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History 7: World Cultures

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World Cultures continues the study of civilizations begun in sixth grade.  Students learn to think critically about historical eras, analyze primary sources for accuracy and bias, define problems, and relate historical events to the modern world.  Students acquire the patterns needed to read actively for both the main idea and increase their vocabulary.  Students focus on writing as a process. Students concentrate on the process of developing their essays through such stages as pre-writing, outlining, and first and second drafts. Students extend the depth and detail of their writing and practice writing introductory paragraphs, topic sentences, and strong conclusions.  Beginning the year in a large group, they learn the skills necessary to complete projects independently, including planning, time management, outlining, and research.  Research involves interviewing, reading for specific information, and using both print and electronic research.  In the course of the year, students practice speaking skills including, exchanging ideas; debating, and honoring ideas of others. Units include geography and the human experience with an emphasis on current world geography; Middle Ages in England, China, Middle East, North Africa, and Japan with an emphasis on mapping of culture, impact of religion, and development of political systems; and revolutions in science, Enlightenment, America, France, and Estonia.  Spring brings planning a trip to a country in the Eastern Hemisphere with an emphasis on studying the culture of a country through travel. The final unit of study involves the history of Mt. St Helens.

Science 7

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In Seventh grade science, we will be delving into what it means to be a scientist and how science provides a unique and powerful way to understand the world. Throughout the year, we will be asking big questions and looking closely at how science connects to our lives. Along the way, we will explore how humans have come to understand their place in the universe, consider how rare and precious life is, and investigate how our choices and actions during this brief moment in geologic time dramatically affect the environment and our fellow living members here on the one and only planet Earth.

The scope and sequence of the year can be thought of as a grand transect* that stretches from deep space to the center of the Earth. The year’s investigations are divided into five units beginning with the Nature and Processes of Science Inquiry. Following this, we will blast off into a unit on Space Science and the frontier-expanding field of computer programming and robotics. From here, we will pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and explore the living surface of our planet through the interconnected fields of Ecology and Environmental Science. Finally, we will wrap up the year by plumbing the depths of our planet to uncover its inner-workings and to figure out what the field of Earth Science has to say about the past and future of the Pacific Northwest. As a grand finale, we will wrap up the year with a four-day trip to Mt. St Helens, a local reminder of the dynamism and resiliency of our one and only planet Earth.

* Transect - a line along which a scientists travels and makes observations during a focused research study.

English 7

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7th grade English is designed to teach and foster the analytical skills necessary for literary analysis. Class readings include novels, poetry, non-fiction, and short stories.  All reading selections are chosen with an eye on issues of justice as they relate to our contemporary world. In addition, the Genre Wheel Independent Reading Project provides a vehicle for students to explore a variety of genres, while practicing time management, and experimenting with ways to demonstrate understanding that move well beyond the traditional book report. Students continue to learn and practice multiple reading strategies and to expand their vocabularies within the context of their reading and writing. They continue to learn and identify literary and poetic devices and expand upon their knowledge of grammar and spelling. Seventh grade English uses the writing workshop approach to generate expository, narrative, persuasive, and imaginative writing, and to take students through the writing process, from prewriting to publishing. Throughout the year, students systematically make their way through a review of 21 basic writing rules (conventions) to help them solidify the mechanics of their writing. Independent reading project presentations and poetry recitations provide students with opportunities to practice their public speaking, both formally and informally.



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Middle School athletics are open to all Middle School students regardless of talent level, grade or experience.  For many participation on a CGS team is a first team experience. Our teams compete in the Metro Christian League.  It is a competitive league, nevertheless, winning is an outcome of individual comittment and team effort.  We stress athletic learning, comraderie and a fun experience. All practices and competitions happen after school on weekdays with very rare weekend exceptions. Many Middlle School student athletes advance to stellar high school careers, and beyond.