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Grade 7 Course Offerings

Click on the arrows below to expand the subject areas for a full list of Grade 7 course options. You may also navigate offerings by clicking on the subjects listed in the menu on the left side of this screen or in the menu dropdown on your mobile device. Each subject page also includes additional information on course pathways. These pathways are visual guides to help students and parents/guardians understand how students can progress through a subject area.

Design

Design 7
In 7th grade, Design students will solve problems and complete tasks by using technology and the IB Design Cycle, which requires students to investigate a problem, plan a solution, design and create the solution and then evaluate the success of that solution.  This will be an engaging, hands-on class, which will allow students to apply the problem-solving and collaboration skills that they are gaining throughout the IB program to real-world situations.  Every Design class will meet the IB design curriculum standards and will incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) best practices and community partnerships. 

Individuals & Societies

Individuals & Societies 7
World Studies from 750 B.C. to A.D. 1600: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
The seventh grade year is an integrated study of world history, beginning with ancient Greece and continuing through global exploration. The All four humanities social studies strands (history, geography, government, and economics) are used to show illustrate how past historic events are shaped by geographic, social, cultural, economic, and political factors. Students develop their understanding of how historic events and ideas and events from the past have shaped left an impact on the world we live in today. Global interconnectedness is at the heart of this course. 

Language & Literature

Language & Literature 7
Achievement focus: examination of literature with primary focus on non-fiction and fiction; projects involving written and oral presentation; continuing study of grammar reinforcing language communication and application to writing development; formal study of vocabulary; introduction and development of the expository paragraph; writing for a variety of purposes; library research skills; reading independently up to 100 pages per week of non-textbook literature.

Skills and Attitudes Leading to Student Success:
  • Enjoys reading, writing, and working with language
  • Understands the writing process
  • Has mastered basic paragraph structure
  • Exhibits average reading comprehension and understanding
  • Is able to read and understand reading assignments of up to 10 pages per night, depending on the work studied
  • Has some understanding of proper grammar, usage, and mechanics
  • Practices critical thinking skills (application, inferring, analysis and synthesis)
  • Has competent organizational skills
  • Is able to handle assigned homework and submit on time
  • Contributes to class discussions
  • Engages in collaborative small group discussions and work sessions

Reading Workshop: Intervention

Criteria for Placement in Reading Workshop Classes

We offer an intervention program because reading is vital for success across subjects and content areas. Students are enrolled in a workshop class when they are identified as significantly below grade level in reading. We consider the following criteria when recommending placement in a workshop class.

  • Student did not pass the reading section of the state assessment.
  • Student who has consistently scored below the 35th percentile on MAP reading assessment (District benchmark)
  • Recommendation by student's Language & Literature teacher
Reading Goals
Reading instruction focuses on strategies that will help students acquire specific fluency, comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Foundational Reading Strategies & Skills
  • Comprehension monitoring
  • Retelling
  • Developing vocabulary
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Identifying main idea and details
  • Analyzing characters
  • Analyzing relationships
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Evaluating
  • Using text features
  • Understanding text structure

Math and Reading Workshop
We offer this intervention course if a student needs both reading and math support as described above, and in the math section of this Academic Planning Guide.

Language Acquisition

French I (Grades 7 & 8)

Students will be introduced to the French language and the cultures of the French-speaking world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture are the necessary components of language learning. These skills will be practiced through a variety of age-appropriate activities that focus on using French as a means of real-life communication. The vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in the seventh grade will help prepare students for their continued study of French.

 

German I (Grades 7 & 8)

This highly contextualized course is designed to get students to use their language. Multiple modes of communication (reading, writing, listening and speaking) will be developed in culturally rich units that leverage current trends in video, music and print resources. Vocabulary and grammar will be taught through global themes such as identities and relationships, personal and cultural expression, and globalization. Students will be highly encouraged to use their language in class and to explore German culture in our community. The foundation created in German I will prepare students for continued study in German II and beyond.

 

Latin I (Grades 7 & 8)

Latin encompasses a three-pronged approach to the study of the language. First, students will work on prefixes and word roots to increase their English vocabulary. Next, students will study basic Latin vocabulary and grammar to prepare for further study at the eighth grade level. Finally, students will have many opportunities to learn about Roman mythology, culture, and civilization. The curriculum strands are developed through a wide variety of activities, games, dialogues, and projects, which engage Middle School students in active learning.

 

Mandarin I (Grades 7 & 8)

Students in Mandarin I will expand their exposure to Chinese culture with greater emphasis on the development of reading, writing and oral communication skills. These skills will be practiced through a variety of age-appropriate activities using phonetic "pinyin" and "simplified" Chinese characters. The initial stage of Chinese language learning emphasizes imitation and repetition, which students will practice in the context of class activities and projects.

