7th Grade Course Descriptions

Required Classes Required Classes

English/Language Arts
Students in seventh grade English/Language Arts are expected to do the following: read, process, and personalize fiction and non-fiction material; connect literary ideas and information from text and real-life experiences; read from a variety of authors; identify parts of a novel; understand and identify author’s purpose; use pre-reading techniques; read for a variety of purposes; gather, evaluate, and appreciate a variety of reading materials; and begin to make personal, historical, and cultural connections between reading and the outside world. Students are also expected to write to different audiences; use the writing process; connect writing to interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences; write clearly using grammar and style; and write using a variety of genres. Students will write fictional and autobiographical narratives, responses to literature, research reports, persuasive compositions, and summaries of literature in accordance with the California State Standards for Language Arts. 

History/Social Science
Students in grade seven study the ideas, issues, and events beginning with the Rise of the Byzantines through the Enlightenment. This study of the Middle Ages in history covers various areas throughout the world including Europe, Africa, China, Japan, the Islamic Empires, and the Americas. The influences of art, religion, architecture, and literature on these regions are emphasized, and students learn to make connections between the past and the present in the context of these world cultures. 

Mathematics

(see  math link under course descriptions)

Science

The 7th grade science course at Coronado Middle School covers content from the integrated version of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools (CA NGSS) for grade 7. Following are some of the content areas:

Classroom Science

Physical Education

Physical education seeks to address a student’s fundamental need for regular physical activity in order to stay healthy for a lifetime. The program’s primary focus is in the following areas: acquisition and understanding of motor skills; development of a life-long physical fitness/wellness attitude; learning the effect of physical activity on one’s self-image and personal development; and encouraging positive social development and the acceptance of individual differences among peers.


Elective Courses Elective Courses

The national middle school reform movement has long supported the need for early adolescents to have a variety of experiences in courses beyond the traditional required core curriculum. Both year-long and semester-long types of courses intend to expand the students’ understanding of the world, offer exposure to new learning, and/or stimulate talents and interests typical of this age group. 

Semester-Long Classes

Students may opt for a semester-long class will take one of these four classes August through January, and a second of the four in second semester, February through June. The tentative classes are:

Art
Students in this class experiment with two dimensional art mediums which include, but are not limited to, pastel, drawing, markers, paint, and watercolor. Students explore several themes like portraiture, landscapes, children’s books, cartooning, and more. Students may also experiment with three dimensional sculptural art mediums and printmaking. 

Engineering  (Science - Technology - Engineering – Art – Math) – This class is designed for self-motivated students who have a strong interest in math and science. An example of a course project is exploring the science behind aeronautics and then using the knowledge to design, build, and test a rocket. 

Coding This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.

Digital Media – is a technology class with emphasis on video production using iMovie and Final Cut Pro.  Students will be introduced to Google docs, Photoshop, Garage Band, Animation and media copyright law.

Year-Long Classes

Students who opt for a year-long course may choose one of the following.

Advanced Art
Students in this class experiment with numerous art mediums which include, but are not limited to, pastel, drawing, markers, paint, and watercolor. Students explore several themes like portraiture, landscapes, children’s books, cartooning, and more. Students may also experiment with three dimensional sculptural art mediums and printmaking. 

Performing Arts
This class is a year-long study of the three performing art areas: theatre, music, and dance. It includes arts components such as monologues, development and study of characters, puppetry, improvisation, theater critique, and script writing. It will also incorporate the fundamentals of vocal and instrumental music in a musical theater setting. Creative movement and simple dance techniques (stretching, jazz, tap and hip hop) will enhance the curriculum as well as the confidence of any performer on and off stage.

Digital Media KCMS 2 -– is a technology class with emphasis on video production using iMovie and Final Cut Pro in order to assist and support the KCMS school-wide broadcast. Students will assist in gathering and producing the stories aired on KCMS and Coronado’s channel 19.

