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: Short stories and poetry • Close reading of novels (which may includeThe Pearl, The Old Man and the Sea, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Long Walk To Water, A Separate Peace, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind) • The Writing Process • Narrative essay• Expository essay • Literary analysis essay • Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage • Vocabulary usage and development • Socratic-style discussions
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 • Study skills and test-taking strategies
Pre-Algebra How can I represent patterns and relationships that model real-world phenomena?
Topics of Study: Integers • Rational numbers • Exponents • Absolute value • Variables • Order of operations • Scientific notation • The Number Line and Coordinate Plane • Inequalities • Linear functions • Probability • Counting choices • Proportional reasoning • Measurement • Area • Volume • Proportion • Percent applications
Skills We Teach: Computing with integers, fractions and decimals • Simplifying expressions • Solving one variable equations • Solving problems involving discount and interest • Solving problems involving volume, perimeter, area, and surface area • Using the distributive property • Graphing on the coordinate plane • Introduction to inequalities • 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 the study of Spanish help me better understand and communicate with others locally and globally? What is the difference between personal characteristics and emotions or conditions? What role do sports and vacations play in the Spanish speaking world, and how do they compare with our own experiences?
Topics of Study: Food and eating habits • Sports • Emotions and characteristics • Health and wellness • Vacations in the Spanish speaking world • Free time • Holidays 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 • Talk and write about free time activities such as parties, movies, concerts, and museums • Discuss some Hispanic holidays and traditions, and compare with the US • Narrate actions in the past present and immediate future
Why is Latin relevant today? Why is it important to study Classical history and archaeology?
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
How can we best use technology as a resource and tool to demonstrate what we have learned?
Skills We Teach: Incorporating previously learned skills, including technology-related vocabulary, problem solving, personal device management, into daily technology use • Using Google Apps for Education, other software, and iPad apps across content areas to support learning • Using Google Classroom • Developing independence with music production software • Incorporating advanced video editing techniques • Increasing use of various coding languages across disciplines • Using digital resources for research with increased independence including citation
How does participating in the 7th and 3rd grade musical enhance communication skills and the ability to collaborate toward a common goal?
Topics of Study: The Grades 3 & 7 Musical
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 gender stereotypes in our society and how are they perpetuated in mainstream media? 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 • Healthy relationships • Fueling the body • Managing academic stress • Peer pressure • Poverty and access to resources • 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