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Religion
Reading
Spelling
Vocabulary
Composition
Independent Reading
Logic / Research / Speech / Debate
Grammar
Latin
Arithmetic Theory
Arithmetic Computation
Science
U.S. History, part 1
Art and Music
Health
Physical Education
Religion
Reading
Spelling
Vocabulary
Composition
Independent Reading
Speech/Debate
Grammar
Latin
Arithmetic Theory
Arithmetic Computation
Science
U.S. History, part 2
Art and Music
Health
Physical Education

CURRICULUM FOR 7th GRADE

*** NOTE: The curriculum for 8th and high school presumes that student has started here at least in the 7th grade. Each year builds upon the material of the previous year.

RELIGION The material of this course depends on the individual student. If the student is lacking in basic knowledge of the Catholic Faith, he will study the Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism Number 2. If the student already has at least a basic knowledge of the Faith, he will use the Our Quest for Happiness series book one to deepen his knowledge of It.

READING This course uses half of McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader . The other half is done in eighth grade. The students analyze the stories and produce a synopsis (or precis) of each according to the type of selection it is. The purpose of the course is to develop good habits of reading for understanding.

SPELLING This course uses lists from the Webster's Old Blueback Speller . This venerable book is so designed that it fits very well with the phonics-and-spelling-rules approach we use to teach spelling. This book is augmented with lists of words exemplifying certain rules being taught and with other grade appropriate lists.

GRAMMAR Seventh grade marks the third year of a student's serious study of the parts of speech that will go through eighth grade. At the end of the year, the student will have studied, in greater detail than sixth grade, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, phrases, and sentences. This grammar delves much deeper in the various syntaxes of the nouns and pronouns, and special verb tenses and forms.

INDEPENDENT READING In this course each student is required to do some reading on his own. He is assigned to read for thirty minutes each school night. Upon completion of a book the student is to write a book report. Grades are given both for the reading done and the book report.

VOCABULARY Students are given weekly vocabulary words from their reading story. They are to learn the words and their definitions. They are given weekly quizzes to make sure they are learning the material.

COMPOSITION The students write multi-paragraph compositions on the materials studied in History. Using this material, the students construct expository /narrative and argumentative paragraphs about events and people they study. They also write explanatory and hortatory compositions, as well as, work on raising their papers to a more mature level.

LATIN This year's Latin Grammar follows along with the English Grammar. So, whatever the student learns for the day in English, he will learn its equivalent in Latin. There is also extensive translating of sentences into English.

LOGIC/RESEARCH/SPEECH/DEBATE This is a block course that begins with Logic. The type of logic studied is Aristotelian. The topics covered include the logical term and its rules, the proposition and its rules, and the categorical syllogism and its rules. The students also study some of the more usual fallacies and how to handle them. Next is Research. Students learn how to use different research sources and techniques to find information. Speech is third. This class concerns how to construct the different types of speeches. These types include expository, explanatory, argumentative and hortatory. Finally comes debate. The students learn the basics of debate. They finish the year by putting on a few debates in front of the student body.

ARITHMETIC THEORY In this course students continue to learn mathematical concepts. The concepts addressed in seventh grade include a solid study of natural numbers, number theory, geometry (the coordinate plane, reflections, translations, and symmetry), word problems, proportions, percents, and measurements (metric measures and conversions, perimeter, circumference, area, and volume).

ARITHMETIC COMPUTATION This course is a continued review and practice of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. The students are also introduced to and work with negative numbers.

SCIENCE This course begins a two-year look into the philosophy of science. This year the students look at the contemporary theory of science and try some experiments based on that theory. The study looks at some modern philosophers such as Locke, Hume and modern scientists such as Bacon, Galileo, and Newton. Students also learn a formal approach for doing experiments and writing experiment reports.

HISTORY This year the student studies the American History beginning with the explorations and going through Manifest Destiny.

ART AND MUSIC The students are exposed to material whose purpose is to cause them to consider the differences between art that appeals to the intellect and art that appeals to the imagination and emotions. They also look at some early American art and listen to some early American music.

