7th Grade Language Arts follows the Michael Clay Thompson curriculum for secondary students, and builds on the four-level approach to sentence structure and analysis that was learned at elementary grades three through six at CCS. The students will continue learning the Latin and Greek bases for vocabulary in The Word Within the Word II. They will delve into the philosophical ideas and poetics of both modern and ancient writers in the text: Poetry, Plato, and Beauty.
Composition will still stress the 6+1 Writing Traits, and students will become more proficient in the four genres of writing: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Persuasive. They will also be taught the bases and expectations of academic writing: the thesis sentence; the five-paragraph essay, the report, and the beginnings of the term paper. Students will be expected to understand basic proofreading marks used by the teachers, and will use those marks to read and evaluate the grammar and punctuation in the work of others.
Seventh graders at CCS study the history, geography, and government of Texas. Students will trace the development of Texas from an uninhabited, unnamed region through its development under Native Texans, Spanish, Mexicans, Anglo Americans, African Americans and other immigrant groups into a modern, industrialized, high-tech state in the greatest, and most powerful nation in the world.
Although the course is not specifically identified as “Advanced Placement,” students will learn and utilize such AP History-based concepts as periodization, comparison and contrast, continuity and change, and analysis and evaluation of a wide range of historical documents, both primary and secondary. Learning will be primarily inquiry-based, with students taking significant responsibility for their own learning.
Students will engage in a wide variety of learning activities, including small group discussion, debate, role-play, theater, projects, and illustrated oral and online presentations. They will utilize both hands-on materials and the myriad resources available on the Internet. The latter will be used not only for the acquisition of information but for the individual and collaborative production of creative, scholarly evidence of in-depth learning.
Students will learn that history is not a set body of information but a contested ground over which people of the past and the historians who describe it are in continual disagreement and intellectual debate. Students will take part in that debate; and by doing so, they will grow intellectually. They will gain through this insight and understanding how our state, nation, and world have been shaped by events and developments of the past.
Literature and Logic
Literature and logic will be taught in conjunction with the social studies component. Students will read works of history and literature that relate both directly and indirectly to the history content being studied. They will be asked to draw relationships between events of the past and the works they are reading and will engage in both written, oral, and audio-visual analysis and evaluation of the works. Students will produce evidence of learning that is both scholarly and creative.
Discussion will be modeled on the shared inquiry approach developed by the Great Books Foundation. In this approach, the discussion leader stays in the interrogative mode, asking interpretive and follow-up questions that cause participants to explain their own understanding of the work and support their arguments with evidence from the text.
The logic component will be based on the book, The Argument Builder. Students will do various readings and exercises that help them learn to state a thesis and support it through evidence logically and cogently presented. Students will thereby improve in the presentation both of historical arguments and literary analysis and evaluation. They will gain through this insight and understanding how our state, nation, and world have been shaped by events and developments of the past.
Saxon Math continues to provide a rigorous math curriculum selected for the 7th grade Logic Stage students at CCS. The 7th Grade students are engaged in using algebraic ideas, and these ideas are built upon throughout their middle school years. At this grade level, Saxon Math weaves algebra and algebraic ideas with hands-on, inquiry-based explorations for students working independently and in groups. Word problems are a major focus of this year of study, as well as keeping a Math Journal, learning to solve algebraic equations, and working with geometric formulas. The curriculum is presented in carefully developed textbooks and supporting materials that has been implemented with middle school students across Texas. In the words of Albert Einstein, "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
Chemistry for the Logic Stage is a 36 week classical science curriculum designed for studying chemistry. It leads students through a study of the building blocks of chemistry, the principles of chemistry and the applications of chemistry by digging deeper into what was studied during the elementary years. The students use Focus on Middle School Chemistry as a supplemental text that uses scientific terms to expose them to these terms and assist them in describing science. Students are engaged in experiments that are real science experiments not just demonstrations. Each experiment is designed to engage the students in actual scientific investigations. By following the procedure used by scientists In laboratories, the students begin to think of their own experiments and test their own ideas scientifically.
Through the study of Bible Truths Grade 7, students will learn the basics of a God-centered foundation in life which are molded early through the examples set by parents, and by diligent instruction. Bible Truths helps establish Classical Christian studying habits as they learn from the life of Christ. Bible study aids such as cross-references and concordances will also be used, giving the students more practice in utilizing study tools at their disposal. Full-color lessons focus on repentance, discipline, the Deity, relationships, pride, the Bible, resisting sin, humility and other lessons from Christ's example on earth.