University School of Milwaukee
Seventh Grade Curriculum
SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
Seventh grade is the first
time students have an English class incorporating all areas of English in one
course. English 7 is composed of
literature, writing, vocabulary, grammar and oral presentations.
The course is designed to develop the students’ ability to read and
analyze literature, improve writing skills, develop research techniques, learn
and use new vocabulary words, recognize and correct their own grammatical errors
and deliver effective oral presentations.
The five main strands of the
course are woven together to further the development of students’
communication skills. In
literature, students read short stories, novels, poetry and non-fiction.
The reading and discussion are designed to teach literary concepts and
critical thinking. Individualized
reading assignments outside of class seek to develop good reading habits and to
challenge students. Students write
extensively and in a variety of formats, in response to the literature as well
as on topics of their own choice. The
format and structure of different essays are taught and links are explored
between the written and spoken components of the course, with students
delivering several oral presentations. Grammar
usage and mechanics are stressed throughout the year and students are expected
to spell, define, and use new words in their writing.
Teaching methods vary
according to the area of the course. Students
receive study guides for literature assignments to aid their comprehension and
classroom discussion. Questions
about the reading are asked and students respond in writing to share with the
class. Students work
collaboratively in cooperative groups and conduct individual research using the
latest technology. When writing,
students work individually and in pairs focusing on the writing process of
prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing, but students are also
required to write impromptu pieces. They
are taught to observe and critique demonstrations and modeling in preparation
for their own oral presentations. Grammar is taught through direct instruction
and application in students’ writing.
The Giver - Lowry
Currents in Fiction
A Christmas Carol –
Teacher selected poetry & non-fiction
Animal Farm - Orwell
A student choice of novel from a teacher selected group of novels
English Composition &
Grammar – Warriner
Day Book of Critical Reading
SEVENTH GRADE ALGEBRA PREP
The algebra prep course
offered in the seventh grade is designed to help students bridge the skills
learned in previous elementary and Middle School classes to the skills,
applications, and abstract reasoning needed in algebra.
The units covered include use
and understanding of the addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division patterns, area and volume computation and
usage, working with triangles, the Pythagorean theorem, circles and the number
pi, geometry applications, probability and statistics topics, solving equations
and inequalities, patterns and graphing.
The skill objectives of this
course include computation, estimation, problem solving, measurement, and
reasoning. In order to demonstrate
mathematics as a means of communication, students will engage in writing and
speaking activities. Many different
techniques are used to accomplish the skill objectives.
These include cooperative learning activities, guided learning, classroom
discussion and practice, games, and manipulative and technology use.
Daily review of classwork and
class notes, along with the completion of homework is expected of every student
to ensure progress. Evaluation is
accomplished by means of homework, daily participation, quizzes, tests,
projects, and second semester examination.
Transition Mathematics, The
University of Chicago School Mathematics
Project, The Algebra Lab-Middle School, Creative Publications
Lab Gear Activities for Algebra
texts, workbooks, and duplicator masters, Scott Foresman
SEVENTH GRADE ECONOMICS AND HISTORY
The seventh grade social studies curriculum will include a Fall semester of an Introduction to Economics and a Spring semester devoted to the beginning of U.S. History. The seventh grade social studies exam will take place at the end of the first semester.
In an Introduction to Economics, students will examine the following areas: the foundation of economics, understanding the American and global economic systems, supply and demand, money and banking, types of businesses, and competition. We will also focus on an understanding of the students' roles as consumers, producers, investors and savers, taxpayers, and decision-makers.
The U.S. History course will be divided into two parts. In Part One, students will be discovering and learning about the geography of this great land we call the United States of America. In Part Two, the students will begin examining the early history of the United States, beginning with a look at the native peoples who inhabited this country first. Students will proceed through the colonial period to the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence.
The objectives of this course overall are to help develop critical reading, writing, discussion, and study skills for those involved. Homework assignments will vary greatly from reading the texts and other supplemental materials; preparing essays, debates, or speeches; constructing and interpreting maps; or work with technological tools to generate a stock report, prepare a web page, or create a PowerPoint presentation.
