7th Grade Courses

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Courses:


Social Studies 7 (American History)

Social Studies 7 (American History)
The Seventh Grade Social Studies course is a study of United States History from pre-Revolutionary beginnings through Reconstruction with special emphasis on Louisiana’s role in this history. In addition to historical narrative, the course will include geographic, economic, and governmental concepts taught through a variety of instructional techniques. Field trips to local historical sites will help place New Orleans and Louisiana in the context of our nation’s history.

Social Studies 7 Honors (American History)
The Seventh Grade Advanced Social Studies course is a study of United States History from pre-Revolutionary beginnings through Reconstruction with special emphasis on Louisiana’s role in this history. The advanced course will emphasize analytical thinking and writing skills in the process of teaching historical, geographic, economic, and governmental concepts. Field trips to local historical sites will help place New Orleans and Louisiana in the context of our nation’s history. The advanced class will also include outside readings of historical significance.


Math 7

Math 7
Students who complete the Math 7 course will have used a variety of real-world applications while acquiring the foundation and skills needed to be successful in Introduction to Algebra. Topics covered include numbers and operations, fractions, decimals, percents, integers, measurement, data, statistics and probabilility, geometric and spatial relationships, algebraic relationships and problem solving. Emphasis on drill and timed tests will increase students’ computational and arithmetical competency.

Math 7 Honors (Introduction to Algebra)
Introduction to Algebra completes the student’s pre-high school mathematics foundation and provides an introduction to algebra through real-world applications. Topics covered include integers, variables and expressions; solving equations and inequalities; number theory; graphing; geometric concepts; statistics and probability; percents and rational numbers; multiplying and factoring polynomials. The course provides mathematical competency for success in the high school curriculum. Students will use a TI-30X IIS series statistical calculator. 


Language Arts/Reading 7

Language Arts/Reading 7
7th grade students will read, comprehend, and critically analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction.  Developing communication skills, note-taking skills, and comprehension skills, students will become adept in synthesizing information and orally communicating that information along with their own opinions and ideas. Students will also plan, revise, edit, and publish clear and effective writing as well as explore various grammatical structures as a means of improving communication. Students will also experience outside cross-curricular readings.

Language Arts/Reading 7 Honors
7th grade students will read, comprehend, and synthesize a variety of fiction and non-fiction through comparative analysis and through extensive library research. They will enhance their communication skills by planning, revising, and publishing a variety of compositions as well as by engaging in oral presentations. A study of comprehension skills and note-taking skills, together with a thorough examination of various grammatical structures, will reinforce their analytical abilities. Students will experience cross-curricular outside readings. 


Religion 7

Religion 7
This is a course that will center on Jesus’ life, his teachings, and the sacraments he instituted. Students learn how to help and serve others out of compassion and solidarity-a belief that we all need one another. This course also includes a unit on personal interaction, personal responsibility and self respect.  Students will also be introduced to the history of Brother Martin High School and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.  Scripture, prayer and community service are an integral part of this course. 


Science 7

Science 7
Students will focus on Life Science. Students will be introduced to plant and animal cell structure, heredity, living organisms, and ecology. Emphasis will be placed on labs that correlate to classroom instruction, including dissection. Students will learn lab safety, materials, and protocol as they investigate the scientific method. Topics will also include the “chemistry of life” and the human body systems, including the reproductive system.

Science 7 Honors
This course will feature topics from Life Science, including plant and animal cell structure, heredity, living organisms, and ecology. Students will learn lab safety, protocol, and procedures in preparation for science labs including dissections. The advanced course will require application of more complex mathematical concepts as well as more in-depth studies of topics.

 


Physical Education 7

Physical Education 7
This course, offered every other day throughout the school year, focuses on the fundamentals of basic exercise, with emphasis on a student setting personal health and physical strength/endurance goals. 



Research Skills Survey 7

Research Skills Survey 7
This is a class that meets every other day, alternating with PE, that introduces students to basic research and technology skills needed in other 7th grade courses and used as a foundation for future technology and research integration vertically in our 8th grade and high school curriculum. Students will also be introduced to presentation strategies, speaking and listening skills, time management and organizational tools, and an overview of the arts 


Beginner Band

Beginner Band
Students who audition for Band and who meet the selection criteria will take a full year of band. This co-curricular will take the place of their physical education class and Research Skills Survey class.