The focus of the sixth grade religion curriculum is Salvation History, as revealed by God in Sacred Scripture, particularly the Old Testament. We focus on God’s plan to save humans from sin, always keeping in mind that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that God promised in the Old Testament. Scripture is integrated into almost every lesson and we continue to develop the students' relationship with God so they can continue to grow in love of God and neighbor. We participate in Mass each week with the entire school community and visit the Adoration Chapel weekly to focus on prayer and being in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The textbook resource used for sixth grade religion is Spirit of Truth: Sacred Scripture (Sophia Institute Press, 2017.)
Reading - In the sixth grade, Reader's Workshop allows students to work towards mastering skills including reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary, which will expand their confidence as readers. Through close reading experience, along with supplemental mini-lessons to reinforce reading strategies, students will be empowered to create meaningful connections within the text and strengthen their own independent reading skills. Independent Reading also includes active reading logs which allow for genre discovery, as well as, higher level thinking skills. Guided reading allows students to explore a variety of literary works, such as poetry, fables, plays, short stories, etc. and analyze text within a small group discussion.
Text resources are drawn from materials published by Houghton Mifflin. Additionally, each trimester will include a novel study through which the students participate in cooperative learning literature discussion circles to delve deeper into themes and messages of the selection.
Writing – Using our textbook Voyages in English (Loyola Press, 2011), along with its corresponding practice workbook and other supplemental materials*, sixth grade Writer's Workshop allows students to focus on becoming better authors by engaging in activities that strengthen fluency in writing through continuous exposure to the writing process. Mini-lessons, grammar, and regular vocabulary and spelling units of study reinforce writing skills and strategies. Improving skills through lessons, practice, and assessments allows students to utilize strategies within independent writing projects. With a focus on the writing process and the 6 Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions), students will work toward proficiency in narrative, persuasive, and expository writing, as well as composition of an evidence-based research paper.The skills and strategies developed here also work to fine tune the students' speaking and listening skills.
*Supplemental course materials for the writing portion of Language Arts include Writing Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and Audra Kirshbaum Robb, as well as Power Point presentations, videos, and writing samples to improve specific skills.Spelling and word work follows the strategies of Words Their Way (Pearson, 2015.)
In sixth grade social studies, we will be using a variety of textbooks from the World Explorer (Prentice Hall):
It is our aim this year to incorporate all areas of social science into these units. Students will be learning the basic history and geography of each region (as well as map reading skills), political issues, economics, and culture. Additionally, students are expected to find and participate in sharing current events to stress the importance of the history made every day, and our responsibility as Americans and as Catholics to be informed and in touch with the issues affecting our communities (local, national, and international) today.
Before beginning our journey through history, geography, politics, economics, and culture, we will learn the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. We will use this foundation and framework to help us interpret events (both current and historic) through the eyes of our Catholic faith, as we continue to learn about the world around us. For your reference, an outline of the seven themes can be found at the link below.
Holy Trinity Catholic School
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