Program
Middle School

Grade 7

List of 10 items.

  • English

    TEXTS: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare; The Crucible by Arthur Miller; independent reading books; short stories; poetry

    GRAMMAR REFERENCE: English Workshop: Third Course published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston

    VOCABULARY PROGRAM: Word Wisdom published by Zaner-Bloser, Inc.

    LEARNING GOALS FOR READING:
    • Read and analyze literature, short stories, and poetry
    • Engage in literary analysis
    • Make inferences from text
    • Determine larger theme/message
    • Identify symbolism and explain significance
    • Identify meaningful passages and explain significance
    • Make connections
    • Understand significance of point of view
    • Compare and contrast characters
    • Understand and analyze character’s motivation
    • Understand how authors develop characters
    • Analyze how characters change throughout the story
    • Determine word meanings
    • Build and develop vocabulary
    LEARNING GOALS FOR WRITING:

    FORMS OF WRITING: Analytical/critical response to literature; Business Letters; Character Journals; Memoir; Multi-Paragraph Essays; Poems; Reflections; Timed in-class writing assignments
    • Use the writing process: brainstorm, plan, write, revise, edit, publish
    • Form a clear thesis statement
    • Use details to support topic sentences
    • Organize writing pieces clearly and logically
    • Use transition words to enhance flow of writing
    • Use appropriate word choice
    • Vary sentence structure
    • Develop voice in writing
    • Write for a variety of audiences and from different points of view
    • Produce writing within a variety of time frames (i.e. a single class period, multiple class periods)
    • Give and receive peer feedback
    • Edit for appropriate spelling, mechanics, and grammar
    • Reflect on written work and set writing goals
    LEARNING GOALS FOR LISTENING AND SPEAKING:
    • Participate in a variety of discussions (e.g., one-on-one, small group, large group, teacher-led)
    • Answer and generate questions related to topic
    • Summarize main points of discussion
    • Deliver a clear speech effectively
  • Health and Wellness

    BODY HEALTH
    • Understand many aspects of human sexuality and development
    • Understand how drugs and alcohol can alter body and brain
    • Understand and communicate the importance of nutrition and sleep
    • Examine and assess the role of media on body image
          
    SOCIAL HEALTH
    • Apply skills to foster healthy relationships with girls and boys
    • Refine conflict resolution skills
    • Advocate for diversity of experiences
          
    EMOTIONAL HEALTH
    • Identify and manage stress through healthy choices
    • Identify appropriate support services
    • Seek and accept support when needed
    • Communicate wants and needs surrounding topics in all three health strands
  • Library and Information Literacy

    CORE RESOURCES:
    Standards for the 21st century Learner AASL
    Adaptation of California School Library Recommended Library Skills

    • Build research plans to gather and manage information
    • Build competency in accessing, processing, and evaluating information
    • Use linked resource pathfinders (Libguides)
    • Create and execute effective presentations of research
  • Mathematics:

    COURSES OFFERED:
    Pre-Algebra; Algebra

    LEARNING GOALS FOR PRE-ALGEBRA:
     
     
    TEXT:
    Larson Pre-Algebra published by Holt McDougal, Edition 2012

    NUMBER SENSE AND OPERATIONS
    • Review and extend the concepts of properties: commutative, associative, and distributive with variable expressions and equations
    • Review and extend order of operations with integers, fractions, decimals, and exponents
    • Review and extend problem solving with ratios, proportions, and percent (percent change, similar figures, scale drawings, and the basics of simple and compound interest)
    • Represent large and small numbers in scientific notation and extend the concept to estimation problems and unit conversions
    • Learn about the real number system and classifying numbers
       
    ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
    • Simplify and evaluate variable expressions using order of operations
    • Simplify variable expressions (monomial products and fractions) that include exponents
    • Simplify and solve complex linear equations
    • Solve basic systems of linear equations with substitution as applied to word problems
    • Use the number line to graph solutions to linear equations and basic inequalities
    • Begin to learn about the concept of slope
       
    GEOMETRY
    • Review: building blocks of planar geometry (point, line, plane, ray, and line segment); angles (vertical, complementary, supplementary, adjacent, corresponding, and alternate interior); triangle classifications (by side length and by angle measure); and circles
    • Classify and measure polygons and composite figures
    • Explore volume and surface area with prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, and spheres, as well as some composite shapes
    • Work with formulas (areas, volumes, and surface areas, along with the Pythagorean Theorem) to solve various problems
    • Explore ratios of areas and volumes of various shapes and sizes
       
