The seventh grade language arts program, in both French and English, continues to build on reading for word recognition, vocabulary and concepts, and reading comprehension. Reading comprehension may include reading informational materials: such as newspapers, magazines, online information, selected texts and genres from classical and contemporary literature. Students continue to develop analytical and writing skills in responding to literature studied. Correct use of grammar as a base for producing good writing remains a key component. Examples of novels studied are: The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor, Le temps des miracles by Anne-Laure Baudoux, Les fables de La Fontaine or Le Roman de Renart. The program is complemented by studying the moving image, which could be a movie related to a text studied, or film that supplements the text. In addition to writing responses to different genres, students build on essay writing through organization and focus, research and use of technology, evaluation and revision. In Spanish, the students increase their understanding through vocabulary and conversation – using the present and the future tenses, discussing everyday life and activities.
The focus of world history and geography is on medieval and early modern times. The French and American curricula continue to be harmonized to ensure that students study selections from each, and gain a balanced perspective. In the American program, students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that took place in Europe, Africa, and Asia between AD500-1789. Areas studied include the rise and fall of the Roman Empire; the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Chinese civilizations in the Middle Ages, and sub-Saharan civilizations in Medieval Africa. In history, the French program areas study include the beginning of Islam; Feudalism in Western Europe during the XI-XV centuries; cultural and intellectual upheavals during the XV to XVII centuries. The French geography program treats topics such as sustainable development and unequally developed societies. Students continue to develop research and report writing skills in both French and English.
In 7th Grade the students continue to develop their skills and competencies that are essential for mastering the five areas of study begun in 6th Grade. These now include:
The program links the French Life and Earth Science with the American 7th Grade Life Science curriculum. Where possible students are presented with hands-on experiments and field trip experiences to supplement and enhance the curricula. Students also begin to study Physics and Chemistry. Areas of study include: