Seventh grade spelling and vocabulary focuses on principles such as meanings of prefixes and suffixes, root words from Greek and Latin, and how to discern the meaning of a new word based on already understood concepts. The comprehensive Analytical Grammar program, a systematic and logical approach to teaching all the basics of grammar in seasonal unit studies, covers parts of speech, parts of the sentence and the basics of sentence diagramming in the first season and all the phrases and clauses in the second season. The Institute for Excellent in Writing (IEW) student intensives breaks down the art of writing into two areas: structure and style. By layering these two components, students develop competency, independence, fluency and creativity all within a system that provides for concrete evaluation and measurable achievement. The literature component of English 7 consists of the reading of four books over the course of the year: The Pearl by John Steinbeck, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, and a book of the student’s choice for a combined English and history project. These books are supplemented with poetry, short stories and other writings.
Students continue to develop skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimal numbers, and integers. They solve problems using percentages, including calculating discounts and markups. Students extend their understanding of numbers to include irrational numbers. They also expand their knowledge of geometric shapes and calculating area of those shapes, as well as their knowledge of geometric solids and volume of solids. A major emphasis in this course is on developing strategies for and expertise in solving word problems. Continuous review of skills learned helps to develop mastery in all areas.
Pre-Algebra lays the groundwork for all upper-level mathematics. It is the bridge between concrete and abstract mathematics. The primary focus of this course is to expose students to the formal notation of abstract mathematics and step by step processing. Problem solving is heavily integrated throughout the entire course in order to connect abstract mathematics to concrete situations. It is desired that students become fluent in basic computations and become fluent in basic computations and develop a solid comprehension of the numbering system, geometric shapes, calculating lengths, areas, and volumes, beginning algebra terminology, data analysis tools and probability techniques, and mathematical reasoning. This course is the key to a successful experience in upper-level mathematics.
World Studies 7
Using a textbook by a Christian publisher, the role of God throughout history as well as relationships between God and peoples of a region are explored in this course. Students study examples of people and nations who either followed or failed to follow God’s standard and His resulting blessing or judgment. The textbook is divided into four sections and each section is covered during each of the nine weeks periods: Part 1 covers 1100–1650 and includes bits of history from early towns through the developments in Africa. Part 2 (1400–1800) picks up at the age of exploration and the forming of the Americas. Part 3 touches on the time of conquests in Asia and Europe in the 1800’s, and the final section focuses on the last century of major changes in geography, technology and people.
The seventh grade science curriculum is, essentially, biology for middle school. We study many aspects of God’s creation; from the complexity of a single cell to overviews of the plant and animal kingdoms. This study begins with learning about the scientific method and creation vs. evolution. Then the students concentrate on the nature of living things: characteristics and needs, structure and function, and interactions. This study continues with the classification of living things into the five kingdoms and an extensive look into the organisms belonging to those kingdoms. The textbook is published by Bob Jones University Press, and life science is taught with a Christian worldview and biblical principles are regularly applied to the concepts.
This one-year course consists of an overview of the New Testament, designed to give students a general understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why He came to earth, as well as how the Gospel message of salvation through Christ spread throughout the known world. After examining the Messianic prophecies to discover how they were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, students study the events in Jesus’ life and ministry as shown in the four Gospels. Particular attention is given to Jesus’ teachings about the kingdom and kingdom living, especially the “Sermon on the Mount,” and to his teachings about himself and salvation found in the Gospel of John. Each student learns how he can have a personal relationship with God through Christ and how he can grow in that relationship. Students are expected to memorize at least one Scripture verse per week, and they will be challenged to apply the teachings of Jesus to their lives.