    ADDITIONAL LEARNING GOALS FOR PRE-ALGEBRA:
    • Identify patterns and proportional relationships and begin to understand functions and the related terminology
    • Use the coordinate plane to graph solutions to linear equations and basic inequalities
    • Graph linear equations to determine the slope-intercept equation of a line
    • Solve systems of linear equations, including graphing
    • Solve advanced functions and master terminology
    • Work with irrational numbers and simplifying roots 
    LEARNING GOALS FOR ALGEBRA I:

    TEXT:
    Martin Gay Algebra I, Pearson, 2013

    KEY SUPPLEMENTAL TOOLS:
    IXL.com, desmos.com (also available as an iPad app), Geogebra

    TOPICS:
    Equations
    Polynomials
    Quadratics Graphing/Functions Inequalities
    Algebraic rational expressions

    LINEAR AND QUADRATIC EQUATIONS
    • Review and extend simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions using order of operations and rules of exponents
    • Review rate, ratio, proportion, and percent
    • Solve complex linear equations
    • Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities
    • Learn factoring of 2nd (and possibly simple 3rd) degree polynomials
    • Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula
    • Apply skills and concepts learned in each unit to write equations for, and solve, a wide variety of word problems
       
    FUNCTIONS AND POLYNOMIALS
    • Study basic function notation, concepts, and related terminology
    • Perform all four operations with polynomials
    GRAPHING
    • Graph and explore properties of linear equations using patterns, coordinate plotting, slope, and x- and y-intercepts
    • Graph and explore properties of quadratic equations using patterns, coordinate plotting, finding critical points, and using parent graphs
    • Explore graph transformations of various functions and higher-order polynomials through the use of parent graphs
       
    RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS
    • Work with rational algebraic expressions and solve rational algebraic equations
     
  • Performing Arts

    Choose from a variety of electives:

    POSSIBLE OPTIONS:

    • Music
    • Fall Play
  • Physical Education

    LEARNING GOALS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
    (Climbing Wall, Dance, Sports/Fitness)
    • Demonstrate  sportsmanship
    • Develop skills for climbing wall (bouldering, belaying, knot work, hand placement, footwork, route reading, and route setting)
    • Strengthen body awareness
    • Extend dance technique skills
    • Expand dance vocabulary including qualities of movement, rhythmic patterns, and directions in space
    • Learn (or choreograph) and perform short dances
    • Connect dance curriculum to science and English curriculum
    • Develop skills for individual and team sports
    • Develop strategic thinking in sports
    • Engage in fitness activities
    • Participate in cooperative games
    • Engage in team building activities and challenges
    • Understand importance of fitness
    • Understand importance of short term and long term benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Science and Engineering/Computer Science

    TEXTS (published by Prentice Hall):
    Science Explorer Cells and Heredity
    Science Explorer Human Biology and Health
    Science Explorer Sound and Light

    THEME: Introduction to Biology

    UNITS:
    Body Systems
    Cells
    Genetics

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SCIENCE:
    • Formulate research questions
    • Write scientifically
    • Use scientific vocabulary
    • Gather, read, interpret, and analyze data
    • Recall and apply content specific information
    • Practice applying learned information to novel situations
    • Use Scientific Method fluidly
    • Practice Engineering Design Process
    -    Identify problem, brainstorm, design, build, test, evaluate, redesign, share solution
    • Cite sources
    • Practice online research skills
    • Use and apply technology skills
    • Learn and practice lab equipment skills
    TECHNOLOGY

    EQUIPMENT TYPICALLY USED: Cameras; document cameras; iPods®; laptops; microphones; projectors; video cameras

    APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY USED: Email applications; Google™ Apps; iLife® Suite; image editing software; Internet browsers; Microsoft® Office Suite; page layout software; photo editing software; video editing software

    PROGRAMMING

    CORE RESOURCES: Python (Club), Python Software Foundation

    LEARNING GOALS
    • Object-oriented programming:
     -    The if, for, while, try, class, def, pass, assert, yield, & import statements
     -    Execute code
     -    Create functions
     -    Create variables and values

