RELIGION and SOCIAL STUDIES
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 17:55 Written by Christopher Romano
Mr. Christopher Romano
Grade 6 Home Room and Junior High Religion and Social Studies
-Junior High Religion-
Religion at the Junior High level is truly the heart of our instruction. Based on the standards set by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, curriculum includes the everlasting message of Jesus' teachings. Students explore the history of the Catholic Church, strictly adhere to the procedure and format of the Liturgy, deepen their understanding of the Church's vital prayers, follow Jesus' example by selflessly committing to Community Service hours, and seek to understand the value of morality and social justice. Our students go beyond reading the Gospels. Every Friday students read, discuss, and analyze each reading for the Sunday Mass as set forth by the Roman Catholic Missal. Students not only graduate with a thorough understanding of Jesus' ministry and teachings, but also move forward to be examples of Christ in High School. Our students attend a weekly Mass and are active participants in the ultimate display of Catholicity - receiving the Eucharist.
Grade 6 Religion Standards: http://www.archdiocese.la/learning/schools/curricula/pdf/Grade6RelEdCurriculum.pdf
Grade 7 Religion Standards: http://www.archdiocese.la/learning/schools/curricula/pdf/Grade7RelEdCurriculum.pdf
Grade 8 Religion Standards: http://www.archdiocese.la/learning/schools/curricula/pdf/Grade8RelEdCurriculum.pdf
Grade 6: Ancient World History
"History truly bears witness to the passage of time, sheds light upon the truth, breathes life into the power of memory, provides instruction for daily life, and carries a message of ancient days." - Cicero
Students in Grade Six will discover the dawn of man and "travel" three million years to the Fall of Rome this school year in Social Studies. Students will be competent in exploring empires such as Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, China, the Ancient Greeks, and the Roman Empire.
Student progress is monitored through a variety of forms such as: formal assessment, participation, debates, acting, projects, speeches, film, presentations, and the meaningful use of technology on a daily basis.
Grade 7: Medieval World History
"For it was a saying among them that a man is not really dead until he is forgotten."
- The Cow-Tail Switch, a West African tale
Students embark on a 1,800-year journey beginning with the Fall of Rome and ending during The Enlightenment. Students will be able to understand and analyze the Fall of Rome, the Empire of Islam, Africa, China, Japan, the Feudal System, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and Medieval Europe.
Student progress will again be monitored by more enhanced use of media and an elevated assessment process based on research and writing. Multiple forms of ongoing assessment are again included with participation, debates, acting, projects, research, film, media, and presentations.
Grade 8: United States History
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." - Benjamin Franklin
"Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
- Emma Lazarus, the Statue of Liberty
Students in the 8th Grade will begin their examination of our country's history by witnessing the birth of our nation against nearly impossible odds in the Revolutionary War. We will survive different forms of government, endure a Civil War, slowly reconstruct, reform and emerge as a world power, and rise as a beacon of hope to the world through two World Wars.
Students will engage in debates, projects, and presentations in order to fully understand the achievements of our country.
Grades 6, 7, 8 Social Studies Standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/histsocscistnd.pdf