Seventh Grade Course Listings
In seventh grade, students move to a more junior high model and gain new responsibilities, learning how to take ownership of their studies. Students are encouraged to ask questions, communicate with their teachers and learn from mistakes that happen everyday in class. Throughout their seventh grade year, students learn to become more independent and solve problems on their own - a life skill that will serve them well in the future.
Students in 7th grade band continue to develop strong musical skills through resources such as method books and high quality music literature. The 7th grade and 8th grade band students have a combined class forming the Middle School Concert Band which performs multiple times each year, including the Christmas and Spring concerts, MTSBOA Concert Adjudication and Evening With The Arts. Eighth grade students also have the opportunity to participate in the High School Pep Band, MTSBOA All Mid-State Festival and various Solo and Ensemble events.
The 7th & 8th Grade Choral curriculum is based on the national Music Standards, and students singing SAB and SATB music in a variety of styles and languages. Performances include Middle Tennessee Vocal Association (MTVA) events, Choral Festivals, Christmas Programs, “Evening with the Arts” in the Spring, and several Chapel times throughout the year. The LA 7th & 8th Grade Chorus has received Superior Ratings at Adjudication in both performance and sight-reading for the past 9 years.
Seventh grade language arts focuses on four areas throughout the year: writing, literature, grammar, and vocabulary. The Graveyard Book, The Crossover, 12 Angry Men, Terrible Typhoid Mary, Short Stories and outside reading with presentations encompass our literature studies. Grammar is taught in mini lessons using writing to help apply and practice grammar concepts. These grammar concepts are revisited throughout the year in various forms of writing. Writing in 7th grade focuses on the development of well-written paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. Research skills are taught and used in specific writing assignments across the seventh grade curriculum, as well as crafting a mini research paper. The Writing Practice Program (WPP) is used in each seventh grade class to prepare students for the writing assessment by practicing and reinforcing writing skills. In addition to writing skills, students develop an online writing portfolio and complete creative technology projects. Vocabulary is taught using Vocabulary Workshop. Class discussion and participation are also a vital part of the seventh grade language arts experience.
In the Beginning Guitar class, students will learn the basics of playing guitar as well as fundamental music theory. The 12 week class includes studies in music notation, key signatures, chord structuring and progression- all with practical application on the guitar. By the end of the course, students will understand chord relationships, how to notate music, how to play a variety of chords and melodies on the guitar, and will gain the experience of writing a song. Students do not need to have previous experience with the guitar.
Introduction to Languages
Introduction to Languages is designed to give 7th grade students an overview of necessary foreign language study skills, plus a basic introduction to the 3 languages offered at Lipscomb Academy, Latin, French and Spanish. These students have the opportunity to explore which languages they might like to pursue in high school.
The curriculum of 7th grade Life Science is designed to teach the basic principles of biology while challenging each student to think critically, apply concepts, and practice science processes through lab activities. Cross-curricular activities are incorporated to reinforce skills such as writing, math application and biblical concepts. Course content include the study of cells, cell processes, plants, animal diversity, ecology and human body systems.
The 7th grade math course is designed to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. A broad range of topics are covered throughout the year, including: whole number concepts, operations with fractions decimals and percents, place value, measurement, geometry, ratio and proportions and negative numbers. Some algebraic concepts are introduced: solving simple equations, graphing, and scientific notation.
Physical Education (PE)
Beginning in seventh grade, classes begin to dress out for physical education. Our physical fitness units are expanded at this level. The curriculum focuses on the skills and strategies within team sports. The concepts of teamwork, selflessness, and sportsmanship are emphasized as the students learn to compete as a part of a team.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra course is a study primarily designed to prepare students for Algebra 1. This class provides advanced pacing for those students who have a strong background in mathematics. A broad range of simple algebra topics are covered throughout the year, including: equations, graphing, integers, rational numbers, mathematical properties, one-step equations, two-step equations, factoring, negative exponents, inequalities, functions. Some geometry is covered with algebra concepts included. There is an entrance test to take to be considered for this class. An end of the year average must be 87 or above in order to be accepted into Algebra Honors.
Seventh grade visual art aims to increase students’ skills in at least three different mediums of art. Students will build upon the principles of design that they learned in the sixth grade, and will learn how to convey an illusion of space by drawing a cityscape using the rules of 2 point perspective. We will also learn how to draw the human face in correct proportion while comparing it to the exaggerated features of animation used today in Pixar movies, anime and emojis. Students will learn how to create a mixed media sculpture using everyday objects, and how to create a relief print by carving an image into a block. This class also ties in some art history where we will learn about artists from the Impressionist era to the Surrealist era.
World History & Geography
The curriculum of Seventh Grade World History & Geography is designed to help students gain a more global perspective, enhancing their understanding of and appreciation for the physical world around us, as well as the various historical and cultural differences that have developed around the globe. At the heart of this pursuit is the challenge to see the world, and its history, from God’s perspective. The year is divided between a study of “The Eastern World” during first semester, and “Western Civilization” during second semester. The period of history covered is from the decline and fall of the Roman Empire (400s) up through Age of Enlightenment in Europe (1600s). Students will engage in various interactive activities designed to help them compare and contrast the history and geography of civilizations that were developing concurrently around the globe during medieval times - specifically in China, Japan, Mesoamerica, the Middle East, and West Africa. During the second half of the year, heavier emphasis will be placed upon developments in Europe following the Middle Ages, as they serve to move the “story” toward the discovery of the New World, as well as lay the ideological foundation for the birth of the United States of America. A major course objective is that by the end of the year, students will have a solid understanding of the backdrop of history which provides the context for the conflicts confronting our world today. And further, that they will be well equipped to evaluate these modern-day conflicts from a solid, informed, Christian worldview.