Grade 7 Learning Expectations


Religion (250 weekly minutes)
  • Recognizes God as personal God who reveals His teaching through Christian scripture, and the Sacraments, which are visible signs of God’s grace uniting us in faith.
  • Understands Mary’s role in salvation, and the communion of saints as the union of all those who follow Jesus.
  • Understands and experiences prayer as memorized, spontaneous, meditative, and contemplative.
  • Experiences participation in a variety of prayer forms and liturgical celebrations.
  • Prepares and attends weekly liturgical celebrations, special days of observation, and a Sunday parish liturgy.
  • Reviews the parts of Mass and properly responds.
  • Witnesses to life as a Christian with uniqueness and human dignity.
  • Understands that service is a response to the message of Jesus, and that the people of God have been and are active throughout history.
  • Actively participates in community service projects, school projects, and parish projects.
  • Understands the relationship of choices and actions in sexuality and Christian maturity.
  • Recognizes the moral guidelines for life as a guide for making good choices.
  • Learns formal prayer appropriate to grade level.
Language Arts (550 Weekly Minutes)
Word Analysis, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development
  • Infers word meanings through identification and analysis of analogies, idioms, multiple meaning words, connotations, denotations, and jargon.
  • Uses knowledge of root words and word etymologies to understand word origins and content vocabulary.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understands and analyzes the differences among various categories of informational materials such as textbooks, newspapers, Internet in terms of their structure and purpose.
  • Identifies the development of an author’s argument, point of view, perspective in the text.
  • Makes predictions, infers and draws conclusions, or generalizations based on evidence.
  • Identifies the details, main idea, conflict, plot, and theme in various forms of Literature.
Literary Response and Analysis
  • Identifies the elements of and understands the purpose of various forms of Literature such as autobiography, short story fiction, nonfiction, and various poetry, essays, folk tales, myths, fables, and novels.
  • Identifies and gives characteristics of a variety of Literature.
Study and Reference Skills
  • Previews titles, headings, summaries, and questions when studying.
  • Uses a variety of information sources to gather information: dictionary, maps, charts, graphs, schedules, newspapers, computerized card catalog, and Internet resources.
Writing Strategies
  • Uses transition words between sentences, ideas, and paragraphs.
  • Utilizes the claim, data, and warrant style to support thesis statements, identifies topics and investigates claims
  • Employs description, facts, statistics, and examples to support claims.
  • Outlines, takes notes, and summarizes to ensure structure of drafts.
  • Edits, rewrites, and revises drafts in order to improve final composition using technology and word processing tools
Writing Applications
  • Applies note taking, outlining, summarization, and inquiry techniques to enhance writing.
  • Defines thesis statements.
  • Writes various essays such as narrative (1st and 3rd person), expository, descriptive, informational, and persuasive.
  • Utilizes resources such as the library, Internet, and field resources.
  • Utilizes footnote techniques to cite data for research papers.
  • Prepares a bibliography including CD and Internet resources.
  • Integrates quotations correctly.
  • Uses word processing skills to prepare essays and research papers.
  • Uses publishing software to write a short story, an autobiographical anecdote, and a research paper.
  • Applies editing tools to all revisions of various topics.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
  • Applies grade appropriate language and mechanics and capitalization, vocabulary, and spelling to all written work.
  • Utilizes correct usage including all parts of speech, cases, and verb tenses when speaking and writing.
  • Demonstrates the use of simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Listening and Speaking
  • Asks questions designed to elicit purposeful information.
  • Discusses effectively and constructively.
  • Determines speaker’s attitude toward the subject.
  • Responds to persuasive messages with questions, challenges, or affirmations.
  • Shapes information to achieve a particular purpose.
  • Arranges details, reasons, descriptions, and examples effectively.
  • Defines roles and shares responsibility for a group project.
  • Uses explicit techniques for presentations.
  • Provides constructive feedback to speakers.
  • Delivers narrative presentations, oral summaries, and research presentations.
Mathematics (250 Weekly Minutes)
Number Sense
  • Knows the properties of and computes with rational numbers.
  • Understands the basic properties for whole numbers.
  • Understands decimals as a place value system.
  • Uses exponents, powers, and roots; uses exponents in working with fractions.
  • Solves problems that involve the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and integers.
  • Converts fractions to decimals and percent and uses these representations in estimation, computation, and application.
  • Identifies and uses the properties of integers.
Algebra and Functions
  • Explores algebraic expressions involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Uses algebraic terminology correctly.
  • Interprets, simplifies, and evaluates expressions.
