7th Grade Courses
In the 7th grade, students can use the information gained in 6th grade and either continue along the path they have chosen or select a different elective in which they are interested.
Students in the 7th grade will continue to find and expand on their interests and strengths and will be given a college readiness assessment to help them with this process.
School sponsored extracurricular activities will begin in full force in the 7th grade.
Students in the 7th grade will also begin their High School Graduation Plan. This plan will be revisited every year until the student graduates. During the Course Selection Process, students will talk to their parents about interests and select an Endorsement for planning courses and begin the process of their 4 Year Graduation Plan.
The following prerequisites will be used to place students in Honors ELA and/or in Honors Math 7.
**Successful Completion of Accelerated 7th Grade Course Math and/or ELA (85 or better)
**MAP Growth Scores
**Math STAAR Scores
**Common Assessment Scores
**District Benchmark Scores
7TH GRADE ELA
This course is designed to build upon prior knowledge from previous grades in the areas of reading, written language, research, thinking, and oral language. Students will be reading and writing on a daily basis and be exposed to various types of literature. Students will take a state mandated (STAAR) reading and writing based assessment toward the end of the year as well as a written language state mandated assessment early in the spring.
7TH GRADE HONORS ELA
This rigorous course is designed for students who love ELA! In this course, students will learn all of the same TEKS as a standard ELA course, but they will engage in additional challenges such as PBL projects, college-prep research, SAT/ACT preparation, and advanced crafting for writers. Participation in the course is based on a student’s 6th grade ELA course grades, district common assessments, district benchmarks, and STAAR performance.
7TH GRADE MATH
In addition to strengthening prior learning in math, the primary focal points at Grade 7 are using direct proportional relationships in number, geometry, measurement, and probability; applying addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals, fractions, and integers; and using statistical measures to describe data. Students will take a state mandated (STAAR) math assessment toward the end of the year.
7TH GRADE ACCELERATED MATH
7th Grade Honors Math is a challenging course for high-achieving students who demonstrate a high level of math proficiency. The course will include math standards from both 7th and 8th grades and will accelerate students through the state curriculum. Participation in the course is based on a student’s 6th grade math course grades, district common assessments, district benchmarks, and STAAR performance.
7TH GRADE SCIENCE
The content in the 7th grade science course is heavily weighted on physical organisms and the environment. Students will be involved with investigations and field experiences at least 40% of the time. Some of the content in this course will appear on a state mandated assessment (STAAR) at the end of the 8th grade course.
7TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
In Grade 7, students study the history of Texas from early times to the present. The course also enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.
BOYS’ ATHLETICS OR GIRLS’ ATHLETICS
The athletic program offers three sports for young men – football, basketball, and track. Three sports are offered for young ladies – volleyball, basketball, and track. The young men and ladies who choose to take athletics should be competitive, disciplined, responsible, and dependable. Too, they must make passing grades in order to participate. In order to participate in athletics a student is required by law to have a physical on file before the student can work out. Parents are expected to provide transportation to/from before or after school practices.
FITNESS AND WELLNESS
Boys and girls will be divided into separate classes. Classes meet every day and each student is expected to change into shorts, shirt, shoes, and socks every day. Students are expected to strive for 100% participation. Each student will be asked to set a fitness goal for the year. Various sports will be covered throughout the year. Education for life wellness will be incorporated for students.
PE DANCE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
This class is designed to teach students the basic technique and skills in Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. In each dance form studied, students will learn dance routines, have a few opportunities to learn how to create dance choreography in group assignments, as well as, become prepared for high school dance class or Drill Team. Students are introduced to basic dance vocabulary, dance technique and movement. There is one dance performance opportunity in the Spring semester. Students are required to dress out and participate every day.
Fine Arts Electives
Seventh grade choirs are divided into boys’ choir and girls’ choir, but opportunity is made to sing in a mixed choir. We continue the study of how to sing correctly, how to read music, and how to perform, and a higher level of excellence is expected of the seventh grade choir. We do a fall concert, audition for All-Region Choir, sing a Christmas concert, participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest, sing for Concert and Sight- Reading Contest, and perform a spring program. There are some outside rehearsals, but only a few, and all of the programs are outside the school day.
Students enrolled in band will be placed into sections according to instrument and ability. Band placement will be based on results from auditions held in May. An emphasis is placed on rhythmic accuracy and note reading as well as tone production and technique for each instrument. Students with no prior band experience will be placed in a beginner band section.
All bands will perform in a Holiday and Spring Concert as well as have an end of the year band trip. In addition, members of the band will perform at various football games and participate in the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
This course appeals to students seeking experience in theatrical performance and group participation in goal-related activities. The seventh grade program is an introduction to theater. Students will recognize and begin to develop the many skills needed for an apprentice performer.
This course might include:
- Movement and dance
- Pantomime and Improvisation
- Vocal production
- Theatre History
- Technical theatre design
- Analysis of dramatic literature
ART A (1ST TIME TAKEN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL) OR ART B (2ND TIME TAKEN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL)
This course is designed to provide an appreciation for art and to emphasize techniques in problem solving and creative thinking. The major emphasis of the art program is individual development.
This course might include: drawing skills, sculpture, painting, print art, scratch art, graphic design, and study of the elements of art.
INTRODUCTION TO INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS (I³) (HS CREDIT)
The new program will provide students with the opportunity to both broaden technology skills learned in 6th grade Technology in Action class and introduce engineering, computer science, and STEAM activities. Instructors of this class have extensive training in Project Lead the Way curriculum units and modules.Through both G-Suite based lessons and Project Lead the Way curriculum, students will engage in activities and projects that require creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
- App Creators This unit exposes students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development and conveys the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and society.
- Computer Science for Innovators and Makers Throughout the unit, students learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development; allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant projects .
- Energy and the Environment Students are challenged to think toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives.
7TH AVID ELECTIVE
The AVID elective class provides academic and leadership support for students entering rigorous coursework that prepares them from a pathway to university studies. AVID students learn organization and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivation activities to make their college dream reality.
Students will be attending field trips to university campuses.
Pre-Placement Classes for Grades 6-8
ESL (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE)
The four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing are offered in a developmental sequence. The course is designed to consider students’ cultural backgrounds and incorporate those with instruction.
In order to qualify for this class, a committee decision must be made on the basis of language survey testing. The committee also decides exit from this program after testing shows mastery of basic English skills.
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION LAB
In this course, students will receive necessary math and reading intervention for meeting their individual needs to ensure success in the classroom and on mandatory assessment.
LLI - LEVELED LITERACY INTERVENTION
**If it is determined that a students needs intervention, he/she will be placed in a mandatory reading course (LLI) in place of an elective.
MTA – MULTISENSORY TEACHING APPROACH
The MTA (Multisensory Teaching Approach) is the curriculum used by all the dyslexia interventionists in Granbury ISD. It is a sequential program designed specifically for students with dyslexia to develop their language skills. Only students that require this type of intervention will be chosen to be enrolled in this course. (High school credit will be awarded in the 8th grade.)