• 7th Grade Connections -- Career and Technical Education -- Career Connections

    A - Interpersonal Skills

    • apply positive interpersonal skills to class and community situations

    B - Management Skills

    • apply management skills to everyday lives

    C - Employability Skills

    • explore employability and educational options

    D - Literacy Standards

    • demonstrate appropriate literacy skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening within the expectations of the coursework
    • demonstrate course required skills and knowledge acquired from a variety of literacy resources
    • summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them, verbally or in writing, in simpler but still accurate terms
    • apply literacy competencies by completing a multistep procedure while precisely following written or oral instructions
    • demonstrate appropriate use of relevant, industry-related vocabulary, key terms, and symbols

  • 7th Grade Connections -- Career and Technical Education -- Junior Leadership Corps 7

    A - Employability Skills

    • demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry

    B - Personal and Career Success

    • identify and explain key traits for personal and career success

    C - Personal Finance

    • explain the principles of effective personal money management

    D - Academic Success

    • identify and practice habits that lead to academic success

    E - Leadership

    • identify, define, and apply good followership and leadership

    F - Health

    • describe the impacts of healthy habits and how they impact personal success

    G - Personal Fitness

    • describe and practice elements of physical fitness

    H - Citizenship

    • demonstrate an understanding of citizenship within the United States

    I - Communication

    • demonstrate literacy skills by reading, writing, speaking, and listening

    J - Drill

    • identify, define, and demonstrate basic drill movements

    K - JLC Uniform

    • identify and demonstrate proper wear of the JLC uniform

  • 7th Grade Connections -- Career and Technical Education -- Biotechnology

    A - Characteristics of Science

    • discuss the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and exhibit these traits in efforts to understand how the world works
    • design and conduct scientific investigations
    • use standard safety practices for all classroom laboratory and field investigations
    • use technology to collect, observe, measure, and organize data
    • use valid critical assumptions to draw conclusions
    • apply computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and developing conclusions
    • communicate scientific investigations and information clearly

    B - Academic Knowledge

    • define biotechnology and explain its application in society
    • describe the ethical, moral, and legal issues in the modern world of biotechnology
    • describe the types of careers available in biotechnology
    • explain how basic chemistry concepts affect living organisms
    • analyze basic skills/technologies necessary to be successful in the biotechnology workplace
    • describe how biotechnology products are introduced and marketed

    C - Literacy Standards

    • cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of technical texts
    • determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions
    • follow precisely a multistep procedure when performing technical tasks
    • determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific technical context
    • analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic
    • analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text
    • integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table)
    • distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text
    • compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic
    • read and comprehend technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently by the end of grade 8
    • write arguments focused on discipline-specific content
    • write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events or technical processes
    • produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
    • develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience
    • use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently
    • conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration
    • gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation
    • draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research
    • write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline- specific tasks, purposes, and audiences

  • 7th Grade Connections -- Career and Technical Education -- Law and Public Safety 7

    A - Employability Skills

    • demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry

    B - Careers in Public Safety

    • explore and evaluate careers in legal services, corrections, private security, and protective services

    C - Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Law

    • explain constitutional standards as applied to the proper criminal procedure

    D - Careers in the Legal Profession

    • compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of criminal attorneys and the paralegals who work for them as those roles relate to a criminal trial

    E - The Trial Process

    • analyze the trial process to include the opening statements, presentation of evidence, testimony of witnesses and the closing arguments

    F - The Court System

    • identify the various court systems and explain the various sentencing options

    G - The Corrections System

    • discuss the history of corrections in America

    H - Protective Services

    • compare and contrast the role of protective services within the criminal justice system

    I - Student Organizations

    • explore how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through leadership development, school and community service projects, entrepreneurship development, and competitive events

  • 7th Grade Connections -- Career and Technical Education -- Peer Leadership

    A - Introduction to Peer Leadership

    • describe the role, functions, and characteristics of a peer leader
    • adhere to established ground rules and the National Peer Helping Association ethical guidelines

    B - Relationships

    • explore and apply the fundamental characteristics of facilitative relationships and communication skills
    • identify and demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary to maintain positive peer relationships

    C - Problem-Solving

    • demonstrate an understanding of problem-solving and/or mediation techniques
    • identify methods of conflict/anger management

    D - Impact of Biases

    • explore the concepts of prejudice and discrimination and their impact on peer relationships

    E - Group Dynamics

    • identify elements of group interaction
    • utilize elements of successful group interactions by participating in a variety of roles within group settings
    • participate in assigned targeted groups within the school community

    F - Peer Pressure

    • define positive and negative aspects of peer pressure
    • indicate a variety of alternatives to negative peer pressure

    G - Personal Goals

    • explore how personal responsibility relates to long and short range life and career goals

    H - Peer Tutoring

    • establish roles, responsibilities, and procedures related to peer tutoring including effective study habits, test-taking skills, and time management

    I - Intervention Strategies

    • demonstrate knowledge and skills of peer leadership intervention strategies in a variety of settings

    J - Projects

    • utilize knowledge and understanding gained through individual and/or group projects

  • 7th Grade Connections -- Career and Technical Education -- Engineering and Technology

    A - Employability Skills

    • demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry

    B - Safety and Tools

    • demonstrate proper safety techniques and tool usage in the engineering and technology laboratory

    C - Inventions and Innovation

    • investigate inventions and innovations and their impact in society

    D - Engineering Design Process 

    • demonstrate an understanding of the engineering design process through various problem-solving activities
    • invent and/or innovate a technological product or system that addresses a societal need using the engineering design process

    E - Student Organizations

    • explore how related career and technology student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses; develop leadership, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills through participation in co-curricular activities associated with the Technology Student Association (TSA)