Grade Seven Curriculum

Literacy, Reading and English
Theme: Changing Lives

Literature selections for boys
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Literature selections for girls
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Memoir reading and writing

Literature selections for all
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


  • Socratic and teacher-led discussions
  • Paragraph/essay structure: classification Essay, concession/assertion essay form
  • Close reading through annotations (literary analysis, thematic connections)
  • Grammar (memorization and application)
  • Solving equations
  • 2-D and 3-D geometry
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Probability
  • Exponents
  • Problem solving
  • Abstract thinking
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Communicating verbally and in writing
  • Mathematical organization

Learn more about the mathematics program

PE and Athletics
Interscholastic athletics
  • Fall: soccer, field hockey, football, cross-country
  • Winter: basketball, hockey, wrestling, squash
  • Spring: lacrosse, track, baseball, softball, tennis
  • Developing sportsmanship and appreciation of sports
  • Team problem solving and building camaraderie
  • Understanding strategy, concepts and rules
  • Competing against 30+ schools in the Boston area
Affective Education
Key concepts
  • Social connection and comfort
  • Emotional consideration
  • Personal confidence and identity
  • Academic self-awareness
360 Program
  • Deconstructing challenging scenarios and formulating an action plan for accountability
  • Understanding how effective communication and flexibility decreases tension
  • Developing awareness of the process of identity formation in self and others
  • Learning about executive function skills necessary for academic success, including learning styles, memorization, studying, test-taking strategies, organization and management of materials, time and space, attention, reading strategies, note-taking
Instructional Technology
  • Google Sketchup and Makerbot in 3-D geometry study; student-created instructional videos
  • Google Sketchup and Makerbot in study of cells and human biology
  • Using Google Docs platform throughout curriculum
  • Science Motic Software (camera and microscope)
  • Ecology (interaction of living things; Earth’s ecosystems)
  • Cells and heredity (characteristics, necessities of life, diversity of cells, cell structure/function, DNA, cell cycle, protein synthesis, Mendelian genetics, probability)
  • Human biology (organization of structure; musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, digestive and reproductive systems)
  • Model of inquiry (process skills)
  • Data analysis (observational analysis, graphs, independent variable/dependent variable, recognizing cause/effect)
  • Homeostatic mechanisms and equilibrium
  • Using lab equipment; experimental design
  • Conducting targeted internet searches to advance knowledge
  • Finding and using online resources to aid learning
  • Self-directed inquiry
Visual Arts
  • “Creature by design”
  • “It’s alive” collage
  • Surrealism
  • Phobias and Photoshop
  • Nonsense inventions
  • Systematic organization
  • Making connections, visualizing changes; recombination and design
Performing Arts
  • Technical theatre, including set, lighting, prop, and costume design
  • Theatrical research project and presentation
  • Theatrical team building and collaboration
  • Basic construction for theatre
  • Demonstrating understanding of fundamental skills important to each area of theatrical production: acting, directing, design, technical production
  • Performance based; Grades 7 and 8 chorus meet together
  • Various types of music performed, in various groupings
  • Continued improvement in vocal sound; emphasis on sight-reading
  • Grades 7 and 8 join Upper School orchestra for more challenging and varied musical selections
  • Emphasis on ensemble togetherness and technique
General Music
  • Music history and music theory; includes some performance
  • Emphasis on musical elements
  • Opera, percussion playing, folk dancing
  • How to listen to music
Library and Research

Library and research skills are integrated throughout core academic classes.

Social Studies
Central Theme: Identity and Self-Determination
  • World War I
  • Holocaust and human behavior
  • United Nations & The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Active reading; analyzing primary and secondary sources
  • Geographic literacy
  • Supporting arguments (written and oral) with evidence
  • Synthesizing and analyzing ideas from history
  • Integrating technology (iPads, video, Google Drive, Microsoft Publisher)
  • Library research (selecting sources, tracking sources, writing bibliography, note-taking)
  • Connections: text-to-text, -to-self, -to-world
  • Time management (long-term projects)
  • Formulating discussion questions about cultures/beliefs/experiences different from one’s own
  • Collaboration
  • Presenting on current events
  • Group discussion, debates, role-playing
  • Understanding multiple perspectives
Vocabulary and topics

Clothing, shopping, getting around the city, dining, family, describing a house, household items and chores, planning a party, sports, health and wellness, parts of the body


Stem-changing verbs o-ue and e-i, direct and indirect object pronouns, ser or estar, ordinal numbers, affirmative tú commands, personal a, special verbs: jugar, saber, conocer, preterite of -ar, -er, -ir verbs


Focus on Spain, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Day of the Dead celebration

Vocabulary and topics

Describing your city, asking and giving directions, family and home, activities (sports, games, leisure), clothes, travel, dining


Pronouns, immediate future, irregular verbs, regular -ir verbs, negations, past tense, imperative, direct and indirect pronouns


Authentic cultural settings visited through reading and discussion: Paris, France, French-speaking Canada, the French Caribbean and French-speaking Africa (especially Senegal); documentary about The Louvre

  • Verbs: present, imperfect, future and perfect tenses; active voice: all
  • Nouns: declensions, 1, 2, 3 (all genders)
  • Adjectives: all declensions; personal pronouns; compound sentences
  • Grammatical analysis; connections between English and Latin syntax;
  • Introduction to Roman history and daily life of first-century Rome