7th Grade Courses

Required Courses

 

English Grade 7-This course covers writing, grammar, and literature. The modes of writing that will be taught are narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. Grammar will include the eight parts of speech, sentence structure, kinds of sentences, mechanics, idioms, compound-blended words, prefix/suffix/base/root words, homophones/homographs, phrases, phrases/clauses, denotation/connotation, vocabulary, library studies, active/passive voice, dictionary usage, research and library skills, public speaking, study skills, and sentence diagramming. Recreational and textural reading, short stories, fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, mythology, folk tales, fables, novel studies, and accelerated reading will also be included in this course. Students will take the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test Plus, (ARMT +) at the end of this course.

 

Math

  • Math Grade 7-This course covers number sense, patterns, algebraic thinking, decimal operations, data and statistics, number patterns and fractions, integers, equations, inequalities, functions, ratios, proportions, percent problems , geometric figures, measurement and area, surface area and volume, Pythagorean Theorem, probability, and ARMT+ practice problems.Students will take the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test Plus, (ARMT +) at the end of this course.
  • Advanced Math Grade 7- (course requirement-score on the math placement test given in the spring of 6th grade)This is a pre-algebra course that covers basic arithmetic review, decimal operations, powers and exponents, properties and operations, factors and primes factorization, fractions and operations with fractions, ratios, rate, scale, percentages, variables, expressions and equations, advanced equations, inequalities, coordinate plane, relations and functions, linear equations, systems of equations, Pythagorean Theorem, triangles, polygons, area, surface area, volume, similarity, angles, transformations, symmetry, probability, data displays, disjoint, overlapping, independent, and dependent events, trigonometric identities, and ARMT+ practice problems.Students will take the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test Plus, (ARMT +) at the end of this course.
  • Math Team Grade 7-(course requiremet-placement on the math team after tryouts during the spring of 6th grade) This is a pre-algebra course that covers data analysis, variables, expressions, integers, factors, fractions, exponents, rational numbers, equations, ratio, proportions, probability, percent problems, solving equations, graphing and the coordinate plane, linear functions, Pythagorean Theorem, measurement, area, volume, angle relationships and transformations, permutations, combinations, and probability, and ARMT+ practice problems. Other math team topics such as changing bases, factorials, etc. will be covered. Students will also be required to work tournament tests and ciphering.Students will take the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test Plus, (ARMT +) at the end of this course.

Life Science-This course covers the characteristics of living things, functions of organelles in eukaryotic cells, relating the major tissues and organs to the human body systems, the six-kingdom classification system, natural selection, species variation, interspecies interaction, genetic mutation, biotic and abiotic factors, mitosis, chromosome reduction in meiosis, DNA, RNA, and Mendel’s laws of genetics. Students will take the Alabama Science Assessment at the end of this course.

Civics- This course is an 18 week, one semester course. It's counterpart is Geography.This course covers the influences of ancient Greece, the Magna Carta, and the Mayflower Compact on the government of the United States, essential characteristics of state and local governments in the United States, comparing the government of the United States with other governmental systems, comparing duties and functions of members of legislative, executive, and judicial branches of local, state, and national governments, explaining the importance of juvenile, adult, civil, and criminal laws within the judicial system of the United States, organization of economic systems for production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, the relationship between the consumer and the marketplace in the economy of the United States, applying principals of money management to the preparation of a personal budget, and identifying individual and civil responsibilities of a U.S. citizen.

Geography- This course is an 18 week, one semester course. It's counterpart is Civics.This course covers the use of maps, globes, and other tools of geography, describing the world in spatial terms, describing the process that shape the physical environment, identifying and analyzing the physical, economic, political, and cultural characteristics of regions in the Eastern Hemisphere, factors that contribute to conflict between countries and regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, dealing with natural disasters in the Eastern Hemisphere, analysis of environmental consequences of human activities, and comparing the distribution of natural resources in different areas of the world.

Computer Grade 7-This course is an 18 week, one semester class. It allows students to learn basic through advanced computer concepts with emphasis on both the personal computer and enterprise computing. Topics include hardware, application and system software, the Internet and World Wide Web, communications, e-commerce, societal issues, database management, systems analysis and design, programming, information systems, career opportunities, certifications int eh computer field, and computer trends.

Visual Art Grade 7- This course is an 18 week, one semester class. It allows students to develop basic drawing skills. It will focus on the elements and principles of design and develop the ability to think abstractly by using visualization. Techniques in pencil and color will be reinforced. Students will work through drawing, painting, and some graphic design exercises. Students will also be introduced to some artists and art styles.

Physical Education- This course covers applying coordinated movements, strategies, and rules to achieve success in a variety of sports and activities; learn strategic positioning for offense and defense in game situations, drills and repetitions to improve performance, demonstrate offensive skills including pick, fake, and screen for a variety of sports; demonstrate dances used for social and recreational enjoyment and for physical fitness enhancement, relaxation and stress reduction exercises, explaining the difference between legal and illegal behaviors in sports, explain correlations of nutrition, exercise, and rest in a healthy lifestyle.

 

Elective Courses

 

Piano-This course is for students of all musical levels interested in learning piano.  It emphasizes the fundamentals of music as well as listening skills and the study of various styles of music along with piano technique.  Students work independently beginning on their current level of musical ability from beginning piano to advanced skills.

Beginner Band-This course is for students of all musical levels interested in learning to play a musical instrument.  The fundamentals of music will be emphasized along with listening skills and the study of various styles of music along with instrumental technique.  The instrument families to be studied include the woodwind, brass, and percussion classifications.

Intermediate Band-This course is for band members who have had at least one year (or equivalent) of training on a band instrument.  It emphasizes the fundamentals of music as well as listening skills and the study of various styles of music along with sound production.  This course introduces marching techniques in order to prepare students for the CHS marching band.

Choir- This course is for students who are interested in singing and performing with the CMS chorus.

Music Appreciation-This course is for students who enjoy music, but do not want to sing or play an instrument. Students will study and listen to various genera's of music.

Drama-This course is an introduction to drama and will cover theater history, structure and types of drama, acting and improvisation, voice for the stage, movement for the stage, play production, other media and theater art forms. This class will also focus on fundamental concepts, terms, practices, and criticism in the areas of acting, production, and entertainment, not simply limited to the theatrical stage.

Agriscience I-This course allows students to gain a better understanding of agriculture through work in the classroom and also through hands on activities outside the classroom, and in the shop/lab.