Classically Educating Disciples for Christ

Sixth Grade

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BIBLE: Acts to Revelation

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • List key events from the scriptures studied in chronological order, listing dates and scripture references where applicable.
  • Locate in the Bible the key events studied.
  • Recite the reasons given for the importance of significant dates or events covered in the study of Acts to Revelation.
  • Recall important facts related to each event studied.
  • Locate on a map of the world the key places where biblical events occurred.
  • Trace the progression of the advance of the Gospel by the apostles and in the early church as laid out in the book of Acts.
  • Explain the significance of the Jerusalem Council and the final ruling of the apostles at the council. (Salvation is by faith in Christ alone.)
  • Memorize and explain the five solas that are rooted in the teachings of Acts and the Epistles and resulted from the Protestant Reformation. (sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus, soli Deo gloria)
  • Articulate the fact that God has sovereignly led through all of Scripture.
  • Memorize and define terms in the Ordo Salutis (order of salvation).
  • Memorize and quote key scripture passages that complement biblical events and theology studied.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Completion of worksheets, quizzes, and tests
  • Chanting and singing the series of events in chronological order
  • Integration with art, geography, history, and music
  • Building models, making drawings, writing stories, playing games, etc.
  • Field trips to related sites and museum exhibits

Primary texts and materials

  • The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study, Vol. 3-4 – A Survey of the Bible by Starr Mead
  • ESV Student Study Bible published by Crossway
  • Acts to Revelation published by Veritas Press
  • Journey Through the Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
  • Abingdon's Reproducible Old and New Testament Maps
  • The Child's Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos                                                                                     
  • Student Bible Atlas

Approximate time per week - 2 hours            

HISTORY: American History – 1815 to the Present

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:  

  • List key events in American history from the time of the early explorers until 1815 in chronological order including dates where applicable.
  • Recite the reasons given for the importance of significant dates or events covered during this time period.
  • Recall important facts related to each event studied.
  • Articulate the implications of significant events studied including the Second Great Awakening, War Between the States, World War I, and World War II.
  • Locate on a map of the world the key places where historical events occurred.
  • Describe the basic life-styles of people during the major periods of this period of history, including dress, technology, vocations, religious practices, education, housing, and entertainment.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Completion of worksheets, quizzes, and tests
  • Chanting and singing the series of events
  • Research work by small groups and individuals on specific projects
  • Integration with literature, art, Bible, geography, and music
  • Building models, making drawings, writing stories, playing games and making collections and displays
  • Field trips to related sites and museum exhibits

Primary texts and materials

  • 1815 to the Present published by Veritas Press
  • A Child's Story of America

Approximate time per week four – 3 hours

LITERATURE and VOCABULARY

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Read orally and silently:

Demonstrating an ability to read unfamiliar words by using basic decoding skills.
Regularly participating in a schedule of oral and silent reading of literature. (This includes the SFS Boni Libri reading program as well as assigned class reading.)
Demonstrating an ability to comprehend and enjoy books with increasing levels of difficulty and complexity.
Practicing rhetoric by performing oral presentations (drama, oral reading, story-telling, etc.) in front of the class, parent groups, or other students. (An emphasis should be placed on proper diction, phrasing, inflection, etc. that promotes clear eloquent communication.)

  • Demonstrate vocabulary knowledge and comprehension by:

Memorizing definitions of selected vocabulary words and demonstrating an ability to recognize their meanings in more than one context including how they are used as various parts of speech.
Applying contextual clues, derivation of words with Latin roots, and use of the dictionary to determine vocabulary meaning.
Substituting vocabulary words for synonymous words or phrases while maintaining proper connotation within the given context.
Associating vocabulary words with real life/familiar situations and concepts.
Applying vocabulary words to written and oral presentations.

