7th Grade & 8th Grade

ENGLISH

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

In this course, traditional grammar and usage will be taught.  Students learn and apply a process form of writing.  Student portfolios of writing are kept year to year to demonstrate their progress.

The text, Voyages in English, enables children to master grammar through direct instruction, rigorous practice, written application, and ongoing assessment.  Writing skills are improved through exposure to a variety of genres, writing skill lessons, and the implementation of the writing process.  Students get speaking and writing practice and tools they need to communicate with clarity and accuracy.  Our English program provides children with opportunities to use technology as a means to learn, assess, apply new skills, and communicate outside the school setting.  As students progress from 6th through 8th grade, the texts become more challenging.

7th Grade English: In seventh grade, students focus on the writing process and creative writing.  Students write creatively in many genres including short story, myths, and perspective letters.  The students work through the writing process to create, publish, and present written works.

8th Grade English: In eighth grade, the students write an informational cross-curricular research paper.   The students choose a topic, research using various media resources, draft, proof, and publish, and create a PowerPoint presentation to share with their peers.

 

HISTORY

Michigan Social Studies Curriculum Standards

Common Core Literacy in Social Studies and Science

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.

History Online Component

 

MATHEMATICS

Common Core Math Standards

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, percent, 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

 

READING AND LITERATURE

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

Our reading and literature curriculum is designed to be challenging and motivating for all students.  The reading and literature curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards.  Emphasis is placed on informational texts and higher level thinking skills.  Our students are encouraged to read a variety of age-appropriate texts that are at a challenging academic level.

7th & 8th Grade Literature: Literature is a course in which comprehension, inference, and interpretative skills are developed. Literary terms and references are learned and used in a variety of activities. Students focus on a variety of genres: novels, mythology, short stories, poetry, and drama. Students will also read a grade-appropriate novel as a part of their course work.  As the students progress from 7th grade to 8th grade, the texts become more challenging.

Literature Online Component

 

RELIGION

Our religion curriculum helps our students to live our mission to be "Disciples of Jesus, fed by the Eucharist."  We develop a deeply rooted relationship with Christ through the study of Salvation History, sacrament preparation, the reception of sacraments, weekly Mass, and many prayer services throughout the year.

7th and 8th Grade Religion: The 7th and 8th grade religion courses draw junior high youth into relationship with Jesus; the students receive a complete experience to become an active and faithful servant of God.  The students examine Scripture, Church history, Church theology, and the Sacraments to further their understanding. The ultimate purpose is to have the students become disciples of Jesus, fed by the Eucharist.

Each course invites young people to venture further into the mystery of faith and the challenge of discipleship. Through shared study, reflection, prayer, and action in response to God's word students experience themselves as a small faith community within the larger community of the parish and the Church itself.  Confirmation preparation, in cooperation with the Religious Education Office, starts in 7th grade and intensifies in 8th grade.

Religion Online Component

Michigan Science Curriculum Standards

Common Core Literacy in Social Studies and Science

 

SCIENCE

Our Lady of Sorrows School has an inquiry-based science program that gives students an opportunity to design and conduct hands-on labs & experiments using the scientific method.   The curriculum in all subject areas is based on Michigan State standards. Students develop their scientific skills by developing their skills in lab applications, data interpretation and analysis, and written expression focusing on life, earth, and physical 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 & 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 eye, heart, and fetal pig.

Science Online Component

 

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 your 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 and 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