The 7th Grade Social Studies course has at its core the desire for students to be actively involved in the learning process. There will be much simulation based learning, role-playing, creating plays, debates, speeches, and discussions. Helping students to learn technological skills is also a very important part of the course.
Texts: Appleby, Joyce et. al. The American Journey. New York: Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 1998.
Understanding Economics: A Case Study Approach. Globe Fearon, 1997.
SEVENTH GRADE SCIENCE
The science course is a
combination of life science and health. Life
science covers units in cellular biology, physiology, zoology, ecology and
evolution. Units follow the evolutionary development of species from the single
celled Moneran to cellular animals, to species with tissue development through
the advancement of organs and organ systems.
The systems of the human body are explored and the Health issues are
discussed as they relate to these functions.
Science is a thought process.
Theories, laws and principles are learned through the scientific method.
Experiments, notetaking and writing are the tools of this process.
Students will be required to keep a folder of assignments which will be
collected periodically. The text will be used as a guide to topic material which will
be enhanced by research done in school and in the community.
Cooperative learning groups will be used for some of this work.
Amount of homework will vary.
Students will be encouraged to keep up with the outline of assignments in
the folder. This is the checkpoint
for parents and students. Class
discussion is emphasized and serves as another dimension to check comprehension
and interpretation. These along
with several quizzes and tests complete the activities involved in discovering
science. Science is a continuing
growth pattern which will be nourished and challenged.
Life Science, Prentice
SEVENTH GRADE FRENCH
approach used in 7th grade French exposes students to a variety of activities
aimed at helping them develop proficiency in the four basic language skills:
reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
French 7 is composed of the study of basic grammar principles, listening
activities, cultural lessons to enhance global awareness, reading comprehension
activities, vocabulary-building activities, and creative writing and speaking
activities. The course is designed
to encourage students to be able to communicate effectively in the foreign
language in natural, communicative situations and to have a conscious knowledge
about grammar, while enhancing their appreciation of the target culture.
At the end of French 7, the students should be prepared to continue their
study of French in 8th grade.
of the Course
To learn and master grammar concepts in the
target language presented in the text.
To understand (through listening and reading) and produce (in oral and written form)
memorized utterances and sequences.
To respond to basic questions and to ask
basic questions about real, personal experiences.
To be able to show, in oral and written form, some spontaneity and creative language use
in response to oral or written questions or to a situation or visual.
To be able to express ideas in the present, immediate future, and past tense in French.
To learn to interact and survive linguistically in the target language in the classroom, primarily
using memorized materials and functions that recur on a daily basis.
To develop an appreciation of the many differences and similarities among people
around the world and in our own country.
and tape manual
Films, slides, videos, assorted computer programs, and CD-ROMS
SEVENTH GRADE GENERAL MUSIC
Seventh and eighth grade
general music consists of a continued learning about the basics of music with a
focus on the elements or parts of music; rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre,
texture, form, style, and expression. This
is accomplished through singing, reading music and text, listening,
ear-training, the study of music history, movement, and playing pitched and
non-pitched percussion instruments, guitars, and keyboards.
Seventh graders enrolled in
this course will often have the opportunity to focus on a facet of music that
they choose to explore.
The class meets for three
periods per cycle. Much of the
required work for the course will be experienced within the class period.
There will be occasional homework and projects assigned to complement its
Role and Importance in Our Lives
SEVENTH GRADE CHORUS
The seventh grade chorus meets
three days on a six day cycle. It
is a year round course open to all Middle School students who choose chorus as
their music requirement.
The primary objective of
chorus is to encourage the personal growth of each student using music, and more
specifically singing with a performance emphasis. Chorus seeks the self-esteem and confidence of students
during adolescent development as
well as continue to nurture their love for music and singing.
