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Grade 7

English Language Arts

Seventh grade students use oral language, written language, and media and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. Students also explore the structure of language and study grammatical rules in order to speak and write effectively.

While emphasis in seventh grade is placed on argument, students also: express individual perspectives in response to personal, social, cultural, and historical issues; interpret and synthesize information; critically analyze print and non-print communication; use effective sentence construction and edit for improvements in sentence formation, usage, mechanics, and spelling and interpret and evaluate a wide range of literature.

Math

Students will cover the following topics: computation with rational numbers; number properties; ratio and proportion; percent; factors and multiples; transformations in the coordinate plane; volume and surface area; probability; measures of central tendency; box plots and histograms; equations and inequalities. Students will solve relevant and authentic problems using appropriate technology and apply these concepts as well as those developed in earlier years.

Science

Learners will study natural and technological systems. All goals should focus on the unifying concepts of science defined by the National Science Education Standards: Systems, Order, and Organization; Evidence, Models, and Explanation; Constancy, Change, and Measurement; Evolution and Equilibrium; and Form and Function. The skills of inquiry and technological design are targeted for mastery.

Students will cover the following topics: scientific inquiry, technological design, the atmosphere, human body systems, genetics and heredity, and motion and forces.

Social Studies

The focus for seventh grade is on the continued development of knowledge and skills acquired in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade studies of North Carolina, the United States, Europe, and South America by considering, comparing, and connecting those studies to the study of Africa, Asia, and Australia. As students examine social, economic, and political institutions they analyse similarities and differences among societies. While concepts are drawn from history and the social sciences, the primary discipline is geography, especially cultural geography. This focus provides students with a framework for studying local, regional, national, and global issues that concern them, for understanding the interdependence of the world in which they live, and for making informed judgments as active citizens.

Computers

Students will cover the following topics: responsible and safe use of online resources, using Copyright and Fair Use guidelines, refining application skills, using formulas in a spreadsheet, using search strategy with two or more criteria in a database, increasing productivity and accuracy in keyboarding, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia for assignments in all subject areas, locating and retrieving information using telecommunications, evaluating resources and information for accuracy and usefulness and selecting and using a variety of technology tools.

Healthful Living

Students will cover the following topics: stress management, media literacy, basic First Aid and injury prevention, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, weight management, social, emotional, physical, and economic consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, demonstrate a more advanced level of competency in manipulative skills that impact the quality of movement patterns and utilizes strategy development for improved personal fitness.

Art

Students will cover the following topics: organizing and creating art, development of ideas over time, techniques and processes for working with a variety of materials, using a variety of media and techniques, the elements and principles of design, artistic solutions, interpreting the environment, inventing original imagery, aesthetic diversity of various cultures, how art can meet its intended purpose, how art elements and design principles relate to all arts areas, the impact of future technology on the arts and art as a vocation or avocation.

Music

Students will cover the following topics: demonstrating appropriate expressive and technical vocal and instrumental practices, demonstrating pitch and rhythmic accuracy, reading and notating rhythmic and melodic patterns, identifying and applying traditional symbols and terms and using appropriate terminology, improvising, composing, and arranging music, listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music, developing understanding of music in relation to history, culture, and other content areas and showing respect for the efforts of others.

Foreign Language

Students are taught depending on their skill level: Beginning, Continuing or Exploratory.