The Language Arts Curriculum is divided in three areas: Speaking/Listening, Reading/Liturature, Writing/Language. This curriculum is based upon state and national standards and recommendations for the Language Arts.
Language Arts Speaking/Listening
Display skills necessary for oral communication
- State different viewpoints on an issue
- Develop a sense of timing and decorum appropriate to the occasion when speaking
- Design notes or an outline as prompts for speaking
- Perform expressive oral readings, prose, poetry, and drama
- Demonstrate an awareness for various cultures, diverse dialects, and languages and respond appropriately
Participate effectively in classroom discussions
- Summarize the main points of a discussion
- Demonstrate respect for the opinions of others
- Respond responsibly and courteously to the remarks of others
- Distinguish between supported and unsupported statements
Demonstrate the skills of listening
- Evaluate the reliability of information in communication
- Follow a speaker's argument and represent it in notes
- Listen to recall significant details and sequence correctly
Exhibit critical thinking skills
- Summarize to verify understanding of another point of view.
- Draw conclusions from the spoken message
- Distinguish between fact and opinion
Language Arts Reading/Literature
Read the printed word to explore language and convey meaning
- Utilize word analysis skills to decode texts with fluency
- Read fluently at a proficient level
- Utilize vocabulary strategies
- Read silently for extended periods of time
- Derive word meaning from content and structure of words
Use effective strategies to achieve comprehension in reading
- Apply strategies for independently comprehending text such as:
- Comparing and contrasting
- Cause and effect
- Identify some literary elements such as:
- Point of view
- Know the methods an author uses to develop story elements:
- Point of View
Interact with literacy texts to achieve deep meaning
- Read and understand the elements of various genres
- Read and analyze material from multiple perspectives
- Explore the potential of literature to stimulate creative thinking
- Evaluate the morals and values literature addresses
- Connect and integrate information and ideas from written text with own experiences
Language Arts Writing/Language
Write to communicate to different audiences for a variety of purposes
- Write a narrative based on experience which uses detail, reveals a theme, uses descriptive language, and has a sequence of events
- Write for a variety of readers adapting content, style, and structure to the audience and situation
- Distinguish between supported and unsupported ideas and statements
Use elements of writing of language to improve written communication
- Apply conventions of capitalization and punctuation in context of one's own writing
- Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and other resources to spell correctly, choose among synonyms, and find and compare definitions
Plan, revise, edit and publish clear and effective writing
- Use graphic organizers and other prewriting skills to organize writing
- Identify questions and strategies for improving drafts when revising
- Practice editing strategies and use peer editing
Our Social Studies curriculum is based upon both state and national standards for Social Studies education.
- Give examples of causes and consequences of current global issues
- Describe relationships between/among significant events in U.S. and World History
- Explain the interpretations of historical events according to various viewpoints
- Understand the interaction of people with the environment
- Explain the movement of people, ideas, products, and diseases in the world
- Use a variety of geographic representations to gather and compare information.
- Identify and explain basic economic concepts.
- Describe economic systems associated with various political systems
- Identify examples of bias and stereotyping and how they contribute to conflict
- Name some cultural contributions of racial and ethnic groups in the world
- Analyze how various groups of people govern themselves
- Describe the role of international organizations
Peace and Justice
- Participate in service projects beyond the local community.
- Articulate the importance of intrinsic values
- Analyze issues based on whether human dignity is valued or harmed
Our Religion curriculum focuses on the four pillars of the Catholic Church: Creedal Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Moral Life, and Christian Prayer.
- Knows that God revealed Himself gradually in words and actions.
- Knows the Church's description of the Trinity as God in three divine persons.
- Knows the role of Mary, the apostles, saints and holy people in our faith tradition.
- Knows that at the end of time we will rise with our glorified bodies.
Liturgy and Sacraments
- Grows in understanding of the many facets of the sacramental life of the church.
- Recognizes and understands the real presence of Christ in the Euchartist.
- Identifies the ritual nature of life and associates it with the rituals of the Church, e.g. seasons of nature and seasons of the Church.
- Names all seven Sacraments and recognizes them as effective signs of grace given by Christ.
- Associates social, economic and political choices with Christian morality.
- Integrate the skills of justice and peacemaking into actions.
- Knows the value and good acts of sacrifice, penance and self-denial as part of Christian discipleship.
- Knows how to use conflict management skills.
- Experiences a relationship with God in individual prayer, including meditation and spontaneous prayer.
- Knows that the Lord's Prayer summarizes the Gospel and prays it often.
- Grows in the knowledge of God's loving presence through retreat experiences.
- Knows and prays all prayers memorized through the grade levels.
Our Math curriculum is based upon both state and national standards for Mathematics education.
Number Operations and Relationships
- Add and subtract integers.
- Multiply and divide integers.
- Develop and use order relationships with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents
- Understand and apply the four operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
- Identify prime and composite numbers to 100
Probability and Statistics
- Analyze tables, graphs, and charts.
- Create tables and graphs.
- Detrmine likelihood of occurrence of simple events using a variety of strategies.
- Classify figures as plane and solid.
- Apply proportions in relation to congruent and similar figures.
- Describe and represent adjacent, supplementary, complementary, vertical, and congruent angles.
- Estimate an area given a reference.
- Measure and draw angles up to 180 degrees.
- Determine actual distance between two points using a scale.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide measurements where conversions of like measure may be required.
- Understand the concepts of expression, variable, and equation.
- Recognize generalized Commutative, Associative, and Distributive properties
- Write multi-step number sentences to solve word problems.
- Solve equations and inequalities using order of operations.
Our Science curriculum is based upon both state and national standards for Science education.
- Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
- Recognize and analyze alternatie explanations and predictions and raise questions for further research.
Science and Technology
- Understand that frontiers in technological development provide many career opportunities .
- Discover that many different people in varied cultures have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology.
History and Nature of Science
- Recognize the major changes that occurred in the sciences and identify the people, cultures, and conditions that led to these developments.
Catholic Social Teachings
- Articulate basic human rights and responsibilities.
- Participate in service projects and identify thse with the Christian community.
- Describe how sound travels in waves.
- Identify visible light as one component of the electromagnetic spectrum.
- Know the organization of the Periodic Table.
- Know the major ideas of atomic theory and molecular theory.
- Explain how gravitational force is applied.
- Identify how devices have been designed to convert energy from one form to another.
- Explain the relationship between magnetic forces and electric forces.
- Observe that different materials act as insulators and conductors of electric current.