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7th GRADE COURSES

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Advanced English

 This course introduces students to a wealth of knowledge while preparing them for high school and beyond.  This course infuses rigor and sets high expectations.  All learning demands and fosters students go above, and beyond the required curriculum.  Students are engaged in a variety of activities that require problem solving, academic discourse, and critical analysis.  In this course students are provided with a variety of focus capacities preparing them for the future.  These focus capacities includes maturity, awareness, collaboration, and inquiry.  Students will be required to complete a summer reading for this class and outside reading during the school year.

 

English Language Arts and Reading

 The English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are organized into the following strands: Reading, where students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; Writing, where students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; Research, where students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; Listening and Speaking, where students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups; and Oral and Written Conventions, where students learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing. The standards are cumulative--students will continue to address earlier standards as needed while they attend to standards for their grade. In seventh grade, students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students should read and write on a daily basis.

 

Advanced Science

 Designed to prepare students for high school advanced placement classes, this advanced course infuses rigor, sets high expectations, and expands access and opportunity for ALL students. It provides culturally and personally, relevant activities designed to engage students in problem solving, academic discourse and critical analysis. This yearlong class is more accelerated and moves at a faster pace.  Students must have above average motivation and organizational skills to do well in this class. The focus is on a more intensive exploration into earth, physical, and life science. Studies include extension of science processing skills such as graphing, classifying, and experimentation with a heavy emphasis on application, organization, and critical thinking skills.  General units of study in life science include cell organization and an extensive exploration of plant and human body

systems.  Hands on activities are stressed and include student discovery, laboratory experiments, problem solving, model building, cooperative learning, computer usage, classroom discussion, teacher demonstrations, and writing opportunities for research and self-expression.  National standards in science are organized as multi-grade blocks such as Grades 5-8 rather than individual grade levels. In order to follow the grade level format used in Texas, the various national standards are found among Grades 6, 7, and 8. Recurring themes are pervasive in sciences, mathematics, and technology. These ideas transcend disciplinary boundaries and include change and constancy, patterns, cycles, systems, models, and scale.

 

Science

 Grade 7 science is interdisciplinary in nature; however, much of the content focus is on organisms and the environment. Also included are extensions of science processing skills such as graphing, classifying, and experimentation. General units of study in life science include cell-organization and an exploration of plant and human body systems.  Hands on activities are stressed and include student discovery, laboratory experiments, problem solving, model building, cooperative learning, computer usage, classroom discussion, teacher demonstrations, and writing opportunities for research and self-expression.  National standards in science are organized as multi-grade blocks such as Grades 5-8 rather than individual grade levels. In order to follow the grade level format used in Texas, the various national standards are found among Grades 6, 7, and 8. Recurring themes are pervasive in sciences, mathematics, and technology. These ideas transcend disciplinary boundaries and include change and constancy, patterns, cycles, systems, models, and scale.

 

Advanced Texas History

Students examine the full scope of Texas history from early beginnings to the present.  Advanced Texas history is a more rigorous course with a curriculum that places an emphasis on using higher level thinking skills, which prepare students for success in future, advanced courses of study. This course is designed for those students who have a genuine interest in Texas history and who are more interested in the detailed study of history.  Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, in-depth writing, the study of primary source documents, the interpretations of maps, graphs, and political cartoons, as well as the examination of complex historical issues.  Students will be responsible for additional reading and projects that will take place outside of the classroom.

 

Texas History

In this course students study the history of Texas from early times to the present.  Students examine the full scope of Texas history, including the cultures of Native Americans, European exploration, the eras of mission-building, colonization, revolution, the republic, and statehood.  The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, and issues and their impacts.

