Language Arts 7
In Language Arts, students explore the theme of identity. Students read a variety of texts, and engage in individual and collaborative activities that investigate the theme of identity and sense of place. During the winter unit, which is an interdisciplinary study including a two-day outdoor adventure experience led by the Lotus Lake Adventure Center, students work together to develop team building. In the spring, all students engage in a children's book project; every student writes, illustrates and binds his/her own original picture book. The books are then given away on a “Book Buddy” day to all primary schools in the WCSU district.
Writing assignments include journal writing, multi-draft creative and expository pieces, and presentations as well as readers’ theater. Although many of the writing assignments are integrated with the science and social studies curriculum, all are assessed using common-core standards. All students are expected to read a total of 25 books for the year.
Science 7 is grounded in life science and when applicable is integrated with language arts and social studies. A primary goal is to foster the development of individuals who are able to question and think critically about the world. Major units and topics covered in 7th grade are: designing and conducting an elevation study, understanding ecological principles, research literacy skills (bio-indicator research/media literacy), winter ecology/survival, and cellular study/microscope use.
Social Studies 7
The seventh grade year will introduce students to the study of indigenous peoples, world cultures, economics and geography. These units will introduce students to anthropology and related fields; the movements and settlements of people; basic economic concepts and their applications, and state, national, and world geography. Students will demonstrate an understanding of cause-and-effect relationships in human societies, analyze digital and text sources, make historical connections, explore concepts of culture and traditional societies and use and apply geographical knowledge. They will also learn various research techniques and formal research paper writing skills.