The Seventh Grade Syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Grammar, Editing, Spelling, Poetry, Science, History, Geography, Latin, Art and Music. It also contains a variety of teaching resources including Seventh Grade Subject Rubrics and Learning Objectives, suggested daily schedules, teaching tips, grading charts, a list of grade level appropriate literature correlated to the history, and tests for Religion and Latin. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.

In Religion we use the Acts of the Apostles, which the student studies in detail by a careful reading and discussion of each chapter. This text is supplemented by, The Story of the Church, Lives of the Saints, The Bronze Bow, and The Story of the Church to provide an in depth study of the early Church. In Mathematics we use Math 87 (Saxon) which provides a bridge between basic arithmetic and algebra. In Grammar we recommend either Voyages in English 7 which provides a basic study of analytic grammar, which is a tool for understanding language itself or Basic Language Principles (Wilson) which is a wonderful book that introduces the structure of basic Latin and reinforces English grammar. In addition we recommend using the Editor in Chief Level 2 to help with editing skills. In Spelling we use Wordly Wise 4 which helps to build the student’s vocabulary and strengthen his spelling skills. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath along with several Shakespeare plays for selections of poetry to memorize. In Science we recommend either Concepts and Challenges in Science 2 (B) or Concepts and Challenges in Life Science which provides additional practice in the study of dialectic and continues the study of basic principles begun earlier. In History we use Old World and America as a basic text to cover Greek and Roman History. This course is supplemented with a variety of books on Greece & Rome including The Children's Homer, Greek Myths, Augustus Caesar's World, Caesar's Gallic Wars, and Famous Men of Greece & Famous Men of Rome. The history course is nicely correlated with the religion course. We also provide the student with a list of historical fiction to complement the study of history through literature. In Geography, which is correlated with history, we use Historical Atlas of the World (Rand McNally) to let the student master the geography of Ancient Greece and Rome through extensive map work. In Latin we recommend either Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 1 or Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 to continue the formal study of Latin. In Music we use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory and Meet the Great Composers along with classical music selections for music appreciation.

Current Edition: © 2016.

