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 basic skills necessary for oral communication
- Design notes or an outline as prompts for speaking.
- Use speaking skills to participate in a ministry of the Church
- State different viewpoints on an issue
- Perform expressive oral readings of prose, poetry, and drama.
- Demonstrate an awareness for various cultures, diverse dialects, and languages and respond appropriately
Participate effectively in classroom discussions
- Invite ideas and opinions of others
- Analyze the factors that contribute to the success of a discussion
- Respond responsibly and courteously to the remarks of others
- Accept and use helpful criticism
Demonstrate the skills of listening
- Evaluate the reliability of information in communication
- Take notes from an oral presentation
- Listen to recall significant details and sequence correctly
Exhibit critical thinking skills
- Draw conclusions from the spoken message
- Make inferences as a speaker is speaking
- Ask for repetition, restatement, or general explanation to clarify meaning
- Begin to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information
Language Arts Reading/Literature
Read the printed word to explore language and convey meaning
- Use word analysis skills for word identification
- Identify and use organizational features of texts such as:
- Derive word meaning from the context and structure of words
- Adjust reading rate to suit purpose and difficulty in material
Use effective strategies to achieve comprehension in reading
- Apply strategies for independently comprehending text such as:
- Context clues
- Word structure
- Making inferences
- Identify some literary elements such as:
- Point of view
- Know literary terminology like characterization and flashback
- Recognize different types of literature
Interact with literacy texts to achieve deep meaning
- Set a purpose in reading to gain information, appreciate literature, and learn about an author's point of view
- Analyze text for persuasive techniques including bias and propaganda
- Use literature to stimulate creative expression
- Use literature as an alternative way of learning in other content areas
Language Arts Writing/Language
Write to communicate to different audiences for a variety of purposes
- Create multi-paragraphed essays in the four forms of writing (narrative, expository, imaginative, and persuasive) which have an introduction, body and conclusion
- Write non-fiction and technical pieces such as summaries and instructions with essential detail and an accurate representation of events and sequence
Use elements of writing of language to improve written communication
- Apply sentence elements to vary the kinds of sentences utilized in writing
- Apply the conventions of spelling, grammar and punctuation to all writing assignments
- Understand the functions of the parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, conjunction, preposition, and interjection).
Plan, revise, edit and publish clear and effective writing
- Use graphic organizers and other pre-writing skills to organize writing
- Identify questions and strategies for improving drafts in writing conferences with a teacher.
- Practice editing strategies and use peer editing
Our Social Studies curriculum is based upon both state and national standards for Social Studies education.
- Interpret the past using a variety of resources
- Explain the interpretation of historical events according to various viewpoints
- Understand significant forces, events, and people of ancient times
- Describe and analyze ways in which people interact with the environment
- Identify the unique culture of various people
- Use a variety of geographic representations to gather and compare information.
- Identify how the distribution of natural resources shapes economic patterns
- Identify and explain basic economic concepts
- Describe economic systems associated with various political systems.
- Identify and explain the different forms of government.
- Describe cooperation and interdependence among various groups
- Know the components of culture
- Analyze how various groups of people and cultures govern themselves
- Identify individual responsibilities to local, state, national, and global communities.
Peace and Justice
- Model attitudes and behaviors that accept and value differences
- Demonstrate the policies and behaviors that support a peaceful world
- Display an awareness of responsibility to others throughout the world
Our Religion curriculum focuses on the four pillars of the Catholic Church: Creedal Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Moral Life, and Christian Prayer.
- Knows that the Old Testament covenants find their culmination in Christ.
- Is able to relate "Body of Christ" and "People of God" to church.
- Understands role of Mary and Saints as models for holiness.
- Recognizes different literary forms in the Bible.
- Knows terms: covenant and geneology (family faith tree).
Liturgy and Sacraments
- Knows that liturgical prayer includes celebration of the Sacraments, Liturgy of the Hours, and the Mass.
- Understands the liturgical year with special emphasis on Lent and the Tridium.
- Knows the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental.
- Knows tha the purpose of marriage is the good of the spouses, procreation, and the education of children.
- Knows that, as a Temple of the Holy Spirit, each Christian is called to be a saint.
- Shows respect for body, self, and others.
- Articulates how prejudice and injustice are social sins.
- Contributes to class outreach projects and recognizes the importance of service in the Christian Life.
- Knows how to use conflict management skills.
- Prays daily and prays prayers of the Church previously learned.
- Recognizes Abraham as a model of prayer, and especially as a faith model.
- Meditates by engaging in thought, imagination, emotion, and desire.
- Uses parables and relates them to life experiences in prayer.
- Demonstrates an awareness and participation in the broader church and global communities
- Depends on support and security of family and appreciation of faith community as a way to know God
- Examines a variety of Christian lifestyles as ways to respond to the Baptismal call to a life of service
Our Math curriculum is based upon both state and national standards for Mathematics education.
Number Operations and Relationships
- Round decimals to the nearest thousandth.
- Identify negative numbers on a number line.
- Understand exponential notation and the calculator functions involved.
- Use divisibility rules for 2,3,4,5,6,9,10.
- Identify and represent equivalent forms of fractions, decimals, and percents.
- Multiply fractions and decimals.
- Divide decimals by whole numbers and decimals.
Probability and Statistics
- Create surveys and interpret data using frequency tables and line plots.
- Formulate questions, design studies, and collect data.
- Model situations by experimentation or simulation.
- Construct and represent congruent shapes, similar shapes, and triangles (scalene, isosceles, equilateral).
- Draws and designs shapes with multiple lines of symmetry.
- Apply formulas for perimeter and area of triangles and quadrilaterals.
- Calculate area and circumference using pi.
- Identify relationships between edges, faces, and vertices of solids.
- Convert standard and metric units of length and capacity such as millimeters to liters
- Use and convert mass such as grams to kilograms and ounces to pounds
- Subtract units of time
- Understand order of operation.
- Identify rational numbers on a number line
- Find missing components of matematical statements (addend, factor, sum, product, quotient, division, etc.)
- Recognize arithmetic and geometric patterns.
Our Science curriculum is based upon both state and national standards for Science education.
- Design and safely conduct a controlled experiments using the scientific method
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, interpret, and present data
Science and Technology
- Identify the needs and values of society that influence the direction of technological development.
- Realize that technology cannot solve all human problems or meet all human needs.
History and Nature of Science
- Describe how scientific knowledge and concepts have changed over time in the various fields as new evidence is found.
Catholic Social Teachings
- Analyze social issues based on whether human dignity is valued or harmed.
- Participate in service projects and identify these with Christian community.
Earth and Space Science
- Explain how heat, moisture, and air movement determine weather.
- Understand how the force of gravity keeps the plants and other bodies in orbit.
- Know that land forms are created through constructive and destructive forces.
- Know the components of soil and other factors that influence soil texture, fertility, and resistance to erosion.