Grades 4 - 8
Throughout the year, seventh graders assume increasing responsibility for their individual learning and contributions to the life of the school. Our goal is for the girls to solidify their academic, artistic, and athletic skills, to gain self-knowledge, to deepen their love of learning, to enhance their appreciation for and understanding of the world beyond Nashoba Brooks, and to strengthen their voices as young women.
In Grade 7 we focus on developing the following skills:
Essay and journal writing
Collecting and analyzing data
Managing long-term assignments
Learning by revision
Learning language and cultural awareness
Working independently and collaboratively
Strategies for solving problems
Click on an item below to see a summary of Grade 7 work in that subject area. Please note: Each subject includes a guiding question or questions, some of the topics we address in that area, and an overview of some of the skills we work to build through this subject.
What role does storytelling play within cultures? How are poetry and prose different in conveying story and reality? How does literature reflect the larger community? How does it offer a critique? How do social forces condition individual lives?
Topics of Study:
Poetry and prose • Close reading of novels (which may include Prairie Lotus, The Old Man and the Sea, Mississippi Trial,1955, Elatsoe, Harbor Me) • The Writing Process • Narrative essay• Expository essay • Literary analysis essay • Introduction to Interactive Fiction Coding (TWINE) • Grammar, Mechanics and Usage • Vocabulary usage and development • Introduction to Socratic-style discussions • Daily Journaling
Skills We Teach:
Recognizing and employing literary devices used in poetry and prose • Making inferences and drawing conclusions • Comparing and contrasting characters and/or literary selections • Text annotation • Becoming a critical reader • Organizing, developing, analyzing, supporting, and synthesizing ideas in oral and written discourse (essays, journals, research, public speaking, discussion, debate) • Building vocabulary through context
How can I represent patterns and relationships that model real-world phenomena?
Topics of Study:
Integers/Rational numbers and the Number Line • Properties of Rational Numbers • Algebraic Expressions • Algebraic Equations and Inequalities • Direct and Inverse Proportion • Angle Properties and Straight Lines • Geometric Construction • Volume and Surface Area • Graphing • Statistics • Probability • Pythagorean Theorem
Skills We Teach:
Computing with integers, fractions and decimals • Simplifying expressions • Solving one variable equations • Solving problems involving discount and interest • Using tables, graphs, and equations • Solving problems involving volume, perimeter, area, and surface area • Graphing on the coordinate plane • Interpreting and analyzing data • Problem solving skills • Preparing for a cumulative exam
What does it mean to be a part of a global community? How does geography impact the world we live in? How are current events connected to the (physical and human) geographical characteristics of places? What is our responsibility as global citizens?
Topics of Study: The Five Themes of Geography • Foundational map skills • Human rights and citizenship • Population • Migration • Settlement patterns • Cultural geography in the 21st century • Continent spotlight (Political and Physical Cartography) • Model UN Global Challenge
Skills We Teach: Being open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives • Defining, prioritizing and completing tasks • Framing, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to solve problems and answer questions • Using digital technology, communication tools and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information • Assuming initiative and shared responsibility for collaborative work • Utilizing time efficiently and managing workload
How does studying Spanish help us better understand and communicate with others locally and globally? How do universal themes such as food, sports, health, and vacations in the Spanish-speaking world compare with our own personal and collective experiences in the United States?
Topics of Study:
Food and eating habits • Sports • Emotions and characteristics • Health and wellness • Vacations in the Spanish-speaking world
Students will be able to:
Compare and contrast eating habits in some Spanish-speaking countries with their own • Talk about sports • Discuss likes and dislikes • Talk and write about personality, conditions and emotions using the verbs ser and estar • Identify parts of the body and talk about minor illness and health • Talk and write about summer and winter vacations
Why is Latin relevant today? What connections can we make between ancient Greco-Roman civilization and the modern world?
Topics of Study: Word order and sentence patterns for more complex sentences • Expanding knowledge on the functions of nouns, verbs, and adjective • Functions of pronouns • Imperfect and perfect tenses • English vocabulary derived from Latin • Contributions to Western civilization through investigation of ancient art and mythology • Historical understanding of the Roman Empire • Art and geography of the ancient world • Pompeii and daily life in Pompeii
Skills We Teach: Comprehension of more complex Latin through practice in reading • Translating Latin to English and English to Latin • Memorization of vocabulary and recognition and production of derived English words • Making connections between Latin passages and cultural information sections • Comparing/contrasting diverse cultures and civilization contemporaneously and across the centuries
At Nashoba Brooks School, educational technology is meaningfully integrated into all content areas to enhance student learning.
Skills We Teach: Using G Suite for Education, computer software, and iPad applications across content areas to support learning • Managing a device • Problem Solving • Using Google Classroom • Developing independence with music production software • Incorporating advanced video editing techniques • Using various coding languages across disciplines • Collaborating digitally across platforms • Increasing understanding of netiquette and digital footprint • Considering the impact and appropriate use of social media
How do actors meld music and dance with dialogue in a play production format? How do theatre artists develop character, belonging, and community when working on a musical?
Topics of Study: Musical Theatre Performance
Skills We Teach: Reading a script • Auditioning • Character development • Memorizing lines • Taking direction • Developing self-confidence • Using one’s voice, body, and face effectively to portray characters • Moving to music • Singing in character • Collaborating toward a common goal • Sharing the stage with third grade students
What are stereotypes in our society, how are they perpetuated and how do they impact us? How can one critically analyze information surrounding them to form a personal value system? How can we connect with our community in a positive and constructive way?
Topics of Study:
Gender stereotypes in media • Social media • Nutrition • Healthy Relationships • Managing Academic Stress • Peer Pressure • Stereotypes of Poverty and Homelessness • Human sexuality
Topics of Study: The Grades 3 & 7 Musical • Dancing through the Decades • Popular music
Skills We Teach: Auditioning • Singing on stage • Developing confidence as performers • Taking risks • Collaborating with 3rd graders and peers • Learning to appreciate the complexities of diverse composition techniques • Composing movement to music • Composing harmonic and melodic ideas using popular music
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls all genders in Preschool through Grade 3, and students identifying as girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.