Spanish 1A
Spanish 1A is a year-long elective for 7th graders (no prerequisite). Spanish 1A is the equivalent to the first semester of a high school Spanish course. Spanish 1A is aligned with the California Framework for Foreign Language.

Choir
Choir is offered to students in grades 6-8 and is open to both males and females. No experience is needed to join. Choir will provide students with an opportunity to train their singing voices, to learn to work together cooperatively as a team, to sing popular music, to improve their performing skills, and to travel to schools and organizations in the community for performances.

Advanced Band
Advanced Band is offered to students in grades 6-8. Students who join Advanced Band should have at least 1 year of lessons or experience playing their instrument. Instruments used in Advanced Band are woodwinds, brass, and various percussion instruments. Band is designed to utilize the musical skills the students have already achieved and to increase the students’ knowledge of musical terms, composers, and musical theory. Band will provide students with an opportunity to perform in front of an audience with confidence and pride.

Beginning Band
Beginning Band is offered to students in grades 6-8. There is no experience needed to join Beginning Band. If a student took an instrument in elementary school it is strongly recommended that they join Beginning Band. Beginning Band is designed to teach the students a musical instrument. The instrument families being taught are: woodwind, brass, and some percussion. Band will provide students the opportunity to learn note reading, rhythms, music theory, and proper care/handling of their instrument. They will also be able to perform in front of an audience with confidence and pride. 

Year-Long Application Classes 

To qualify for Leadership, students must achieve an academic G.P.A. of 2.0 with no D’s or F’s, and a citizenship G.P.A. of 2.0 with no N’s or U’s. (Students may apply for one, two, or all four classes if desired, but if selected, students will only be placed in one of the leadership classes). The application process is conducted in the spring of the school year for the following year. Applications may be accepted from new enrolling students, if space is available.

Broadcast Journalism (KCMS)
This class produces a daily news broadcast for CMS and news story packages. Students will develop the following skills: broadcast news writing, studio equipment operation, videography, Final Cut Pro editing, storytelling techniques, and aspects of news story production. Students in this class will be expected to be at school at 7:30 when they are involved in the morning broadcast. Completing various assignments may also require students to film and edit outside of class time. In addition, due to the equipment involved in this course, students and parents who are enrolled will sign a contract, agreeing to the time commitment, as well as the care of equipment responsibility.

ASB (Associated Student Body - student government)

Students accepted for ASB class are the student government leaders of the school for the school year. The students are involved in a number of leadership and service opportunities planning and executing school-wide events such as dances, assemblies, lunch homeroom competitions, and fundraising events to name a few.

Yearbook
The Surfer Yearbook is a multi-award winning publication that has been named one of the best middle school yearbooks in the nation. Students chosen to be on Yearbook Staff will be part of producing the 2007-08 publication; which includes taking photos, interviewing, writing copy and captions, and manipulating layouts on Mac G5 computers.

Advanced Performing Arts
This class is a year-long study of the three performing art areas: theatre, music, and dance. It includes arts components such as monologues, development and study of characters, puppetry, improvisation, theater critique, and script writing. It will also incorporate the fundamentals of vocal and instrumental music in a musical theater setting. Creative movement and simple dance techniques (stretching, jazz, tap and hip hop) will enhance the curriculum as well as the confidence of any performer on and off stage. An application and an audition are required.

Other Programs

Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Lunchtime and After School activities provided By the Coronado Parks and Rec Department
  • Homework Club – 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the school library, three days per week (M,T,Th)
  • Junior Optimist Club
  • Chess Club 
  • And others to be announced 

After School Sports
(Under the auspices of the Islander Sports Foundation)

Fall, Winter, and Spring: Volleyball (girls), Softball (girls), Lacrosse (boys), Lacrosse (girls), Basketball (boys), Track (co-ed), Cross country (co-ed), Soccer (boys and girls), Tennis (co-ed), Swimming (co-ed), Basketball (girls)