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7th Grade

Catholic identity must and does permeate the curriculum guidelines, the instruction, and assessments. Curriculum guidelines provide a template for teachers to provide instruction, and assessments demonstrate that learners have achieved unsurpassed academic success. A process of continuous improvement ensures that curriculum guidelines are regularly examined and updated or revised where needed. For more detailed curriculum information, please visit olsorrows.com or contact Mrs. Andrea Allen, Associate Principal, aallen@olsorrows.com.

The seventh grade places special emphasis on the role of grace in the seven sacraments and in developing the virtues. Students learn about God’s loving gift of revelation through creation, the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church. Grace is understood as being central to our relationship with God because it unites us with Him and allows us to share in His eternal life.


An in depth study of poetry and text analysis for meaning is the main focus of seventh grade. Students are challenged by thematic units and higher thinking level questions to help them make inferences based on the context. Students read several novels and have scholarly discussions.


Students write cancer brochures, osmosis reports, Saints reports, and formal research reports in addition to creative writing. The students develop high level thinking skills through an in-depth study of English grammar.


Our history curriculum is based on the Michigan State Standards. Our students explore history, geography, economics, government, and culture to gain a better understanding of their world. They are encouraged to relate past and present through the study of history and current events.


We are in the process of adopting new standards through the AOD for Social Studies. This is a multi-year process. To ensure all students receive the full curriculum the current seventh grade will be learning about Eastern Hemisphere. The students learn about, current events, and major moments in world history. Students study the influence on the culture, food, and customs of the Eastern World. Exploration and study of the geography of the Eastern Hemisphere allows students to create and interpret various visual representations.


Our mathematics curriculum is designed to be challenging and motivating for all students. The mathematics curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards. The correct placement of students is essential for student success. Careful consideration of student abilities is critical to self-esteem. It is very important that all students be placed appropriately. Identification for math placement will occur in the spring of fifth, sixth, and seventh grade and will be based on multiple factors including grades, common assessments, and standardized tests.


On-level Pre-Algebra: In this course introductory concepts of algebra are developed with applications interwoven throughout. Topics include but are not limited to, operations with integers, solving single and multi-step equations, functions, graphing, exponents and roots, and ratios and proportions, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.


Honors Algebra 1: These selected students will study the language of algebra, single and multi-step equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic functions, and radicals. By successfully completing this Algebra course in 7th grade, students may progress to Grade 8 Honors Algebra. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.


Students will have the opportunity to study various topics in the categories of Cells & Heredity, Life Over Time, Ecology, and Motion, Forces and Energy. Students will develop their exploratory skills by generating their own questions, recognizing and explaining relationships that develop from scientific labs and activities.
Students in 7th grade have the opportunity to dissect the frog.


The textbooks we use are evaluated on a five year cycle. We choose books based on curriculum alignment, grade level appropriateness, and overall quality.


Literature, Holt McDougal
Voyages in English, Loyola
Course 3, Holt
Science, Cells & Heredity, Life Over Time, Ecology, and Motion, Forces and Energy, McDougal Littell
Eastern Hemisphere, Holt McDougal
Faith and Life, Ignatius Press