June 22, 2017

Seventh Grade

Mr. Kevin Kealy

Mr. Kealy was born in Seattle and graduated from high school in Shelton, WA. After serving 8 years on active duty with the Army, Mr. Kealy returned to Washington to get his degree in Elementary Education from St. Martin’s College in Lacey, WA. Currently Mr. Kealy is working on a Master’s of Art in Pastorial Studies at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. Prior to coming to Star in 2001, Mr. Kealy taught at St. Joseph’s School in Chehalis, and substituted for several public schools around his home in Shelton. Mr. Kealy is married to the former Tricia Hills, and they have four boys, Timothy, Thomas, Patrick and Sean.

Middle School Handbook

7th Grade Textbook Websites

Subjects

Religion

In 7th grade, the students continue on in the Faith and Life Series with The Life of Grace. In this book of the series, the students text is broken into three main topics, God Reveals Himself, God Becomes Man, and God Shares His Life. Further the Seventh Grade participates in a bullying prevention program called Second Step along with other lessons that focus on Liturgical holidays.

In grades 6 through 8 students learn about Catholic Social Teaching and how the principles of Social Justice can be applied to what they learn in other classes and in their daily life. The pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea spends time with each grade once a month answering students’ questions.

Language Arts

Focus: Expository, Expository, Expository! In the 7th Grade the students will acquire the skills in order to write expository texts with ease. Whether it be informative, compare/contrast, or persuasive the students will write them with out breaking a sweat!

Vocabulary – The Vocabulary Workshop program helps students build their English vocabulary in preparation for higher quality speaking and writing, elementary school achievement testing, and SAT, ACT, and GRE testing. Each text presents 300+ key words in 15 units.

LITERATURE – This anthology “Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes” (Bronze Level), is divided into ten units with universal themes so students can relate to their reading through familiar, relevant topics. The genres presented in this anthology include short story, poetry, essay, autobiography, folk tale, article, and report. The anthology includes a broad collection of award-winning literature that engages students and inspires them to write and to think. Many writing activities are inspired by the readings in this anthology.  In addition, the students will be reading several books as a class.

Reading Logs – All 6th-8th grade students will maintain reading logs in the form of a “blog” in Technology class.  Students need to have one entry to their blog each week, which will be averaged into their Literature grade.

Accelerated Reader: All students in grades 6-8 are required to take 3 A.R. tests per trimester.  The 7th grade requirement for the 1st trimester is one book of choice, one Newbery (Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), and one Newbery book of choice.  The 2nd semester requirement is one book of choice, Treasure Island (class book), and I Am David (class book).  The 3rd semester requirement is one book from the “Holocaust Trunk”, one Newbery of choice, and one book of choice.   The score on the A.R. Test will be averaged into the Literature grade and counts for 20% of the grade.  If a student does poorly on a test and would like to improve his/her grade, the student may write a book review to improve their score by 20 points.

English – Students are taught language skills through a balanced approach to grammar and writing. Students learn through a process that combines language skills with immediate application to writing. Writing skills and process are also cultivated though Step Up to Writing—a program that focuses on various writing styles and the necessary steps to writing effectively. Seventh graders will be writing an essay using Step Up to Writing every two weeks.

Life Science

The seventh grade will be working out of the series Science Explorer: Life Science (Prentice Hall). The course begins with a look at the building blocks of all living things, the cell, and progresses through genetics, viruses, fungi, bacteria and protists. We will then move into plants, fishes, amphibians, birds and finally, animals. The final area we will look at, depending on the available time, will be some basic human anatomy.

Pre-Algebra

The Seventh Grade math classes are split into two Pre-Algebra classes. The first is one where most of the students will be assigned and the second is for students that have been determined to need some extra assistance with their math assignments. Each class will be studying the same material, but just at different rates. Both classes will be working towards preparing the students to participate fully and successfully in Algebra next year. With this goal in mind, the class begins the course studying expressions and integers, and solving equations. That will be followed up with studies of factoring, fractions, ratios, proportions and percents. Finally, the students will study some geometry (angles, polygons, etc.), functions and graphing.

History

7th graders study World History and Washington State History. Our World History Study includes: The Growth of Islam; and the Rise of African, Asian and American civilizations. We spend extra time studying Medieval Europe and the Renaissance, and finish our World History study with Early Modern Europe. One large project includes designing a castle and building a model. The book is World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times from McDougall Littell. In the spring, 7th grade shifts emphasis to Washington State History. We study geography, discovery, settlement and growth as a state. Washington in the Pacific Northwest from Gibbs-Smith is our text.

The 7th Grade Culture Fair Project is a study of a period of time in World History.

Reading – The anthology, Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes (Bronze Level), is divided into ten units with universal themes so students can relate to their reading through familiar, relevant topics. The genres presented in this anthology include short story, poetry, essay, autobiography, folk tale, article, and report. The anthology includes a broad collection of award-winning literature that engages students and inspires them to write and to think. Many writing activities are inspired by the readings in this anthology.

During the course of the year, students will engage in at least one novel study.