At ASK, we believe that curriculum must be based on a current, clearly articulated progression of Standards of Learning. These standards and corresponding Benchmarks must be sequential and dynamic to meet the needs of our unique students.
To that end, at ASK we use the specific standards of learning chosen from AERO Common Core State Standards. We believe that in doing so, we are able to meet the values and mission of ASK and provide quality learning and success for our students, the future leaders of tomorrow.
At ASK we are dedicated to using exemplary educational practices to provide students with a strong academic foundation. Our goal in designing our curriculum is also to address the affective domain. We wish to provide opportunities for students in their studies to utilize problem solving, inquiry, discovery and self-direction as well as creative and critical thinking.
To ensure alignment and current pedagogy, we utilize a school wide curriculum review process where we review Standards and Benchmarks and match those with quality textbooks and learning resources.
All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. Grade 7 yearlong core courses include English, Albanian, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education. Electives include Art and Theatre.
Grade 7 students are required to study the following core subjects:
Grade 7 students continue to develop oral communication skills and become more knowledgeable of the effects of verbal and nonverbal behaviors in oral communication. They continue to read a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction and poetry while becoming more independent and analytical. Written explanations utilize informational writing skills and persuasive writing is introduced. Grade 7 increases their proficiency in the use of print and electronic information resources and learns ways to give credit to reference sources. They also demonstrate the correct use of language, spelling and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions to writing and speaking. In Grade 7, students continue to write narrative, expository (informational) and descriptive texts and continue to maintain and add to their writing portfolio that they began in Grade 6.
Students read and write compositions in Albanian, with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax. Students summarize novels and simple poetry to develop their verbal skills in language. Students become more familiar with the more advanced genres of literature as they advance. Students who may have weak Albanian skills may qualify for Albanian ALS support. This will be discussed with the Albanian Teacher and School Principal before a decision is made.
Grade 7 Mathematics focuses on solving problems involving consumer applications and gaining proficiency in computations with integers. By the end of Grade 7, a student gains an understanding of the properties of real numbers and two and three dimensional representations and graphing transformations are extended. A Grade 7 student knows about the formulas for the circumference and area of a circle. They know and use different representations of fractional numbers and use factoring of numerators and denominators.
Students in Grade 7 Life Science develop a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns and relationships in the living world. Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms, the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulation of variables in experiments and identification of sources of experimental error. In Grade Seven Life Science, students demonstrate proficient use of the science equipment and lab in conducting their investigations.
In Social Studies Ancient Civilizations studies, Grade 7 students explore the historical development of people, places and patterns of life from ancient times until the conquest of Greece by Macedonia and the spread of Hellenistic culture by Alexander the Great. They survey early human history and civilizations, the impact of farming, the development of cities, city-states and kingdoms. Students in Grade 7 expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Specific areas of focus include ancient Egypt, ancient China, Harrappa, (Indus Valley), Sumeria-Babylonia, Phoenicia, Minoan-Mycenaea and Greece.
In Physical Education Grade 7 students continue to develop competence in modified versions of game sport, dance and recreational activities. Recreational pursuits become an additional curriculum option, broadening lifetime physical activity options. Students relate the importance of physical activity to health, focusing particularly on obesity and stress. They create plans for improving personal fitness. Students continue to develop responsible personal and social behaviors by demonstrating decision-making skills, conflict-resolution skills, appropriate etiquette and respect for others. Students achieve and maintain personal fitness standards and set reasonable and appropriate goals for improvement or maintenance of health-related fitness. Students participate in PE on a daily basis.
In Grade 7 Art Mixed Media, students engage in exploration, analysis and investigation of the creative process. Students develop technical skills that empower them to communicate ideas visually, with the focus on realistic representations of their environment. Students acquire knowledge that permits them to identify art styles and the periods to which those styles belong. In addition, students become aware of a variety of art careers that one may consider. They develop inquiry skills and vocabulary as they explore the meaning of works of art, using analysis of subject matter, themes and symbols. Students develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art.
Theater arts are an important part of the lives of all students and the community. Our program is designed to promote the development of the individual’s need for dramatic self-expression. The program strives to develop the ability to appreciate the role theater arts plays in the improvement of the quality of our lives. Exposure to and appreciation of theater traditions from western and non-western regions and cultures is fundamental to our philosophy. Our department recognizes and benefits from the great variety of cultures represented at ASK.