  • Uses order of operations correctly to evaluate algebraic expressions.
  • Uses inverse and reciprocal operations to evaluate algebraic expression.
  • Uses variables and appropriate operations to write expressions and equations.
  • Solves addition and subtraction inequalities.
  • Determines expressions by adding monomials and binomials by using the distributive property.
Measurement and Geometry
  • Converts within and between measurement systems to solve problems.
  • Reads, interprets, and make multiple graphs to plot simple figures.
  • Identifies cross sections of space figures.
  • Measures angles with a protractor.
  • Constructs and identifies basic elements of geometric figures.
  • Computes the perimeter, area, and volume of common geometric objects.
  • Identifies reflections, rotations and translates images.
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
  • Identifies the mean, mode, and median for a set of data.
  • Represents two numerical variables on a scatter plot.
  • Rates chance events between impossible and certain.
  • Lists outcomes and events for sample space.
  • Determines the probability of an event.
  • Uses critical thinking to analyze and test formulas.
  • Knows various forms of display for data sets.
Mathematical Reasoning
  • Applies strategies and results from simpler problems to more complex problems.
  • Uses estimation techniques of substituting compatible numbers and rounding.
  • Determines when and how to break a problem into simpler parts.
  • Uses inductive reasoning to make generalizations about number patterns and geometric patterns.
  • Discovers mathematical generalizations by observing relationships.
  • Develops proofs for algebraic and geometric generalizations.
  • Analyzes a sequence of events from a line graph.
Social Studies (225 Weekly Minutes)
  • Students analyze the causes and effects of vast expansion and disintegration of the Roman Empire
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Islam in the Middle ages; the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages; the sub Saharan civilizations of Ghana and Mali in Medieval Africa.
  • Compare and contrast geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Meso-American and Andean civilizations
  • Analyze the origin, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance
  • Analyze the historical development of the Reformation
  • Analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effects on religious, political, and cultural institutions
  • Analyze political and economic change in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Compare political, economic, geographical, religious and cultural differences amongst the countries of the world, from their beginning existence to present time.
Science (225 Weekly Minutes)
  • Understands the role of technology, the Scientific Method, field and laboratory investigations, and the SI units of measurement as fundamental elements of Life Science.
  • Comprehends the characteristics and chemistry of living things, and understands the principles of organic compounds and energy as they apply to all life.
  • Understands the basic structure and function of plant and animal cells and the major role of cell transport, energy processes, growth and division within these cells.
  • Utilizes the physiology and chemistry of plants and animals to fully identify and understand the evolutionary foundation and adaptation processes of both the plant and animal kingdom.
  • Defines and comprehends the basic principles of heredity, patterns of inheritance, structure of chromosomes, genes, DNA, and the role of genetic engineering.
  • Correlates and analyzes the earth’s geomorphology with the basic principles of the evolutionary theory, the earth’s history, the origins of life and its adaptations, and Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
  • Understands the human body in regards to tissues, organs, and organ systems, and how they work independently and together.
  • Comprehends various human disorders, their causes and cures, and the importance of research.
  • Develops process skills using scientific method: investigation and experimentation
  • Comprehensive Science Research Project- Science Fair


Technology (100 Weekly Minutes)
  • Develops an understanding of the development of computers and technology in the past, present and future.
  • Understands computer-related terminology and how computers function.
  • Discusses Internet safety, ethics and copy write issues pertaining to computer usage and giving credit to authors of electronic work.
  • Work in Power Point/Excel
  • Continuing improving formal keyboarding skills and increase typing speed.
Physical Education (100 Weekly Minutes)
Exercise and Sports Skills
  • Participates in conditioning for the Presidential Physical Fitness Program
  • Plays organized agility games exercising Christian sportsmanship
  • Acquires knowledge to build responsible decision making, healthy lifestyles, and general wellness.
  • Participates in team sports to develop tolerance of others and cooperative skills.
  • Understands and utilizes rules for organized sports like:
Basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track and volleyball
Field Trips and Special Programs
  • Sports and Academic Teams
  • STA Science Fair
  • Essay Contests
  • Museum of Tolerance Field Trip (bi-annually)
  • On-site retreat
Fine Arts (100 Weekly Minutes)
  • Identifies elements of art
  • Produces artwork that includes these elements
  • Experiments with various media
  • Applies rules of perspective
Book List (in class novels)
  • Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Hatchet
A comprehensive list for suggested reading is available either online or from the homeroom teacher. Each student will be responsible for completing two independent reading books per quarter (Accelerated Reader).