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Students in the Third through Sixth Grades at CCS will be taught Michael Clay Thompson’s approach to grammar analysis. This new Caesar’s English 2 Classical Education Edition includes an abundance of photo images that give children wide-ranging insight into the ancient world and its contribution to our lives. The volume has a vocabulary component “based on Latin stems and lists of Nonfiction Words made from the stems as well as lists of Advanced Words and Classic Words.” The grammar lessons, Grammar Voyage, reflect the four levels of grammar analysis so students study parts of speech, parts of the sentence, to phrases and to clauses. Included in this classical approach is the study of poetry, A World of Poetry, which demands a whole-brain appreciation and produces better readers and writers.
Students in the Third through Sixth Grades at CCS will continue to be taught the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, an internationally renowned program developed by educator, Ruth Culham. This methodology breaks the writing process down into the seven traits used by an effective writer: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Instruction is based on the appropriate developmental abilities of young writers. Writing prompts are created by the teacher and are woven into the Bible, Science, Literature, and Social Studies units being taught in the classroom. Thus, writing becomes an integral part of how a student responds to his or her every-day learning. Students in Grade 5 will continue to learn the Zaner-Bloser cursive method of handwriting.
Students will progress in their ability to write effectively in all four genres of writing: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Persuasive. Students will be taught to edit and revise their own writing and will be given the tools to assess their own writing, as well as that of others.
Saxon Math 6 is a rigorous math curriculum selected for the Logic Stage students at CCS. The 5th Grade students are engaged in using algebraic ideas, and these ideas are built upon throughout their middle school years. Saxon Math weaves algebra and algebraic ideas with hands-on, inquiry-based explorations for students working independently and in groups. Word problems are a major focus of this year of study, as well as keeping a Math Journal, learning to solve algebraic equations, and working with geometric formulas. The curriculum is presented in carefully developed textbooks and supporting materials that have been implemented with over 3,500 middle school students across Texas. This course has the students solving “real world” problems in the areas of art, language arts, science, sports, social studies, and architecture. Students learn to calculate the greatest common factor and the least common multiple, to round decimals, to calculate compound interest, to solve more complex problems in algebraic equations and geometric calculations, and to use the xy coordinates to plot information on graphs. Students will also create and use Math Journals. In the words of S. Gudder, "The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”
The fifth grade social studies curriculum begins where the 4th grade ended, with an in-depth study of the Europeans who explored and colonized the New World. The Veritas history curriculum is supplemented with the first four volumes of The History of US, and takes the students from the early colonial period through the founding of the United States of America. The Constitution and The Bill of Rights are studied, as well as the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The year ends with the study of the War of 1812. Primary sources, biographies, and historical fiction classics such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Johnny Tremain are read and studied. Students learn the states and capitals, the main geographical landforms of the United States, and continue to apply the Five Themes of Geography. Critical thinking skills, problem solving, and decision-making skills are emphasized throughout the social studies curriculum.
Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The year ends with the study of the War of 1812. Primary sources, biographies, and historical fiction classics such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Johnny Tremain are read and studied. Students learn the states and capitals, the main geographical landforms of the United States, and continue to apply the Five Themes of Geography. Critical thinking skills, problem solving, and decision-making skills are emphasized throughout the social studies curriculum.
In Biology for the Logic Stage, there is a weekly topic to be studied. The students will conduct an experiment posed by a question related to the topic. As the students follow the scientific method in conducting the experiment, the scientific method trains the brain to examine and observe before making a statement of fact. The process will teach the student to look at all the facts and results before drawing a conclusion. The student learns to take the time to discover the answer to a given problem by using the knowledge they have and the things they observe during an experiment. The experiment sheet for the write-up will provide an introduction to the experiment giving the student background knowledge so that the student can predict the answer to the question posed in the lab for the hypothesis section of the write-up. The student will complete the materials listed, procedure, observation and conclusion sections. In the conclusion section the student will write whether or not their hypothesis was correct and any additional information they learned. Students will also be assigned sketches to complete, color and label. Using the supplemental text, Focus on Middle School Biology, students study with greater depth and complexity than they did at the elementary level the characteristics of life, cells, taxonomy of living creatures and the specific attributes and processes exhibited by organisms in the kingdoms.
The study of all four of the Gospels illustrates the remarkable period when God became man and dwelt among us through the life of Christ. Exploring all four Gospels in harmony helps students understand the significance and historical chronology of these important books.