 

Spanish I (Grades 7 & 8)

Students in Spanish I will continue to study the Spanish language and the Spanish-speaking world at a rigorous pace. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture are the necessary components of language learning. These skills will be practiced through a variety of age-appropriate activities that focus on using Spanish as a means of real-life communication. The vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced will help prepare students for their continued study of Spanish. 

 

Exploratory Language (Grades 7 & 8)

Students who are new to the district and/or new to language will join the Exploratory Language course that introduces students to two languages, which are taught for one semester each. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of each language studied, with a special emphasis on conversational language and the study of cultures. Upon completion of this course, students are welcome to take a level-one course in the language of their choice. The languages offered may change from year to year.

Mathematics

Pre-Algebra

This is the primary mathematics course for 7th grade students. Students enrolled in this course are expected to demonstrate proficiency in a combination of 7th and 8th grade Ohio Learning Standards in Mathematics in one year. Students will learn the following standards and concepts through solving real-world and mathematical problems:

  • Ratios and proportional relationships  

  • Application of previous understanding of operations with fractions and integers 

  • Equivalence of expressions including radicals and integer exponents and solving of multi-step equations 

  • Creating models and making comparisons of relationships linear and nonlinear and solving and analyzing pairs of linear equations

  • Geometric concepts with the focus on applications involving surface area and volume and describing the relationship between figures 

  • Statistics and probability

Math 7

This course is designed for unique situations that cause a student to be unable to take Pre-Algebra, the basic course for Shaker 7th graders. The primary goals of the course are consistent with the 7th grade Ohio State Standards in Mathematics. Topics include an in-depth study of: ratio and proportional relationships, application of previous understanding of operations with fractions and integers, equivalence of expressions, solving multi-step equations, geometric concepts with the focus on applications involving surface area and volume, describing the relationship between figures, statistics and probability. Real-world applications will be used to develop a deep understanding of each topic.

 
Math Workshop Classes: Intervention and Support
Philosophy: The demanding world of the 21st century requires everyone to have basic literacy, computation and communication skills in order to gain knowledge, to become lifelong learners and to collaborate effectively with others. In our intervention workshop classes, students receive support in developing foundational literacy and mathematics skills in order to achieve success in school and beyond the classroom. The ultimate goal of these classes is to produce global citizens who are self-confident and self-motivated members of society who understand that communication skills are vital to their own success and the success of others. We offer a Math Workshop Class, Reading Workshop Class and a Math & Reading Combination Class. 

Criteria for Placement in Math Workshop Class: We offer an intervention program because math is vital for success across subject and content areas. Students are enrolled in a workshop class when they are identified as significantly below grade level in math. We consider the following criteria when recommending placement in a workshop class.
  • Student did not pass the math section of the state assessment
  • Student who has consistently scored below the 35th percentile on MAP on math assessment (district benchmark)
  • Recommendation by student’s Math teachers

Math Goals: Math instruction focuses on strategies that will help students acquire basic fact fluency skills, mental math strategies and support connections for Pre-Algebra or Algebra courses.


Foundational Math Strategies & Skills:
  • Number sense
  • Number and pattern relationships
  • Operation sense and computation
  • Fractions, decimals and percents
  • Proportional reasoning (Math 7 connection)
  • Algebra (Math 8 connection)
Math and Reading Workshop: We offer this intervention course if a student needs both reading and math support as described above (and in the reading section of this Academic Planning Guide).

Music

7th Grade Choir
The seventh grade choir is a vocal singing ensemble for all students who have an interest in singing in a group setting. Culminating performances are a meaningful and mandatory component of this ensemble. No audition is necessary, but an interest in singing and musical work ethic are required. This choir is a yearlong commitment, and rehearsals occur during the school day.
 
7th & 8th Grade Orchestra
The Shaker Heights Middle School orchestra provides exciting musical experiences for students who play violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, or harp. Daily class rehearsals involve learning about instrument mechanics, sound production, tuning, scales in various keys, fingering, and numerous concepts including ensemble techniques in the basic musical elements of rhythm, harmony, melody, and style. Preparation for performances in assemblies, school concerts, and community settings fosters group skills in listening, awareness, cooperation, and responsibility. Additional opportunities to work in small ensembles of duets, trios, and quartets assist in the development of critical listening skills, creativity of expression, and continued musical growth.
 
7th & 8th Grade Symphonic Winds
The 7th and 8th Grade Symphonic Winds consist of students in their third and fourth years of instruction. Membership is by band director recommendation. It is highly recommended that the symphonic students study privately on their instruments so that they can master the advanced literature performed with the group. These ensembles are designed to have ideal instrumentation and balance. These bands routinely perform music from the Ohio Music Education Association’s Middle School class A through High School class B level. The Symphonic Winds perform music from a variety of styles and time periods. The Symphonic Winds perform in scheduled evening concerts for the public in the fall, winter, and spring. Students in these groups are encouraged to participate in the Shaker Chamber Music Festival and OMEA sponsored Honors band.
 
