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7th Grade Curriculum Guide

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Teachers will utilize the comprehensive Common Core State Standards (CCSS) when providing instruction. The following are essential skills that the district has determined are critical for mastery as students progress from one grade level to the next. Each learning skill has a direct correlation to one or more of the CCSS.

In English Language Arts, seventh-graders will:

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. (RL.7.2)

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact. (RL.7.3)

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. (RL.7.4)

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (RI.7.1)

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. (RI.7.4)

Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas. (RI.7.5)

Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts. (RI.7.9)

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. (W.7.1)

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. (W.7.2)

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (W.7.3)

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  (W.7.4)

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. (W.7.10)

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. (SL.7.4)

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. (L.7.2)

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.  (L.7.6)
In Mathematics, seventh-graders will:

Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients. (EE.A.1)

Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. (EE.B.3)

Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. (G.A.1)

Describe the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three-dimensional figures, as in plane sections of right rectangular prisms and right rectangular pyramids. (G.A.3)

Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems. (G.B.4)

Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure. (G.B.5)

Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in like or different units. (RP.A.1)

Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. (RP.A.2)

Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. (RP.A.3)

Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences. (SP.A.1)

Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the centers by expressing it as a multiple of a measure of variability. (SP.B.3)

Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. (SP.B.4)

Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring. Larger numbers indicate greater likelihood. (SP.C.5)

Approximate the probability of a chance event by collecting data on the chance process that produces it and observing its long-run relative frequency, and predict the approximate relative frequency given the probability. (SP.C.6)

Develop a probability model and use it to find probabilities of events. Compare probabilities from a model to observed frequencies. (SP.C.7)

Find probabilities of compound events using organized lists, tables, tree diagrams, and simulation. (SP.C.8)

Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers;  and multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers. (NS.A.1/NS.A.2)

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