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Book List

English
  • Essential 14
    • Basic Language Principles with Latin Background
      Wilson, Ruth
      Educators Pub Service — 56 Pages
      ISBN: 0838801366
    • Basic Language Principles with Latin Background Teacher's Manual
      Berquist, Laura
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 56 Pages
    • Editor in Chief Level 2
      Plant, Cherie & Rowe, Nancy
      The Critical Thinking Company — 154 Pages
      ISBN: 1601447663
    • Henry V
      Olivier, Laurence; Banks, Leslie
    • Henry V
      Shakespeare, William
      Dover Publications — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0486428877
    • Julius Caesar
      Shakespeare, William
      Dover Publications — 96 Pages
      ISBN: 0486268764
    • Julius Caesar
      Mankiewicz, Joseph; Brando, Marlon; Mason, James
      Warner Brothers
    • Lepanto Grammar 7
      Campbell, Rev. Paul
      Lepanto Press — 470 Pages
    • Lepanto Grammar 7 Teacher's Manual
      Campbell, Rev. Paul
      Lepanto Press — 208 Pages
    • Tales From Shakespeare
      Lamb, Charles & Mary
      CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform — 258 Pages
      ISBN: 1500619450
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • The Tempest
      Shakespeare, William
      Dover Publications — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 0486478076
    • Wordly Wise 4
      Ornato & Hodkinson
      Educators Pub Service — 148 Pages
      ISBN: 0838804349
    • Wordly Wise 4 Answer Key
      Ornato & Hodkinson
      Educators Pub Service — 39 Pages
      ISBN: 0838894348
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 4
Fine Arts
  • Essential 4
    • Art Memo Game
      Piatnik
      Piatnik — 72 Pages
    • Child-size Masterpieces: Mommy, It’s a Renoir (Advanced Level)
      Wolf, Aline D.
      Parent Child Press — 19 Pages
      ISBN: 0960101691
    • MODG only uses CD 1, which is bundled with Book 1 as a single item at modgbooks.com. Note: Parents with musical experience could replace this with alternate ear training activities.
    • Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Ear Training CD for Books 1 & 2
      Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus
      Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
      ISBN: 0739027271
    • MODG sells Book 1 and CD 1 together as a single bundled item at modgbooks.com
    • Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Book 1
      Surmani, Andrew & Surmani, Karen Farnum & Manus, Morton
      Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. — 40 Pages
      ISBN: 0882848941
  • Supplemental - Optional 2
Foreign Language
  • Essential 8
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 1 - Answer Key
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 1 - Quiz Book
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 1 - Quiz Key
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 1 - Student Manual
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Answer Key
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Quiz Book and Pre-Tests
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Quiz Key
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Student Manual
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
  • Supplemental - Optional 6
Mathematics
  • Essential 6
    • Math 8/7 with Prealgebra: Solutions Manual
      Saxon & Hake
      Saxon Publishers — 384 Pages
      ISBN: 1591413281
    • Math 8/7 with Prealgebra: Student Text
      Saxon & Hake
      Saxon Publishers — 960 Pages
      ISBN: 1591413206
    • Math 8/7 with Prealgebra: Testing Book
      Saxon & Hake
      Saxon Publishers — 240 Pages
      ISBN: 1591413249
    • Math 87: An Incremental Development
      Hake, Stephen
      Saxon Publishers — 816 Pages
      ISBN: 1565771885
    • Math 87: An Incremental Development (Home Study Packet)
      Hake, Stephen
      Saxon Publishers — 79 Pages
      ISBN: 1565770730
    • Math 87: An Incremental Development (Test Forms)
      Saxon & Hake
      Saxon Publishers — 74 Pages
      ISBN: 1591411696
  • Supplemental - Optional 4
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 1
Religion
  • Essential 2
    • Ignatius Bible (RSV)
      Various
      Ignatius Press — 1096 Pages
      ISBN: 1586177702
    • The Story of the Church
      Johnson, Hannan, Sr. M. Dominica
      TAN Books — 521 Pages
      ISBN: 089555156X
  • Supplemental - Required 2
    • The Bronze Bow
      Speare, Elizabeth George
      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — 254 Pages
      ISBN: 0395137195
    • The Friendly Defender Cards
      Pinto & Andes
      Ascension Press — 54 Pages
      ISBN: 0965922812
  • Supplemental - Optional 3
Science
  • Essential 4
    • Concepts and Challenges in Life Science
      Bernstein, Schachter, Winkler, & Wolfe
      Globe Book Company — 360 Pages
      ISBN: 0870654586
    • Concepts and Challenges in Life Science Teacher's Manual
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 102 Pages
    • Concepts and Challenges in Science Book 2/7th Grade Science Teacher's Manual
      Berquist, Laura & Berquist, Michaela
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 90 Pages
    • Seventh Grade Science
      Winkler, Bernstein, Schachter, & Wolfe
      Mother of Divine Grace School
Social Studies
  • Essential 3
    • Historical Atlas of the World
      McNally, Rand
      Rand McNally & Co. — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0528014471
    • The Old World and America
      Furlong, Fr. Philip
      Tan Books — 384 Pages
      ISBN: 0895552027
    • The Old World and America Answer Key
      Furlong, Fr. Philip
      Tan Books — 94 Pages
      ISBN: 0895556200
  • Supplemental - Required 14
    • A Triumph for Flavius
      Snedeker, Caroline Dale
      American Home School Publishing
      ISBN: 097790007X
    • Archimedes and the Door of Science
      Bendick, Jeanne
      Bethlehem Books — 160 Pages
      ISBN: 1883937124
    • Augustus Caesar's World
      Foster, Genevieve
      Beautiful Feet Books — 330 Pages
      ISBN: 0964380323
    • Caesar's Gallic War
      Coolidge, Olivia
      Linnet Books — 246 Pages
      ISBN: 0208023348
    • City
      Macaulay, David
      HMH Books for Young Readers — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0395349222
    • D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
      D'Aulaire, Ingri & Edgar
      Delacorte Books — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 0440406843
    • The Children's Homer
      Colum, Padraic
      Aladdin — 256 Pages
      ISBN: 0689868839
    • The Eagle of the Ninth
      Sutcliff, Rosemary
      Square Fish — 240 Pages
      ISBN: 0312564341
    • The Famous Men of Greece
      Poland & Haaren
      Memoria PRess
      ISBN: 1930953771
    • The Famous Men of Rome
      Poland & Haaren
      Memoria Press
      ISBN: 1930953828
    • The Greeks
      Peach, Susan; Millard, Anne
      Usborne Books — 96 Pages
      ISBN: 0794517455
    • The Histories
      Herodotus
      Penguin Books — 771 Pages
      ISBN: 0143107542
    • The Romans
      Marks & Tingay
      Usborne Books — 96 Pages
      ISBN: 079452754X
    • The Silver Branch
      Sutcliff, Rosemary
      Square Fish
      ISBN: 0312644310
  • Supplemental - Optional 8
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 6

Samples

Week 1

Day Assignment
1

Read and prepare an oral report this week on one of the saints given on the list below, also found in Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum p. 122. Today read and take notes. Also read 20 pages of The Bronze Bow.