    MATHEMATICS: PRE-ALGEBRA

    COURSES OFFERED: Pre-Algebra; Pre-Algebra Accelerated; Pre-Algebra Honors
     
    TEXT: Larson Pre-Algebra published by Holt McDougal, Edition 2012

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MATHEMATICS:
    NUMBER SENSE AND OPERATIONS
    • Review and extend the concepts of properties: commutative, associative, and distributive with variable expressions and equations
    • Review and extend order of operations with integers, fractions, decimals, and exponents
    • Review and extend problem solving with ratios, proportions, and percent (percent change, similar figures, scale drawings, and the basics of simple and compound interest)
    • Represent large and small numbers in scientific notation and extend the concept to estimation problems and unit conversions
    • Learn about the real number system and classifying numbers
    ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
    • Simplify and evaluate variable expressions using order of operations
    • Simplify variable expressions (monomial products and fractions) that include exponents
    • Simplify and solve complex linear equations
    • Solve basic systems of linear equations with substitution as applied to word problems
    • Use the number line to graph solutions to linear equations and basic inequalities
    • Begin to learn about the concept of slope
    GEOMETRY
    • Review: building blocks of planar geometry (point, line, plane, ray, and line segment); angles (vertical, complementary, supplementary, adjacent, corresponding, and alternate interior); triangle classifications (by side length and by angle measure); and circles
    • Classify and measure polygons and composite figures
    • Explore volume and surface area with prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, and spheres, as well as some compos- ite shapes
    • Work with formulas (areas, volumes, and surface areas, along with the Pythagorean Theorem) to solve various problems
    • Explore ratios of areas and volumes of various shapes and sizes
    ADDITIONAL LEARNING GOALS FOR HONORS PRE-ALGEBRA:
    • Identify patterns and proportional relationships and begin to understand functions and the related terminology
    • Use the coordinate plane to graph solutions to linear equations and basic inequalities
    • Graph linear equations to determine the slope-intercept equation of a line
    • Solve systems of linear equations, including graphing
    • Solve advanced functions and master terminology
    • Work with irrational numbers and simplifying roots
  • Social Studies

    TEXTBOOK:
    History Alive! The United States published by Teacher’s Curriculum Institute

    CONTENT:
    Early History of the United States; Current Events; Human Rights; Colonization; Road to Revolution; New Nation; Bill of Rights; Years between 1800-1850; Antebellum America; Civil War; Reconstruction

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • Develop understanding of multiple perspectives
    • Recall factual information
    • Understand  chronologies
    • Identify main idea and salient points
    • Check for validity
    • Summarize and paraphrase information
    • Highlight information
    • Evaluate sources
    • Recognize bias
    • Understand cause and effect
    • Compare and contrast events in past and in the present
    • Use library and Internet to find appropriate sources
    • Organize information
    • Use technology for class projects
    • Use text to support opinions
    • Communicate ideas clearly orally and in writing
    • Read, interpret, and create maps
    • Analyze and interpret information
    • Develop  hypothesis
    • Defend and support hypothesis
    • Create and deliver presentations
  • Visual Arts

    Choose from a variety of electives:

    POSSIBLE OPTIONS:
    • Computer Science Art
    • Maker Art
    • Visual Arts
  • World Language: Spanish

    TEXTBOOK:
     
    VenConmigo:Level II Chapters 1-5 published by Holt, Reinhart and Winston

    NOVELS:
     
    Casi Se Muere and Viva el Toro by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

    ADDITIONAL TEXTS:
    Advertisements; ComicStrips; Dialogues; Interviews; Letters; Recipes; Schedules (i.e. school, train, planes); Websites

    CULTURAL CONTENT:
    Geography of Central America; Famous people of Spain and Latin America; Costa Rica; Panama; Belize and Guatemala; Mexican culture; quinceanera; ancient pre-Colombian civilization; modern Mexican cities

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SPANISH:
    • Geography
    • Traditions
    • Increase global awareness
    • Engage in everyday conversation
    • Develop pronunciation skills
    • Speak in target language
    • Deliver oral presentations to class
    • Understand, use, and practice in written and oral communication vocabulary words
    • Understand and use grammatical structures accurately
    • Develop reading skills
    • Summarize text
    • Make inferences
    • Develop writing skills (short descriptive paragraphs)
    • Edit peer writing
    • Use Spanish/English dictionary accurately
    • Use Spanish World Book Encyclopedia 
    ADDITIONAL LEARNING GOALS FOR SPANISH:
    • Deepen fluency with written expression and grammatical conventions
    • Participate in deep exploration of topics
    • Engage in advanced level of oral expression and dialogue 
Please note: The K-8 Curriculum Guide is an articulation of the core aspects of the academic program at Hamlin; it is not intended to capture every concept and skill that is taught. Moreover, the K-8 Curriculum Guide will not reflect additional topics of study, which are inspired annually by student interests, teacher creativity, and current events.

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