics and Probability
- Patterns and Number Sense