HEALTH In seventh grade, the students study the senses in detail. They learn about sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION We use the course in physical education to teach sportsmanship and genteel social behavior. We use the games played as opportunities to plant in the children a certain competitive drive while trying to balance it with good attitudes about winning and losing. We also teach the students the need to play fair and to follow the rules of the game. The games played also help develop the students' bodies and coordination.

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CURRICULUM FOR 8™ GRADE

*** NOTE: The curriculum for 8th and high school presumes that the student has started here at least in the 7th grade. Each year builds upon the material of the previous year.

RELIGION The material of this course depends on the individual student. If the student is lacking in basic knowledge of the Catholic Faith, he will study the Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism Number 2. If the student already has at least a basic knowledge of the Faith, he will use the Our Quest for Happiness series book one to deepen his knowledge of it. If he completed this book last year, he will move on to book two in this series.

READING This course uses the half of McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader not done in seventh grade. The students analyze the stories and produce a synopsis (or precis) of each according to the type of selection it is. The purpose of the course is to develop good habits of reading for understanding.

SPELLING This course uses lists from the Webster's Old Blueback Speller . This venerable book is so designed that it fits very well with the phonics-and-spelling-rules approach we use to teach spelling. This book is augmented with lists of words exemplifying certain rules being taught and with other grade appropriate lists.

GRAMMAR Eighth grade marks the final year of a student's serious study of the parts of speech. At the end of the year, the student will have studied all the parts of speech, the various syntaxes, verb tenses and forms, as well as, correct use of prepositions and conjunctions and greater development of the types and uses of phrases and clauses.

INDEPENDENT READING In this course each student is required to do some reading on his own. He is assigned to read for thirty minutes each school night. Upon completion of a book the student is to write a book report. Grades are given both for the reading done and the book report.

VOCABULARY Students are given weekly vocabulary words from their reading story. They are to learn the words and their definitions. They are given weekly quizzes to make sure they are learning the material.

COMPOSITION The students study correct forms of unity, coherence and emphasis in sentences, paragraphs, and multiple paragraph compositions.

LATIN This course presupposes at least the seventh grade class. It has a semester of deeper grammar, including the subjunctive mood. The second semester the students translate the Psalms of the Divine Office sung by the high school students as their prayers.

SPEECH/DEBATE This year of speech focuses on the use of voice—enunciation, pronunciation, pace and inflection. The students learn the techniques for using their voices to help unify their speeches and to make them clearer. They learn how to use the tones of voice to give emphasis and interest to the parts of the speech. They practice by doing various oral drills and reciting a variety of poems and short stories. The students also end this year with debate. Having already learned how to do research and compose debates, this year's emphasis is on the oral delivery of the debate speeches.

ARITHMETIC THEORY In this course students continue to learn mathematical concepts. The concepts addressed in eighth grade include a solid study of integrals, rational numbers and real numbers, scientific notation, functions, geometry (constructions, similar polygons, congruent triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, Trigonometric formulas, reflections, translations, expansions in the plane, and motions), word problems, graphs of formulas, percents, and measurements (a review of perimeter, circumference and area, volume, surface area, and total area).

ARITHMETIC COMPUTATION This course is a continued review and practice of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. The students also continue work with negative numbers.

SCIENCE This course concludes a two-year look into the philosophy of science. This year the students took at the Scholastic approach to philosophy of science and do experiments based on that theory. They also have some discussions on the consequences of each theory (Scholastic and contemporary) on human morality—how science affects what we think of ourselves, our position in the universe, the meaning of life, etc. Students also continue to practice a formal approach for doing experiments and writing experiment reports.

HISTORY This year the student studies the American History beginning with the causes of the Civil War and going through World War II.

ART AND MUSIC In this course the students learn about the art and music of the era they are studying in history. In this case, American art and music of the times they are studying.

HEALTH The students study basic first aid.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION We use the course in physical education to teach sportsmanship and genteel social behavior with a particular consideration of the fact that they will be mostly involved in later life in playing games with children and other family members at picnics and other get-togethers. We use the games played as opportunities to plant in the children a certain competitive drive while trying to balance it with good attitudes about winning and losing. We also teach the students the need to play fair and to follow the rules of the game. The games played also help develop the children's bodies and coordination.

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