Curriculum and Supplies
The aim in Seventh Grade is to move from acquiring information about language use into learning how to analyze language, to understand how and why language works, and to embark upon the artful composition of written and spoken language. To accomplish this Seventh Graders at Heritage will continue their second year of a formal grammar program transitioning them from basic definitions to a detailed analysis the language usage and mechanical skills needed for the study of rhetoric--the art of persuasive and eloquent speaking and writing. In addition, students at this level will continue to practice a variety of structural models to help them organize their writing so as to gain greater independence and creativity. The focus will be upon summarizing from references, creating usable outlines and practicing narrative, expository, formal essay, and critical writing. Grading rubrics with checklists and guidelines will be provided allowing students to practice attention to detail and to carefully follow instructions. Teachers are also encouraged to have students write across the disciplines. Additionally, stylistic techniques designed to help students begin to achieve eloquence are also taught. Upon completion of this course, students are well prepared to begin composing five paragraph essays. Poetry memorization will also continue at this level with one poem memorized and recited every 6-8 weeks.