7th and 8th Grade Curriculums

Arts and Music         English Language Arts          Language          Mathematics          Science          Social Studies          Theology

Arts and Music

7TH GRADE ART

In seventh grade, students will build upon the knowledge gained in the previous year. They will acquire more knowledge about the different mediums, basic tools and techniques for making art. They will continue to build their art vocabulary needed to talk about art.

 7TH GRADE DESIGN THINKING

This eight-week course consists of four parts. The curriculum will cover design thinking skill and tools necessary to be an active and reflective learner. The curriculum will look at real-world problems within and out of the classroom. Students will use creative mapping of ideas to help give insights and solutions to help improve their world through writing process, artistic creativity, and physical expression. The students will be taught the nuances of constructive criticism and personal reflection and assessment.

8TH GRADE ART 

In eighth grade, students will build upon the knowledge gained in the previous year. As the time-line advances into the modern era, students will learn more advanced techniques and problem-solving skills. Students will also look more closely at photography as a medium.​

​MUSIC
All students in the middle school will receive General Music instruction and may also elect to take Middle School Chorus or Band.

7TH GRADE MUSIC II 

This academic course is a continuation of General Music I for students in seventh grade and will reinforce the basic concepts of music theory, performance, and composition. Basic guitar skills will be introduced, including note reading, tablature, performing melodies, chord structures, improvisation, and strumming techniques. No previous experience is required; guitars will be supplied in class.

8TH GRADE MUSIC III 

This academic course will provide eight grade students with a comprehensive history of western music; Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary historical periods will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the history of 20th century popular music, including ragtime, jazz styles, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n roll. Composers from classical and popular styles will be presented in context with their compositions; aesthetic-reasoning skills will also be developed and refined.

MUSIC ELECTIVES: 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS

Students in sixth, sevent and eighth grades perform at school concerts, masses, and other public events throughout the year. Please contact instructor for chorus placement information.

MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE 

Students in sixth, sevent and eighth grades perform at school concerts, masses, and other public events throughout the year. Students are required to audition for placement to determine ability level. Please contact band instructor for placement information​.

 

 

English Language Arts 
The approach of the Middle School English Program is an integration of reading, writing, listening, and thinking skills into a modified whole language experience.  Beginning in sixth grade and continuing through the eighth grade, the student experiences continuity in theory and practice. As the student successfully completes one level and progresses to the next, courses introduce higher-level materials, and the assignment load increases. Teachers in the Middle School design the classes to instill the competencies necessary for entrance into the Upper School.

COMPOSITION                                                                                                                            
This course currently follows the guidelines of The Pennsylvania Writing Project.  At each level, the teacher expects the student to complete, at a minimum, one well-written paragraph of narrative, descriptive, and expository writing.  Teachers design multi-paragraph writing assignments at the seventh and eighth grade levels.  In these papers, the students use an introductory paragraph containing a well-written thesis statement.  Following the introductory paragraph, the student completes a minimum of three paragraphs developing the thesis. The student concludes the paper with a final paragraph containing a summary and/or a conclusion.  This piece of writing evolves from a rough draft to a finished, published piece.  In addition, the students prepare a grade-level research project, introducing the standard citation form of the Modern Language Association. English teachers and content area teachers often assign an interdisciplinary topic for research assignments.

 

READING                                                                                                                                      
In the first semester of sixth grade, the student reads for appreciation and understanding of the various genres of literature. Teachers employ a literature series, trade books, and material of teacher choice to develop not only an appreciation but also an understanding and comprehension of the written language.  In the second semester, teachers introduce guided reading, by means of directed reading activities and independent reading activities, for the development of strong reading skills. At the beginning of the seventh and eighth grade, the teachers introduce reading experiences designed to hone the skills of reading comprehension and vocabulary development.  The teachers select the reading selections from a list suggested by those educators responsible for the development of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which the student will take in later years.  Accompanying these reading assignments are directed reading and writing activities. Each reading and writing activity reinforces writing skills by requiring the student to answer essay type questions with complete sentence answers. Teachers encourage class discussion of the ideas and themes of individual books in an attempt to give each student an opportunity to express his reading experience.

 

VOCABULARY                                                                                                                                

Using a weekly vocabulary program at each level, the student learns to understand the meaning, pronunciation, syllabication and uses of each word in an attempt to build a sight vocabulary necessary for increased reading skills.  In conjunction with grammar instruction, teachers expect knowledge of the part of speech and use of each word.  Weekly exercises dealing with structural analysis, phonics, synonyms and antonyms, verbal relationships and word usage help the student to attain a complete knowledge of vocabulary. Teachers introduce and reinforce the study of Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes at each level in an attempt to reinforce the structural analysis skills of the students.

GRAMMAR, USAGE AND MECHANICS                                                                                    

The students learn grammar, usage and mechanics in a logical progression and reinforce their understanding with practice sheets, writing assignments, and reading experiences.  The student learns that writing, although a creative process is suitable for publication when the grammar, usage and mechanics of the assignment meet strict guidelines.  The Middle School student must complete both written and study assignments, do the required readings for each level, and present his written work in a neat, legible manner.

7th GRADE ENGLISH                                                                                                                 
8th GRADE ENGLISH 

 


LANGUAGE

7TH GRADE, SPANISH IA                                                                                                                         

Spanish IA serves as the student’s introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  The course aims to develop the four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to achieve a basic level of proficiency.  Starting with rudimentary conversational utterances, the student practices the pronunciation of Spanish through oral / aural exercises in class. He learns the Spanish alphabet and pronunciation value of each letter and combination of letters within the Spanish sound system. He engages in a variety of everyday conversational situations, including weather, time, health, and other items; learns structural patterns through textbook exercises; and does free oral or written composition based on suggested themes.  To develop reading comprehension, the student reads short passages and then answers written or oral questions.  As knowledge of the culture and civilization of the Hispanic peoples is considered an integral part of learning the language, the student does reports and participates in activities which deal with the countries being studied.