List of Saints:

  • St Agnes
  • St John Chrysostom
  • St Lucy
  • St Ambrose
  • St Lawrence
  • St Jerome
  • St Cyprian of Carthage
  • St Augustine of Hippo
  • St Justin
  • St Leo the Great
  • St Irenaeus
  • St Athanasius 
  • (Origen)
  • (Tertullian)
2

Read and take notes. Also, read 20 pages of The Bronze Bow.

3

Read and take notes. Also, read 20 pages of The Bronze Bow.

4

Give your report. Include information about where and when the saint lived, what he or she is best known for, his or her feast day, and your favorite story about the saint. Also read 20 pages of The Bronze Bow.

5

Read 20 pages of The Bronze Bow.

Day Assignment
1 Lesson 1
2 Lesson 2
3 Lesson 3
4 Lesson 4
5 Review Lessons 1-4
Day Assignment
1 Lesson 1
2 Lesson 2
3 Lesson 3
4 Lesson 4
5 Lesson 5
Day Assignment
1

Lesson 1, Selection 1: find the errors and mark them in your book.

2

Lesson 1, Selection 1: write the selection correctly.

3

Lesson 1, Selection 2: find the errors and mark them in your book.

Day Assignment
1 Begin Lesson I, read the presentation and do the Practice Exercises.
2 Finish Lesson I, do the Additional Exercises.
3 Begin Lesson II, read the presentation and do the Practice Exercises.
4 Finish Lesson II, do the Additional Exercises.
Day Assignment
1 Read the explanation of Proper and Common Nouns and do Exercise 1 on pp. 213-214. Also, read the explanation of Collective Nouns and do Exercise 2 on pp. 214-215.
2 Read the explanation of Abstract Nouns and do Exercise 3 on pp. 215-216. Also do Exercise 4 on p. 216.
3 Do Exercise 5 on p. 216. Read the explanation of Modifications of Nouns and do Exercise 6 on pp. 217-218.
4 Read the explanation of Number on pp. 218-221. Do Exercises 7&8.
Day Assignment
1 Rent the tape “Henry V”, either the older version with Laurence Olivier, or the newer version with Kenneth Branagh. Watch it.
Day Assignment
1 Chapter 1, Exercise 1A. Write out all words, paying attention to the spelling. If you are familiar with the Spalding marking system, use it. Look up any words you don’t know. Then do Exercise 1A, and check your answers.
2 Chapter 1, Exercise 1B and 1C.
3 Chapter 1, Exercise 1D and 1E.
4 Chapter 1, give a spelling test on the words for this week, and read the ‘Wordly Wise 1' note on p. 7. If there are any errors, re-test tomorrow. If there are errors on that test, keep track of them.
Day Assignment
1 Tools of the Scientist, Chapter 1. Today, start by reading the two-page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow) at the end of each paragraph. Do the Answer These and the Now Try This. Read Finding Out More.
2 Tools of the Scientist, Chapter 2. Read the two-page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These.
3 Tools of the Scientist, Chapter 3. Read the two-page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These and Now Try These. (The student’s ability to answer problem #1 in the Now Try These section, will depend on the level of math the student has mastered.)
4 Tools of the Scientist, Chapter 4. Read the two-page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These.
5 Tools of the Scientist, Chapter 5. Read the two-page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These and Now Try These. Read Finding Out More.
Day Assignment
1 The Metric System, Chapter 1. Read the two page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These and Now Try These.
2 The Metric System, Chapter 2. Read the two page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These.
3 Biology, Chapter 1. Read the two page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These and Now Try This. Anytime there are activities mentioned in the text, you are welcome to do them.
4 Biology, Chapter 2. Read the two page presentation; answer in writing (with complete sentences) the “questions in blue” (these are the questions at the end of each paragraph indented by an arrow). Do Answer These and Now Try This. Read Finding Out More.
Day Assignment
1

If you do not have a timeline already, now is the time to construct one. (Note that there are many relevant dates for your timeline listed in Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum.)