  • Correctly comprehend the literal and inferential meaning of selected literary works by:

Completing written work (essays, worksheet questions, drawing, etc.) that demonstrates comprehension.
Participating in group discussions.
Recognizing and identifying story types by the style of the literature.
Recognizing and identifying literary devices used in selected works of literature.
Recalling the qualities of the characters in stories and acknowledging those that are worth admiring.
Comparing/contrasting selected reading passages with biblical principles found in scripture.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Reading groups where students read orally, listen, and follow along with other students
  • Discussion about the book in large or small groups and answering oral and written questions
  • Using pictures, objects, projects, personal stories, guest speakers, and field trips to increase comprehension and vocabulary, relating as much as possible to the lives of the students
  • Provide time for silent reading and teacher or guest reading to students
  • Integrate with art, Bible, English grammar, history, Latin, etc.

Primary texts and materials

  • Book titles from the Samuel Fuller School Literature List
  • Selected comprehension guides from approved publishers (Progeny Press, Veritas Press, Memoria Press, Logos, etc.)
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book 6
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Approximate time per week — 4 hours

ENGLISH GRAMMAR

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Comprehend compound and complex sentence structure and recognize and use proper word order in sentences.
  • Avoid comma splices, run-on sentences, double negatives, misplaced modifiers, and achieve unity and coherence in all paragraph writing.
  • Write and locate topic sentences in new and existing paragraphs.
  • Demonstrate a consistent, correct use of subjects, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, direct objects, prepositions, objects of prepositions, predicate nouns, predicate adjectives, conjunctions, and interjections and identify them in simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  • Identify homonyms for given words.
  • Write the possessive and plural forms of nouns with proper spelling and punctuation.
  • Compare and contrast linking verbs with action verbs, both transitive and intransitive.
  • Write using proper subject/verb and pronoun/antecedent agreement.
  • Consistently use correct capitalization and punctuation in a written sentence. Proper use of the following punctuation is expected: end marks, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, colons, and semi-colons.
  • List the principle parts of regular and irregular verbs and be able to form the simple and perfect verb tenses.
  • List and properly use personal, possessive, demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, and relative pronouns. This includes using pronouns in their proper case in oral and written work.
  • Demonstrate correct use of grammar elements through proofing and editing his own and others’ written work.
  • Use basic research materials in addition to a thesaurus and dictionary.
  • Know how to find books in a library.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods   

  • Large group instruction
  • Completion of practice exercises, quizzes, and tests
  • Basic parsing, diagraming, and classifying practice
  • Playing review games
  • Chanting and drilling jingles

Primary texts and materials

  • Rod and Staff English 6 “Progressing with Courage”
  • Shurley Grammar jingles
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary

Approximate time per week – 3 hours

WRITING

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Self-edit sentences and paragraphs.
  • Interpret and imitate and classic fables from ancient and modern sources.
  • Explain the parameters of a given fable—its plot line, characters, and moral.
  • Collect and record writing ideas in a commonplace book or journal.
  • Study and re-write well-written narratives, imitating their grammatical structure, use of imagery, etc.
  • Explain the parameters of a given narrative—the who, what, when, where, why, and how as well as the narrative’s presentation or slant.
  • Imitate fables and narratives by use of variation and paraphrase.
  • Use figures of description and figures of speech to develop creativity in fable and narrative writing.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group and individual instruction
  • Imitation of well-written works to teach writing skills
  • Integration of other subjects in written and oral presentations

Primary texts and materials

  • Progymnasmata: Fable and Narrative by Cindy Marsch published by Writing Assessment Services
  • Classical Composition: Fable Stage by James Selby published by Memoria Press
  • Classical Composition: Narrative Stage by James Selby published by Memoria Press

Approximate time per week – 2 hours

SPELLING

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Use spelling rules to represent the various sounds in a word with the correct letters.
  • Translate phonetic sounds into standard spellings by interpreting phonetic spellings.
  • Spell grade appropriate words in given word lists by rote and application of spelling rules.
  • Use and spell grade appropriate words intelligently in written work.
  • Use words or word parts to properly form other words using the following concepts: syllable divisions, plural and compound nouns, verb forms, abbreviations, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, etc.
  • Satisfactorily and consistently apply spelling rules in assigned work (including other disciplines).

