Curriculum Grade 6 Religion/ Social Studies
Social Studies Curriculum
To complement the Social Studies curriculum in Sixth Grade, we use the McGraw Hill Glencoe text, Discovering Our Past, Ancient Civilizations, which conforms with the California State Framework. The framework, along with the Common Core Standards, stresses the mastery of skills in critical thinking, analysis, research, and citations.
In the Sixth Grade, students will learn about those people and events that ushered in the dawn of major Western and non-Western civilizations. Included are the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, and Greece.
In studying the ancient world, students will come to appreciate the special significance of geographic place in the development of the human story. They will acquire a sense of the everyday life of the people, their problems and accomplishments; their relationships to the developing social, economic and political structures of their society; the tools and technology they developed; the art they created; the architecture they lived with; the literature produced by their finest poets, narrators, and writers; their explanations for natural phenomena; and the ideas they developed that helped transform their world.
Throughout the year, students will be engaged in higher levels of critical thinking. They will engage in comparative analyses across time and across cultures. Students will be engaged in mapping activities that support their analyses of where these societies developed, the course of their spatial development over time, and their spatial interactions illustrated in the geographic movement of ideas, religious beliefs, economic trade, and military expansion throughout the ancient world.
Theme: The Sixth Grade focuses on the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. God’s people are challenged throughout history to follow the teachings of Jesus and His ancestors.
Texts: Be My Disciples, The New American Bible, Pflam Gospel Weekly publication
- To introduce Jesus’ ancestors and events that occurred before His coming.
- To grow and respond in faith by examining examples of the people in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures who were faithful to God.
- To grow in the knowledge that the kingdom of Jesus’ Father is in our midst.
- To understand the place of the Word of God in our lives.
Message: Understanding the relationship between the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures - the Word of God - the root of our faith.
- To believe Jesus is the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures
- To learn about the New Moses, Son of David, Messiah, Bread of Life, Incarnate word
- To believe Jesus is the foundation for our faith
- To study the historical continuum of the Hebrew people in the Pentateuch
- To understand how God’s covenant unfolds in the Christian Scripture through the message of the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
- To compare the Birth Narratives of Jesus
- To understand that God calls all people into a loving relationship
- To accept that Creation is continued through Jesus’ promise of salvation
- To understand that the Bible is the inspired Word of God
- To accept that the Ten Commandments are rooted in Natural Law
- To understand that there are three persons in the Blessed Trinity
Celebrating the relationship of our faith and practices, and the Hebrew tradition.
- To increase understanding of the meaning of the seven Sacraments through the exploration of Hebrew tradition
- To appreciate and understand the liturgical rituals of the Church, particularly the Stations of the Cross as a prayer form
- To have the opportunity to participate in a variety of prayer forms such as spontaneous prayer, guided meditation, gestures and song
- To continue to study the mass as the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist
- To review responses and prayers in the celebration of the Eucharist
- To continue to study the reading for the Sunday liturgy, especially the Hebrew Scripture reading
- To plan, participate and serve in a liturgy
Morality: Focusing on justice and responsibility as treasures of God’s Kingdom
- To further develop an awareness of social justice
- To accept the responsibility of stewardship
- To grow in responsibility to make moral decisions
Service: Developing an awareness that our mission’s goal is to reach out as Jesus did to all in need.
- To respect through word and action elderly, sick, homeless or lonely people
- To develop an awareness of the need for social action in response to unjust conditions
- To practice the Corporal Works of Mercy
- To strive to live the Beatitudes
- To understand the need to develop an awareness of all cultures
- To grow in respect and tolerance of each other
- To continue to develop a respect for our environment
Community: Understanding that the church as a community builds bridges between generations, races and lifestyles.
Models of Church
- To understand that the Church proclaims the Gospel and teachings of Jesus from its earliest times
- To understand that the early Church is the basis of our faith today
- To be witness to the Good News of Jesus through the study of the Scriptures and tradition
- To study the lives of modern-day role models
- To learn about the writings of the Evangelists and St. Paul
Family Life: Focusing on the dignity of all people as unique beings worthy of love and respect.
- To develop an understanding of how ethnic, religious and social customs shape people’s lives
- To respect all diversity in our society
- To emphasize reverence for life
- To exercise social responsibilities as people of God
- To have and nurture a love and respect for themselves and others