Middle School Curriculum

SIXTH GRADE OVERVIEW

CURRICULUM
We offer an integrated curriculum consisting of:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Religion / Faith In Action
  • Electives
  • Other Enrichment Activities

Language Arts
Middle School Students at Saint Rose Catholic School enjoy eight to ten periods of language arts a week, divided between English (grammar) and literature.  The program emphasizes strong understanding of English grammar, with introduction of fine points in sixth grade, reinforcement and practice in seventh, and application in all types of writing in eighth grade.  Ethical, thought-provoking literature, both classical and modern, is offered to students, who demonstrate comprehension through varied individual, partnered and group work. Key areas include:

  • Develop evaluative skills in reading and responding to six to eight age-appropriate pieces of literature.   Literature examples:  Tuck Everlasting, The Bronze Bow, Freak the Mighty. 
  • Introduce narrative elements of plot, character and setting.  Use prediction and group discussion to determine theme, mood and climax. 
  • Draw upon personal life experiences to further understand text purpose. 
  • Introduce Greek mythology and Greek word roots. 
  • Study eight parts of speech, diagram sentences, increase writing fluency and organization with emphasis on the paragraph. 
  • Develop vocabulary base with weekly vocabulary/spelling tests. 

 

Mathematics
Sixth grade math is designed to prepare students for pre-algebra in seventh grade. Students will be extending their understanding of numbers and the language of math through problem solving.  The course covers the California Content Standards for math including:

  • Number sense
  • Algebra and functions
  • Mathematical reasoning and measurement
  • Geometry

Macmillian/McGraw-Hill California Mathematics

Social Studies
The Saint Rose Middle School social studies curriculum follows California Department of Education standards for chronological and spatial thinking, evidence and point of view, and historical interpretation.  Students compare key events, notable people, historical eras, and a variety of maps and documents.   Students identify relevant facts and actively interact as historical figures to develop historical perspective.  This historical context allows students to determine sound historical conclusions which students apply to future social studies. Sixth grade topics include:

  • Development of humankind
  • Early civilizations of Mesopotamian
  • Early civilizations of Egypt
  • Ancient Hebrews
  • Early civilizations of  Ancient Greece 

 Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Vistas Masking a New Nation

Science
In Sixth Grade, the focus is on Earth Science; curriculum topics include:

  • Basic Lab procedures, measurement and observation
  • Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
  • Forces that Shape Earth’s Surface
  • Earth Atmosphere, oceans, and climate
  • Ecology
  • Field Trip to Carrizo Plain Natl. Monument to investigate San Andreas Fault Zone
  • Field Trip to Salinas River to investigate local geological forms, flora, fauna
  • Field Trip to Yosemite

Glencoe: Focus on Earth Science, 2007

Religion
Saint Rose Middle School religion curriculum follows Diocesan Religion Curriculum Guidelines. 

  • 6th grade religion focuses on Old Testament
  • 7th Grade religion focuses on the History of the Church
  • 8th grade religion focuses on the New Testament

The religion framework follows the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Creed (What We Believe): Students appreciate the mystery of the Trinity as the center of our faith, read and reflect on scripture, learn Catholic doctrine’s applications to The Creed, and enjoy education in a community of faith.

Sacraments and Liturgy (How We Celebrate):  Students plan and participate in monthly school and parish Eucharistic celebrations and liturgical celebrations.

Christian Living (How We Live): Students demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions and act in a responsible Christian manner.  St. Rose Middle School practices gospel values and celebrates these values in a monthly awards ceremony.  The students participate monthly and annually in school wide and individual social justice service projects. This involvement encourages students to answer the call to Christian discipleship.

Prayer (How We Pray): Students participate in the Catholic tradition of prayer.  Daily classroom prayer allows the students to openly communicate with God.  The students call on their classroom, community, and the communion of Saints for support.  A monthly flagpole gathering enriches school community prayer.  Students enjoy monthly chapel visits for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary.  These various prayer forms teach students the power of personal and communal prayer.

