Seventh Grade Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Seventh Grade Curriculum


Course Texts:

  • The Life of GraceTextbook
  • The Life of GraceActivity Book
  • The Life of GraceTeacher Resource Manual (Optional)
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2, Answer Key (Optional)

Course Description:

Seventh Grade Religion is designed to teach the student the meaning of grace. It covers God’s creation of man, His Incarnation, and His founding of the Church, to which He entrusted the means of salvation so that we can live the life of grace now and the life of glory in Heaven forever. This course looks at God’s revelation to us through creation and the prophets, the sacraments as the means through which we receive God’s grace, and how God’s grace works in us, relating to the practice of virtues.

The material from Baltimore Catechism#2 will overlap in many places that of the Faith and Life Series. You may choose to follow the framework of the Baltimore Catechism rather than that of the Faith and Life Series, but you should choose one and use the other for supplementary material only. Many of the lessons listed in the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 have been covered in previous years. Repetition is essential for mastery, so it is a good thing to repeat them.

There are suggested topics for reports for each quarter. You may or may not assign them. There are many wonderful activities at that can be used in conjunction with the lessons in this book.

Bible History

Course Texts:

  • Bible History: A Textbook of the Old & New Testaments, Textbook
  • Bible History, Answer Key (Optional)
  • Bible History: A Textbook of the Old & New TestamentsWorkbook w/answer key (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Seven Bible History covers most of the Old Testament, one-half of the textbook. The last part of the Old Testament and the New Testament are covered in Eighth Grade. The course is guided by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and covers God’s divine plan, the creation and fall of man, covenants with Noe and Abraham, the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Ten Commandments, and the great men of the Old Testament, in the Judges, Kings, and Prophets. It can be used in conjunction with the Religion course and done easily in one or two days a week. The text presents an important aspect for one who is going to be educated with a classical curriculum because it shows how God used all cultures and peoples to bring about the Redemption of mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ.

English Grammar

Course Texts:

  • Lepanto Grammar 7, (Voyages in English 7), Textbook
  • Lepanto Grammar 7(Voyages in English 7), Teacher Answer Key

  • Diagramming Work Text (Optional)

Course Description:

Seventh Grade English is designed to teach students to speak and write correctly and effectively. Students should progress, at this level, to an understanding of English grammar that should suffice for a lifetime of general usage.

The lesson plan concentrates on Part Two of the Lepanto Grammar 7 book, which is Grammar. In grade seven the student will review what he learned in previous grades and build on it. Everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student’s reading, composition, spelling, and vocabulary. A dictionary is recommended.

The student should diagram sentences in exercises with your discretion as to how many sentences should be diagrammed as he proceeds through the work. There are many exercises in the back of the book following the Index that can be used if time permits. The best way to teach English is by example and reinforcement of correct usage in the spoken and written word.

Note that Part One of Lepanto Grammar 7, which is Composition, is not used in this course. Composition is studied in Kolbe Academy’s Vocabulary and Composition course using Sadlier-Oxford Composition Workshop series.

Vocabulary & Composition

Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary Workshop Level B, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level B, Teacher Answer Key
  • Writing Workshop Level B, Workbook
  • Writing Workshop Level B, Teacher Edition

Course Description:

Grade Seven Vocabulary develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication. It also develops the student’s ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies. Grade Seven Composition uses the Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level B to aid the student in developing composition skills, which are so necessary for further education. These skills include developing thoughts in a logical manner, both for speaking and writing; writing narrative, informative, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs and essays; test taking; and writing for different purposes, such as a newspaper, letters, a research report, and about literature. The best way to teach Vocabulary and Composition is by example and reinforcement of correct usage in the spoken and written word.


Course Texts:

  • Handwriting Level G

Classical Composition 4: Refutation/Confirmation Stages

Note: As the fourth course in the Classical Composition sequence, it should be undertaken after completing the Fable Stage, the Narrative Stage, and the Chreia/Maxim Stages.

