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Seventh Grade - Fourth Form: A Year of Understanding

Boys in the Fourth Form are supported by their advisors as they learn to take responsibility for their education and their actions. If they need help to complete assignments or begin to fall behind in their work, teachers are quick to provide structure, guidance, and the necessary supervision for each boy's success. All Fourth Form students take Creative Literacy, a class that covers basic concepts in music, drama, and technology. Boys in the Fourth Form are encouraged to try new electives and sports as they learn to advocate for themselves. There are 10 to 12 boys in each of the five residential houses, and each Fourth Form student is assigned a “big brother” from the Sixth Form class within that dorm. Big brothers help their little brothers recognize when they need faculty assistance with academic or social situations. Sixth Form students also talk to faculty about the challenges they see the younger students facing. Faculty are aware of and work to guide Fourth Form students toward independence in residential skills like cleaning their room, their laundry, and personal hygiene. Fourth Form students are placed on athletic teams with their peers in each of the three sports seasons. We offer a variety of sports for all students to choose from and there is an option for all.


Fourth Form Core Courses

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  • Creative Literacy

    Creative Literacy is a one-trimester course that introduces Fourth Form students to music, drama, and technology at Eaglebrook. In addition to Eaglebrook’s diverse and highly accessible art program, this course allows students to experience the “language” of the performing arts and of digital learning. Students rotate through three different sections throughout the trimester and learn the basics in each area: stage presence and voice projection in drama, the importance of melody and pitch in music, and the practice and refinement of basic skills for their fluency in technology. This is a required class for all Fourth Form students.
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  • English - Fourth Form

    Fourth Form English focuses on literature through the study and discussion of novels, plays, poetry and short stories, with a specific focus on literary terms and text-based analysis. Through literature based words, Sadlier program, or Wordly Wise program, students develop vocabulary through contextual use and practice. During the year, students learn how to create well structured and organized sentences, before moving on to paragraphs. Throughout the year, students will have exposure to and practice in writing poems, journal entries, and short stories where they will develop both creative and thoughtful literary responses. Grammar and conventions are taught through exercises and written expression.
     
    Sample of texts used in the Fourth Form
    A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
    Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
    The Pearl by John Steinbeck
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  • History - Fourth Form

    Colonial American History/Geography

    Fourth Form history is a cross curricular class that focuses on both geography and Colonial American history. The fall and winter trimesters will cover topics in Colonial American History from 1507 – 1791. Colonization, the rise of government, revolution, and independence are themes covered during those trimesters. The spring trimester focuses on geography, its themes, and its connection to the modern world.
     
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  • Mathematics by Level

    Middle School Mathematics
    This course has a focus on arithmetic skills and how they support algebraic and geometric concepts. There is also exploration of basic statistics and probability. The goal is to prepare students for the rigors of Algebra.  

    Pre-Algebra
    The emphasis in this course is on developing a firm foundation in the building blocks for Algebra I. Students are introduced to abstract concepts by using variable expressions and equations. Major topics studied include the coordinate planes, graphing linear functions, writing linear functions, and linear systems. While teaching the skills of mathematics, teachers also focus on organization and time management.
     
    Algebra I
    This course completes the Algebra I curriculum. Solving linear systems is the starting point before the class continues with studying quadratic functions, exponents, polynomials, and rational and radical expressions and equations. Basic geometric concepts are integrated into this course: the Pythagorean theorem, parallel lines, surface area and volume, and some geometric formulas. Successful completion of this course prepares students to take Geometry.

    Algebra Applications
    Algebra Applications is designed for ninth graders who have not completed a full year of Algebra I content. The course begins with a review of the first half of a typical Algebra I course and then proceeds to complete the year of content for Algebra I. After successful completion, students would move onto a geometry course in 10th grade.

    Geometry
    This course covers plane geometry and includes constructions, proofs, congruence, area, volume, similarity, circles, special triangles, and right triangle trigonometry. Technology is integrated into the curriculum and used primarily as a tool for exploration.
     
    Algebra 2
    This course covers the fundamentals of Algebra 2. Emphasis is placed on the manipulation of systems of equations, quadratics, polynomials: logarithmic, exponential, rational and radical expressions, and solving equations and inequalities involving these expressions. Trigonometry is explored and studied on the spring term. The prerequisite for this course is the completion of Algebra 1 and geometry,with approval from the department.

