7th Grade & 8th Grade

RELIGION

Seventh Grade: The seventh grade places special emphasis on the role of grace in the seven sacraments and in developing the virtues. Students learn about God’s loving gift of revelation through creation, the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church.  Grace is understood as being central to our relationship with God because it unites us with Him and allows us to share in His eternal life.

Eighth Grade: The eighth grade covers the history of the Church – its founding by Christ, its birth and life in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the one true Church, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the saints, and the role of religious communities in Church history.  Also covered is the structure and hierarchy of the Church, the Magisterium, clergy, religious, and laity.  Students come to know and love the Church as Christ’s Body, to better understand the nature of their life in the Church, and to respond to the teaching of the Magisterium as the sure voice of Jesus, strengthening their lives in the Church and leading them to discern their specific vocations and to live lives of Christian holiness in the world today.

K-8 Religion Online Component

 

SCIENCE

7th Grade Science: Students will have the opportunity to study various topics in the categories of Cells & Heredity, Life Over Time, Ecology, and Motion, Forces and Energy.  Students will develop their exploratory skills by generating their own questions, recognizing and explaining relationships that develop from scientific labs and activities.

Students in 7th grade have the opportunity to dissect the frog.

8th Grade Science: Students will have the opportunity to study various topics in the categories of Human Biology, Chemical Interactions, Matter and Energy, and Waves, Sound, and Light. Students will develop their exploratory skills by generating their own questions, recognizing and explaining relationships that develop from scientific labs and activities.

Students in 8th grade have the opportunity to dissect the cow eye, sheep brain, frog and fetal pig.

 

Science Olympiad:

Our Lady of Sorrows participates in Oakland County’s Science Olympiad program.  Science Olympiad comes in many shapes and sizes to fit all their needs.  At the K-6 level, try an Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) program, which can come in the form of a competitive tournament, a hands-on science Fun Day or an expert-filled Science Olympiad Fun Night. In grades 6-12, Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year.  Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set, but some school clubs boast more than 75 members, allowing for a rich apprentice and mentoring system for all involved.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances. In Elevated Bridge, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad's most popular events.

The culmination of more than 280 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university every year. This rotating system gives kids a chance to visit new parts of the country, to tour colleges they might consider for their undergraduate studies, and provides a memorable experience to last a lifetime.

  • NASSP Student Contest & Activities Approved for 2012-2013
  • Combined Federal Campaign and Independent Charities of America "Best in America" Award Winner 2012
  • Combined Federal Campaign Educate America Federation Membership 2012
  • View a copy of the Science Olympiad 2011 Annual Report (PDF)
  • National Governors Association Center For Best Practices report inclusion: "Innovation America: Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda" 2007
  • "Champions in Education" Award Winner for Best K-12 Volunteer Activity in the Midwest 2005
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Building the Future Award Winner 2005

Science Olympiad Website

READING

Seventh Grade: An in depth study of poetry and text analysis for meaning is the main focus of seventh grade.  Students are challenged by thematic units and higher thinking level questions to help them make inferences based on the context.  Students read several novels and have scholarly discussions.

Eighth Grade: In eighth grade, students analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.  The children also learn about Radio Plays and the impact of oral tradition on literary works.

 

WRITING

Seventh Grade: Students write cancer brochures, osmosis reports, Saints reports, and formal research reports in addition to creative writing. The students develop high level thinking skills through an in-depth study of English grammar.
Eighth Grade: Our students prepare for high school through informational writing across the curriculum to fine tune their abilities to express their academic knowledge through the craft of writing.  Our students write a formal research report and write daily in the content areas.  We also finish our study of English grammar in preparation for high school level courses.

MATH

Our mathematics curriculum is designed to be challenging and motivating for all students.  The mathematics curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards.  The correct placement of students is essential for student success. Careful consideration of student abilities is critical to self-esteem.  It is very important that all students be placed appropriately.  Identification for math placement will occur in the spring of fifth, sixth, and seventh grade and will be based on multiple factors including grades, common assessments, and standardized tests.

7th Grade  On-level Pre-Algebra: In this course introductory concepts of algebra are developed with applications interwoven throughout.  Topics include but are not limited to, operations with integers, solving single and multi-step equations, functions, graphing, exponents and roots, and ratios and proportions, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

7th Grade  Honors Algebra 1: These selected students will study the language of algebra, single and multi-step equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic functions, and radicals.  By successfully completing this Algebra course in 7th grade, students may progress to Grade 8 Honors Algebra. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

8th Grade  On-level Algebra Concepts: In this course, the foundations of algebra are developed with applications interwoven throughout. Topics include, but are not limited to, operations with real numbers, solving single and multi-step equations, proportions, percents, inequalities, functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and polynomials.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.   By successfully completing this course in 8th grade, students will be prepared for high school Algebra 1.

8th Grade Algebra 1: Students will study the language of Algebra, single and multi-step equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic functions, and radicals.  By successfully completing this Algebra 1 course in 8th grade, students may be able to progress ahead in their high school math programs at an accelerated rate.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

8th Grade  Honors Algebra: The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Grade 7 Algebra 1 with a final average > 80%.   This course will continue to lay a strong foundation of Algebra and to introduce topics from advanced Algebra and Geometry.  The goal of Honors Algebra is to prepare students for the rigor of an advanced mathematics program at the high school level.   This course will reinforce and deepen understanding of topics from Algebra 1, introduce selected topics from Algebra 2, reinforce basic Geometry and introduce some advanced Geometry topics.

Mathematics Online Component

 

HISTORY

Our history curriculum is based on the Michigan State Standards.  Our students explore history, geography, economics, government, and culture to gain a better understanding of their world.  They are encouraged to relate past and present through the study of history and current events.

7th Grade History: The study of American history involves names and dates, discoveries and conflicts.  Through the study of the facts, students will begin to see the relationships between individuals and groups that have shaped the history of the United States.  It is important to present concepts that help students to understand the cause and effect of how historical circumstances have influenced the American experience.  The survey course will cover the Age of Exploration, Colonization, American Revolution, the Constitution and the War of 1812.  Study skills, concept mapping, note taking skills, organization, written reflection and cooperative interactions are all skill areas that students will work on in Grade 7 history.

8th Grade History: The study of American history involves names and dates, discoveries and conflicts.  Through the study of the facts, students will begin to see the relationships between individuals and groups that have shaped the history of the United States.  It is important to present concepts that help students to understand the cause and effect of how historical circumstances have influenced the American experience.  This course will primarily focus on Westward Expansion, Jacksonian Democracy, Civil War, Reconstruction, Progressive Era, World War I, Great Depression, World War II and Cold War.  Essay writing, analysis of historical events, note taking and memorization are all skill areas that students will work on in Grade 8 history .  This grade will also participate in a class trip to Washington D. C. and surrounding areas in the spring of their academic year.  This trip will bring many of the concepts we have studied over the past two years to “life” for the students.