 

Advanced Math

 This course is designed to prepare students for algebra 1 by setting high expectations and rigor as the students cover concepts from both 7th and 8th grade mathematics in a compacted format. Students will build a foundation of basic understandings in number operation and quantitative reasoning by finding patterns, relationships, and using algebraic thinking. Students will learn applications of geometry, spatial reasoning, measurement, probability and statistics. Students will use concepts, algorithms, and properties of rational numbers to explore mathematical relationships and to describe increasingly complex situations. Students will use algebraic thinking to describe how a change in one quantity in a relationship results in a change in the other quantity. They will connect verbal, numeric, graphic, and symbolic representations of relationships. Students will use geometric properties and relationships and spatial reasoning to model, analyze situations, and solve problems. Students will communicate information about geometric figures quantifying attributes, generalizing procedures from measurement experiences, and using procedures to solve problems. Students will use appropriate statistics, representations of data, reasoning, and concepts of probability to draw conclusions, evaluate arguments, and make recommendations.

 

Math

 Within a well-balanced mathematics curriculum, the primary focal points at Grade 7 are using direct proportional relationships with numbers, geometry, measurement, and probability. Students will learn to apply addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals, fractions, and integers in addition to using statistical measures to describe data.

 

 

ELECTIVES

 

Art 7

The student will study art through four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. These strands provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks. They express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills. By analyzing artistic styles and historical periods, students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.

 

Athletics

 This course is comprised of UIL athletic competition and off-season conditioning.

 Girls:  Volleyball, basketball, cross-country, and track

 Boys:  Football, basketball, cross-country, and track

 Students are required to maintain passing grades and exhibit above average behavior in order to participate in these programs. All sports have mandatory practice before or after school and night games during the week. Students must participate in a sport in order to remain in athletics class all year.

 Off-season: The off-season program consists of daily running and weight training.

 

Band

 The course covers selection and care of instruments, correct playing position, reading music, and awareness of rhythm and pitch. Weekly sectionals are also employed to strengthen instrument skills as music becomes increasingly more difficult. Students are required to participate in a number of after school and weekend events.

 

 

Choir

Members will sing a variety of music including; choral works, pop, and folk music. This course will also cover extended music theory, sight-reading, and ear training. Members are eligible to participate in All Region Choir, Solo, and Ensemble Contest. Members will also compete in UIL contest in the spring.

 

Health

In health education, students acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following: students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can increase or reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health. THIS IS A ONE-SEMESTER COURSE. YOU WILL TAKE TEEN LEADERSHIP FOR THE OTHER SEMESTER.

 

Fitness and Wellness

In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically active lifestyle. The student exhibits a physically active lifestyle and understands the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan. Seventh grade students apply similar concepts from one sport or movement setting to another. Students can observe another individual's performance and notice key elements for success. At this grade level, students participate in physical activity both in and out of school while maintaining a healthy level of fitness as their bodies grow and change. Their knowledge of safety and the ability to manage their own behavior is reinforced. Instruction is directed more toward encouraging the incorporation of physical activity into a daily routine and less toward fundamental skill development.

 

Read 180

Read 180 is a research-based program to assist struggling readers in strengthening their reading skills.  The program utilizes small group direct instruction, computerized instruction for reading fluency and comprehension, spelling, phonics and vocabulary, and also incorporates silent reading of on-level books for independent practice.  Students are selected for this elective based on needs criteria.

 

Spanish 7

 Spanish Language is a course that develops and expands students’ Spanish proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students increase their knowledge of Spanish language and culture while exploring the Spanish-speaking world through various classroom and community activities.

 

Technology Applications 7

The technology applications curriculum has six strands based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) and performance indicators developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts. Through the study of technology applications, students make informed decisions by understanding current and emerging technologies, including technology systems, appropriate digital tools, and personal learning networks. As competent researchers and responsible digital citizens, students use creative and computational thinking to solve problems while developing career and college readiness skills. THIS IS A ONE SEMESTER COURSE. YOU WILL TAKE EXPLORING CAREERS 7 FOR THE OTHER SEMESTER.

 

Teen Leadership

Teen Leadership is a one-semester course offered to students in which the students develop leadership, personal, and business skills. They learn to develop an understanding of Emotional Intelligence and the skills it measures, which include self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation, and social skills. Students will develop skills in public speaking and communication and an understanding of personal image. They will develop an understanding of the concept of principle-based decision-making and develop their own personal mission statement. They will develop an understanding of the effects of peer pressure and will develop skills to counteract those effects. They will develop an understanding of the principles of parenting, enabling them to become better family members and citizens. They will also develop an understanding of the need for vision in goal setting, personally and professionally. THIS IS A ONE-SEMESTER COURSE. YOU WILL TAKE HEALTH 7 FOR THE OTHER SEMESTER.

