Sixth Grade Course Outlines RELIGION The sixth grade edition of the Christ Our Life series takes the students through the Old Testament and makes the connection between Judaism and Christianity. Students will learn the faith and religious practices of Jesus and how He was the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. They will understand how God has been calling people to love Him since the beginning of humanity’s existence, speaking through prophets, saints and even those who walk beside them as family and friends. UNIT TESTS (50 points each) Each unit will conclude with a unit test. These will include questions taken from previous chapter quizzes, in addition to course content that the teacher places special emphasis. A review session will precede the test to guide students in test-taking. It is advisable to keep all graded chapter quizzes for study aids. The tests will consist of vocabulary, multiple choice, fill-in, and short answer questions. Should a student be absent on a test day, he/she must makeup the test on an assigned day and time given by the teacher. CHAPTER QUIZZES (20 points each) At the end of each chapter – approximately every 1½ -2 weeks – students will take a chapter quiz that will cover material taught in daily lessons. Each quiz will be a variety of multiple-choice, true-false, matching, fill-in, and short answer questions. Should a student be absent on a quiz day, he/she must makeup the quiz on an assigned day and time given by the teacher. BELLWORK (5 points each) AND DAILY ASSIGNMENTS (15 points each) Class often begins each day with a writing prompt called “bellwork”. The responses are graded and kept in a folder for the students to compile their entries as a way to follow their own spiritual growth. A variety of daily assignments will give the students the opportunity to reflect on the material they learn and discuss in class. These will include worksheets, journal entries, artwork, and group work. PARTICIPATION (10 points total) Participation points will also be given according to the student’s level of involvement in the class. Discussions and group/partner work will determine the amount of points earned. PROJECTS AND RESEARCH REPORTS (100 points each) One project will be given to the students per trimester. The focus topics will stem from the curriculum and will allow further exploration of the course material. The value of the assignment will depend on its length and intensity. Outlines and detailed instructions will be given to the students for extensive projects with adequate time for completion. SPANISH Objective: To develop and advance proficiency of the Spanish language while promoting basic language-acquisition principles through an enthusiastic, lively, and positive approach. The Spanish course is designed to help students become effective communicators in written and spoken language and gain some understanding of culture. Course outline: Students will study/learn the language through thematic units prepared by the teacher. We will meet twice a week for fifty minutes, resulting in three thematic units per semester (this is subject to change). Thematic Units: First Trimester Unit 1 – Vamos a practicar lo que hemos aprendido. Unit 2 – ¿Qué fecha es hoy? Unit 3 – ¿Qué tienes? Culture Project - TBA Second Trimester Unit 4 - ¿Qué hora es? Unit 5 - ¿Cuál es tu clase favorita? Unit 6 – ¿Cómo se llama tu mamá? Culture Project – TBA Third Trimester Unit 7 – Unidad de Repaso (Units 2-6) Unit 8 – ¿Cuáles son las partes del cuerpo? Unit 9 – ¿Qué ropa llevas hoy? Culture Project– TBA Grading: The overall grade will be based on total points earned divided by total points possible. Each trimester points are earned on tests, quizzes, class work, participation, notebook evaluation, and a culture project. There will be a unit test after each unit and about 3-4 quizzes throughout the unit. Students will know at least a week in advance when the unit test will be; quizzes will be given sporadically throughout the unit. There will be one notebook evaluation and culture project each trimester. Class Rules: 1. Come to class prepared and ready to work. (This includes all items that were given on the supply list.) 2. When absent it is your responsibility to find out the work that was missed. You have one week to complete/turn in all assignments upon your return to school; failure to do so will result in a zero for each assignment missed. 3. Everyone must participate. Participation grades will be calculated into your trimester grades. Learning a language is just like learning to play an instrument or sport; you will not succeed if you do not practice! English/Reading/Language Arts This course is designed to improve students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English. Through the reading of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, students explore ideas, attitudes and values and relate these to themselves and the larger community. They analyze and respond to the literature. Reading, writing, and spelling skills are continually assessed and each student receives appropriate instruction to improve these skills. SPELLING The overall grade will be based on total points earned divided by total points possible. Points are earned on tests, sentences, definitions and all essays and reports. Spelling lists will be derived from vocabulary words and assigned terms. World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations Students investigate the origins and development of ancient societies of major western and non-western civilizations, including cultures in Africa, Asian, and Europe. Emphasis is placed on major contributions, achievements, and beliefs that have endured over the centuries to the present day. The focus is on people, their accomplishments, problems, social, political, economic structures, belief systems, tools and technology, art, architecture, literature, their explanation for natural events, and their direct or indirect contributions to dealing with universal social issues that face every civilization. Students will be involved in many activities to experience and understand this content, supported with appropriate reading and writing assignments to enhance their understanding. Assessment Throughout the year, students will receive various kinds of assessment, including quizzes and tests, used to determine students’ course grades and to determine whether they are meeting school and state standards in the four core subjects. These assessments will also determine whether it is advisable that they attend extra classes and/or tutoring after school. The results of these assessments will be discussed with students and parents/guardians on a regular basis or will be communicated to them through progress and grade reports. MATH The content covered over the duration of the year will fall into alignment with both State and Archdiocesan standards. The overall grade will be based on earned points in three areas. CHAPTER TESTS There will be approximately two to four chapter tests per trimester depending on the lengths of the chapters covered and the overall progression of the class. Each chapter test will be worth approximately 100 points. If a student misses a test due to absence, it is their responsibility to make the test up at the earliest possible time. SECTION QUIZZES There will be either two or three section quizzes for each chapter depending on the length of the chapter. Each section quiz will be worth approximately 50 points. If a student misses a quiz due to absence, it is their responsibility to make the quiz up at the earliest possible time. PERFORMANCE TASKS These are in-class projects that incorporate the concepts learned within the various chapters. These usually include content that extends across multiple subject areas. All of the work for these tasks are performed during class and will be worth 50 points each. Due to in-class time spent on these tasks, if a student misses the task due to absence, the assessment will not be calculated into their final score SCIENCE The focus of the sixth grade curriculum is to explore the dynamics of environmental phenomenon as well as weather systems and their effects on earth and universal regions. The overall grade will be based on points earned in three areas. CHAPTER TESTS There will be approximately three to four chapter tests per trimester each worth approximately 100 points. CLASSWORK/HOMEWORK Students will complete written assignments and/or performance tasks either in class or at home. Each element of work submitted will be worth approximately 25 points. WEBQUESTS Students will perform several in-class projects or web-quests that will cover the content of the chapters and be worth 50 points each. . *The final scores will be calculated by dividing the total points earned by the total points possible in each course. No bonus points or work will be offered. **The teacher reserves the right to adjust, omit, or add any scoring area throughout the year if it is warranted due to calendar, class progression, or other extenuating circumstances.