Students will continue to study the basic techniques of good singing, and
music reading skills with beginning music theory and history.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND
Band in the Middle School is designed to expose students to the joy of
music through performance. Students
will learn the technique and tone production on the wind or percussion
instrument that they choose to study. They
will also learn music reading skills and experience music from a variety of
composers, time periods, and styles. This
class consists of large group rehearsals and small group or private lessons. Because of the cooperative aspect of this course, preparing
the entire group for performances, the band is to be considered a full
The 7th/8th grade orchestra meets three times per
cycle throughout the school year. Students
in this group study all bow strokes needed to perform music from the standard
orchestral literature. Students are
expected to turn in six practice records per quarter with a minimum of 90
minutes per week practice. Performance
tests occur 2-4 times each quarter.
This orchestra performs
several times throughout the year including a fall and spring concert, All
School Concert, and/or Middle School Fine Arts night, and Greenfield Music
Festival, the WSMA solo and ensemble contest, and the Upper School Graduation
Most students take a private
lesson each week in addition to attending orchestra rehearsal.
SEVENTH GRADE DRAMA
The following areas will be
explored in the seventh grade: stage
movement techniques, training the senses, expressing emotions in dramatic
scenes, character study and conflict, staging the scripted scene, using the
voice to interpret the script, and comedy improvisation — the actor’s
In the seventh grade, students
will be able to complete some of the following skill objectives:
pantomime — more complete actions and plots — transform the quality
of moving and sounding, motivate stage movement, warm-up and center the body for
work on stage, learn stage movement, technique, produce good voice quality,
articulation, master proper breathing techniques, improvise speech, interpret
and read effectively out loud and increase vocabulary and verbal fluency.
Other objectives will include utilizing sensory recall in scene work,
keeping a point of concentration in exercises and scenes, memorizing materials,
expressing feelings in scenes, portraying varying body attitudes, role playing
characters from imagination, creating believable action, plot and dialogue,
understanding dramatic structure and form, and analyzing and evaluating plays
viewed. In addition, students will explore the application of stage makeup,
early French and British Farce – and how it relates to contemporary comedy –
and theatre styles in the non-Western world.
Students will be required to complete projects and activities in class,
homework assignments and pass quizzes and tests.
The seventh grade drama class
will complete several projects and activities.
Projects may include activities such as developing original pantomimes,
performing more complex movement tasks, sensory exploration and training, using
the voice to interpret the script, portraying emotions in improvised and
scripted scenes, writing, performing, and taping an original television project,
in depth character study and memorization and presentation of scripted scenes.
The students will be evaluated by teacher observation during activities,
quality of project work, taking into account effort and individual growth, and
consideration of students’ class contributions and concentration on and off
GRADE VISUAL ARTS
GRADE VISUAL ARTS
The seventh grade visual arts
course meets twice on a six day rotation cycle. The comprehensive curriculum is
a continuation of the fifth and sixth grade curriculums and includes instruction
in aesthetics, art heritage, art criticism, and artmaking. The content of this
course is taught using a variety of strategies: lecture, classroom experiences,
research, discussion, demonstrations, modeling behaviors, critiques, independent
study, field experiences, and small/large group activities. Students will attain
the broader goals of the middle school visual arts curriculum that includes:
conceptual understanding, aesthetic valuing, creative behavior, craftsmanship,
understanding the content of art, and understanding oneself. This course is
designed using an integrative approach to explore, learn, and apply the design
elements and principles while adhering to the fifth and sixth grade core
curriculums. Students are required to learn and establish a working vocabulary
about the tools, materials, and art making processes. They will maintain a
working sketchbook that includes class notes, journals, written critiques, and
homework assignments. Formal and informal assessments and evaluations will be
used throughout the year.
All student work is on display
daily with a final culmination showcasing their work during the Fine Arts Night
program held in spring.
Publications and supplementary
materials used: A World of Images text, Art: Images and Ideas text,
Discovering Art History text, Scholastic Art magazine, School
Arts magazine, Arts Activities magazine, Grade Seven curriculum,
works of art, artifacts, field trips, art reproductions, film, filmstrips,
photographs, slides, audio tapes, videotapes, and computer software.