Course Texts:

  • Classical Composition 4: Refutation/Confirmation Stages Course Plan & Tests
  • Classical Composition Vol. IV Student Book: Refutation/Confirmation Stage
  • Classical Composition Vol. IV Teacher Guide: Refutation/Confirmation Stage

Course Description:

The Refutation/Confirmation Stage is the fourth of fourteen stages in the Progymnasmata (a set of preparatory exercises originated by the Greeks to ready the student for rhetoric). Students will learn to write by learning to think through the process of refuting (overturning given facts) or confirming (approving given facts) the truth of a narrative by examining it through a series of exercises that are, later on in rhetoric, called Heads of Purpose. In Refutation the student will examine a narrative and work through Heads of Purpose called: the Discredit, Exposition, Unclarity, Implausibility, Impossibility, Inconsistency, Impropriety, Inexpediency, and Epilogue. In Confirmation the student will examine a narrative and work through exercises called: the Credit, Clarity, Plausibility, Possibility, Consistency, Propriety, Expediency, and Epilogue. The set of exercises in Refutation are the opposite of those in Confirmation. The instructional method and exercises remain the same from one week to the next and are clearly outlined in the Teacher Guide. The step by step guidance and questions that the parent/teacher asks to help the student write the Refutation/Confirmation are in the Teacher Guide.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop in the student an appreciation for sound writing
  • Inculcate in the student the habits of good writers through imitation of their structure and style
  • Equip the apprentice writer to become an analytical reader and writer
  • Provide techniques the student writer can employ for any given writing task
  • Prepare the student writer to generate ideas, organize those ideas, and express those ideas well by providing him with structured practice in Invention (generating ideas), Arrangement (organizing ideas),and Decoration (stating the ideas in their most effective form) (Discovery, Organization, and Elocution)
  • Develop a shared vocabulary and practice between the teacher and student


History (Option 1: Challenge of Freedom)

Course Texts:

  • Challenge of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series Vol. IV
  • Challenge of Freedom, Answer Key, Optional

Course Description:

Seventh Grade History continues with the westward expansion covered in sixth grade, with the reaching of the Pacific. It looks at slavery, leading into the Civil War, and the reconstruction of our nation following the war. It looks at the formation of American people from all nations, and the effects that progress has in our country.

History (Option 2: Light to the Nations Vol. I)

Course Texts:

  • Light to the Nations, Vol. I, Textbook
  • Light to the Nations, Vol. ITeacher Manual
  • Light to the Nations, Vol. I, Workbook CD w/answer key for workbook, chapter quizzes, & tests (Optional but strongly recommended)

Course Description:

From the coming of Jesus Christ, through the achievements of medieval Christendom, to the threshold of the Enlightenment projects of the 18th century, God’s work in history reveals itself. This book combines narrative accounts with the necessary facts, dates, short biographies, and concept definitions needed for a Christian cultural understanding. The central concern of the volume is the effect on human civilization wrought by the Christian Faith. Drawing on the work of Catholic historians of the 20th century- Christopher Dawson, Hilaire Belloc, and Frederick Wilhelmsen- the authors have crafted a Catholic and accurate account of our Western heritage to convey our story to youth.


Mathematics (Option 1: Saxon 8/7)

Course Texts:

  • Saxon Math 8/7, Homestudy Kit

Course Description:

Seventh Grade Math provides the student with an introduction to algebra, on a level to be used before Algebra 1 or before a pre-Algebra course. If a student completes this course with ease, he is ready to go onto Algebra 1. The student who struggles with this course is advised to continue with Saxon Algebra 1/2 or another pre-Algebra course. Although much of the same ground is covered, he will be able to attain greater mastery. Topics covered include prime and composite numbers, ratios, graphs, exponents, square roots, scientific notation, circumference, pi, mean, median, mode, range, and probability.