8TH GRADE, LATIN I                  
The 8th grade Latin I course is designed to introduce the student to the most basic elements of the Latin language, including the first three declensions, the first conjugation, and the agreement of adjectives.  The student is also introduced to Roman history and culture, and a substantial part of the course grade is determined by a Roman history report.  The course lasts for one marking period.

8th Grade, MANDARIN I  

The 8th grade Mandarin I course is designed to introduce the student to the most basic elements of the Mandarin language and will emphasize the importance of the four main tones. The student is also introduced to Chinese history and culture. The course lasts for one marking period.

8TH GRADE, SPANISH IB                                                                                                                      

Spanish IB is a continuation of Spanish IA.  Students complete the equivalent of the Upper School Spanish I course and are eligible for placement in Spanish II as freshmen.

 

 

MATHEMATICS

7TH GRADE, ALGEBRA IA ~ACADEMIC 
This course is designed for the student who has completed pre-algebra and is ready to begin a study of algebra.  The topics to be covered are:  computations with integers and rational numbers, the properties of the Real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, absolute value, linear equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, introduction to functions, and systems of equations and inequalities.  Basic skills maintenance practice will supplement these topics.
 
 7TH GRADE,  ALGEBRA IA ~HONORS                                                                                                   

This course is designed for the student who has an exceptional aptitude in mathematics and who is ready to make an accelerated transition into a study of algebra.  The topics to be covered are:  computations with integers and rational numbers, the properties of the Real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, absolute value, linear equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, introduction to functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and introductory topics from statistics and probability.  Throughout the course, basic skills maintenance practice and enrichment activities will supplement the aforementioned topics.

8TH GRADE, ALGEBRA IB ~ACADEMIC 
This course is designed for the student who has completed Algebra I, Part 1, and is ready to continue a study of algebra.  The topics to be covered are:  computations with integers and rational numbers, the properties of the Real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, absolute value, linear equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, introduction to functions, solving quadratic equations, and systems of equations and inequalities.  Basic skills maintenance practice will supplement these topics.
 
8TH GRADE,  ALGEBRA IB ~HONORS                                                                                                      

This course is designed for the student who has an exceptional aptitude in mathematics and who is ready to continue an accelerated study of algebra.  The topics to be covered are:  computations with integers and rational numbers, the properties of the Real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, absolute value, linear equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, introduction to functions, solving quadratic equations, and systems of equations and inequalities.  Throughout the course, basic skills maintenance practice and enrichment activities will supplement the aforementioned topics. Students must be proficient on the Spring Math Placement Test in order to be placed in Honors Geometry.

 

 

SCIENCE

7TH GRADE, EARTH SCIENCE                                                                                                              
Earth Science is a seventh grade course designed to give students an understanding of those aspects of the earth that make life possible and the materials used by people to alter and to improve their lives. Through investigating alternative energy resources, the student will gain knowledge of the conservation of natural resources and a comprehension of environmental problems. This course also deals with a balance between textural and investigative material.

 

8TH GRADE, PHYSICAL SCIENCE                                                                                                    
Physical Science is an eighth grade course designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of physical science as it relates to their personal range of experience(s). This course is structured to develop an appreciation of fundamental concepts in physics, chemistry, historical achievements in the field of science, and career paths - all of which contribute to personal growth and development. Students study matter and its diversity, patterns, interactions, atoms/bonding, chemical reactions, solutions, carbon, and nuclear chemistry. Also included is the study of motion, forces, energy, heat energy, electricity, sound and light waves, contemporary energy, and environmental issues. This course permits students to begin taking biology as an initial science course in the Upper School.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

7TH GRADE, U.S. HISTORY                                                                                                                      
The seventh grade Social Studies course is a continuation of the survey of U.S. History that begins with Expansion and Settlement West, followed by the Industrial Revolution, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Turbulent Sixties continuing all the way to “Present Day America”.  This interactive approach uses the technology of a computer, smart board, videos and CD’s in order to provide an enjoyable and stimulating educational experience.

 

8TH GRADE, GLOBAL ISSUES                                                                                                             
The eighth grade course will cover many of the contemporary issues facing people around the world. The course will cover issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East and poverty and disease in Africa. Students will learn the historical background to many of these problems as well as how the world community is attempting to solve them. Students will use a variety of methods, such as research, role playing and critical thinking, to better understand these issues and problems.

 

 

THEOLOGY

7TH GRADE, COME FOLLOW ME                                                                                                         
Seventh grade theology works to relate religious theory to everyday experience. The course begins with the Person of Jesus and attempts to lead the student to a position in which he can reflect on his Christian commitment and membership in the Church. The course covers a wide range of Church history, Scripture, and Christian tradition to broaden the religious experience of each student, thus providing the material needed for the student in his immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

8TH GRADE, FOUNDATIONS OF BELIEF                                                                                                

This eighth grade course focuses on the great foundations of our Christian belief. Its aim is to open doors to the spiritual riches of our common past, thus nurturing and deepening the student’s present day faith in the ageless truths of the Christian and Catholic faith traditions. This academic course offers background and explanation in the following areas: 1) the mystery of the human person; 2) the absolute Mystery of God; and finally, 3) humanity’s and the Church’s approach to God through the ages. Each topic attempts to help the student experience the contours of the sacred scripture within the ordinary events of human living. Above all, it invites the student to meet Christ in a new and more meaningful way. This foundational course, which establishes a common vocabulary for future theological study by way of glossary definitions, is offered to our eighth grade students in immediate preparation for Malvern’s college-preparatory curriculum in Theology.

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