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Seventh Grade Curriculum



Seventh Grade Curriculum

7thWe offer a rigorous academic curriculum based on 21st Century Skills. We provide our students with a research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Reading & Language Arts Development

Divine Mercy uses an integrated approach to language arts that engenders a love of literature and inspires a high standard of articulation.

  • Understand and use age-appropriate vocabulary, recognizing basic Latin and Greek roots, and using context clues to decode new vocabulary
  • Know and apply the basic rules of capitalization, punctuation, spelling and spell age-appropriate words correctly
  • Identify parts of speech in context: distinguishing between action and linking verbs and identifying complements, classifying prepositional phrases as adjective or adverb
  • Recognize simple and complete subjects and predicates, and simple and compound sentences
  • Follow standard English usage: Compare adjectives and adverbs correctly, choose verbs which agree with subjects, recognize and use nominative objective, and possessive pronouns
  • Recognize various genre of literature, distinguish between fiction and non-fiction, fact and opinion, cause and effect
  • Understand, summarize and respond to literature: know the elements of a story, interpret and apply story themes, discover characters’ motives, distinguish between static and dynamic characters, understand conflict as essential to plot structure, understand and use foreshadowing and suspense in stories
  • Identify plot elements and draw a basic plot diagram
  • Recognize and interpret imagery, figurative language, rhythm and rhyme in poetry, and identify a basic rhyme scheme
  • Identify and target a specific audience in order to write narration, description, exposition, persuasion, poetry, and a research report in effective sentences and paragraphs
  • Take notes and use them to construct a simple outline, draft an evidence backed essay, and develop a revision plan based on established criteria for each piece of writing.
  • Apply technology and multi-media tools to English
  • Use MLA formatting and documentation

Religious Development

Students will grow in their understanding of:

  • The Creed – through study of the Triune God, the Church, Revelation, and the Saints
  • Worship and Prayer- through the study of the Sacraments, the Liturgical Year, and types of prayer
  • Moral Life – through the study of the life of Christ, the Beatitudes, the Commandments, Sin and Forgiveness, and Church Law
  • Community Life – through the study of liturgical life in the Church, Parish life, and the ministry of the Church
  • Apostolic Life – through the study of Catholic social teaching

Math Development

  • Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimals
  • Rates and Ratios
  • Mathematical Expressions and Equations
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Numbers and Operations with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  • Data Analysis
  • Problem Solving

Science Development

  • Geology– Earth’s systems of rock cycles, erosion forces, plate tectonics, geologic time, earthquakes, and volcanoes
  • Weather- atmosphere, climate, patterns and factors of weather
  • Solar System- Galileo and telescopes, planets, moon, astrology, and space travel
  • Matter and Energy- properties/change of matter, temperature, heat and energy
  • Science Lab- Discover hands-on learning in our science laboratory; scientific investigation includes a series of specific behaviors which are validated by use of the senses, measuring tools (along with the metric system), technology, mathematics and graphing.
  • Lab Partners- Taught the importance of lab partners, safety, and proper techniques to use in lab
  • Scientific Method- Taught the scientific method to allow students to develop practical solutions to everyday problems.
  • Science Fair- Participate in-school and Brevard County science fair

Social Studies Development – World History

  • Use latitude and longitude to understand the relationship between people and places on the Earth
  • Identify the natural wonders of the ancient world
  • Use maps to identify major bodies of water of the world, and explain ways they have impacted the development of civilizations
  • Analyze how cultures, empires, and civilizations are created, classified, and studied, as well as the impact of different civilizations on world history
  • Use maps to identify characteristics and boundaries of ancient civilizations that have shaped the world today
  • Explain how major physical characteristics have influenced settlement, interactions and economics of the ancient world
  • Differentiate between continents, regions, countries, and cities in order to understand the complexities of regions created by civilizations
  • Analyze the relationship of physical geography to the development of ancient river valley civilizations
  • Explain how the geographical location of ancient civilizations contributed to the culture and politics of those societies
  • Interpret how geographic boundaries invite or limit interaction with other regions or cultures
  • Explain the concept of cultural diffusion, and identify the influences of different ancient cultures on one another
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies

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