January 2016 Newsletter
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 the Geography of Greece and Greek politics, society and culture. They will read and analyze the history of Ancient Rome, Roman life and the early spread of Christianity. They will study Cultural Blending and Isolation. They will read and analyze cultural changes in Africa and Asia.
In History, the 7th grade students will study the Mongol, Ottoman and Mughal empires. They will read and focus on the emerging empire of China, the flowering of Chinese culture and the growth of the economy. They will focus on Japan, the development of the national culture, unification versus isolation and the power of the Shoguns.
In History, the 8th grade students will study the beginning of the New Republic and the Age of Thomas Jefferson. They will focus on the political parties in power- Democratic Republicans and Federalists. They will study and analyze threats from overseas and the War of 1812. The students will read about the Industrial Revolution. They will study and analyze westward expansion, building national unity and how technology continually changes lives.
In Religion, the 6th grade students will study and reflect upon the Christian call to holiness. They will study and reflect upon right judgment and making good choices. They will study and examine different forms of prayer. They will read scripture- the Book of Wisdom.
In Religion, the 7th grade students will study and reflect upon the early life of Jesus and the mission of Jesus. They will focus on having a deeper understanding of who Jesus was. They will study Christian ethics and the Beatitudes. They will study Jesus’ kingdom of truth and justice.
In Religion, the 8th grade students will study the History of the Church. They will study the challenges the Church faces and reformation of the Church. They will study the Church in North America- Catholic universities, organizations and missionary work. The 8th grade students will finish reading Left To Tell by Imaculee Illibagiza this first week of January. (This book was recommended to my faculty by Dominican nuns when I taught at Saint Elizabeth’s in Oakland. The 8th grade students read it there as well.)
The middle school students will continue to utilize Common Core standards and skills for academic development. They will continue to cite text to analyze primary and secondary sources. The students will decide upon central ideas and summarize informational sources. They will identify steps in texts’ descriptions. The students will determine the meaning of words and distinguish facts from opinions.