7th Grade Class

Instructional Overview

Reading/Literature

Literature based units are used to build skills in reading comprehension, fluency, and develop knowledge of literary elements. Socratic seminars give students the opportunity to evaluate the text critically and listen to the insight of other students. Quality classical literature is selected for both class and individual student reading.

Grammar

Holt Traditions Warriner’s Handbook Level 3 is utilized to reinforce and continue to build a foundation of excellent grammar. IEW’s (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Fix-It series also challenges students to apply their knowledge of grammar to classic texts. Grammar and writing instruction are integrated throughout the year and across subject areas.

Writing

We follow a classical approach to teaching writing, using the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Students are carefully guided through the writing process and learn to manipulate language to craft well-written pieces. Writing is focused on crafting longer narratives, research papers, poetry, and creative writing.

Math

Students may take either Saxon Math 8/7 or Pre-Algebra (Glenco, 2003), depending on their previous course work. Students are also introduced to set theory and the beginning application of mathematic logic through the study of truth tables.

Bible

We believe that God is the author of all truth and that we are instructed to hide His word in our hearts. Students memorize scripture, read passages to capture the Biblical narrative, and begin to dive deeper into the themes the run through the NT and OT.

History/Geography

Exploring America by Ray Notgrass is a challenging text, accompanied by original sources. Students study the themes and motives that drive the birth and growth of the United States from the colonial times through the Civil War. Continued study of modern US history and the government will occur in 8th grade.

Science

God reveals himself through his creation and has created children with an innate wonder of the natural world around us. Students study life science, earth science, and physical science depending the year. Materials vary with focus of instruction on utilizing hands-on activities and applying knowledge to God’s world around us.

Latin

Language study is an essential part of classical education, building foundations for vocabulary study, grammar, logic, and critical thinking.  According to Dorothy Sayers, author of The Lost Tools of Learning, “even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least fifty percent.”

Logic

Fallacy Detective (Level 2), along with additional sources is used to train students to build logical arguments. Students build their repertoire of known fallacies and work to craft their own arguments avoiding these fallacies.

Keyboarding

Students are instructed through on-line keyboarding programs to utilize proper keyboarding skills.

Other Studies

All students also participate in art, music (vocal and instrumental), and P.E.