Latin I

Course Description: In this course, students will be learning Latin vocabulary and the rules of grammar through memorization and translation. The means to this end are attentive and receptive ears, respectful questions and participation, and diligent application of the lessons learned each day. Latin is a challenge to learn, but persistent hard work, coupled with a cheerful, humble attitude will make even this challenge all the easier. The Holy Scriptures are a collection of sacred words that the Holy Spirit revealed to men, who wrote these words down. These words teach us that Christ is the Word, and that He spoke the universe into existence. Thus, as we study words and language, we honor the medium that God chose to make His will known to man.

Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Know the five Latin noun declensions and corresponding adjective forms, and the four Latin verb conjugations;
  2. Know and understand six grammatical noun cases and their functions;
  3. Know the six Latin verb tenses in both their active and passive voices;
  4. Know and understand the difference between Imperative and Indicative mood verbs;
  5. Know approximately 400 common Latin verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, adverbs and conjunctions;
  6. Understand basic rules of Latin syntax;
  7. Practice translating Latin whole sentences into English and English sentences into Latin.

General Science

Course Description: This course covers a variety of science topics. It begins with an overview of the history of science and the nature of scientific study. The course also delves into major systems of the human anatomy, basic physics and astronomy.

Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Learn about historical scientists;
  2. Learn and apply the scientific method and elements of experimental design;
  3. Gain an understanding of living things and the major systems of the human body;
  4. Learn physics vocabulary and solve basic physics problems;
  5. Study astronomy.

Transitional Algebra

Course Description: Students are introduced to variables as a tool for solving problems. They learn to manipulate variables using the rules of algebra. They use variables to solve application problems. Problems in this course are typically limited to one variable equations and simple graphing.

Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Learn basic rules of algebra for manipulating equations;
  2. Evaluate expressions and solve one variable equations;
  3. Graph ordered pairs and linear equation;
  4. Use algebra to solve word/application problems.

Composition

Course Description: Composition is the study of, and practice in, writing using exercises of the progymnasmata.  Each assignment will correspond to the student’s studies in Literature.  Of the fourteen exercises in the progymnasmata, students in seventh grade will focus on the following eight: Narration, Proverb Analysis, Confirmation & Refutation, Commonplace, Encomium, Comparison, Characterization, and Description.  Students will exercise these tools through pre-writing worksheets, thorough outlines, and multi-draft essays and research papers.  Students will learn how to develop outlines and papers according to MLA requirements and format.

Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Utilize topic sentences and thesis statements appropriately;
  2. Develop paragraphs fully, using examples and incidents;
  3. Master editing skills;
  4. Use a variety of sentence patterns in paragraphs and essays;
  5. Use transitions appropriately;
  6. Discern appropriateness of length and necessity of information;
  7. Review and master basic grammar skills;
  8. Develop the basic skills of poetry writing;
  9. Develop skills of public speaking;
  10. Exercise the requirements of independent research.

7th grade litLiterature

Course Description: Literature is the study of printed works used to express ideas, themes, and feelings through prose and poetry.  Grade 7 Literature will give students exposure to the literature produced through the ancient civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the early Middle Ages in tandem with their study of the same periods in their Grade 7 History course.  Class discussions center on the historical impact of the writings, literary elements revealed, and primarily how thoughts and ideals expressed in the literature are supported or rejected by Biblical Literature, with an emphasis on the theme of “honor”.

Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Identify literary terms and use them appropriately;
  2. Isolate plot from sub-plot and analyze their makeup;
  3. Discuss author’s ideas within the context of history and literature;
  4. Develop critical thinking skills;
  5. Develop organized thinking skills;
  6. Identify authors’ and characters’ worldviews;
  7. Define “honor” in ancient civilizations.

Western Civilization I

Course Description: The history course for the seventh grade will examine the important historical developments of the ancient world as the origins of Western Civilization, and trace that development through the Middle Ages in Europe. The instructor will train the students in the tools and skills of a historian through the course content.

Course Objectives: Students will:

  1. Analyze the cultural, political, artistic, theological, philosophical, and economic developments of the civilizations and eras studied, as well as to articulate some long term influences of these developments in a way that is pleasing;
  2. Evaluate these developments through the lens of a biblical worldview;
  3. Examine major figures of these eras;
  4.  Summarize the influence of geography on culture;
  5.  Students will utilize the tools of knowledge, such as writing, discussion, organization, and debate in conjunction with their growing understanding of history.
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