Language Arts

Language Arts in Seventh Grade is split between our dedicated English teacher and our dedicated Reading and Writing teacher. Middle school Language Arts provides an in-depth study of both areas as students move forward and prepare for high school.

Reading and Writing:

This curriculum is an essential core class structured to engage, nurture, challenge and further academic growth for students. Reading classes are project-based with an emphasis on perspective, service and character, as reading ties in with each core curriculum class. Our cross-curricular approach strengthens not only reading and writing skills, but understanding of other core curriculum classes. Along with our in-class unit, students are expected to read one "choice novel" per month, and to complete a project on that novel that is presented to the class.

Texts used include:

-Greek Mythology

-Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"


Strategies and methods include:

-Continued work with young adult novels, literary elements and poetry with an emphasis on writing

-A production of "Romeo and Juliet" as a cross-curricular project

-Literature circles focused on fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and literary elements

-Discussions and debates

-Research and writing

-Text analysis

-Field Trips that revolve around current reading selections

-Scantron testing twice a year to gauge student progress


A disciplined study of grammar, vocabulary, and writing guides the seventh grade English curriculum. Students will continue to master grammar form, while expanding vocabulary usage through reading and the study of Greek/Latin roots. Grammar will be supported and mastered through daily language review with concentration on simple versus complex sentences, pronouns, prepositional phrases, and punctuation. Vocabulary is a tool for expression and reading comprehension. Students will develop these skills daily and practice them through the use of their Worldly Wise workbooks, written assignments, and regular quizzes.

The writing portion of the class will focus on structure, content, and the ten step Writing Process.

Texts used include:

-Worldy Wise

-Exercises in English

English studies focus on the following areas:

-Persuasive Research papers

-Religion Research paper


Seventh graders strengthen and expand their understanding of concepts involving whole numbers, number theory, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement and graphing. Learning objectives include: -Develop understanding of concepts and skills involving integers, ratio, proportion and percents -Develop understanding of concepts and skills involving data analysis and probability -Develop and expand understanding of concepts and skills in algebra involving expressions, linear equations and inequalities, formulas, graphing in the coordinate plane, slope of a line, the relationship between tables, graphs and equations, order of operations and the properties of real numbers -Strengthen computational skills -Improve mental math and estimation skills -Expand logical reasoning, analytical and problem solving abilities -Apply math knowledge and skills to real life situations -And most importantly, stimulate a genuine interest in math


Students continue to develop their understanding of the Catholic faith. This goal is pursuded in the curriculum by focusing on Jesus as The Way, as our Savior, Friend, and Role Model for life. Through biographical films, and both guided and open discussions, students are able to discover how they can live their lives to be a reflection of being created in God's image and also how to bear witness to the Good News. As our "older students", Seventh Grade students prepare to move into the larger world with belief-in-action experiences such as the Youth Rally and the Mass for Life. These events help cement who they are in Christ and in His Church. The experience first hand a call to evangelization, and in doing so, they lead by example, forging a path for the younger children of St. Bartholomew School. Texts used include: -The Bible -Christ our Life Series Teaching methods include: -Independent Study -Cooperative Learning Groups -Whole Group Instruction -Play based instruction -Project based learning (often cross curricular) -Seder Meal participation for the upper school to remind students of our Jewish heritage while calling to mind the Paschal sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Some Seventh Grade students help serve the meal. Seventh Grade students also continue leadership and social responsibility as they serve as Mass buddies for our First Grade students.


The main focus of our science curriculum is to study not only specific subject matter, but to also understand the history of science, to gain and increase general knowledge and learning how science a valuable tool in understanding our world. Science is a field of study that helps us interconnect systems of knowledge and is greatly helpful in promoting problem solving in the curriculum. In science, we focus on how and why things work.

Students engage in multiple types of learning, including:



-Student-created reviews

-Science projects

-Group projects

-Interactive modules including, videos, games, Powerpoints, and Chromebook use and daily Mimeo Board use.

Science in the Seventh Grade is focused on Earth Science. The course is designed around various areas including the study of:

-Plate Tectonics

-Natural Resources

-Weather and Climate


-Our fragile environment

There will be numerous demonstrations, experiments, hands-on activities, and videos.

Social Studies

Middle school Social Studies is structured to prepare students for the high school experience. While these are survey courses, students should be pushed to excel and be accountable for their work. Themes woven into the classwork during the year include duty, patriotism, civic service, current events, and social justice.

Classwork consists of essential skills building, including:



-MLA citing




Teaching methods and Strategies include:

-Chromebook interactive work

-Mimeo interactive board work

-Projects including Ancient Egypt, Mummy Day, with cross curricular connections in these projects with Math and Science.

-Field Trips


-Text vs. Novel reading

-Analyzing art

-Identifying primary vs. secondary sources

-Utilizing and understanding geography and maps

-Geography Bee

Texts and resources used include:

-Prentice Hall: History of our World

-Smithsonian's "Tween Tribune" for current events


-Kahoot and Chromebooks

-ADW Social Studies Weebly

Assessments consist of regular review of homework that is turned in, exams and quizzes, midterms and finals.


The middle school Spanish program at St Bartholomew is intended to build student's confidence in communicating in Spanish. The curriculum presents grammar concepts verbally, visually, through interactive exercises, and through reading in order to improve comprehension, retention, and confidence. We engage students in activities that enable them to apply the concepts taught in an environment where the student feels safe to participate actively. Participation in class, which is conducted in Spanish, reinforces concepts, enhances vocabulary, improves pronunciation, and builds confidence. There is discussion of the different customs of Spanish-speaking countries, with a focus on specific places, local foods, holidays, and other traditions. Students are assigned projects throughout the year that reinforce reading and writing skills. Listening skills are taught through activities that include games, songs, and dramatization. During these four years students attend two hours of class weekly.

Teaching materials include textbooks, videos, CDs, presentations, and the internet. Their textbook includes a workbook which the student should use for practice at home, and an interactive website with various activities.

Areas of study in Seventh Grade include:

-Exchange more detailed information and opinions in written form

-Respond to classroom requests, commands and directions

-Investigate and report on basic social practices of the target language culture


Students will continue to learn and build skills in the following areas:

-Microsoft Word 2010

-History of Computers

-Power Point

-Internet Safety and Surfing


-Computer Languages





-Windows 7

-Typing Drills

Students continue to work with their secure school email accounts so that they can work on Google Docs and Google Slides at home and in the classroom with Chromebooks. Students in Seventh Grade come to the computer lab once a week.

Stem Class

STEM class is currently offered once a week for students in grade 5-8, in addition to an after school club offered for all ages. Each week, STEM class works to address science, technology, engineering, and math skills in a highly engaging environment. Students develop communication and collaborative skills by working in groups to solve real-world problems and develop robotics skills. Throughout their projects, students will use the engineering design process to

  1. Ask what the problem is
  2. Imagine possible solutions
  3. Plan to create a prototype
  4. Create and test a prototype
  5. And improve that design

The St. Bartholomew curriculum complies with the Archdiocese of Washington's accredited curriculum standards.  

To find out more about our specific program at each grade level, select subjects to the left.