The master theme for the Seventh Grade will be to encourage the students to fine-tune their skills in applying concepts learned, at more in-depth cognitive levels. Students will further be encouraged to develop good study habits as the course content becomes more complex. We will also begin preparing the students to enter the adult world as productive members of their community, as always, ready, willing, and able to apply traditional Catholic ideals and beliefs to their daily lives.
Religion: This year, 2011, Book Seven of the Living My Religion Series, Living for Triumph, will be implemented. The student will learn the knowledge and the love of God that he can readily use in his daily life, and learn about the manifold graces that will come to him as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. This book uses the Baltimore Catechism to complete the study of catechetical questions and issues. Ultimately, though, the main emphasis for students will be on the living of their Faith. There will also be a more thorough study of Bible History, along with daily reading of the Douay-Rheims New Testament. Each day, the students should say the Rosary with the aid of The Rosary Novena Booklet, and on Fridays, say the Stations of the Cross from The Way of the Cross Booklet. Other books used: Living for Triumph Syllabus & Teacher's Manual, Bible History Text, Bible History Answer Key.
Arithmetic: We continue this year with the sequential study of Saxon Math, with Saxon 87 as the text for Seventh Grade. (Saxon 87 is also used by some Eighth Graders who have not had a rigorous formation or background in math, prior to beginning Algebra.) Saxon 87, the newest addition to the Saxon elementary level courses, was designed to close a gap that had existed between Saxon 76 and Algebra 1/2. Accordingly, Our Lady of Victory School normally requires successful completion of Saxon 87 before attempting Saxon Algebra 1/2. In Saxon 87, basic mathematical concepts and skills are reviewed and reinforced. Students will study fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios; delve more deeply into perimeter, circumference, area, and volume; and receive a solid grounding in exponents, scientific notation, and signed numbers. Students continually practice problem-solving techniques through word problems. The three-book set Saxon 87 Set includes: Saxon 87 Textbook; Saxon 87 Tests & Worksheets Booklet; Saxon 87 Solutions Manual.
Grammar: This year's Grammar and Composition text, Lepanto Grammar/Voyages 7 Text, is again divided into two parts. The first part is an activities/composition section, in which students do various creative activities, such as public speaking and writing, learn telephone courtesy, and are further exposed to drama and reading of good books. The grammar section deals in a more in-depth manner with the parts of speech previously learned by students. The students will learn to diagram sentences for the purpose of understanding and identifying parts of speech. Study will be reinforced with assignments from the Lepanto Grammar/Exercises 7 Workbook. The students will also learn to spell hundreds of new words, including Catholic terms, with their meanings. Other books used: Lepanto Grammar/Voyages 7 Teacher's Manual; Lepanto Grammar/Exercises 7 Answer Key; Traditional Catholic Speller & Workbook 7, Traditional Catholic Speller 7 Answer Key.
Literature From the great treasury of Catholic literature, the books to be read and studied this year will include Stories of Don Bosco, and Flame of White, the biographical novel about Pope St. Pius X. To present the best of both secular and Catholic authors, students will be reading the new Lepanto Press reprint, The Gauntlet, a fictional adventure of fourteenth century jousting tournaments, chivalry and honor, and also selections from Catholic National Reader 6, an anthology which contains many beautiful essays and extracts of various kinds, including that highest of literature--poetry-- as well as oratorical and dramatic selections on the most interesting and edifying of topics. Other book used: CNR 6 Study Guide with Answer Key.
History: This year's history course centers around the older textbook, Our Pioneers & Patriots Text, by Msgr. Furlong. The book recounts the founding of our nation, beginning with the circumstances surrounding the problems between the Colonies and "Mother England." Msgr. Furlong also does a thorough job of exploring the Catholic roots of our country. We meet the great heroes and heroines of the United States, and learn how the Catholic Church has fared in our country. The time period covered in the text runs from approximately the time of the French and Indian War (mid-18th Century) to World War II. An accurate account of history is provided by Msgr. Furlong, without excessive display of partisan sympathies toward political philosophies, and with sound Catholic doctrinal interpretations. The more advanced 7th Graders may find the readability of this text at a level somewhat below their abilities; however, the text is so beneficial in helping students better understand the foundations of our nation, that nearly all students will find Our Pioneers & Patriots Text interesting and enjoyable reading. Students will also enjoy reading Across Five Aprils, a bittersweet historical novel about one family's trials, set against the backdrop of the War between the states. Other book used: Our Pioneers & Patriots Answer Key.
Science:Continuing with the Science & Living in Godís World series, this year's science program covers Science and the Scientific Way; anatomy and physiology, the Linnaean classification system along with the study of plants; the sun and energy; astronomy, cartography, and time; and a study of matter. Books used: Science & Living in Godís World 7 Text; Science & Living in Godís World 7 Quiz Booklet; Science & Living in God's World 7 Answer Key.