Seventh grade marks a year of great growth in both literary analysis and research skills. In seventh grade, themes become more global, looking at current and historical practices of religion, as well as the role of decision making in every day moments and larger decisions. In addition to the academic focus, seventh grade is a year for some Stevens-honored overnight experiences, including the rustic outdoor education trip to The Ashokan Center in Olive Branch, New York and an overnight trip to Philadelphia. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, insight, empathy, and understanding multiple perspectives. Students also begin to think about their schooling beyond Stevens and slowly begin to prepare for the high school application process in eighth grade.
See what your child will learn in each of the following subject areas:
- Social Emotional Learning
- Specials Classes
- Homework and Assessments
Seventh grade is a year of deep exploration of the theme of coming of age. Decision making, taking a stand, change, and society, are all explored in an array of literature genres. Continuing their work on providing textual evidence, students look at literary terms, such as symbolism and metaphor, and consider how these devices are employed to tell a story. In addition to traditional essays, students are provided alternative ways to showcase their understanding of their reading, including visual displays, cover redesigns, and creative writing.
- Analyze text, cite textual evidence, determine an author's point of view, bias, or purpose in a text, identify and use literary elements with understanding
- Write a range of texts for specific purposes and audiences; develop a thesis, cite evidence, demonstrate writer's craft following conventions of grammar, spelling and MLA format
Sample Reading List
- The Outsiders
- I am Malala
- Ronit and Jamil
- Look Both Ways
- All American Muslim Girl
- Purple Hibiscus
The overall theme in Humanities during this school year is world beliefs. This manifests itself in an array of studies, looking at the core tenets of different religions and philosophies, and the intersectionality of identity, morality, and ethics. Units vary in time and region and in the past have including topics such as the relationship between history, faith, community, and social change, misconceptions and stereotypes, and understanding ideas about the universe and the afterlife. Students share their understanding by enhancing their research skills, engaging in many analytical projects and papers, and engaging in an independent self-study for their final exhibition projects.
- Demonstrate understanding of key concepts, causal relationships and historical timelines, compare, contrast, and analyze a variety of texts, primary and secondary sources
- Interpret and synthesize primary and secondary sources.
- Research and present topic of choice using notes and a variety of credible sources to make citations, correctly format a Works Cited page
Units of Study
- Religion and Geography
- Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
- Dharmic religions (Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism)
- Beliefs in America: Islam and Atheism
With inquiry at its core, the science curriculum aims to guide students to collaboratively and independently investigate issues through observation, research and experimentation. As students investigate real examples of science applications they discover the dependencies and tensions between ethics, culture, economics and environment.
- Understand and explain scientific concepts
- Use structured processes to solve problems, gather information, and draw conclusions
- Record observations and thought processes, measure with accuracy, and communicate with relevance, meaning and insight
Units of Study
- Weather, Climate & Action
- The Atom and the Periodic Table
- Chemical Reactions and Thermodynamics
In seventh grade, students begin the formal Algebra I course, with special emphasis on linear functions. As students learn about linear functions, they learn to represent the linear functions in multiple ways: as verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs. They also learn to model real‐world situations using linear function in order to solve problems arising from the situations.
Seventh grade course two has been organized to provide students with the tools to think independently, to solve problems, and to question whether an answer is reasonable. The work that students complete varies from computational work to application of those concepts to solve problems.
Students will reinforce basic computation skills and become familiar with the following: the properties of mathematics; the language of algebra; solving one step, two step and multi-step equations; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing rational numbers and integers; solving inequalities; graphing equations and inequalities; ratios; proportions; percents; powers and roots and beginning function work.
