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Junior High Curriculum

Seventh Grade Curriculum

Religion

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Seventh Grade Religion is designed to teach the student the meaning of grace. It covers God's creation of man, His Incarnation, and His founding of the Church, to which He entrusted the means of salvation so that we can live the life of grace now and the life of glory in Heaven forever.  This course looks at God's revelation to us through creation and the prophets, the sacraments as the means through which we receive God's grace, and how God's grace works in us, relating to the practice of virtues.

The material from Baltimore Catechism#2 will overlap in many places that of the Faith and Life Series.  You may choose to follow the framework of the Baltimore Catechism rather than that of the Faith and Life Series, but you should choose one and use the other for supplementary material only.  Many of the lessons listed in the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 have been covered in previous years.  Repetition is essential for mastery, so it is a good thing to repeat them.

There are suggested topics for reports for each quarter.  You may or may not assign them.  There are many wonderful activities at www.catecheticalresources.com that can be used in conjunction with the lessons in this book.

Bible History

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Grade Seven Bible History covers most of the Old Testament, one-half of the textbook.  The last part of the Old Testament and the New Testament are covered in Eighth Grade.  The course is guided by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and covers God's divine plan, the creation and fall of man, covenants with Noe and Abraham, the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Ten Commandments, and the great men of the Old Testament, in the Judges, Kings, and Prophets.  It can be used in conjunction with the Religion course and done easily in one or two days a week.  The text presents an important aspect for one who is going to be educated with a classical curriculum because it shows how God used all cultures and peoples to bring about the Redemption of mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ.

English Grammar

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Seventh Grade English is designed to teach students to speak and write correctly and effectively. Students should progress, at this level, to an understanding of English grammar that should suffice for a lifetime of general usage.

The lesson plan concentrates on Part Two of the Voyages in English book, which is Grammar.   In Grade Seven the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it.  Everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student's reading, composition, spelling, and vocabulary.  A dictionary is recommended for use in English.

The student should diagram sentences in exercises with your discretion as to how many sentences should be diagrammed as he proceeds through the work.  There are many exercises in the back of the book following the Index that can be used if time permits.  The best way to teach English is by example and reinforcement of correct usage in the spoken and written word.

Note that Part One of Voyages in English, which is Composition, is not used in this course.  Composition is studied in Kolbe Academy's Vocabulary and Composition course using Sadlier-Oxford Composition Workshop series.

Vocabulary & Composition

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Grade Seven Vocabulary develops the student's capacity to pronounce, spell, use, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  It also develops the student's ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies.  Grade Seven Composition uses the Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level B to aid the student in developing composition skills, which are so necessary for further education.  These skills include developing thoughts in a logical manner, both for speaking and writing; writing narrative, informative, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs and essays; test taking; and writing for different purposes, such as a newspaper, letters, a research report, and about literature.  The best way to teach Vocabulary and Composition is by example and reinforcement of correct usage in the spoken and written word.

FAMILIES HAVE TWO OPTIONS FOR SEVENTH GRADE HISTORY

History (Option 1)

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Seventh Grade History continues with the westward expansion covered in sixth grade, with the reaching of the Pacific. It looks at slavery, leading into the Civil War, and the reconstruction of our nation following the war.  It looks at the formation of American people from all nations, and the effects that progress has in our country.

History (Option 2)

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Grade Seven History covers world history from the beginning of recorded history to the present. The perspective is Catholic throughout, with Biblical history skillfully interwoven with secular records in the early chapters.  It focuses primarily on the history of Europe and the Middle East, beginning around 2000 B.C. and moving through biblical history, the kingdom of Israel, the Greek and Roman empires, into the Middle Ages and Renaissance, up through World Wars I and II.  Special attention is paid to the growth of the Church and its influence in the world.

Mathematics

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Seventh Grade Math provides the student with an introduction to algebra, on a level to be used before Algebra 1 or before a pre-Algebra course.  If a student completes this course with ease, he is ready to go onto Algebra 1.  The student who struggles with this course is advised to continue with Saxon Algebra 1/2 or another pre-Algebra course.  Although much of the same ground is covered, he will be able to attain greater mastery.  Topics covered include prime and composite numbers, ratios, graphs, exponents, square roots, scientific notation, circumference, pi, mean, median, mode, range, and probability.

Science

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Seventh Grade Science covers topics in geology: minerals, resources, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanoes; hydrology: water flow, erosion, deposition; oceanography: ocean structure, life, and movement; meteorology: atmosphere, storms, forecasting, and climate; and astronomy: stars, galaxies, the Universe, formation of the solar system, and the planets .  There are several website resources that correspond with the Holt Science and Technology series, providing extra activities for students who are interested in the subjects being covered.

The topics in the field of Earth Science sometimes present students and parents with controversial issues, including the origin of life on earth, formation of the universe (cosmology), and other issues.   It is up to the parents as first teachers of their children to discuss these issues with their students and instruct the students in Church teaching.  We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them.  For example, the topic of the Big Bang is studied in Quarter 4, Week 4, but Church teaching on this issue is addressed within the course plan.

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Latin (Year 3)

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Seventh Grade Latin is a beginner's course using New Missal Latin, a book ideally suited for grade school age students. Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic's heritage. In this year, students continue with a large amount of Latin vocabulary while becoming acquainted with Latin grammar and syntax, including perfect, imperfect, pluperfect, perfect subjunctive, and pluperfect subjunctive of all four verb conjugations.  Also covered is an introduction to sequence of tenses, and the passive voice in the indicative and subjunctive moods.  The book set includes the Student Book, Teacher's Manual, Student Test Book, Test Book Answer Key, and a Pronunciation Guide on CD.  The Student Books are also sold separately.

Greek (Year 1)

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Seventh Grade Greek uses the first half of Basic Greek in Thirty Minutes a Day.  The second half is used in the Eighth Grade Greek course.  Emphasis is placed on repetition and memorization, as these are the primary ways to learn a language.  Students work to master the Greek alphabet, vocabulary, noun genders, noun cases, and prepositions and cases.  The student will also learn key Greek words for Biblical study, and further their knowledge of the English language by seeing how Greek roots and grammar are used in English.