    Functions, Statistics, and Pre-Calculus
    Functions, Statistics and Pre‐Calculus (FSP) is a course designed for middle school students who have successfully completed both geometry and Algebra 2 with Trigonometry at a high level. This course covers the fundamentals of trigonometry, conic sections, statistical distributions and summaries, and the unit circle. Technology is integrated into the curriculum and used primarily as a tool for exploration. FSP is to serve as a bridge between these prerequisites and higher level high school mathematics. In no way is this course used to replace a course in pre‐calculus. FSP exposes advanced students to topics that they will study in more depth in high school.
     
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  • Science - Fourth Form

    The Fourth Form science curriculum is an introduction to chemistry, physics, and life science. The goal of the fall term is to engage students in chemistry through inquiry based learning. Specific topics include states of matter, atomic structure, and chemical reactions. In the winter term, students will encounter engineering challenges where underlying physics concepts are emphasized. Newton’s laws of motion are examined as well as key forces affecting the structures. The focus of the spring term is to understand how species in different ecosystems interact. Students will investigate where species live and which of those make up a community and ecosystem. An overview of cells, plants, the food chain, and biomes in marine and forest ecosystems is also completed.

    Text: Holt Science and Technology Life Science, ISBN#: 003046224X
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  • World Languages

    French Beginning
    Topics introduced in this course are greetings, introductions, leave-taking, and getting acquainted. Students learn to describe possessions, express likes and dislikes, describe oneself and family members, ask and give directions, tell time, dates and seasons, explain sports, locations and to understand as well as use basic sentence structures. The concept of conjugating a verb is introduced with the presentation in French of the verbs to be and to have in the present tense. Then we move on to the regular “-er” verbs and eventually a few irregular verbs. The different francophone cultures are explored through food, habitations, and of course the language.

    French Novice
    In this course, students are asked to describe orally their daily routine, recount events in the past, make comparisons, give commands, ask questions, discuss travel options and leisure activities. Goals for students are to be able to write paragraphs and to develop the ability to read simple authentic texts. Various francophone cultures are introduced so students are exposed to the breadth of French influence in the world. There is also frequent practice in listening comprehension through various audio and video devices.
     
    French Intermediate
    Students are expected to increase detailed narrative proficiency in the past tenses and the future tense. They will expand their use of personal pronouns and sentence clauses, discuss longer reading selections and literature from the francophone world, and report on research. Subjects of discussion, composition, and research include the arts, medical concerns, food preparation, travel arrangements and driving on the roads of both France and North America.  

    French Seminar
    This course is designed for the accomplished level language learner. Students study advanced grammar, composition, history, and literature, including Camus, Saint-Exupéry, Jules Verne, and La Fontaine. Current issues in science, climate, and politics are also explored. Students discuss these and prepare more detailed research reports. French is used exclusively in the classroom and at times outside its environment.    
     
    Third Form Latin
    This course, required for all Third Form students, provides a structured introduction to grammar, vocabulary, and reading via the Latin language. Students are expected to read and translate sentences and simple stories in the language, using the first book of the Cambridge Latin Course as a basis. They are introduced to crucial grammatical concepts such as parts of speech, case, and tense. Students also learn about classical myths, deities, and the history and cultural practices of the Roman world.
     
    Latin Beginning
    Intended for students in the Fourth through Sixth Forms, Beginning Latin provides a strong foundation to the Latin language. Recognizing that learning styles vary and students seek different outcomes from classical language study, teaching methods are varied, from the traditional translating and grammar method, to active spoken input. By the end of the year, students are expected to comprehend simple sentences and conversational phrases, as well as read and translate stories of up to two pages in length (using the first book of the Cambridge Latin Course as a basis). In addition, students also complete periodic research projects on Roman culture and classical mythology.
     
    Latin Novice
    Students in Latin Novice continue to build upon the foundation developed in either Third Form Latin or Latin Beginning. More advanced grammatical topics are covered and longer stories, with more complex syntax, are read. The primary text is the second book of the Cambridge Latin Course, with occasional supplementation from other texts, such as Fabulae Faciles. Students are expected to respond in Latin to spoken prompts, do basic creative composition in the language, and comprehend more complex spoken input for longer durations of time (i.e. classes may be conducted primarily in the language, or students may take walks across campus, guided by the teacher entirely in Latin). Research projects require a deeper dive into cultural understanding of the Roman world, and may include topics related to architecture and lesser-known classical myths.