 

ROBOTICS
This course will provide a hands-on set of lessons that will reinforce and connect to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts in an engaging and concrete manner. Robotics is designed to motivate students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It also helps student work effectively as part of a team, developing their communication and negotiation skills.

 

Yearbook

Yearbook provides students with the opportunity to create the MWJH yearbook.  This will include laying out pages, taking photos, and creating captions.  The yearbook class student must be able to work with others, must be reliable and responsible. The yearbook class will meet each day and occasionally outside the hours of the regular school day. 

 

8th GRADE COURSES

 

Algebra I- (High School Credit Class)

 Students will learn:

  • Algebraic thinking and symbolic reasoning. Symbolic reasoning plays a critical role in algebra; symbols provide powerful ways to represent mathematical situations and to express generalizations. Students use symbols in a variety of ways to study relationships among quantities.
  • Function concepts. A function is a fundamental mathematical concept; it expresses a special kind of relationship between two quantities. Students use functions to determine one quantity from another, to represent and model problem situations, and to analyze and interpret relationships.
  • Relationship between equations and functions. Equations and inequalities arise as a way of asking and answering questions involving functional relationships. Students work in many situations to set up equations and inequalities and use a variety of methods to solve them.
  • Tools for algebraic thinking. Techniques for working with functions and equations are essential in understanding underlying relationships. Students use a variety of representations (concrete, pictorial, numerical, symbolic, graphical, and verbal), tools, and technology (including, but not limited to, calculators with graphing capabilities, data collection devices, and computers) to model mathematical situations to solve meaningful problems.
  • Underlying mathematical processes. Many processes underlie all content areas in mathematics. As they do mathematics, students continually use problem solving, language and communication, and reasoning (justification and proof) to make connections within and outside mathematics. Students also use multiple representations, technology, applications and modeling, and numerical fluency in problem-solving contexts.

 Students who elect to take this rigorous course should expect high standards and time demands as set by any high school level course. Teacher approval required. This is a high school credit class and will factor into your high school class ranking.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

  

English Language Arts and Reading 8

 The English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are organized into the following strands:  Reading, where students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; Writing, where students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; Research, where students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; Listening and Speaking, where students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups; and  Oral and Written Conventions, where students learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing. The standards are cumulative--students will continue to address earlier standards as needed while they attend to standards for their grade. In eighth grade, students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students should read and write on a daily basis.

 

Advance Science 8

Pre-AP students are tested over the same material as regular students and therefore cover the same standards but at a much faster pace. As a result, there is more time for depth and complexity with emphasis on material they will need to know to be successful in advanced high school science classes. Each semester students are given an in-class project that expands their knowledge of a particular topic as well as giving them an opportunity to express their scientific knowledge creatively.

 

Science  8

Eighth grade science is comprehensive and covers chemistry, physics, life science, Earth science, and astronomy. The content covered is mostly an extension of concepts previously studied in 6th and 7th grade. However; there are some standards introduced in the 8th grade that support high school content. There is an emphasis on application, analysis, and synthesis of scientific theories and laws in preparation for the STAAR test. Students work routinely in lab situations to gain knowledge and to apply scientific concepts.

 

U.S. HISTORY 8

In Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. The knowledge and skills in subsection (b) of this section comprise the first part of a two-year study of U.S. history. The second part, comprising U.S. history from Reconstruction to the present, is provided in §113.41 of this title (relating to United States History Studies Since 1877 (One Credit), Beginning with School Year 2011-2012). The content in Grade 8 builds upon that from Grade 5 but provides more depth and breadth. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. Students evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.

 

 

ELECTIVES

 

Art 8 (High School Credit Class)

 The student will study art through four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. These strands provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks. They express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills. By analyzing artistic styles and historical periods, students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.

