Working on SchoolworkAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in Grade 7. These seventh grade lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these seventh grade lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Seventh Grade Lesson Plans by Subject


Language Arts

I. Writing, Grammar, and Usage

City for Sale: Writing Research and Technology
Moving With Your Roots

II. Poetry

Poetic Justice: A Study of Poe’s Famous Works

III. Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama

Exploring the Dark Heart of an Obsessive Mind
The Tools of Fiction: Building a Scaffold from which to Examine “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
Voice from the Holocaust: A Message of Hope
A Passport to WWII and the Holocaust
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Getting Started with Literature Circles
Life’s Lessons: Survival of the Fittest
The Play’s the Thing: The Drama of Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac: Understanding Drama through Characterization and Dialogue

IV. Foreign Phrases Commonly Used in English

Integrating Vocabulary and Latin Phrases Across the Curriculum


History and Geography

I. America Becomes a World Power

America Becomes a World Power

II. World War I, “The Great War”

Washington, D.C.: The Ultimate Core Knowledge Field Trip
The Great War Was Not Great Enough to End All Wars

III. Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

VI. America from the Twenties to the New Deal

The Crash, the Dust, and the New Deal
The Great Depression
Giggle Water and Struggle Buggies

V. World War II

Washington, D.C.: The Ultimate Core Knowledge Field Trip
World War II in the Pacific and the End of the War
A Passport to WWII and the Holocaust
Voice from the Holocaust: A Message of Hope
A Fence Away from Freedom
Anne Frank and Miep Gies
“Brother, can you spare a dime?”: The Great Depression
Teaching Persuasive Speaking and History with Documents: Declaration of War on Japan and Justice Will Be Done

VI. Geography of the United States

Geography of the United States


Visual Arts

I. Art History: Periods and Schools

Make Monet, Monet!
The Lamp Project: Creating for Community
Picasso: Artist Extraordinaire
Dreaming with Marc Chagall
A Study of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”


Music

I. Elements of Music

No seventh grade lesson plans available

II. Classical Music: Romantics and Nationalists

No seventh grade lesson plans available

III. American Musical Traditions (Blues and Jazz)

All That Jazz (Originally presented as a fifth grade topic)


Mathematics

I. Pre-Algebra

No seventh grade lesson plans available

II. Geometry

Raise the Roof — Calculate surface area, square footage, estimate cost, and follow a budget. Students design and draw their own house, apply area formulas and measure.
Middle School Does Metrics

III. Probability and Statistics

No seventh grade lesson plans available


Science

I. Atomic Structure

No seventh grade lesson plans available

II. Chemical Bonds and Reactions

Cool Chemistry

III. Cell Division and Genetics

Genetics and the Master Race — Following a scientific strand through history, students will learn the importance of protecting liberty as well as understanding the intricacies of heredity.
Let Me See Your Double Helix
Shallow Gene Pool: No Diving! The Study of Cell Reproduction, DNA, and Genetics

IV. History of the Earth and Life Forms

A Trip Through TIME!
Stories Told By Rocks

V. Evolution

That Big Scary E-Word…Evolution

VI. Science Biographies

Three Men and a Lady: Science Biographies
A Great Debate: Who Made the Biggest Difference?