Units of Study
- Real Number System
- Rational Number Operations
- Algebraic Expressions
- Algebraic Equations and Inequalities
- Direct and Inverse Proportions
- Angle Properties and Straight Lines
- Geometric Construction
- Volume and Surface Area of Solids
Social Emotional Learning
We believe that students experience academic and social success by developing skills that promote their social and emotional well-being. Our middle school Classroom Advisory Program is focused on character education and social emotional learning. We believe it is critically important for students to engage in specifically designed lessons focusing on topics such as ethical choices and dilemmas, maintaining convictions in the face of peer pressure and adversity, appreciating individuality, managing anxiety and stress, making wise and informed choices regarding friendship conflicts, celebrating differences, and other similar topics. Students engage in group-oriented activities to foster the development of these skills. Seventh grade topics include:
- Self-image and self-improvement
- Making decisions
- Coping with anxiety and anger
- Stress management
- Social skills and interpersonal relationships
- Effective communication
- Resolving conflict
Students can choose to continue pursuing their individual instrument with small group instruction and orchestra or they can choose to join choir.
In seventh and eighth grade choir, students study vocal technique for solo and ensemble singing. Students develop musical literacy skills in reading traditional music notations, and aural analysis skills for performing music by rote. Eighth graders prepare repertoire for ensemble performances that are shared within the Stevens community and beyond.
- Using a computer responsibly
- Digital Citizenship
- Media habits
- Creator’s responsibility
- Safe online talk
- Which me should I be?
- Gender stereotypes online
- Digital footprint
- Identifying high quality sites
- Digital drama
- Rework, reuse, remix
- CS Discoveries
- Problem solving, processing, apps and storage
- Interactive animations
- The design process - app development
- Filming and editing
- Video editing with iMovie
- Film production
World Languages: Spanish and Mandarin
Beginning in 5th grade, students choose between Spanish and Mandarin as their World Language course.
Students learn Spanish vocabulary, grammar, culture and history through the lenses of different countries including Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in Central, South America and the Caribbean. Seventh-grade students practice their speaking and listening skills three times per week.
- Parts of the body
- Personal hygiene
- Symptoms and illnesses
- Basic remedies
- Healthy Habits
- The verbs ver, oir, oler and decir
- Reflexive verbs
- The verb doler
- The verb sentirse
- Affirmative “tu” commands
- Regular verbs
Cultural Backdrop: Spain
- Atlantic Spain: The cradle of the Spanish language
- The Plateau: Territory of La Mancha
- Pilgrimage through Camino de Santiago de Compostela
- Review of:
- Pinyin, tones, strokes, radicals
- Dates, ages, telephone numbers
- Family Members
- Countries and languages
- Informal/formal greetings
- Family contents
- Radicals (bu shou and pian pang)
- Grammar usage
Seventh graders begin with a brief review of Latin fundamentals and textbook plot. From there, students continue to bolster their understanding of the Latin language and explore cultural topics like health, slavery, and foreign policy in the ancient world.
Cultural concepts include:
- Public health
- Roman Britain
- Roman military
- Roman foreign policy
Language skills include:
- The infinitive
- The ablastiv ecase
- Expressions of time
Beginning in fifth grade, Electives are offered once per week to middle school students in mixed group settings. This is a chance for students to have choice and voice through personal selection and an opportunity to work with peers from other middle school classes. Offerings change from year to year and have included Photography, Creative Writing, Fiber Arts, Tinkering and Makerspace, The Art of Public Speaking, Healthy Habits and Nutrition, Service Learning, Theatre, Coding, and Ethics Bowl.
Homework and Assessments
Seventh graders can expect daily homework that is purposeful and helps students manage their time and workload responsibly. Students also gain practice of managing longer term assignments with mini deadlines and milestones along the way.
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways - class discussions, homework assignments, comprehension questions, essays, end of unit tests, quizzes, and research projects. Stevens uses authentic observation, testing and ongoing assessment to provide a comprehensive evaluation of each student.
In the spring of seventh grade, students take a practice Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) administered by the Educational Records Bureau in preparation for the exam in 8th grade.
In addition to exploring relevant curriculum connections through local day trips to museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, Hindu Temple in Bridgewater, and Brooklyn Museum, students participate in a fall overnight trip to The Ashokan Center, an outdoor education camp for three days and two nights focused on enhancing teamwork, leadership and self-confidence. In the spring, students attend an overnight trip for two days and one night in Philadelphia.