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Literature and Reading

  • Read literature with an understanding of plot, character development, setting, themes, and point of view
  • Study novels, short stories, and poems whose protagonists represent a variety of backgrounds and challenges
  • Examine classic English-language poetry with an understanding of metaphor, meter, rhyme scheme, and themes
  • Learn about and utilize literary devices, such as conflict, foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism as ways of broadening the understanding of novels, speeches, essays, and plays
  • Engage in meaningful discussions and collaborations related to novels and essays
  • Read, discuss, and engage in the work of Shakespeare

Writing and Grammar

  • Write paragraphs and essays as responses to literature and as a means to understand the human condition
  • Understand how sentence structure and word choice can affect the quality of a composition
  • Strengthen and reinforce grammar skills
  • Practice an array of writing techniques
  • Strengthen vocabulary knowledge
  • Prepare and give class presentations related to literature
  • Utilize editing and proofreading to improve writing skills
  • Participate in a literature-based debate

Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra

 
  • Integers
  • Rational numbers
  • Decimals and percents
  • Exponents
  • Variables
  • Solving equations
  • Slope
  • Non-linear functions
  • Geometry
  • Data and statistics

Seventh Grade Accelerated Pre-Algebra

  • Integers
  • Rational numbers
  • Decimals and percents
  • Exponents
  • Variables
  • Solving equations
  • Slope
  • Non-linear functions
  • Geometry
  • Data and statistics
  • The course also includes an introductory unit in Gooden’s eighth-grade Algebra I class.
  • The cell – structure and function, processes and energy
  • Genetics
  • Human biology – all body systems – frog dissection
  • Viruses, bacteria, protists and fungi
  • Invertebrates – structure and function
  • Vertebrates – structure and function
  • Plants – structure and function
  • Three-day science field trip to Pali Mountain Institute
  • All middle school students participate in our annual science fair which is judged by students from CalTech or USC.
  • Market Day Challenge: students design and built a product to sell at Market Day - all profits donated to Friends in Deed 
  • History of Technology/STEAM Advancements Presentation
  • Coding Literacy: HTML and JavaScript 
  • Building and Architecture Challenges 
  • Renewable resources and exploring alternative energies
  • Medieval Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, West Africa, Japan, and the Americas
  • Contributions and legacies: Islam in Europe and the Iberian peninsula.
  • The culture and kingdoms of West Africa, Asia, and the Americas
  • Renaissance, Reformation, and Exploration: What shaped our world today?
  • Note-taking skills: Learning the four methods of taking notes
  • Make your case: Debates
  • Public forums and conversations: Informative and persuasive speeches
  • Lasting legacies: Cause, effect, and impact of historical events 
  • Math, art, science, and health in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Hispanic Heritage Month reports
  • Present/past tense/irregular verb conjugation
  • Paragraph/short story composition
Conversational topics which include:
  • Travel
  • Restaurant setting
  • Medical office
  • Schedules/itinerary
  • Past times/hobbies
  • Shopping/currency 
  • Comprehend and speak Latin in order to share ideas orally
  • Read novellas with sheltered vocabulary, such as Labyrinthus
  • Practice grammar concepts like the dative case, irregular verbs, and verb conjugation in additional tenses
  • Read and discuss the story of The Iliad
  • Visit the Getty Villa, discuss the artwork and artifacts, and make sketches of them
  • Use Latin and Greek word roots to determine the meaning of English derivatives
  • Practice pronunciation of classical Latin
  • Explore culture topics such as Roman dining, the forum, and mythological monsters and heroes
Winds
  • Continuation of instrumental instruction
  • Method book work
  • Performance Music
  • Music theory/Musical style
Strings
  • Continuation of instrumental instruction
  • Method book work
  • Performance Music
  • Music theory/ Musical style
  • Identifying ideas and concepts when proposed with an artistic problem. 
  • Continue to develop different types of perspective in art. 
  • Use scale, ration, and proportion with art making. 
  • Advanced photography and digital art techniques. 
  • Use personal views, ideas, and beliefs into art themes in your own artmaking. 
  • Develop ongoing vocabularies and criteria for critiques, both established and personal.
Projects and Topics: 
  • Atmospheric perspective 
  • Enlarged scale drawings 
  • Stop motion animation 
  • Creating characters, stories, and design elements 
  • Performing in front of peers and demonstrate the use of body and voice to communicate  
  • Critically Responding to performance skills and to constructively comment and observe. 
  • Observe character, expression, movement, sound, collaboration, genre, and image  
  • Develop a hands-on understanding of performances on the fringe.
  • Learn about showmanship
  • Be introduced to the crafts behind the performances.
  • Determine the impact of significant contributions in dance from diverse cultures throughout history including Latin American and African American dance and the origins of ballet in Europe and North America   
  • Motor skills and movement patterns  
  • Fitness knowledge  
  • Fitness workouts  
  • Health and nutrition  
  • Team sports play  
  • Demonstrating personal responsibility  
  • Following rules and etiquette  
  • Recognizing the value of physical activity
  • Sportsmanship
  • Informed by our Episcopal identity
  • Once a week gathering with sixth through eighth-grade students
  • Once a week gathering with all grades
  • Time to reflect, pray, learn, and acknowledge events in the lives of students
  • Celebrate birthdays and communal events
  • Led by school chaplain with the assistance of the student chaplains
  • Guest speakers are welcomed to discuss different aspects of faith
  • Families and friends are welcome
  • Explore what it means to be a good person and live a good life
  • Framework of the Golden Rule and Gooden’s school motto
  • Develop and apply critical thinking and self-reflection skills
  • Explore and discuss a variety of religious and wisdom tradition and practices
  • Examine how we make decisions and what influences those decisions
  • Apply observations to current events
  • Time to reflect on sacred relationship with others, with ourselves, and with all of creation