Curriculum Highlights: Seventh Grade

Language Arts

  • Grammar: parts of speech, writing mechanics, punctuation, capitalization, verbs, sentences, clauses and phrases, complements, verbals
  • Vocabulary: word origins, definitions, usage, spelling
  • Writing: structure; process; supporting a thesis; consistency
  • Literature: British literature from late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern eras
  • Historical contexts of literary texts
  • Literary analysis
  • Narrative points of view
  • Poetry: language, forms, devices, explication, writing
  • Classic works of British literature
  • Independent reading
  • Written/oral reports
  • Summer workbook
  • Summer reading


  • General events of Shakespeare’s life
  • Elizabethan theater
  • Contemporary playwrights, authorship
  • Body of work, contribution
  • Language and meter
  • Sources for plays
  • Three genres: titles, patterns and themes, excerpts
  • Structure of plays: prologues, chorus, speech patterns
  • Study of a play not covered in English class or Drama
  • Sonnets

Mathematics (Algebra 1)

  • Expressions, equations, and functions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear functions
  • Equations of linear
  • Linear inequalities
  • Systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Exponents and exponential functions
  • Quadratic functions and equations
  • Radical functions and geometry
  • Rational functions and equations

Mathematics (Algebra 1, Part 1)

  • Expressions, equations, and functions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear functions
  • Equations of linear functions
  • Linear inequalities
  • Systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Exponents and exponential functions

History/Classical Studies

  • Origins of the Italian Renaissance
  • Florence:  Center of the Renaissance
  • Great artists of the Renaissance
  • Reformation: Luther, Counter Reformation, Inquisition
  • Hundred Years War
  • Joan of Arc
  • Wars of the Roses
  • Reign of Henry VII
  • Reign of Henry VIII
  • Reign of Elizabeth I
  • England vs. Spain
  • Reign of the Stuarts
  • Charles I
  • Civil War
  • Restoration
  • Age of Exploration:  European efforts; Conquistadors; Raleigh in Virginia

Science (Life Science)

  • Lab-based investigations
  • Living organisms:  basic elements, biogenesis, classification, cells
  • Simple organisms:  characteristics, life activities
  • Animals:  characteristics of phyla, dissection
  • Human anatomy:  body systems
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Plants:  characteristics, photosynthesis, reproduction
  • Science fair

Modern/Classical Languages


  • Listening comprehension
  • Pronunciation skills
  • Vocabulary: cognates, Halloween, hats, hotel, money and the bank, geography, reading and writing, daily grooming, post office, factory and the office, phone calls, train travel
  • Grammar: four sentence patterns, present, passé composé, tenses, imperatives, directions, expressions, prepositions, nouns, adverbs, object pronouns, direct and indirect pronouns, negatives, spelling
  • Dialogue, conversation
  • Culture
  • National French Exam


  • Introduction to Latin
  • Vocabulary
  • Declensions
  • Grammar: subjects/objects, derivations, prepositions, conjugations, interrogative sentences, negative sentences, nouns, agreement, imperatives, verbs, tenses, inversions
  • Narrative reading
  • Creative composition
  • Roman society, daily life
  • Mythology
  • Common Latin expressions
  • National Latin Exam


  • Physical geography
  • Cultural geography
  • Facts and figures
  • World overview
  • Map and cartography skills
  • Mexico
  • Central America
  • The Caribbean
  • South America

Physical Education

  • Daily P.E. class in uniform
  • Fitness and conditioning, including endurance, strength, balance, flexibility
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Social dancing:  waltz, jitterbug, fox trot, line dances, dance parties, etiquette
  • Game skills/strategy: soccer, football, basketball, softball, whiffle ball, field/floor hockey, volleyball, bowling, track and field, frisbee, lacrosse
  • Intramural opportunities
  • Sports teams opportunities (all students may play)
  • Responsibility, self-control, team work, good sportsmanship

Visual Arts

  • Drawing: pencils, eraser, colored pencils, oil crayons, oil pastels, pastels
  • Painting: tempera paints, acrylic paints
  • Poster design: paints, oil pastels, chalk pastels, markers, and chine color techniques
  • Collage: found objects
  • Composition and design
  • Illusion of depth
  • Impressionist-style painting
  • Proportions of classical portraiture and figure drawing
  • Annual, school-wide art contest

Performing Arts


  • Opera: history, structure, terminology
  • Study of two operas (story and musical highlights)
  • Medieval and Renaissance music
  • Lives and works of selected composers
  • Choral speech
  • Choral singing
  • Performance:  two music programs each year


  • Significant role in class Shakespeare play
  • Develop acting skills
  • Backstage responsibilities
  • Creative teamwork
  • Imaginative use of costumes/props
  • Public speaking, confidence, poise


  • Selecting/checking out books independently
  • Librarians acts as a support for the classroom teachers
  • After-school help/research sessions


  • Star Boards in each classroom
  • Rolling computer cart for classroom computer use
  • Regular schedule of technology classes
  • Keyboarding
  • Touch typing
  • Microsoft Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Internet safety
  • Integration within academic classes

Field Trips

Several field trips per year; recent examples include:

  • Inner Quest (outdoor challenges)
  • Sheridan Mountain Campus (overnight camping & activities)
  • GMU, Center for the Arts
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Corcoran Gallery
  • Green Springs Gardens
  • Agecroft Manor
  • Folger Shakespeare Theater