ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS
Seventh Grade students read and study: The Wednesday Wars, Devil’s Arithmetic, The Giver, A Christmas Carol, Prince Caspian, The Bronze Bow, The Hobbit, and Feathers. Additional works of literature may be studied. Students also continue their understanding of poetry by reading and analyzing some of the most well-known American and British poets Seventh grade students at Holy Trinity Middle School enjoy a varied English/Language Arts curriculum. Our belief in a literature-rich environment for our students drives the high standards we hold for both our students and our reading selections. Language Arts instruction includes: Vocabulary study focusing on Greek and Latin root words, key grammar concepts to better understand written language and improve analytical skills, and an assortment of Writer’s Workshops to improve composition skills in all genres of writing while maintaining focus on each grade level’s target standard.
The overarching theme for middle school science is “God’s splendor is shown in the energy of the earth and the universe”. Middle school is where students are exposed to science on daily basis with the goal for each student to be prepared for the rigors of a high school science curriculum. Science for all three grades is taught as integrated science which means that students are exposed to aspects of earth, life, and physical science each year. Activities, experiments, and projects are incorporated into the curriculum for hands-on learning. The cumulating learning experience for all students in middle school are the science fair, inventor’s fair, and technology fair which are held at the end of the year on a rotating basis so that a student in middle school is exposed to all three fairs. Collaborative projects involving the other middle school teachers is also a part of the science curriculum.
The concept of how God’s splendor can be seen through the energy that courses through all things continues in seventh grade. While much of what the students study can still be “seen and touched” concepts that are more abstract are introduced which continues the development of critical thinking skills. The study of energy in Earth is emphasized with volcanoes, earthquakes, and plate tectonics. Energy above Earth is studied with a unit on the atmosphere and climate. Energy in living things is studied when we look at all of the amazing organisms that God has placed on this Earth. Energy in physical science is studied in changes in states of matter, energy, thermal energy, and motion. Finally, the energy that surrounds us in the sun, the solar system and the universe is explored. During these explorations, math skills in science are also emphasized.