St. George Parish School

Jr. High Religion/Social Studies » Curriculum

Curriculum

This is an outline of the general curriculum offered for students in this grade level in our Diocesan schools. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where the students develop positive self esteem and succeed academically, spiritually, physically, socially, and aesthetically.
 
 
 
Social Studies
 
6th Grade: ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS/GEOGRAPHY
 
  • Identify where and how key ancient western and non-western civilizations were formed
  • Recognize events, inventions, and discoveries in the ancient world
  • Relate key influence of ancient world history to their causes and effects
  • Know physical characteristics of the world, which have been influential in shaping cultures
  • Interpret different types of maps, charts, and graphs
  • Compare and contrast problems and burdens that people have faced with today
 
 
7th Grade: MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN TIMES
  • Possess a mental map of the physical characteristics of the world
  • Understand how geography has shaped and changed cultures throughout history
  • Understand how various cultures have shaped and changed our world's geography
  • Identify cultures in medieval and early modern times and the continuing impact they have on our society today...create a sense of empathy for the life and times in history.
 
8th Grade: UNITED STATES HISTORY
  • Understand key influences which shaped our early country/a new nation
  • Study the Constitution of the United States/Bill of Rights, etc.
  • Possess a logical sense of the progression of United States history
  • Create and interpret maps, charts, graphs, which show key information including-population, resources, movement, battles, and changes over time
  • Realize how the Church has addressed social justice issues and our call to respond
 

Religion

6th: 

Christ Our Life-God Calls a People series is a "spiral model" of teaching and attends to all major areas of catechesis year after year. This reinforces and deepens knowledge of our Catholic Faith in students with each passing year as they mature. The model rests on the four "pillars" of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). These pillars are Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer. By "spiraling" these themes into every year of learning, students gain a more complete catechesis. In this program we will explore God’s call to a People that he bound to himself in a Covenant of love.  The students will embark on a study of the Old Testament and a discovery of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Covenant. Working directly with the Biblical text, students are encouraged to read for factual observation, interpretation, and application. Oral and written narrations are key approaches to help students retain knowledge of important Biblical events and persons. Basic theological concepts regarding God and humanity’s relation to Him are woven into classroom discussion. Spirituality is enhanced through a grade level retreat, school reconciliation, opportunity to altar serve, and participate in grade level liturgy preparation as well as participation in other Catholic traditions.

 

7th: 

Christ our Life-Jesus Christ the Way introduces students to Jesus and the New Testament. From the Incarnation to the Letters of St. Paul, students will encounter Christ and His teachings, learning to take their role in the New Evangelization with the same fervor as the first Apostles. The textbook is based on the four "pillars", or major divisions, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). These include what Catholics believe, how they worship, how they live, and how they pray. In examining the life of Christ in all four Gospels and many of the writings of St. Paul in the New Testament, students learn how to live these things out in their own lives. The textbook will be supplemented by frequent reading from the sacred Scriptures that goes beyond the passages quoted in the textbook. A variety of outside resources, including books, videos, historical documents, and other media will further supplement the textbook during the course of the year.  Bible study, participation in the Liturgy, and education in chaste living round out the student’s faith formation.  Spirituality is enhanced through a grade level retreat, school reconciliation, opportunity to altar serve participate in grade level liturgy preparation as well as participation in other Catholic traditions.

 

8th: 

Christ Our Life-The Mystery of the Church acts as a vehicle for students to explore the ancient teachings and Tradition of the Catholic Church. At a higher level than in previous years, students will revisit the ways that God has revealed Himself to His people and what He intends to show us through Scripture and the life and teaching of the Church. Students will focus on the Person of Christ and the meaning of His Incarnation and Gospel. The History of the Church will be studied, and in the process light will be shed on the often confusing subjects of the Crusades, the Inquisition, and other controversial and important times in the history of the Church. The causes and effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation will be addressed. The Church in our modern day and her critical and unique role in the world will be assessed and contemplated.  The importance of the Sacraments and of forming a strong conscience and living a moral life in imitation of Jesus Christ will also be addressed. Bible study, participation in the Liturgy, and education in chaste living round out the student’s faith formation. Spirituality is enhanced through a grade level retreat, school reconciliation, opportunity to altar serve participate in grade level liturgy preparation as well as participation in  other Catholic traditions.

 

 
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