Seventh Grade

List of 11 items.

  • Reading & Literature

    • Read and explore novels, short stories, poems, and plays whose protagonists represent a variety of backgrounds and challenges
    • Identify literary elements: metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing, theme, and historical and cultural references
    • Independent and in-class reading and literature criticism
    • Analyze and identify literary themes: friendship, identity, tolerance, diversity, and beliefs
    • Connect literature to history, author, personal experience, and the modern world through discussion, journal entries, and group work
  • Writing & Language Arts

    • Practice critical paragraph and essay writing
    • Write a five paragraph essay
    • Practice Courageous Conversations
    • Focus on writing process: prewriting, writing, editing, and rewriting
    • Develop research skills: internet and library
    • Maintain a notebook and practice note-taking and organizational skills
    • Strengthen vocabulary and grammar skills
    • Make oral and visual presentations
    • Analyze and write poetry, short stories, and fiction
  • Social Studies

    • Medieval Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, West Africa, Japan, and the Americas
    • Contributions, legacies, societies, and belief systems of peoples studied
    • Geographical, political, and historical maps
    • Note-taking skills: history journal
    • Cause, effect, and impact of historical events
    • Comparison of present-day case studies and literature to historical studies
    • Social curriculum: Inclusiveness, Kindness, Empathy (IKE)
  • Mathematics

    • Consolidating basic operations and expanding to include all rational numbers
    • Problem-solving strategies
    • Writing and solving linear equations
    • Algebraic concepts and notation
    • Data analysis, probability, and graphing techniques
    • 2D and 3D geometry
    • Base 2 and Base 5
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Special projects including math story and cooperative logic
  • Science

    • Work as a scientist: observe, research, and develop controlled experiments
    • Classification—information gained/information lost
    • Evolution
    • Life processes: strategies and solutions from cells to plants to human beings
    • Genetics and heredity
    • Sex and drug education: accurate information leads to informed decisions
    • Develop research skills, apply scientific method, write scientific arguments
    • Buddy science projects with Lower School students
  • Spanish

    • Project-based learning that focuses on authentic, meaningful situations. Verbal communication is highly emphasized
    • Use Realidades textbook, workbook, and interactive website
    • Active learning through Total Physical Response games, art, music, and dance 
    • Celebration of Latino culture through study of music, stories, dance, traditional holidays, and geography
    • In-depth individual PowerPoint presentations on Mexico 
    • Interrogatives, the imperative, the preterit tense, formulas tener que + infinitivo and ir + a + infinitivo

  • Fine Arts

  • Music

    • Advanced drum ensemble workshop
    • Year one drum ensemble
    • 5-part 6/8 pattern
    • Dividing beat into three and four parts
    • Mayi, Ibo, Samba
    • Featured performance at African American Cultural Celebration
    • Exploration of the cultural role music plays in a community
    • Performance band for instrumentalists
  • Physical Education

    • Analyzing an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and using this analysis in a game situation
    • Demonstrating appropriate sportsmanship in game situations
    • Working cooperatively with all peers regardless of skill level
  • Service Learning

    • Service to Alzheimer’s patients, toddlers at day care, and others off-site
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610