2 Finish Timeline.
3

Locate a good map of the Mediterranean Area; the maps on p. 6 and pp. 10-11 of Historical Atlas of the World by Rand McNally are good maps for this exercise. Locate Assyria, Egypt, Greece, & Phoenicia. Think about where these countries are in relation to each other and how someone would have to travel to go from one to the next. Then locate a good map of Greece (make sure it includes the nearby islands and the western edge of modern Turkey). The map on p. 7 of Historical Atlas of the World by Rand McNally is a good map for this. The Greeks, p. 81 and Old World and America p. 31 also have good maps of Ancient Greece. Trace (or draw freehand) the outline of Greece and the surrounding area. Photocopy it 7 times.

4

Read pp. 26-35 in Old World and America. Do the Objective Tests, and when you give the answer, also give the page number on which the answer is found.

Day Assignment
1

Prior to beginning this course, determine what parts of the courses you will use. The student text is the only required element. However, the supplemental grammar worksheets are noted in the syllabus as they help solidify the English grammar in this course, as well as focus on mechanics. Lesson I. There are two additional aids to assist with Latin grammar. These are the vocabulary drill sheets and the translation guide. The translation guide is found at the back of the back of the student text and can be used to assist in exercises that require translation. This is helpful for students who did not use the Beginning Latin Series. The vocabulary drills (see resources) are a convenient way to review vocabulary.

Pre-Tests are essentially a practice test, or study guide. There are two quiz forms. Form A is for younger students in Grades 6-7. Form B is for older students.  

Today look at Lesson I. Read the first lesson. 

2

Lesson I. Do practice exercises.

3

Lesson I. Do additional exercises.

4

Lesson I. Do English Grammar Supplemental Worksheet I. Take Quiz I. If you are not comfortable taking the quiz today take the pre-test instead and then take the quiz tomorrow (Day 5)

Day Assignment
1

Read Lesson 1. Do English Grammar Exercises 1-4.

Do Supplemental Review Sheet 1. 

2

Do English Grammar Exercises 5-8.

Do Supplemental Review Sheet 1. 

3

Do Latin Grammar Exercises 1-3.

4

Do Latin Grammar Exercises 4-6. Take PreTest 1.

5

Take Quiz 1.

Day Assignment
1

The game Art Memo is a form of ‘memory’ played with famous and mostly beautiful pictures. The few unattractive cards can be disposed of. The game starts with all the cards being turned over. The first player turns over two cards, hoping that they match. If they don’t, he turns them back but keeps track of their places for future reference. The next player turns over two cards, and so on until all the cards have been matched. This game encourages a familiarity with the beautiful. It also strengthens the imagination. If you have a number of postcard-sized pictures you can play memory with them, whether you are able to locate Art Memo or not.

Day Assignment
1

The emphasis this year is on becoming well acquainted with a small number of great and easily accessible works of sacred music. A secondary goal will be to further the student’s understanding of music theory and basic music skills. Seventh Grade music builds upon the previous years. If you have not done Fifth or Sixth Grade Music you may want to add in Lessons 1-12 of music theory to learn previous concepts (though some review is always provided each year). Students entering in 7th Grade without previous musical background, may want to consider doing the Sixth Grade music. (If you would like to hear an excellent talk on the virtues of classical music, get Andrew Pudewa’s tape “Profound Effect of Music on Life”. His phone number is 800-856-5815.)

The classical pieces assigned in the syllabus are favorites of my family. They can be found in a variety of places:

  • www.youtube.com
  • http://www.classicalarchives.com – a classical music web-site which lets you (as a “Free Member”) listen to five music files a day at no charge.
  • http://www.pandora.com/ - Pandora Radio lets you create at no charge your own “radio station” that only plays music which you like with limited advertisements. Please note: Occasionally Pandora displays advertisements of questionable moral content; parents are encouraged to supervise their children’s use of this site, as with any web-site. There is a ‘advertisement-free’ version of Pandora which costs a few dollars per month.
  • www.amazon.com – if you wish to purchase the recordings. 

 

Listen to some Gregorian Chant.

2

Listen to some Gregorian Chant