7th & 8th Grade Concert Winds
The 7th and 8th Grade Concert Winds consist of students in their third and fourth years of instruction. Membership in these groups is determined by band director recommendation. These ensembles are designed to develop and nurture the student’s emerging musical skills. The Concert Winds also provide an opportunity for students to transfer instruments for the purpose of improving the balance and instrumentation of the band. This band routinely performs music from the Ohio Music Education Association’s Middle School A through High School class C level. It is highly recommended that students in this band study privately on their instruments due to the challenging nature of the literature performed with the group. The 7th and 8th Grade Concert Winds perform music from a variety of styles and time periods. The bands perform in scheduled concerts for the public in the fall, winter, and spring.
 
7th & 8th Grade Concert Bands
The 7th Grade and 8th Grade Concert Bands are composed of students in their second, third, and fourth years of instruction. Membership in these bands is determined by instrumentation and each student’s individual contribution. The Concert Bands place an emphasis on the fundamentals of musicianship and band performance, with opportunities to transfer instruments to improve the balance and instrumentation of the band. The Concert Bands perform music from a variety of styles and time periods as well as literature from the Ohio Music Education Associations’ Middle School class B and C levels. The bands perform scheduled concerts for the public in the fall, winter and spring.
 
7th & 8th Grade Jazz Ensembles
The 7th and 8th Grade Jazz Ensembles rehearse a minimum of 90 minutes per week. These classes provide students with the opportunity to study and perform music within the jazz idiom, including swing, blues, rock, ballads, shuffles, waltzes, funk, and fusion styles. All students will develop the fundamentals of the art of improvisation and will have the opportunity to solo within the jazz group. Performances can include jazz festivals, middle school assemblies, elementary school field trips, jazz clinics, and the Shaker band department’s “Evening of Jazz.” Membership is open to students enrolled in the middle school bands who play a standard jazz instrument (Alto, Tenor, or Baritone Saxophone; Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Bass Guitar).

Physical & Health Education

Physical Education
The Shaker Heights Physical Education Course of Study is aligned with the following standards developed by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE):
  • Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities (Motor Skills).
  • Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply movement to the learning and performance of physical activities (Performance Concepts).
  • Participates regularly in physical activities (Active Lifestyles).
  • Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness (Physical Fitness).
  • Exhibits the responsible personal and social behavior of respect for one’s self and others in physical activity settings (Personal/Social Skills).
  • Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction (Values Physical Activity).
Health Education
The key to a healthy lifestyle is based on one's ability to make informed decisions each day. As adolescents gain independence, it is paramount that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to:
  • Access reliable health information from a variety of sources.
  • Arrive at independent solutions using a valid decision-making model.
  • Comfortably communicate these decisions in social settings.
The Shaker Heights Health Education Curriculum is aligned to the National Health Education Standards and includes topics such as: effective communication and social skills, peer relationships and dating, sexuality, peer pressure, dating and abstinence, marriage, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception, stress management, depression and suicide prevention, causes of addictive behavior, nutrition and physical fitness.

Science

Integrated Sciences 7
In the Integrated Sciences 7 classes, students will explore topics using the scientific method and scientific equipment in a laboratory setting, which includes studies of ecology, physical science, and chemistry. Students will develop the following skills and attitudes to be successful in this course: reading ability, vocabulary acquisition, writing laboratory reports, applying mathematics to examine data and organizational skills to follow directions and complete assignments. Students will also continue to learn how to work with scientific equipment independently and cooperatively in a laboratory setting.

Visual Arts

Art 7
The 7th-grade art curriculum is designed for thirty-six weeks of studio work with classes meeting daily. The year-long course demands that the curriculum be well balanced and versatile to provide an experience to meet the needs of a variety of students. The MYP art program objectives allow for creativity and inventiveness through learning experiences and interdisciplinary units.

Visual arts expose students to: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, fabric design, mixed- media, two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, ceramics, sculpture, and crafts. Students study art history, art criticism, and aesthetics, and develop skills for lifelong learning and appreciation for the visual arts and art careers. MYP Process Journals are also used to aid student growth and creativity. Throughout the year-long course, students will be provided with opportunities for service learning projects that will utilize their developing visual arts skills and explorations. By participating in these visual adventures, students will discover multiple avenues for communication and relations building in a supportive and safe environment.

The MYP Assessment for the Visual Arts 7th-grade year-long course includes:
  • Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding
  • Criterion B: Developing skills
  • Criterion C: Thinking creatively
  • Criterion D: Responding