    Latin Intermediate
    Advanced grammar topics are introduced at this level. Students are expected to be versed in passive verbs and dependent clauses and their uses, with the third book of the Cambridge Latin Course as a foundation. Other grammatical topics include the passive periphrastic construction, participles, and the subjunctive mood. Students develop their translating skills to an intermediate level, and classes are conducted more and more completely in the target language.
     
    Latin Seminar
    A Latin seminar is offered when there are students who are ready for advanced levels of study. Topics covered are based on student interest and ability, and may include Roman poetry, rhetoric, literature, history (including foundational myths such as Aeneas and Romulus), and anthropology. Latin readings are pulled from a wide variety of sources, including primary authors such as Martial, Vergil, and Caesar. By the end of the year, students will have largely completed their study of Latin grammar and will be ready for higher levels of secondary school study.
     
    Beginning Chinese
    In Beginning Chinese, students begin the process of studying Mandarin. Students first build a foundation in Chinese Pinyin, pronunciation and tones, as well as the basic structure of Chinese radicals and Simplified Characters. The topics at this level include self-introduction, family, likes and dislikes, numbers, animals, countries, and sports. We expect students to be able to respond to simple questions and list information about their lives when prompted. By the end of the year students can write a paragraph in Chinese characters, and give a short presentation on their lives.
     
    Novice Chinese
    In Novice Chinese students grow from an introductory level of proficiency to a solid beginner level. Students focus on the themes of interests and abilities, daily schedule and routines, and school life. Class time is spent utilizing and playing wit the language and vocabulary introduced in stories presented to, or created by students. By the end of the year, a goal of students in Novice Chinese is to be able to type a an essay in Chinese, write roughly 300 characters by hand, deliver a short presentation, and read a long passage and answer questions about it in written Chinese.
     
    Intermediate Chinese
    In Intermediate Chinese, students move to the advanced beginner or lower intermediate level while continuing to focus on communication. Themes in Intermediate Chinese include planning events and activities with friends, constructing the past, dining and shopping, as well as world travel. Students are able to read longer stories and readers, and converse at length and write in detail about their interests, daily life, and topics they research on their own.
     
    Chinese Seminar
    The course is designed for individual students who have gained basic communication skills in Chinese and are ready to study advanced grammar, literature, and composition. The class is conducted in Chinese and students are expected to work toward their individual goals through studying textbook materials, participating in class discussions, and presenting research projects on various topics.
     
    Basic Spanish
    Designed for students with documented language learning challenges, and offered as needed. Emphasis is on conversational competence in routine situations such as ordering in a restaurant, traveling by train, bus, and plane, making purchases, telling time, reading timetables, understanding directions, etc. Units of vocabulary include numbers, colors, prepositions, days, months, clothing, family members, food and other daily items. Cultural values are examined, and a presentation about a Hispanic fiesta is required.
     
    Beginning Spanish
    The topics we introduce at this level include: greetings, introductions, and leave-taking, getting acquainted, sports, the family, housing, clothes, the body, school, foods. Students engage in basic conversation using the present tense and immediate future. They are expected to describe needs and wants, describe possessions, express likes and dislikes, describe family members, ask and give directions, tell time, day, month, and season, make purchases, and order food in restaurants.
     
    Novice Spanish
    The topics we introduce at this level include: adjectives, family, house, school, daily activities, sports, shopping, health, free time, food, hobbies and the weather. Students are expected to learn indirect and direct object pronouns, affirmative and negative expressions, how to ask questions, comparisons, and reflexive verbs, and prepositions of place. The advanced novice class (honors) is introduced to the present, preterit, future, conditional and imperfect tenses, and the command form of verbs both in the affirmative and negative conjugations. Students read simple books to improve their reading comprehension and cultural understanding.
     
    Intermediate Spanish
    We introduce vocabulary of train travel, restaurant, telecommunications, shopping for clothing and food, pastimes, hotel, and air travel. New constructs include the imperfect, the preterit vs. imperfect use, formal commands, impersonal ‘se’, future, present perfect, conditional, future perfect, pluperfect, and present subjunctive. Cultural readings in Spanish provide exposure to Hispanic culture as well as progressive practice.
     
    Spanish Seminar
    This course offers students opportunities to study Spanish formally in an academic setting. Communication is entirely in the target language. Geography, history and culture, politics, art (music and literature) of Spanish-speaking countries are studied to provide context to the formal study of Spanish. Students are expected to make presentations, write expository essays, critiques, short stories and legends. Authentic materials, such as documentaries, novels, historical texts and newspaper editorials are used to further language and cultural understanding.
     
     
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