Program
Academics

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

    • Write multi paragraph essays (narrative, memoir, analysis and research paper)
    • Practice debate skills in an end of the school year debate
    • Practice Courageous Conversations (community circles)
    • 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

    • Explore Medieval Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, West Africa, Japan, China, and The Americas
    • Politics, Economics, Geography, and Society of different civilizations
    • Note-taking skills: history notebook, document analysis, paragraph, and essay writing
    • Cause, effect, and impact of historical events Comparison of present-day case studies and literature to historical studies
  • Mathematics

    • Proportional relationships
    • Scale drawings
    • Percent change
    • Circles, angles, triangles, surface area, and volume
    • Operations with negative numbers
    • Expressions, equations, and inequalities
    • Data analysis, probability, and graphing techniques
    • Problem-solving strategies
    • Interpret and solve problems about real-world situations
    • Share multiple perspectives and communicate mathematical thinking
  • Science

    • Work as a scientist: observe, research, develop controlled experiments, communicate
    • Evolution
    • The microbiome, viruses, the immune system
    • 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, create models, 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
  • STEAM/Technology

    • Digital Citizenship: online persona, social media life
    • Google Slides presentation
    • Design Challenge: popsicle bridge design
    • No Wikipedia online scavenger hunt
    • Trebuchet design & build
    • 3D Cell Models
    • Coding with Scratch 2.0 & Code.org 
  • Visual Arts

    • Drawing: contour lines, shading, grid enlarging, layout, lettering
    • Guided self-portraits: Chuck Close
    • Day of the Dead papier-mache masks
    • Print making: linoleum blocks
    • Oaxacan animal sculptures
    • Arts of Asia: India, China, and Japan
    • Public art opportunities
  • 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
  • Community Engaged 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
510.285.9600