7th Grade

Omnibus I

This course integrates literature, history, and theology into a survey of some of the greatest books of all time. 7 th graders will be focusing on the writings and history of the pre-Christian world of the Hebrews, Chaldeans, Greeks, and Romans, while reading through various books of Scripture. This course opens the eyes of students to see the godless, yet rich heritage we receive from the Greeks and Romans, and to understand the world into which our Savior was born and in which the apostles ministered. Omnibus simultaneously teaches students a biblical perspective of life, salvation, and many basic doctrines of Scripture. Many discussions and topics involve debate and argumentation, integrating the Logic stage deeply into Geneva’s teaching of literature, theology, and history.

English 7

English 7 will review students’ grammar and mechanics and introduce them to basic argumentative writing and some of the more complex English grammar.  The primary emphasis of the course will be on clear and logical composition, with a minor focus on descriptive and narrative writing.

Specific Goals:

-Review and strengthen skills in forming individual sentence and paragraph composition

-Introduce the essay process: outline, rough draft, proof-reading, and final draft

-Introduce essays with three arguments supporting a thesis

-Introduce essays with three arguments refuting a thesis

-Introduce basic arguments (e.g. from example, from authority, implications, self-contradiction)

-Review all major parts of speech and introduce more advance parts of speech

-Introduce referencing from written sources

-Introduce and incorporate into written work new English vocabulary  – Text: Vocabulary Workshop Levels A & B

 

Space and Earth Science

This course provides an in-depth survey of space and earth science.  Students learn basic principles of science which prepare them for later grades such as the scientific method and the principles of thermodynamics.  Students study the solar system and the constellations, as well as some of the history of space science.  Earth science focuses primarily on meteorology, geology, oceanology, and natural disasters.  This course also puts emphasis in the creation-evolution debate and the evidence of design in the earth and in the heavens.

Course Goals:

-students will learn and use basic principles of science

-students will learn the basic principles of empirical observation through labs and experiements

-students will gain an understanding of the history of space and earth science

-students will master the grammar of the fields of space and earth science (astronomy, meteorology, and geology)

-students will practice reasoning skills through conducting debates over scientific questions

Basic Course Materials:  Bob Jones University, Space and Earth Science

 

Prealgebra

This course is a transition from the “specific” world of arithmetic to the “general” world of algebra.  Basic arithmetic concepts are quickly reviewed, and then reintroduced in the light of algebra.  A conceptual approach is taken, by which students are required to understand and explain concepts thoroughly, using diagrams and basic definitions of terms.  The course covers fundamental operations in algebra, an introduction to functions, operations with real numbers on both sides of the number line, equations in one variable, linear equations, and simultaneous equations.

 Text:  Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs

Latin

Lingua Latina – grammar, vocabulary, translation; eventual readings in Latin that will lead to the use of Latin in conversation and writing.  Please see Geneva’s Why Teach Latin for more information on the benefits of learning Latin.