Seventh Grade Curriculum
Carden Arbor View School is dedicated to providing an outstanding Middle School learning experience. Middle School students' days are spent with several teachers, each of whom is experienced in his or her subject area and trained in the Carden method of teaching. Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades have a challenging eight period day, consisting of six core subjects and two center subject classes. To meet individual student needs better, we provide additional faculty for small group instruction in composition and math classes. Supporting this rich and diverse program is a teacher who serves as an advisor to a group of ten to twelve Middle School students. These teacher advisors meet with their individual group of students to provide guidance and support in achieving school success. All Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in after school sports, electives, yearbook, and Student Council. Carden Arbor View School students are expected to take an active role in the life of the school by taking advantage of one or more of these opportunities.
English Language Arts: ELA (English Language Arts) The 7th Grade English Language Arts (ELA) utilizes an expanded class (85 minutes per day) to synthesize the disciplines of literature, writing, and conventions.
Students read the following literature: Scott Westerfeld’s novel Uglies, George Orwell’s novel 1984, Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol,” Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. Students analyze how story elements including figurative language interact. They learn to utilize textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as draw inferences. Students also determine themes, comprehend authors’ development of character or narrator point of view, as well as analyze historical and social context of literature.
Students utilize the Harkness and Socratic discussion methods to express ideas and opinions. Students publish various written assignments. They write an expository American Revolution cause and effect essay, a compare and contrast essay of the written text to movie version of “A Christmas Carol,” a short story narrative with relevant descriptive details that is published in iBooks by collaborating with their computer class, and a variety of newspaper articles over the year.
A journalism unit produces three 7th grade Eye of the Cougar newspapers for the CAVS community. Within the journalism unit, students write expository, opinion, sports, feature, question and answer, etc. articles. The newspaper allows students to take on real life roles such as editor-in-chief, section editors, and staff writers. Through collaboration and communication, students set deadlines and peer edit articles.
The 7th grade conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, vocabulary) are focused on application of the parts of speech, phrases, and clauses. Focus is on utilizing a variety of sentence structures in writing assignments. Special attention is given to modifiers and their placement.
The overall goal is to choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely. Textbook: WRITING AND GRAMMAR Communication in Action. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. 2004. Print.
U. S. History: U.S History: Students will trace the development of the significant political, economic, and social events from our European background to about 1900. Students will analyze these events in terms of their relevance to the world and to contemporary issues and problems so that they may begin to apply the past to the present. Students are also taught to appreciate that articles, editorials, newscasters, and historians may report historical facts from particular frames of reference. This enables the students to see that the same facts can be interpreted in different ways, depending on the writers or speaker as a frame of reference. Moreover, students will see how to identify these frames of reference in current times through analyzing political cartoons, news broadcasts, and newspaper headlines.
Textbook: Prentice Hall America: History of Our Nation
Math: The seventh grade math curriculum builds upon the sixth with more advanced work with fractions, percents, and types of numbers. Particular emphasis is placed upon more advanced algebraic equations, number factoring, geometry, and ratios and proportions. Problems presented in this course require more problem solving and thinking skills than were expected in sixth grade math.
Life Science: Includes topics such as cells, plants and animals, heredity, human biology and health, and biodiversity. Science is taught utilizing a dynamic, hands-on approach that allows students to gain experience in using the scientific process. Additionally, Smartboard Technologies, class discussions, and online activities compliment lab experimentation.
Books, Materials and Resources
• Prentice Hall, Life Science
Projects and Experiments (click HERE for more info)
Physical Education: Emphasis is placed on physical fitness activities, major muscle group recognition and their relationship with various physical activities, individual skill development, and participation in team games.
Students change to physical education wear for most activities. See uniform information for current physical education dress.
Latin: Students take Latin for the entire year. Latin gives the students a strong vocabulary base, helps with understanding grammar, and teaches them about ancient civilizations. Our class will focus on learning vocabulary, speaking Latin correctly, translating and writing in Latin, and studying highlights of Roman history and life.
Life Skills: The purpose of Life Skills is to provide students the opportunity to explore and develop successful communication skills, positive decision-making skills, media literacy, and a positive self-concept. We believe that assisting students in developing strong communication skills is supportive of the Carden philosophy of respecting others and ourselves. The ability to recognize and avoid the pressure of peers and media are crucial in making positive decisions.
We will provide a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for discussion groups and activities. We will use videos, role playing, and guest speakers as a part of our presentations. We encourage parental support by asking parents to be available to their children to discuss topics that concern them.
Computers: Students will continue to perfect keyboarding skills while learning to format outlines, tables with headings, report formats, and footnotes. Student projects will include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, spread sheets, and Internet activities. Students will also start beginning lessons in PhotoShop using Apple iMacs. Click here to view computer classes.
Music: This class is designed to give students a greater understanding and appreciation of music. The different eras of music are studied and analyzed with emphasis on musical styles and forms. Students study styles of music from other cultures and from the U.S.
Art: Students will use their knowledge of the art elements (line, form, color, texture, value and space) as they work on different styles of art in relationship to history, literature and cultures of the world. Students will also continue to strengthen their art techniques and their confidence in their own creativity.
Outdoor Education: Seventh grade students travel to French Canada for five days of foreign fun! We begin in the city of Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world. Next we travel to Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you not familiar with Miss Carden and the Carden Method, we encourage you to review the information we have prepared.
Our Accreditation Carden Arbor View School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools. We take great pride in our students, staff, and curriculum and encourage you to learn more about our Accreditation.
Student Achievements Over the years our students have achieve both academic and non-academic achievements. Take a moment to learn more about our student achievements.
Arbor View Society Learn more about the Arbor View Society and how a tax-deductible financial gift can help make a big difference in your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or future Carden Arbor View students.