Electives

  • Art
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Technology / Computer Lab
  • Library

Seventh Grade Overview

Curriculum
We offer an integrated curriculum consisting of:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Religion / Faith In Action
  • Electives

Language Arts
Middle School Students at St. Rose enjoy eight to ten periods of language arts a week, divided between English (grammar) and literature.  The program emphasizes strong understanding of English grammar, with introduction of fine points in sixth grade, reinforcement and practice in seventh, and application in all types of writing in eighth grade.  Ethical, thought-provoking literature, both classical and modern, is offered to students, who demonstrate comprehension through varied individual, partnered and group work. Key areas for Seventh Grade include:

  • Develop oral fluency and expressive reading. 
  • Critically analyze, interpret and predict conclusions from six to eight varied works of literature. Literature examples:  Seedfolks, Beowolf, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Further expound on literary and narrative elements. 
  • Employ effective note taking strategies. 
  • Apply knowledge of grammar in writing clear sentences and effective paragraphs. 
  • Organize and write research papers. 
  • Develop oral communication through speech, role-play and stage work. 
  • Improve spelling and vocabulary with weekly tests. 

Mathematics
Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra prepares students for algebra in Eighth Grade.  Students will be extending their understanding of algebraic thinking through problem solving.  Students will begin solving algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities.  This course will cover the California Content Standards for math including number sense, algebra and functions, mathematical reasoning, measurement and geometry as well as statistics, data analysis and probability. 

Prentice Hall California Pre-Algebra

Social Studies
The Saint. Rose Middle School social studies curriculum follows California Department of Education standards for chronological and spatial thinking, evidence and point of view, and historical interpretation.  Students compare key events, notable people, historical eras, and a variety of maps and documents. Students identify relevant facts and actively interact as historical figures to develop historical perspective.  This historical context allows students to determine sound historical conclusions which students apply to future social studies. St.  Rose Catholic School 7th grade Social Studies focuses on the following:

  • Early civilization of India
  • Early civilizations and Middle Ages in  China
  • Development, expansion, and disintegration  of Rome
  • Civilization of Islam in the Middle Ages
  • Sub-Saharan civilizations in Medieval Africa
  • Ancient and Medieval civilizations in Japan
  • Civilizations of Medieval Europe
  • Origins and accomplishments of the Renaissance
  • Development of the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution
  • Age of Enlightenment

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Vistas Masking a New Nation

Science
In Seventh Grade, the focus is on living systems; curriculum topics include:

  • Lab Procedures including microscope use
  • Basic Cell Biology
  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Evolution and the Age of the Earth
  • Living Systems and The Human Body
  • Field Trip to Catalina Island
  • Field Trip to Santa Barbara Ty Warner Sea Center via Amtrak

Glencoe: Focus on Life Science, 2007

Religion
Saint Rose Middle School religion curriculum follows Diocesan Religion Curriculum Guidelines. 

  • 6th grade religion focuses on Old Testament
  • 7th Grade religion focuses on the History of the Church
  • 8th grade religion focuses on the New Testament

The religion framework follows the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Creed (What We Believe): Students appreciate the mystery of the Trinity as the center of our faith, read and reflect on scripture, learn Catholic doctrine’s applications to The Creed, and enjoy education in a community of faith.

Sacraments and Liturgy (How We Celebrate):  Students plan and participate in monthly school and parish Eucharistic celebrations and liturgical celebrations.

Christian Living (How We Live): Students demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions and act in a responsible Christian manner.  St. Rose Middle School practices gospel values and celebrates these values in a monthly awards ceremony.  The students participate monthly and annually in school wide and individual social justice service projects. This involvement encourages students to answer the call to Christian discipleship.

Prayer (How We Pray): Students participate in the Catholic tradition of prayer.  Daily classroom prayer allows the students to openly communicate with God.  The students call on their classroom, community, and the communion of Saints for support.  A monthly flagpole gathering enriches school community prayer.  Students enjoy monthly chapel visits for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary.  These various prayer forms teach students the power of personal and communal prayer.

