6th - 8th Grades
Language Arts / English
Eighth grade English is primarily the study of English grammar and usage. Students review the parts of speech and apply this knowledge of formal English in both writing and speaking. A structured vocabulary program of twenty units is also used.
Seventh grade English is a continuation of the skills and practices students have learned in their sixth grade English classes. Grammar, usage, and mechanics are the focus with a concentration on the sentence and its parts, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, verbals, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, and punctuation. Understanding and usage of the English language is further demonstrated through the Six-Trait writing model. Students employ these skills and practices of grammar and writing in a variety of compositions including expository, narrative, persuasive, and informative pieces.
In the sixth grade, students will grow as writers through the employment of the Six-Trait writing model. They will write a variety of compositions ranging from the creative to the informational and will employ and enrich their vocabulary with the help of the Wordly Wise curriculum. Students will develop a firm command of sentence structure with the study of mentor sentences derived from novels read as a class. The study of grammar and writing with mentor sentences helps students to observe best practice and to practice mimicking it. Throughout the year, students will review identification and usage of all parts of speech. Students will employ knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, and listening.
Students in eighth grade literature read from many genres, with an emphasis on classic works such as Harper Lee’s powerful To Kill a Mockingbird and Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo and Juliet. Comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary development, and writing and speaking expertise are developed through the study of a broad spectrum of literary works.
The seventh grade literature curriculum is a comprehensive program including fiction, nonfiction, and informational text, as well as drama, poetry, and short stories. The program integrates comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. Before reading, students learn about the author, setting, activate applicable prior knowledge, preview new words, relate the text content to other disciplines, and discuss literary focus. While reading, students identify and explain the use of numerous literary elements ranging from point-of-view, figurative language, dialogue, context clues, characters, plot development, theme, and more. After reading, students communicate questions and ideas through speaking, listening, writing, and analyzing text.
Students in the 6th grade meet the following forms of text: narratives, drama, poetry, and informational text. Students focus on learning to read text at the 6-8 grade level independently and in literature circles, with scaffolding likely required for texts at the high end of the range. The students experience young adult classics as well as contemporary young adult novels as a whole class including, but not limited to, Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(Twain), The Watsons Go to Birmingham (Curtis), Out of My Mind (Draper), Wonder(Palacio) and a collection of short stories by other applauded authors. Students will study the play adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth as well. In sixth grade, a very strong emphasis is placed on independent reading. Students are required to read independently daily and to reflect on their reading through writing. Students are required to log a certain amount of books each year and have different genre requirements to guide their choices. Students conference with the teacher frequently about their progress in meeting requirements.
The eighth grade religion curriculum focuses on the Sacrament of Confirmation and the history of the Church. The first part of the year is spent in studying the history of the early Church, with particular emphasis on the Acts of the Apostles and Church doctrine. Students then move into an intensive period of preparation for the Sacrament, after which they return to Church history. Special emphasis is also placed on the development of the student’s prayer life and the example of the saints, particularly St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
The seventh grade religion curriculum has its foundation in the Gospels of the New Testament. Lessons focus on God’s revelations through his Son, Jesus. Students develop a thorough understanding of who Jesus is so that their desire to follow Jesus expands and strengthens. While their desire to follow Jesus is nurtured, students begin to grasp what it means to follow Jesus in their daily lives and to more greatly appreciate the life Jesus awarded them with his death and Resurrection. The students’ knowledge of Jesus is enhanced with a comprehensive study of saints, and their roles and contributions to the Catholic Church. The commandments are integrated into the curriculum with an emphasis on their connection to Jesus’ life and how they deepen the students’ relationship with our Savior.
This curriculum for sixth-grade students is centered on an approach found in the writings and teachings of Pope John Paul II. It stresses the dignity of each individual as a person made in the image of God. There are two key concepts: that we are people made in the image of God and that the Bible is a history of God’s merciful love (God’s ability to draw good out of evil). For the most part, the sixth grade curriculum limits its study of the Bible to the Old Testament, with special emphasis given to the Book of Genesis. In addition to the text, students are involved in service projects and a retreat.
This year will begin with an introduction to the tools of geometry. Students will learn about angle measures and angle bisectors. Students will use reasoning to write proofs. Students will prove lines parallel and perpendicular. Students will learn about congruent triangles and relationships within triangles. Students will review types of quadrilaterals and learn more about their characteristics. Students will examine similar figures. Students will learn about right triangles and trigonometry. Transformations, area, surface area, volume and circles will also be covered in this course.
This year students will learn more about solving and analyzing linear equations. Students will also solve systems of linear equations. Students will investigate and discover functions and patterns. Students will learn about types of polynomials and how to factor them.
This year students will learn more about integers. Students will also learn how to solve equations. Students will review factors and fractions. Students will learn about rational numbers. Students will convert values between ratios, proportions, and percents. Students will solve equations with multiple steps. Students will also solve and graph inequalities. Students will learn about real numbers and right triangles. Students will complete this course by learning about two-dimensional figures.
Students will begin this course by learning about decimal patterns and algebra. Students will also analyze data. Students will learn more about integers. Students will also learn about linear equations and functions. Students will convert fractions, decimals, and percents. Students will identify equivalent ratios and solve proportions. Students will apply percents to real life scenarios. Students will also learn how to predict the probability of a given situation. Students will complete this course by learning about geometry.
Eighth grade social studies covers American history starting with Native American cultures, settlement patterns, and exploration of the Americas. The curriculum then explores the formation of the colonies, the formation of a democracy, early American history, and the Holocaust along with other human rights issues. Students learn about the development of a number of different world religions. The History Alive! materials are designed to deal with these topics objectively, respectfully, and in accordance with standards set throughout the country. Students also examine local, state, and national current events in hopes of becoming more engaged citizens.
Seventh grade covers ancient world history starting with the archaeological studies of prehistoric hunter-gather societies. We go on to explore the early societies of Mesopotamia and Egypt, the ancient Hebrews, the empires and dynasties of ancient India and China, and the rise of civilizations in ancient Greece and Rome, with their many legacies for Western civilization. Students learn about the development of a number of different world religions. The History Alive! materials are designed to deal with these topics objectively, respectfully, and in accordance with standards set throughout the country. Students also examine local, state, and national current events in hopes of becoming more engaged citizens.
Sixth grade social studies is the study of geography, beginning with how an actual geographer works. The curriculum then moves on to examine the many regions of the world including Canada and the United States; Latin America; Europe and Russia; Africa; Southwest and Central Asia; Monsoon Asia, and Oceania and Antarctica. The History Alive! materials are designed to deal with these topics objectively, respectfully, and in accordance with standards set throughout the country. Students also examine local, state, and national current events in hopes of becoming more engaged citizens.
Middle school students engage in inquiry activities and laboratory investigations to explore scientific concepts based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using resources from FOSS, CPO Science, Vernier, and Prentice-Hall Science Explorer.
Eighth grade science students study physical and earth science. Units include Earth's Internal Processes, Energy, Waves and the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Weather, Climate, Energy, and Space Systems.
Seventh grade science students study life and environmental science. Units of study include Cells and Heredity, Populations and Ecosystems, Natural Selection and Adaptations, and Growth, Reproduction and Development of Organisms.
Sixth grade science students study physical and earth science. Units include Structure and Properties of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Forces, and the Sun-Moon-Earth System.