SEVENTH GRADE SPANISH
Seventh grade Spanish meets everyday. It is designed to further the students use of both spoken and written Spanish. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development and using the language in a variety of contexts. Thematic units include food, restaurants, hobbies and activities, weather, family, home, school, sports, chores and travel. Each unit focuses on a variety of grammatical concepts which are practiced in class and developed further with homework. Homework consists of text book assignments, workbook assignments, short term projects and reading.
Throughout the year we highlight various cultural and historical aspects
of the Spanish speaking world through reading, videos, projects and music.
Since speaking and vocabulary
are critical to success at this stage of language learning, weekly quizzes are
given and meant to encourage daily review and study of new words.
Lesson quizzes and unit tests cover grammatical concepts but often
include speaking and listening sections.
Dime I (McDougal Littell)
Dime I (Cuaderno de Actividades
Alejandro (Amsco Press) – a supplemental reader
SEVENTH GRADE PHYSICAL
The focus of Physical
Education in the 7th Grade is on individual and team sport skills.
The skills are used in active game situations to enhance individual
physical fitness, which is the core of the program.
In the seventh grade, sport skills are developed to the point that team competition is the culmination of each sport unit. Sport units include soccer, stx-ball, basketball, softball and fitness games such as ultimate Frisbee. Individual sports include archery, cross country running, pickleball and tennis.
In each unit, students are
instructed in proper warm-up procedures, skill techniques, game strategies and
cool-down or relaxation activities. The
history and development of each sport or activity, as well as current
information, are presented to develop an appreciation and interest in the
various units and to show how these units relate to lifetime fitness.
Grading is based on 25%
effort, 25% skill development, 25% sportsmanship and 25% knowledge.
Effort is based on level of participation, willingness to improve and
attempting new challenges. Skill development and achievement is based on skill
improvement and subjective skill evaluation of the student’s participation and
performance in skill isolation and game situations.
Sportsmanship is based on the ability to work individually and in group
situations in the learning of skills and in game play.
Finally, knowledge is based on scores from written work or quizzes
covering information on class lecture and demonstration.
Testing will be administered during each Quarter:
Mile Run - Cardiovascular Endurance
- Abdominal Endurance
and Reach - Flexibility
Run - Quickness and Agility
Ups - Muscular Strength Upper Body
1 - Rotation B
- Safety and Practice will be covered daily during the Archery Unit. The student
will learn how to brace the bow and shoot the bow,as well as, to hit the target
using these techniques- nock, draw, aim, release and follow through.
Football - Safety and Basic Football Techniques will be the premise in the flag
football unit. Throwing,
catching-running pass patterns, blocking, proper handoffs, footwork, defensive
strategy, punting and kicking will be covered.
2 - Rotation C
Hockey - Each student will need a mouth guard for this unit, goggles will be
provided. Stick handling, puck
control, passing, goalie play will be covered.
Students will play games, heart monitor will be worn to test daily
effort. Sportsmanship and safety
will be stressed daily.
Handball - Learn strategies, positioning and skills used in team handball.
The students will play games and learn through playing and experiencing
the fast pacing action of Team Handball.
3 - Rotation D - Floor Hockey - See Above
/ Pickle Ball - The badminton and pickle ball unit is designed to improve hand
eye coordination and racket skills ability that will carry over to tennis.
Rules, Strategy, Skills sharpened and games played, tournaments will be
played both singles and doubles.
4 - Rotation A
Skills - Clubs will be available, however, students may bring in their own
clubs. Skills are the main focus in
this Unit. The full swing will be
taught and practiced, as well as chipping,
pitching and putting. The
skills will be done on school grounds or in the gym.
Skills - Each student needs to bring a glove.
Skills taught and practiced include hitting, throwing and fielding.
The batting cage will be utilized along with the pitching machine.
Modified baseball games will be played after skills are developed.
- Shin guards are needed. The
students will play games of soccer.
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