Dear 6th, 7th and 8th grade families,
In History this month, the 6th grade students will study Ancient Greece and Rome. They will focus on and read about the geography of Greece and Greek politics, society and culture. They will study and read about the history of Ancient Rome, Roman life and the early spread of Christianity.
In History, the 7th grade students will study Asian Civilizations-the Three Empires and China. They will focus on and read about the Mongols and the Ottoman and Mughal Empires. They will analyze the emerging empire of China, the flowering of Chinese culture and the growth of the economy.
In History, the 8th grade students will study the beginning of the New Republic and the Age of Jefferson. They will read about the rise of political parties and the first two presidents- George Washington and John Adams. They will analyze the political parties in power- Democratic Republicans and Federalists. They will study and analyze threats from overseas and the War of 1812.
In Religion, the 6th grade students will study and read about the season of Advent. The sixth graders will also continue to read the literature link- Helen Keller’s Teacher. The book is a biographical account of the relationship between Helen Keller, a blind and deaf woman, and her teacher Annie Sullivan. The book focuses on many important themes including courage, determination and compromise.
In Religion, the 7th grade students will study the season of Advent. They will also continue to read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. This is an autobiographical book about a Christian woman Corrie Ten Boom who attempted to save lives during the genocide of WW II.
In Religion, the 8th grade students will study the season of Advent. They will also continue to read the literature link- Left To Tell. This is an autobiographical book written by a Catholic woman Imaculee Illibigiza who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She wrote about her experience and how faith helped her cope with her circumstances.
*The middle school classes focus on a skills and standards based curriculum. The History and Religion classes focus on certain skills in particular. For example, the students will be able to cite evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. The students will be able to determine central ideas and provide accurate summaries. Students will be able to identify key steps in a text’s description. Students will be able to describe how a test presents information (sequentially, comparatively, casually). Students will be able to analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source.
*I wish you all a very merry Christmas this month! God bless.