7th Grade Curriculum

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Writing

Students deepen their ability to compose compelling prose in persuasive essays, literary analysis papers, and original stories, employing figurative language and literary devices. Students also develop their ability to rigorously edit and revise their writing.

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Literature

Exploring increasingly challenging novels, poems, memoirs, biographies and plays, students delve deeper into analysis of the themes and layers of meaning put forth by a text and examine the deliberate choices a writer is making in story structure, word usage and character development.

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Math

In the 7th grade math curriculum, students learn to solve multi-step equations, systems of equations and inequalities- and to apply these skills to solving real world problems. In addition, students work with basic proofs and studying logic, as well as continuing to explore probability.

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History

The 7th grade history program is a year long exploration of the history of New York City. Through the study of primary sources including audio recordings, disaries and historical texts, as well as music, art, film and dance, students examine rich and varied history of their city. Students investigate topics including: Dutch and British colonization, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, immigration and Tammany Hall, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Harlem Renaissance and the birth of Hip Hop.

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Science

Taking an introductory look at the origins of the universe through the narrative approach in Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything," students learn about the origin of our universe and the process scientists used to discover it. Further studying the theory of relativity and the nature of matter, students will not only acquire knowledge of content, but also cultivate an understanding of the scientific inquiry process.

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The Arts

Filmmaking, theatre, visual art and creative writing continue to be integral parts of the entire curriculum, providing opportunities for deeper engagement with the material, and providing opportunities to experience the joy and power of creative expression.

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Holistic Development

Through writing, reflection, discussion and creative exploration, students will identify their strengths, weaknesses, preferences and habits. Students will develop tools to master themselves and optimize their performance level in all endeavors.