Language arts are integrated in with other courses such as history, science, and art history. The literature curriculum emphasizes critical thinking through the analysis of the five story elements including foreshadowing clues, allusion, and symbolism. We reinforce the importance of reading by incorporating various genres and offering various formats for writing and/or discussing books the students read monthly. Formal writing skills continue to be emphasized and specific skills such as note taking, the use of quotations, using parenthetical notations and citing sources in a formal bibliography are requirements of middle school research projects. The mechanics of writing such as grammar and punctuation are incorporated in each creative writing assignment, and then reinforced and applied throughout the revision process. We continue to review and retain rules around sentence structure and punctuation and continue weekly vocabulary lessons.
In 6th grade, we reinforce basic mathematical skills the students acquired in elementary school by applying them to real world situations through Common Core Mathematics. Students will multiply and divide fractions and decimals as well as calculating area, surface area, and volume. They will learn more about statistics by studying probability, statistical variability, and through the creation of their own graphs and statistical representations. Students will convert units in the metric and standard systems. We introduce the basic foundation for future math courses such Algebra by teaching students how to add and subtract algebraic equations including equations with dependent and independent variables as well as equations with more than one variable.
In sixth grade, we begin to marry what we have learned in literature and discuss how various literary forms are found in the Bible such as fable, parable, myth, hymn, law, poem, prophetic writing, and narratives. We spend time relating our own life experiences with parables and biblical stories as well as the Seven Sacraments. We continue to identify and re-tell stories from the Old and New Testament. We continue to explore morality and social justice acknowledging how one’s choices can affect others and how we all must learn to accept consequences for choices made. Our students will come to know the difference between being a Christian and a Catholic and know the origins of the Catholic Church. We promote solidarity through the fostering of positive relationships in school and community. We apply all we learn throughout the year through outreach projects and realize the importance of “service” in the Christian life.
In 6th grade, we focus on Earth, Life, and Physical Science. We teach students about Earth’s structure, geologic processes, plate tectonics, oceans, and the water cycle. We also study Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, and our solar system investigating how the motions of the sun, the moon, and Earth create days, seasons, tides, and phases of the moon. In Life Science, students focus on better understanding the characteristics of living things – e.g. plant and animal cell structures, the characteristics of unicellular and multicellular life, genetics, classification of organisms, the structure and function of human cells tissues organs and organ systems, and the structure and function of plants. Lastly, we explore chemistry and physics, including physical and chemical changes, atoms and elements, mixtures and solutions, states of matter, motion, gravity, density and buoyancy, energy, heat, the properties of waves, and light.
In 6th grade, we study ancient civilizations of the eastern and western hemispheres, including the ancient empires of Greece, and Rome and the history of Europe and its relationship to Asia.