7th Religion

Villa Academy Middle School

7th Grade Religion: New Testament


Pam Sprute                                                                                    

Room 408 x. 251           


Andreas Arteaga              

Room 433 x.248           


Welcome to 7th grade Religion! In this course, we will be focusing on the New Testament as it reveals the ever-living love of Jesus. Students will be challenged to recognize this love in their own lives. We will understand and feel how Jesus can be present in scripture, prayer, mass, the sacraments, and in in the ordinary events of life. We will learn various methods of prayer and we will reflect deeply upon the life, passion and resurrection of Christ, as well as his teachings. Most importantly, we will learn how to integrate meditation/the examen into our daily lives.

We will often center our study on Catholic Social Teachings. Specific focus will be on the Principle of Human Dignity. To support this focus, students will discover their own gifts and those of their classmates. Above all, students will be challenged to “encounter Jesus.” This encounter comes in the form of understanding how much they and all people are loved. They will then discover what it means to “be Jesus” in the world (that is, being their own full, loving, incredible selves) through their relationships, leadership and community service.

In addition to our core study of the New Testament, some time will be devoted to digital citizenship.  Using curriculum from Commonsense Media, the students will study topics such as digital footprint and reputation, cyberbullying, strategic searching, and a creator’s rights.  Their site has many resources for both educators and parents.  I encourage you to check it out at www.commonsensemedia.org.

During seventh grade, we focus a great deal of what it means to be the, “Body of Christ.”  We do this through community building activities, our ‘gifts’ project and our unit on digital citizenship.  They are at such a formative period in their lives.  I want to take this opportunity to solidify developing relationships and encourage new ones.

The course will include the following important concepts:

  • Understanding the relationship between the Old and New Testament
  • Discovering how to find passages and understand the organization of the bible.
  • Gospels: History and understanding of the similarities and differences of each gospel.
  • Exploring the Nativity story: birth of a Savior/Messiah
  • Jesus’ Ministry: healings and miracles
  • Jesus’ teachings on love and acceptance
  • Parables
  • The Passion
  • Resurrection
  • Pentecost
  • Sacraments and the Liturgical Year
  • Planning and participation in liturgies/prayer services
  • Above all, that each student is loved and worthy of love

Behavioral Expectations

Be prepared:  Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Students receive three homework passes per trimester. Late assignments will receive a 0, unless a homework pass is used.  Students who have been absent will have the number of days absent to make up their work (i.e. – 1 day absent, 1 day to make up work).

Be a participant:  Participate actively in all classroom experiences. Complete all assignments and projects with care, on time, and to the best of your ability. Return materials and clean up at the end of each class.                                 

Be positive:  Enthusiasm and effort expected from all. Positive participation is essential for working environment where students will feel free to take risks.

Be polite:  Treat classmates’ question, answers, and ideas with respect at all times. Respect school policies, property, and equipment. Appreciate all learning provided for a variety of learning styles                        

Daily Materials

  • Binder or accordion folder! Journal (may be kept in classroom)
  • Blue or black ink pen and pencil, markers, colored pencils
  • Laptop and power cord


Each trimester students will be evaluated according to the following:

  • Major Grades – these grades include tests, larger writing assignments, projects, and others as announced in class. There are fewer grades in this category so each grade counts more towards the total.
  • Daily Grades – these grades include homework assignments, quizzes, group and individual participation, assignments for the gifts project and class work.
  • Assignments and Grades will be posted in PowerSchool. For the most part, assignments will also be posted in Google classroom.  It is always best practice for students to record the assignments in a planner.

We are looking forward to a great year!

Andrés Arteaga

Pam Sprute

7th Grade Religion

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