Bible:Understanding & Living God’s Word

This class is focused on learning the various methods involved in interpreting the biblical text and applying it to our lives. Students will gain an understanding of the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the transmission and translation of the Bible, and practical Bible study tools. This class will help students understand and apply context (historical and cultural), literary genres, and literary devices to their devotional reading of Scripture. Students will learn how to practically apply Christian truth through spiritual disciplines into their lives. Building upon the previous years of biblical study here at Legacy, this class is designed to help students put their “right thinking” into “right action.”

This class is an exploration of why we, as followers of Christ, behave and act the way we do. Students will be encouraged and challenged to pray, fast, give, journal, and rigorously study the Bible. Ultimately, the goal of this class is to lead students to mature in their Christian faith, grow in their personal holiness, expand their ability to correctly handle the Word of God, and foster a deeper relationship with God.

English 7

This course is designed to develop fluency in English skills through the structured study of grammar and writing, to construct vocabulary necessary for the identification of major literary devices in literature, to promote independent reading and develop reading comprehension, to identify literary devices in poetry and prose, and to expose students to the structured study of a novel. Literary works include the following: A Christmas Carol, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Four Miles to Pinecone, Bronx Masquerade, a study of short stories, and a unit of studying Mythology. Vocabulary is studied on a regular basis from within the context of each story. Students are taught to use credible sources, use in-text citation to support claims, and cite courses following MLA guidelines.

Life Science

This Life Science course is designed to be a middle school survey course covering all the major areas of the biological sciences. This course will cover origin of life, cell biology, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, human biology, and plants. The goal of this class is to introduce the concept of studying science from a biblical perspective of life.

Math Options

Foundations of Algebra is a course created to review topics that are fundamental to mathematical success in middle school and high school. This course will be tailored to the individual student’s needs and will be supplemented with a content-rich online program such as www.aleks.com. The class will consist of teacher-led mini lessons and online lessons. There will be worksheet assignments as well as assessments to ensure progress. The goal of this course is to prepare students for success in Algebra and Geometry. Placement in this class is by teacher recommendation only. Pre-Algebra is the second year of the three-year Algebra course in Math In Focus. Students will work with the real number system performing operations with rational numbers. Students will be introduced to algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and proportions. They will also study volume and surface area of solids. Mathematics are approached from an in-depth conceptual understanding focusing on fluency within the skills. This helps the students build conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving, a review of all basic math skills and an introduction to other topics. The studies in this course lay a foundation for Algebra and Geometry. Throughout the year there is an emphasis on the following topics and teaching methods: reasoning skills, problem solving, number relationships and theory, patterns, and Algebra concepts.

Honors Pre-Algebra is a rigorous class covering Course 2 of the three-year comprehensive Algebra course in Math in Focus. Students will work with the real number system performing operations with rational numbers. They are introduced to algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, and proportions. They will also study volume and surface area of solids. The honors course will study four additional chapters introducing them to angle properties, the construction of geometric shapes, probability, and statistics. The mathematics are approached from an in-depth conceptual understanding focusing on fluency within the skills. This helps the students build conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving. Grade 7 Est. weekly homework: 1-3 hours

Algebra I is the third year of the three-year Algebra course in Math In Focus. Students will continue developing their problem solving strategies while exploring more in-depth linear algebra concepts. Students will be introduced to exponents and scientific notation and then enter an in-depth study of linear algebra concepts such as finding linear equations based on algebra, systems and lines on a graph. Functions will be studied and then students will be introduced to geometric transformations, probability and statistics and congruence and similarity.

Honors Algebra I is Course 3, the final year, of the three-year comprehensive Algebra course in Math in Focus. Students will continue developing their problem solving strategies while exploring more in-depth linear algebra concepts. Students will continue working with exponents and scientific notation and enter an in-depth study of linear algebra concepts such as finding linear equations based on algebra, systems and lines on a graph. Functions will be studied; students will be introduced to geometric transformations, probability and statistics, and congruence and similarity.

World Geography

Students discover the physical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of various people and places throughout the world. Along with learning locations, they examine the history, major philosophies/religions and current events impacting Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. They focus on asking and answering questions crucial to understanding and interacting with people from other cultures. Students complete various projects throughout the course in order to individualize their learning and further develop their research, analysis, collaboration, and communication skills. Through missionary books, videos and speakers, students learn examples of God’s grace and power in saving people from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They gain an understanding of unreached people groups and the need for cross-cultural missions.

21st Century Learning

21st Century students continue to develop their computer skills and improve their understanding of how technology can be used effectively in the classroom and individually for homework. To help students understand why we use technology and how technology is impacting the world we live in, students read current news articles and discuss the various consequences of living in a high-tech world. Students work with Google Docs, Google Presentation, iMovie, OpenOffice, Moodle, Prezi and other computer programs that are used to create class projects. An emphasis is put on the collaborative potential of different computer programs, such as Google Docs and Moodle, and students are given opportunities to communicate and work collaboratively on assignments. Students also learn what it means to be a digital citizen and how they can avoid plagiarizing information that they find on the internet.

Every 7th grade student will have the opportunity to take a full year of PE, either band or choir, and choose between Academic Toolbox, art, or another performing arts class.