 

Athletics 8

 This course is comprised of UIL athletic competition and off-season conditioning.

Girls: Volleyball, basketball cross-country and track

Boys:: Football, basketball, cross-country and track

Students are required to maintain passing grades and exhibit above average behavior in order to participate in these programs. All sports have mandatory practice before or after school and night games during the week. Students must participate in a sport in order to remain in athletics class all year.

Off-season: The off-season program consists of daily running and weight training.

 

Band 8

 The course covers selection and care of instruments, correct playing position, reading music, and awareness of rhythm and pitch. Weekly sectionals are also employed to strengthen instrument skills as music becomes increasingly more difficult. Students are required to participate in a number of after school and weekend events.

 

Choir 8

Members will sing a variety of music including; choral works, pop, and folk music. This course will also cover extended music theory, sight-reading, and ear training. Members are eligible to participate in All Region Choir, Solo, and Ensemble Contest. Members will also compete in UIL contest in the spring.

 

Fitness and Wellness 8

In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically active lifestyle. The student exhibits a physically active lifestyle and understands the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan. Seventh grade students apply similar concepts from one sport or movement setting to another. Students can observe another individual's performance and notice key elements for success. At this grade level, students participate in physical activity both in and out of school while maintaining a healthy level of fitness as their bodies grow and change. Their knowledge of safety and the ability to manage their own behavior is reinforced. Instruction is directed more toward encouraging the incorporation of physical activity into a daily routine and less toward fundamental skill development.

 

Health 8 (High School Credit Class)

In health education, students acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following:  students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health. YOU WILL TAKE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE OTHER SEMESTER.

 

Outdoor Education 8

 This course is designed to introduce outdoor adventure activities in a leisure setting that may be enjoyed for a lifetime. Students will acquire skills for camping, outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, adventure education and a diverse assortment of educational experiences. The students will be provided the opportunity to learn the importance of character building through directly experiencing activities, which demand respect, responsibility, trustworthiness and courage for survival. Students may be offered certifications for Hunter Safety ($15), Angling ($0), Archery ($0), and Boater Safety ($13). THIS IS A ONE-SEMESTER COURSE. YOU WILL TAKE ________ FOR THE OTHER SEMESTER.

 

Professional Communications (High School Credit Class)                                                                       Prerequisite: None; Grades 9-11                     

Professional Communications blends written, oral, and graphic communication in a career based environment. Careers in the global economy require individuals to have proficiency in professional oral and written communication. Students will be expected to develop and expand the ability to write, read, edit, listen, apply software applications, manipulate computer graphics, and conduct Internet research.   YOU WILL TAKE HEALTH FOR THE OTHER SEMESTER.

 

Spanish I (High School Credit Class)

 Spanish I continues with the development of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing through the use of oral drills, vocabulary building, simple composition and reading assignments, dialogue, and creative writing. The course also stresses cultural awareness and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world and its impact on the United States. Students who elect to take this rigorous course should expect high standards and time demands as set by any high school level course. Teacher approval required. This high school credit class will factor into your high school class ranking.

 

Theatre 8

Provides a broad base for students to organize the knowledge and skills they are expected to acquire through the fine arts TEKS-perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. Students' knowledge of self, of others, and the world around them can be developed through a wide variety of theatrical experiences. This leads to a positive self-image and the ability to relate to others in an ever-changing world. This elective provides and promotes vertical articulation for the middle school theatre arts program. Students are provided an additional fine arts elective, which affords an avenue to artistic expression through theatre. Students develop an understanding of theatre and its use for entertainment, edification, and social community. Students increase understanding of heritage and traditions through historical and cultural studies in theatre. Students develop concepts about human relationships and the environment, using elements of drama and conventions of theater.

 

Business Information Management (High School Credit Class)

Students learn to apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. This course provides students the opportunity to improve their speed and accuracy on the keyboard.  Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will need to apply touch system data entry for production of business documents. In addition, the course focuses on document formatting skills applicable in many personal, educational, and workplace settings. With an ever increasing focus on technology, these skills are valuable for all students.