English and History
Students in grade seven study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia in the years 500 C.E.–1789 C.E. Students specifically study the following units: the Legacy of the Roman Empire, Europe during Medieval Times, The Rise of Islam, Imperial China, Japan during Medieval Times, The Cultures and Kingdoms of West Africa, Civilizations of the Americas, Europe's Renaissance and Reformation, and Europe Enters the Modern Age.
The 7th grade English curriculum is standards based. Skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening are taught in the context of literature and non-fiction texts.
Writing is used as a tool for understanding concepts across the curriculum. Students explore different types of fictional writing such as narrative, descriptive, personal, and autobiographical writing. Students also develop their expository writing skills which includes argumentative writing, responses to literature, summaries, and note-taking. Grammar is addressed in the context of literature and writing.
The English curriculum includes reading comprehension in varying genres such as novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction texts. Independent reading, in addition to daily SSR, is recommended for at least ½ hr each night.