Dear 6th, 7th and 8th grade families,
In History this month, the 6th grade students will study Ancient India and China. They will read about the geography, culture, religion and philosophies of the two countries. They will also focus on forming hypotheses using parallel timelines between the two countries.
In History, the 7th grade students will continue to study The Empire of Sub-Saharan Africa. They will focus on the roots of mighty empires- the empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. They will read about village societies of West Africa. They will study the spread of Bantu and the rise of coastal trading states, the Zimbabwe state and the Kongo Kingdom.
In History, the 8th grade students will study the Constitution In Progress and the beginning of the New Republic. They will focus on the confederation of states, the Constitutional Convention and the five principles and goals of the Constitution. They will analyze good citizenship and the responsibilities of citizens. They will read about the rise of political parties.
In Religion, the 6th grade students will study The Church: The Age of the Spirit and the People of God. They will focus on Mary: Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church. They will read the scripture story ‘Come, You Who Are Blessed.’ The sixth graders will also 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 apostles, Mary and others. They will focus on having a deeper understanding of who Jesus was. 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 History of the Church: Part I. The students will read about the first years of the Church and how the Church grew. They will also 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.
*I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving this month.