ACADEMICS

Grade 7 Academic Program

Language Arts

Language Arts in Grade 7 at Lumen Verum Academy will include writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, fictional and nonfictional literature, and poetry. In all courses, students will participate in meaningful discussions, which will include listening to others respectfully and articulating their own ideas.

Because the study of grammar is instrumental in laying a foundation for forming coherent arguments and for learning to think in a logical manner, grammar learned in prior grades will be strengthened and complemented with more in-depth study. Students will continue to study the parts of sentences including prepositional phrases. Students will study direct and indirect objects, linking and action verbs, appositives, participles, and participial phrases. Students will study and know all adjective clauses, adverb clauses, and noun clauses.

Also in this course, students will know expository writing by writing nonfiction essays that describe, narrate, persuade, and compare and contrast. Students will know how to write research essays with special attention given to: asking open-ended questions, gathering data through research, paraphrasing while taking notes, developing a thesis, organizing an outline, using quotations from sources, and preparing a bibliography. In Vocabulary, students will continue to concentrate on learning Latin and Greek roots which form common roots in the English language. Students will continue to explore the great works of poetry and literature. They will study fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Students will read and know the poetry of Tennyson, Poe, Hughes, Frost, Eliot, and more. Students will read The Call of the Wild and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They will also study and know the literary elements of poetry and literature. Students will also analyze and study literature that reflects the transmission of a Catholic culture and worldview. Students will also continue learning the art of public speaking. They will learn how to construct an argument and how to respectfully listen to the arguments of others.

Mathematics

This course will continue building a foundation for advanced mathematics, focusing primarily on pre-algebra and geometry with an introductory study of probability and statistics. Major topics that will be taught this year include: evaluating expressions, properties of operations, slope, linear equations, polynomial arithmetic, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, properties of exponents, volume and surface area of three-dimensional figures, angle pairs, triangles, measurement, rates, ratios, probability of independent and dependent events, and statistics. The habits and skills this course seeks to instill in each student include: inquiry and reasoning in the pursuit of truth, deductive reasoning, precision, accuracy, the creation of sound and logical arguments, direct observation, understanding personal bias, and an appreciation for the process of discovering meaning and truth in the problems they solve.

History and Geography

In Grade 7 History, students will study the rise of the United States as a world power. Topics will include the Spanish-American War, the complications of imperialism, and the building of the Panama Canal. World War I will be analyzed: national pride and greed as causes of the war, German nationalism and militarization, the forming of alliances, Western and Eastern fronts, the ending of U.S. neutrality, Armistice Day, and the Treaty of Versailles. Students will learn about the Russian Revolution: tensions in Russia between westernizers and traditionalists, the Russo-Japanese War, Czar Nicolas II and Alexandra, economic strains of WWI, and the Revolution of 1917. They will study America from the twenties and thirties including the Roaring Twenties, the Scopes Trial, women’s suffrage, the Harlem Renaissance, technological advances, the Great Depression, FDR, and the New Deal. They will learn about World War II: the rise of totalitarianism in Europe, the rise of Mussolini in Italy, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, the Soviet Union, the war in Europe and at home, the war in the Pacific, and the end of the war. Throughout these lessons students will also learn the geography of the regions being studied.

Most importantly, in all History classes at Lumen Verum, students will study history in the context of the Catholic understanding of God and man. They will study great people of the past so that they can emulate their virtue and reject their vice. Students will learn about the Catholic Church’s role in history and properly understand history as a way of understanding what God does for humanity.

Science

In Grade 7 Science, students will study the atomic structure, chemical bonds and reactions, cell division and genetics, history of the Earth and lifeforms, evolution, and science biographies. When studying atomic structure, students will learn about the structure of atoms, early theories of matter, and the start of modern chemistry. Students will know cell division and the basic process for growth and reproduction. They will know Gregor Mendel’s experiment with purebred and hybrid peas. Students will also know the modern understanding of chromosomes and genes. Students will study paleontology and geologic time. They will discuss the theories of evolution and natural selection. They will study extinction and speciation. They will also know the biographies of Charles Darwin, Antoine Lavoisier, Lise Meitner, and Dmitri Mendeleev.

An important goal of our science curriculum is to inspire wonder and awe at God’s creation. Students will study the natural world as God’s creation and learn to revere it as such. Students will exhibit care and concern for all stages of human life. Students will study science as a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. They will come to appreciate the truths that the study of science can reveal and their proper relationship with faith.

Visual Arts

Students will study many of the periods and schools of art throughout history. They will be exposed to and study the works and artists of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Abstraction, and Modern American painting. Students will also be exposed to truly beautiful art, art that will inspire them to contemplate the beauty of God’s creation. Students will come to appreciate art as a means of lifting their hearts and minds to God.

Music

Students will study the elements of music. They will learn more about the orchestra and the families of instruments. They will learn frequently used Italian terms and the vocal ranges. They will learn to recognize themes and variations as well as many different musical terms and notations.

In Grade 7 Music, students will study Romantic and Nationalist composers such as “Symphony No. 1” by Brahms, “Symphonie Fantastique” by Berlioz, “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Liszt, and Overture to “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” by Wagner. They will also study works by Dvorak, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky related to national identity. Students will also study the American Musical Traditions including Blues and Jazz.

Religion

In Grade 7 Religion, students will learn that personal growth must come through Christ. Students will explore growth through Sacred Art, man made in the image of God, the purpose of existence, physical and sexual growth, emotional and intellectual growth, spiritual growth through the Sacraments, and challenges and obstacles to growth. Students will know Jesus and the core of the Gospel message by studying Christ through Sacred Art, God’s message through Divine Revelation, the inspiration and authorship of Scripture, the stages of Gospel formation and biblical literary elements, and the world of the New Testament. Students will study the Incarnation and know the two natures of Christ. They will also study the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Students will also study the seven Sacraments in depth. Students will learn the history of each Sacrament, the institution of each Sacrament by Christ, and the matter and form of each Sacrament. They will also learn prayer as an act of raising one’s heart and mind to God. The students will also explore different types of prayer. Students will study the Sacred Liturgy as prayer. They will learn to pray with Scripture and they will be exposed to the traditional devotions of the Church. The students will also be exposed to the great witnesses of prayer: Mary and the Saints of Heaven.