grade 7 curriculum
- ENGLISH 7 (101)
Seventh grade English builds upon the sixth grade curriculum by providing greater depth in reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills, which are needed for a confident foundation in the language. Students study a variety of literary genres including the novel, short story, non-fiction, and poetry. There is a greater focus and increased rigor in the use of literary terminology. Four types of writing – descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository – are reviewed in depth. Students keep journals, making entries in them on a regular basis. By the end of the seventh grade, students will be able to write a well-organized, multi-paragraph essay with a clearly delineated topic sentence, supporting paragraph(s), and a well-crafted conclusion. Vocabulary, which is taught through a textbook and from words within context in literature, continues to develop skills in synonyms, antonyms, analogies, usage, and spelling. Grammar, an intrinsic component of the curriculum, focuses on a more rigorous study of the basics of the structure of the language.
- MATH 7 (300)
This course is designed for those students whose background and/or admission test scores indicate that additional reinforcement in the basic computational skills is necessary. The course introduces the abstract ideas of pre-algebra. The course accommodates students with a strong background in the fundamental operations of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Topics include equations, inequalities, coordinate geometry, percents, area, and volume. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving throughout the course.
- CONCEPTS IN ALGEBRA (301)
This course is designed for students with a strong background in the fundamental operations of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Topics include equations, inequalities, coordinate geometry, percents, area, and volume. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving throughout the course.
- PHYSICAL SCIENCE (401)
Basic principles of physics and chemistry are introduced in this survey course. Introduction to physics includes topics such as forces and motion, Newton’s Laws, mechanics, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, and heat. Introduction to chemistry includes atomic theory, matter, the periodic table of the elements, bonding, and chemical reactions. The course is lab-oriented and lab activities reinforce classroom activities.
- KUWAIT SOCIAL STUDIES II (501)
This course is a continuation of Kuwait Social Studies I. It culminates with an appreciation for and better understanding of one of the world’s most strategically important areas.
- INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY (502)
This course is offered for the fourth quarter to grade seven students in preparation for World Geography. Students are introduced to the branches of geography and given a view of the world that will sharpen their interest for further study. They are introduced to maps and their many uses.
- Arabic/Islamic Studies/Quran
These subjects are part of a sequence of courses per the Kuwait Ministry of Education main curriculum regarding arabic and religious education. AFL for foreigners and/or students who speak arabic as a second language is also offered. Arabic is scheduled once a day, everyday of the week for all grades. Religion/Quran is scheduled 3 times a week.
- ISLAMIC STUDIES
This class is part of a sequence of courses per the Kuwait Ministry of Education requirements regarding religious education.
- DRAWING AND PAINTING II (713)
Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting I
This course is designed to be a structured personal exploration of the experience, theory, vocabulary, and materials of drawing and painting. One’s own expression of the subject is the goal of the class. This will be gained through an understanding of perceptual and mechanical skills, communication, and a personal energy. This class may be taken more than once.
- COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Exploring Microsoft Word, students will gain valuable experience in preparing résumés, cover letters, and research papers. Using Microsoft Excel, students will learn how to create an electronic spreadsheet to manage numerical data. Students will also be exposed to computer concepts and literacy, which include: parts of a computer, how the CPU works, telecommunications, networking, and ethical/legal issues.
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION (821)
Physical education is required of all middle school students. The program’s focus is on improving the physical condition of all students regardless of athletic ability. Students will be shown proper training techniques designed to help students maintain good physical condition throughout their lives. In addition, various skills specific to a number of team and individual sports will also be included in the instruction. Students may also try out for various competitive sports teams in addition to, but not instead of, Physical Education.