The Seventh Grade Syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Grammar, Editing, Spelling, Poetry, Science, History, Geography, Latin, Art and Music. It also contains a variety of teaching resources including Seventh Grade Subject Rubrics and Learning Objectives, suggested daily schedules, teaching tips, grading charts, a list of grade level appropriate literature correlated to the history, and tests for Religion and Latin. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.
In Religion we use the Acts of the Apostles, which the student studies in detail by a careful reading and discussion of each chapter. This text is supplemented by, The Story of the Church (of Fr. Schuster’s Bible History and Young Persons’s Lives of the Saints), Lives of the Saints, and The Bronze Bow to provide an in depth study of the early Church. In Mathematics we use Math 87 (Saxon) which provides a bridge between basic arithmetic and algebra. In Grammar we recommend Voyages in English 7 which provides a basic study of analytic grammar, which is a tool for understanding language itself (note: students could also use Fundamentals of Latin Grammar which is a wonderful book that introduces the structure of basic Latin and reinforces English grammar). In addition we recommend using the Editor in Chief Level 2 to help with editing skills. In Spelling we use Wordly Wise 4 which helps to build the student’s vocabulary and strengthen his spelling skills. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath along with several Shakespeare plays for selections of poetry to memorize. In Science we recommend Exploring the Building Blocks of Science 7 (Year 1), Concepts and Challenges in Science 2 (B) or Concepts and Challenges in Life Science which provides additional practice in the study of dialectic and continues the study of basic principles begun earlier. In History we use Old World and America as a basic text to cover Greek and Roman History. This course is supplemented with a variety of books on Greece & Rome including The Children's Homer, Greek Myths, Augustus Caesar's World, Caesar's Gallic Wars, and Famous Men of Greece & Famous Men of Rome. The history course is nicely correlated with the religion course. We also provide the student with a list of historical fiction to complement the study of history through literature. In Geography, which is correlated with history, we use Historical Atlas of the World (Rand McNally) to let the student master the geography of Ancient Greece and Rome through extensive map work. In Latin we recommend either Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 1 or Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 to continue the formal study of Latin. In Music we use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory and Meet the Great Composers along with classical music selections for music appreciation.
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