How does expansion affect national identity?
This question will focus seventh graders as they study American history. Beginning with the formation of a new nation in 1776 and continuing to the reasons for national division during the Civil War, students will explore how national identity has changed with the growth of the nation. The development of a national government, industrialization, reform movement, westward expansion, slavery, and Civil War are the broad areas that will be examined through the use of primary and secondary sources, interpretation of time-lines, maps, charts and graphs, research, reading, and reflection.
How do effective writers hook, hold, compel, and convince their readers?
Beginning with persuasive writing, then looking at expository and narrative writing, seventh graders will compose a variety of pieces using the writing process. Students will expand their thinking and find new ways to communicate clearly. Seventh graders will be asked to read, reflect on, discuss and write about a selection of short and longer works of literature, some selected by the teacher and some self-selected.
How do scientists find answers to their questions?
By asking questions, creating and testing hypotheses following the scientific method, and utilizing the engineering design process to solve problems, seventh graders will explore the science topics in Earth science, life science, physical science and engineering. We will begin the year exploring Earth’s past and the natural forces that shaped the world we live in today. We will also explore how these changes impacted the evolution of life from single celled organisms to complex organisms. This will lead into our ‘focus’ on the microscopic word of cells and then build to an understanding of workings of the human body. From here students will investigate multiple types of energy, technology developed to harness energy, and the impact of human energy use on the environment. Seventh graders will be asked to read, inquire, investigate, design, create, and report on the scientific principles explored and presented in class.
What does it mean to reason mathematically?
Seventh graders will apply reason and logic as they expand their mathematical knowledge in Statistics and Probability, Integers and Exponential Notation, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Percent and Rational Numbers, and Geometry. Students will be asked to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, attend to precision and use appropriate tools strategically.
Accelerated Math at MCCPS is currently an expanding program. In this course, students will learn the basics of Algebra and will expand their understanding of mathematics to include a typical high school Algebra 1 curriculum. To help ensure a smooth transition to high school, students in the Accelerated Algebra will move at a quicker pace and experience an increase in expectations.