Seventh grade classes are all standards based, where the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) drive the teaching, learning, and assessment. The GSE provide students with rigorous academic challenges that enable students to gain knowledge and develop skills needed to succeed in college and/or careers. The seventh grade curriculum, regardless of team configuration and delivery model, includes the following:
In reading and language arts classes, students are exposed to a variety of genres in both reading and writing. In seventh grade, students will build on knowledge and skills gained in sixth grade by reading several pieces of fiction and nonfiction texts at a higher text complexity level. The reading genres include narrative, dramatic, poetic, historical, scientific, informative, and technical texts. Students will also deepen their knowledge of writing strategies specific to writing personal narratives, informative text, responses to literature, and opinion pieces. The classroom format includes read-alouds, mini lessons, reading strategies, vocabulary in context and across the curriculum, small group work, peer editing, informal and formal assessments, independent practice, performance tasks, and conferencing. To learn more about the curriculum go to GSE English Language Arts.
The GSE for grades 6-8 include skills and knowledge – what students need to know and be able to do, as well as mathematical practices – habits of mind that students should develop to foster mathematical understanding and expertise. In grade 7, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. In addition to the traditional grade 7 math class mentioned above, an accelerated mathematics class is also offered in grade 7. This curriculum permits students to be accelerated to the highest level of math tailored to their ability level. Each student involved in this curriculum has the opportunity to reach his/her highest potential in math. Students in this course are taught the remaining ½ of the 7th grade state math curriculum (the first half was taught in the accelerated 6th grade math course) and the entire 8th grade state math curriculum. To learn more about the curriculum go to GSE Mathematics
Seventh grade science focuses on life science and includes diversity of living organisms; classification; structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; the major human body systems; heredity; ecosystems; biological evolution and natural selection; and fossil records. To learn more about the curriculum go to GSE Science.
Seventh grade social studies includes the history, government, economy, geography, culture, and religion of the key countries in Southwest Asia, South and East Asia, and Africa. To learn more about the curriculum go to GSE Social Studies.