Mathematics (Option 2: Fundamentals of Algebra)

Course Texts:

  • Fundamentals of Algebra, Text and Workbook (2 book set)
  • Fundamentals of AlgebraTeacher Manual,*

*Available to currently enrolled families only

Course Description:

The scope and sequence of Fundamentals of Algebra is organized into bite-sized, manageable lessons allowing for deeper understanding of skills and concepts so students get the necessary skills for Algebra and beyond. Fundamentals of Algebra:

• Focuses on conceptual development for all learners.
• Builds knowledge lesson by lesson and across grade levels with coherent lessons.
• Develops fluency and conceptual understanding in a multitude of ways.
• Deepens understanding with vocabulary, cognitive rigor, and higher-level thinking skills.


Science (Option 1: Life)

Course Texts:

  • Microorganisms, Fungi, and Plants, Textbook
  • Animals, Textbook
  • Cells, Heredity, and Classification, Textbook
  • Environmental Science, Textbook
  • Life Science, Answer Key (Optional)

This course covers topics in life science at a middle school level, including: cells and living organisms, animals and plants, heredity and classification, and the environment. There are several website resources that correspond with the Holt Science and Technology series.

The science of life may occasionally present the student with some of the bioethical issues that exist in today’s world. It is the role of the parent to discuss these issues with the student and instruct the student in Church Teaching. We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them. For example, the topic of evolution is discussed in 3rd quarter and notes on Church teaching has been included in the course plan where appropriate. These notes should be used as points of discussion between the student and parent and to bring in the Church’s important teaching on moral and bioethical issues.

In general, this course is meant to be a survey of several topics in a Life Science course. As such, it does not have the necessary depth for a high school level Life Science course. High school credit, therefore, is not available for this middle school Life Science course. This course prepares students well for high school biology. In general, this course should be completed at some point during the middle school years whether that be in 6th, 7th, or even 8th grade. No particular math skills are needed for successfully completion of this course.

Science (Option 2: Earth)

Course Texts:

  • Earth Science, Textbook
  • Earth Science, Answer Key (Optional)

Course Description:

Seventh Grade Science covers topics in geology: minerals, resources, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanoes; hydrology: water flow, erosion, deposition; oceanography: ocean structure, life, and movement; meteorology: atmosphere, storms, forecasting, and climate; and astronomy: stars, galaxies, the Universe, formation of the solar system, and the planets. There are several website resources that correspond with the Holt Science and Technology series, providing extra activities for students who are interested in the subjects being covered.

The topics in the field of Earth Science sometimes present students and parents with controversial issues, including the origin of life on earth, formation of the universe (cosmology), and other issues. It is up to the parents as first teachers of their children to discuss these issues with their students and instruct the students in Church teaching. We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them. For example, the topic of the Big Bang is studied in Quarter 4, Week 4, but Church teaching on this issue is addressed within the course plan.

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Latin (Year 3)

Course Texts:

  • Third Form Latin, Set

Course Description:

Third Form Latin reviews everything in the first two forms and builds on the knowledge gained from these programs in order to introduce the student/s to the complete verb paradigms. This course is designed to be used by parents and students who have mastered the First and Second Form Latin courses. Third Form Latin employs the “grammar-first” approach to language acquisition, and this means that students will need to commit to extensive memorization. However, we will take things slowly so that the Latin grammar becomes embedded in the long-term memory of the student. The grammar stage will typically take three total years (First, Second, and Third Forms). Therefore, it is imperative that the student/s thoroughly grasp each lesson before moving on to the next.

Greek (Year 1)

Course Texts:

  • Basic Greek in 30 Minutes a Day, Workbook

Course Description:

Seventh Grade Greek uses the first half of Basic Greek in Thirty Minutes a Day. The second half is used in the Eighth Grade Greek course. Emphasis is placed on repetition and memorization, as these are the primary ways to learn a language. Students work to master the Greek alphabet, vocabulary, noun genders, noun cases, and prepositions and cases. The student will also learn key Greek words for Biblical study, and further their knowledge of the English language by seeing how Greek roots and grammar are used in English.