Core 7

Language Arts 

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Language Arts emphasizes writing as a process.  Students work through several stages, including prewriting, writing, sharing and responding, revising, editing, and evaluating.  They develop writing skills through practice and feedback from teachers and peers.  In addition, students develop paragraphs with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence.  They also write essays with introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs.  Students engage in a variety of both formal and informal writing activities that include descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive expression.  The course also covers grammar and the mechanics of punctuation and capitalization.  Students develop effective study habits and research skills including reference work and the use of the library.  Reading skills are reinforced and emphasized through the study of literature.  Areas of focus include vocabulary, comprehension, and analysis of plot, setting, characters, and theme.  Students study elements of literary style and a variety of forms, including biography and autobiography, short story, novel, folk literature, and poetry.  In addition, each student participates in an outside reading program.

Social Studies

hist textSocial Studies focuses on an examination of social, cultural, religious, and technological changes around the world during the period 500 C.E. to 1700 C.E.  Units of study are Europe During Medieval Times, The Rise of Islam, The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa, Imperial China, Japan During Medieval Times, Civilizations of the Americas, Europe’s Renaissance and Reformation, and Europe Enters the Modern Age.  Units include a variety of writing, projects, activities, lectures, and note-taking.