Electives

  • Art
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Technology / Computer Lab
  • Library

EIGHTH GRADE OVERVIEW

Curriculum

We offer an integrated curriculum consisting of:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Religion / Faith In Action
  • Electives

Language Arts
Middle School Students at Saint Rose enjoy eight to ten periods of language arts a week, divided between English (grammar) and literature.  The program emphasizes strong understanding of English grammar, with introduction of fine points in sixth grade, reinforcement and practice in seventh, and application in all types of writing in eighth grade.  Ethical, thought-provoking literature, both classical and modern, is offered to students, who demonstrate comprehension through varied individual, partnered and group work. Key areas for Eighth Grade include:

  • Analyze, interpret, compare and contrast, and draw conclusions from six to eight works of literature, including one Shakespearean play.  Literature examples:  Animal Farm, Nothing But the Truth, Night, Twelfth Night.
  • Read with fluency and expression. 
  • Participate in group discussions with terms of morality and social justice in mind. 
  • Solidify strong vocabulary and spelling with weekly tests. 
  • Analyze and write sentences of all construction and type. 
  • Compose persuasive, expository and journalistic essays. 
  • Proofread, edit and rewrite. 
  • Work individually and collaboratively on projects.

Mathematics
In Eighth Grade, students will thoroughly cover all traditional Algebra I topics.  We introduce field properties early, along with the properties of equality and encourages the students to use these properties as understanding and justification for solving equations.  This class provides complete coverage of polynomial operations and all factoring techniques to prepare students for later work with rational expressions and quadratic equations.

Prentice Hall Algebra I

Social Studies
The Saint Rose Middle School social studies curriculum follows California Department of Education standards for chronological and spatial thinking, evidence and point of view, and historical interpretation.  Students compare key events, notable people, historical eras, and a variety of maps and documents.   Students identify relevant facts and actively interact as historical figures to develop historical perspective.  This historical context allows students to determine sound historical conclusions which students apply to future social studies. Eighth Grade Social Studies focuses on the following:

  • Early inhabitants of North America
  • European exploration and colonization of North America
  • American Revolution and the Constitution
  • The founding of our government
  • Westward exploration and expansion
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction
  • The industrialization of our country
  • The role of immigration and the struggle for equality by minorities

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Vistas Masking a New Nation

Science
In Eighth Grade, the focus is on Physical Science; curriculum topics include:

  • Lab Procedures
  • Motion and Forces
  • The Structure of Matter (atoms, molecules, and the Periodic Table)
  • Chemistry
  • Basic Astronomy
  • Water Bottle Rockets
  • Growing Crystals
  • Chemistry experiments
  • Field Trip to San Francisco

Glencoe: Focus on Physical Science, 2007

Religion
Saint Rose Middle School religion curriculum follows Diocesan Religion Curriculum Guidelines. 

  • 6th grade religion focuses on Old Testament
  • 7th Grade religion focuses on the History of the Church
  • 8th grade religion focuses on the New Testament

The religion framework follows the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Creed (What We Believe): Students appreciate the mystery of the Trinity as the center of our faith, read and reflect on scripture, learn Catholic doctrine’s applications to The Creed, and enjoy education in a community of faith.

Sacraments and Liturgy (How We Celebrate):  Students plan and participate in monthly school and parish Eucharistic celebrations and liturgical celebrations.

Christian Living (How We Live): Students demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions and act in a responsible Christian manner.  St. Rose Middle School practices gospel values and celebrates these values in a monthly awards ceremony.  The students participate monthly and annually in school wide and individual social justice service projects. This involvement encourages students to answer the call to Christian discipleship.

Prayer (How We Pray): Students participate in the Catholic tradition of prayer.  Daily classroom prayer allows the students to openly communicate with God.  The students call on their classroom, community, and the communion of Saints for support.  A monthly flagpole gathering enriches school community prayer.  Students enjoy monthly chapel visits for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary.  These various prayer forms teach students the power of personal and communal prayer.

Electives

  • Art
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Technology / Computer Lab
  • Library