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Workbook practice
  • Use of weekly spelling list
  • Integration with other subjects
  • Classroom games and activities

Primary texts and materials

  • Spelling by Sound and Structure 7, Rod and Staff Publishers
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary

Approximate time per week – 1 hour

LATIN

Primary objectives—the students will be able to:

  • Review and utilize all previously studied material throughout the course of the year.
  • Memorize approximately one hundred twenty new vocabulary words covering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension nouns, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd conjugation verbs (the four principal parts), 1st and 2nd declension adjectives, and demonstrative pronouns.
  • Identify English derivatives from the Latin vocabulary they have learned and transcribe the etymology of assigned derivatives from a dictionary.
  • Memorize and recite all third declension noun endings.
  • Memorize and recite the declensions of hic, haec, hoc; ille, illa, illud; and iste, ista, istud.
  • Memorize and recite third conjugation verb endings of the present tense.
  • Translate simple Latin sentences of the following constructions including prepositions, adjectives, and personal and demonstrative pronouns: subject-verb, subject-linking verb-predicate noun, subject-linking verb-predicate adjective, and subject-direct object-verb transitive.
  • Recognize and accurately translate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd verbs in the imperative mood.
  • Memorize and recite famous Latin mottos or expressions.
  • Understand and verbalize Latin expressions for classroom use.
  • Identify and describe major provinces and geographical features of ancient Rome.

Primary Teaching Methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Individual instruction as necessary
  • Chant, sing, and write Latin vocabulary and paradigms
  • Play games to reinforce learning
  • Integrate Latin with study of science, Bible, history, literature, music, art, etc. as appropriate

Primary texts and materials

  • Latin for Children, Primer B, published by Classical Academic Press
  • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  • First Latin, Language and Family by Marion Polsky
  • National Latin Exam by Cheryl Lowe, published by Memoria Press

Approximate time per week -- 2 hours

MATH

Primary objectives – The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding that God gave us numbers and mathematical systems to help us in life and to also help us understand his immutable (unchangeable) and logical character.
  • Complete all assigned math work/worksheets satisfactorily (75%+).
  • Solve complex equations using the correct order of operations.
  • Memorize and use geometric formulas to solve problems involving perimeter, circumference, area, and volume.
  • Measure and construct angles, triangles, polygons, and circles using a compass and protractor.
  • List and solve fraction-decimal-percent equivalents.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Use proportions and unit multipliers to solve ratio and percent problems.
  • Write both large and small numbers using scientific notation.
  • Perform all operations using signed numbers.
  • Solve algebraic equations involving up to two steps.
  • Accurately describe and use standard and metric measurements.
  • Accurately estimate numbers to solve and check problems.

Review objectives – It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction: using daily drills, mental math, problems on chalkboard
  • Written math practice
  • Small group work, individual instruction, and flash cards
  • Games solving story problems
  • Timed tests

Primary texts and materials

  • Saxon  Math 8/7

Approximate time per week -- 5 hours

SCIENCE

Primary objectives - Students will be able to:

  • State that God is the Creator of the earth and all that is in it.
  • Explain weather patterns and how weather systems provide for life on earth and its various and complex life systems.
  • Describe the hydrologic cycle whereby the earth’s water is circulated and conserved.
  • Describe cloud classifications and the processes by which clouds and precipitation develop.
  • Explain the forces that influence the flow of air and how they interact to produce wind, and describe the most common types of air masses.
  • Describe the different types of severe storms, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Projects, hands-on experiments, and observation
  • Drawing coloring, and/or modeling bodies found in the human body
  • Research and report information on systems of the human body

Primary texts and materials

  • God’s Design for Heaven and Earth: Weather and Water by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
  • Literature and science books to meet third grade science objectives

Approximate time per week – 1 hour