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- Grade 7


Religion Curriculum


In Seventh Grade, students will deepen their relationship with God through the study of the Scriptures.  The Four Gospels of the New Testament, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be studied to understand the life of Jesus and His Church. They will also learn how to be Jesus’ disciples by participating in retreats, monthly Masses, and weekly Adoration. Students will begin to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, which includes completing 10 hours of service to the Church and Community.  The Respect Life Series is also included in the religious education classes.  Our curriculum follows the Diocese of Metuchen's guidelines, which are aligned with National Benchmarks and Standards.  Religion is incorporated into every aspect of our school life. 



Language Arts Curriculum



The Seventh Grade Language Arts program continues to focus on the development of the independent reader. Language Arts will be divided into two separate sections: grammar and writing, and literature and vocabulary. Complex literature and informational text will challenge the student to critically analyze events, ideas, structure, writing style of the author, point of view, and personal message.  Students will work collaboratively with diverse partners to expand ideas, while learning to express their point of view effectively and persuasively.  Application of the writing process will support the student’s effort to produce an effective piece of literature or informational text across all subject areas. 



Math Curriculum


In Seventh Grade, Math instruction will focus on the following critical areas: developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, working with two-and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and drawing inferences about populations based on samples.  Students will use a variety of activities to analyze proportional relationships and solve real-world mathematical problems.  Seventh Grade students will apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.  Students will be able to draw, construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationship between them.  Finally, students will compare two data distributions and address questions between them.



Science Curriculum


The Seventh Grade Science program is based on the guidelines established by the New Generation Science Standards.  Students at this level will focus on Life Science.  They will study types of cells, their structure and function in plants and animals, and how the body is a system of interacting groups of cells.  The study of genetics and ecology will help students to better understand plant and animal adaptations and behaviors.  Students will use the scientific method during labs to understand topics related to these subject areas.




Social Studies Curriculum


In Seventh Grade, students will acquire the knowledge about how past and present interactions of people, cultures, and environment shaped the American heritage.  Students will learn how and why early government structures developed, as well as social, political, and economic opportunities during the Colonial Era.  Students will examine the ideals found in the Declaration of Independence and the effectiveness of the principles of the Constitution of the United States.  Students will also acquire knowledge about westward movement, industrial growth, and the expansion of slavery.  Seventh Grade students will be challenged to think analytically about the causes of the Civil War, and the technological developments that led to the Industrial Revolution.