Grade 7

7th Grade Curriculum

The seventh-grade curriculum is demanding as we begin to prepare for the rigors of high school. Students work to become more independent and to develop increased stamina in all subject areas.

Religion

Areas of study include: traditions and values of the Catholic Church and Catholic identity focusing on the full revelation of God through Jesus Christ. Our religious studies will also focus on the faith we use to make responsible choices and live out our lives within a community of faith and trust in one another.

Reading

Through the use of the My Perspectives reading program from Pearson education students are engaged in a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction. The curriculum includes spelling, comprehension, vocabulary development, decoding strategies and listening skills. Students study various genres of text including: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, myth, drama, poetry, biography, narrative non-fiction, and expository text. The daily reading block includes direct reading instruction, small group/whole group instruction, and guided reading.

NOTE: Daily independent reading both at home and in school is a very important part of the total reading program. Reading at home, both independently and aloud, and annotating the texts is greatly encouraged.

Writing

Utilizing Judith Hochman’s Basic Writing Skills, students are taught expository writing skills with a focus on categorization, organization of ideas, and the development of strong language skills. Students write a variety of connected text including persuasive essays, compare/contrast pieces, responses to literature, and summaries.

Math

Seventh-grade math provides an in-depth pre-algebra curriculum. Units of study include operations with positive and negative integers, ratios and unit rates, fractions, decimals, percentages, identifying and writing algebraic expressions, solving single-step algebraic equations, and solving inequalities.

Science

Units of study include: human body systems, the interdependence of life, earth science and movement, and introduction of chemistry.

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum begins with the foundations of geography and advances to American History beginning with the onset of the Revolutionary War and continuing to the conclusion of the Civil War.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
  • Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday nights.  Homework should take students 60-90 minutes to complete.

JCOS has a wonderful system for updating students’ homework assignments and upcoming tests. It is a web-based system called SchoolNotes. You can access the system at www.schoolnotes.com. Once you access the system, you need to sign up as a parent. You should scroll down to the bottom of the web page to the part that indicates parent sign up. You should “Search by School” for JCOS. There is a drop down menu that asks for the country, state, district (private for JCOS, regardless of your district of residence), and the school’s name. Once you have completed this registration process, you will then be able to locate your child’s homeroom, reading, and math teachers. You can subscribe to each teacher’s page so that you will receive emails directly from SchoolNotes to let you know when the teacher has updated his/her page. There is also a link on each teacher’s page where you can email the teacher directly.  JCOS faculty and staff are most willing to respond to communication from parents. Your expectation for a response should be within 24 hours during the school week between the hours of 3-6 pm. If you need immediate assistance, you should call the office directly. SchoolNotes is wonderful communication tool between families and the school.
In addition to SchoolNotes, the children also write their homework down in their planners each day. It is important to check your child’s planner each day as well as to check his/her folder for any handouts, flyers, or other important information.