MARQUETTE CATHOLIC
Middle School

Curriculum Guide

2017-2018


Introduction

Marquette Catholic School System shares the mission of creating a community where excellence and Catholic Christian morals, values, and traditions are nurtured for the formation of the whole person. Through the formation of positive attitudes toward the meaning of education in our lives, growth in understanding religious beliefs, self-discipline and respect for the rights of others, individual students grow and develop as Catholic Christian citizens.

The curriculum of our school falls under guidelines and mandates of the State of Iowa Department of Education, the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and Marquette Catholic Schools.

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of topics included in our Marquette Catholic Middle School curriculum. This guide is not intended to be an all-inclusive or exhaustive list. The topics covered, the depth at which they are covered, and their order and pacing is subject to ongoing revision.

Grade Level Expectations

Grade level expectations are the official set of standards and benchmarks that are used by Marquette Catholic Schools for K-l2th Grade. Copies of this lengthy document are available for review at Marquette Catholic. The GLE's are undergoing continued review by the Archdiocese of Dubuque and Marquette Catholic School System.

Textbooks

Although not the official curriculum, textbooks play an important part in our academic program. Depending upon the grade level expectations of a particular subject area, textbooks or other resource materials will be used to varying degrees. Teachers may use parts of chapters, skip some chapters, and/or utilize other supplementary materials.


Religion

As adolescents grow in their journey of faith, religion integrates their social, intellectual, and spiritual needs. In its broadest scope the religion program in middle school covers the Old Testament and salvation history in sixth grade, the New Testament and the person of Jesus in seventh, and the gospel message and traditions found in Church History in eighth. Our religion standards require our students to demonstrate knowledge of the message taught, to reflect Christian involvement in service, and to show evidence of Christian relationships as we build our Christian community. In addition, each grade level will utilize a service contract to encourage students to demonstrate service in their family, school, parish, and community.

Sixth Grade

UNITS

We Answer God’s Call

Revelation and Response

Sacrifice and Promise

Covenant and Commitment

Piety and Prayer         

God Saves and Delivers Us

Slavery and Deliverance

Passover and the Eucharistic Celebration

Commandment and Fulfillment

Our Journey and God’s Presence 

God Invites Us into His Kingdom

Our Land and God’s Kingdom

The Ark and the Temple

David’s Sin and the Story of the Fall

Psalms of Praise and Works of Wonder

God Reminds Us to Do His Will

Disobedience and Guidance

Exile and Remembrance

Hope and Faithfulness

Trust and Prayer

God Promises Us Everlasting Life

A New Life and a Coming Messiah

Baptism and Repentance

Christians and the Reign of God

Hope for the Ages

PRAYERS

Mary’s Song of Praise

Nicene Creed

Prayer of St. Francis

Mysteries of the Rosary

CATHOLIC KNOWLEDGE

Corporal Works of Mercy
Spiritual Works of Mercy

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Gifts of the Holy Spirit



PRAYER SERVICE / PROJECT

Each student will participate in at least one prayer service or project.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Each student will be expected to perform 5 hours of community service per quarter.

Seventh Grade

UNITS

The Mystery of the Incarnation

The Meaning of the Kingdom of God

The Christian Life

The Paschal Mystery

The Good News

PRAYERS

Nicene Creed

Angelus

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

PRAYER SERVICE / PROJECT
Each student will participate in at least one prayer service or project.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Each student will be expected to perform 5 hours of community service per quarter.

Eighth Grade

UNITS

The Marks of the Church from the Beginning

The Growth of Christendom

The Age of Faith and Beauty

Reason, Rebellion, and Reform

Returning to the Roots of Christianity

PRAYERS

Magnificat

Prayer of St. Francis

Psalm 23

Confiteor

PRAYER SERVICE
Each student will participate in at least one prayer service.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Each student will be expected to do 5 hours of community service per quarter.



English

English class focuses on spelling, grammar, mechanics, and writing skills.  Different writing genres, including daily life writing skills, are taught incorporating spelling, grammar, process writing, different types of writing, and the six plus traits of writing.

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Daily Language Practice:

Daily Language Practice:

Daily Language Practice:

Word Study:

Vocabulary

Greek & Latin Roots

Word Study:

Vocabulary

Greek & Latin Roots

Word Study:

Vocabulary

Greek & Latin Roots

English:

The Sentence

Nouns

Verbs

Modifiers

Cap. & Punctuation

Pronouns

Prepositions

English:

The Sentence

Nouns

Verbs

Modifiers

Cap. & Punctuation

Pronouns

Prepositions

Complex Sentences

English:

The Sentence

Nouns

Verbs

Modifiers

Cap. & Punctuation

Pronouns

Phrases

Clauses

Types of Writing:

Descriptive: Paragraph

Personal Narrative: Comic Strip

Opinion/ Persuasion: Expository-News

Types of Writing:

Descriptive: Menu

Narrative: Mystery

Persuasion: Commercial

Expository- I Search Research paper

Types of Writing:

Descriptive: Poem

Narrative: Historical Fiction

Opinion/ Persuasion: Debate

Expository: Injustice

Writing Process:

Pre-write

Draft

Revise

Edit

Publish

Writing Process:

Pre-write

Draft

Revise

Edit

Publish

Writing Process:

Pre-write

Draft

Revise

Edit

Publish

Six + Writing Traits:

Ideas

Organization
Voice

Word Choice

Sentence Fluency
Conventions

Presentation

Six + Writing Traits:

Ideas

Organization

Voice

Word Choice

Sentence Fluency

Conventions

Presentation

Six + Writing Traits:

Ideas

Organization

Voice

Word Choice

Sentence Fluency

Conventions

Presentation

Literature

Junior high literature uses the Accelerated Reading Program daily. Students are given about 15 minutes of silent reading time. During this time the teacher meets with students, looks over goals and assists those who need help. The remainder of the class consists of lessons covering reading skills and vocabulary taken from the short stories, novels, poetry, and plays read together in class as well as their Accelerated Reading books and other sources.

ReadnQuiz

This is a program that allows the student to choose his/her own reading material based on individual ability. Students are given an individual goal (the number of points he/she needs to earn for the quarter) and a range (the levels of books he/she should be reading). Both the goal and range are based on scores taken from the ITBS. At the end of each quarter, the teacher will conference with the student about performance and together they will decide the student's new goal for the next quarter.

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

ReadnQuiz

Reading Strategies

Read Aloud

Nonfiction Unit

Bridge to Terabithia

Holes

Tuck Everlasting

Short Story Unit

Poetry

Various Projects

Journaling

ReadnQuiz

Reading Strategies

Roll of Thunder,

   Hear My Cry

Short Stories and Reader’s Theater

Adventure Lit Circle Unit

Nonfiction and Historical Fiction Unit

Poetry- Narrative Poems

ReadnQuiz

Reading Strategies

Poetry through Music

The Miracle Worker

The Giver

“Holocaust” Unit

Short Stories and  Readers Theater

Nonfiction American History Unit


Sixth Grade Math

Connections

Arithmetic to Algebra

Order of operations

Properties of real numbers

Estimation

Writing expressions & equations

Solving one step equations

Fractions

Writing and reducing fractions

Mixed numbers and improper fractions

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Equations with fractions

Decimals

Place values & rounding

Scientific notation

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Equations with decimals

Statistics

Reading & interpreting graphs

Displaying data

Mean, median, mode, mean absolute deviation (MAD), quartiles

Measurement

Perimeter and area of polygons

Circumference and area of circles

Patterns:

Divisibility Rules

Prime and Composite numbers

Prime factorization

Least common multiple

Greatest common factor

Ratios and Proportion

Equal ratios and rates

Defining and solving proportions

Integers

Addition, subtraction, multiplication division

Geometry

Lines and angles

Classifying & measuring angles

Triangels & polygons

Transformations

Seventh Grade Math

Application of Problem Solving Strategies Throughout the Year

Decimals

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Metric system

Terminating and repeating decimals

Estimating

Order of operations

Properties

Integers and Equations

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of integers

Solving and writing two step equations

Spreadsheet creation

Fractions and Number Theory

Compare and order fractions

Divisibility rules

Prime factorization

Simplifying fractions

Fraction-decimal-percent

Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Units conversion

Solving equations with fractions and mixed numbers

Proportions and Percent:

Ratios

Unit rates

Scale drawings

Using proportions to find percent

Geometry

Patterns

Congruency

Polygons

Vocabulary

Proofs

Geometry/Measurement

Perimeter

Area

Circumference

Volume

Pythagorean Theorem

Square root

Intro on How to Use a Graphing Calculator TI-81

Intro to Algebra

Review Integers (add, subtract, multiply & divide)

Properties

Order of Operations

Simplifying, Solving and Writing 1 & 2 Step Equations

Eighth Grade Pre-algebra

Review of integers, properties, and order of operation

Simplifying, solving, and writing equations and inequalities

Problem solving strategies will be applied and used throughout the year

Create a spreadsheet on the computer 

Graphing in the Coordinate Plane:

Linear equations slope

Symmetry

Rotations

Rational and Irrational Numbers:

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division

Square root        

Pythagorean Theorem

Proportions

Similar figures

Sine, cosine, and tangent

Percent

Proportions and equations

Circle graphs

Interest

Geometry

Vocabulary

Patterns

Proofs

Formulas

Measurement

Metric and Customary Units

Dimensional analysis

Surface area and volume of space figures

Probability

Counting outcomes

Permutations and Combinations

Unit on using a graphing calculator-will use the TI-81 throughout the year

Create different types of graphs on the calculator

Graph linear equations
Exploring sequences

Eighth Grade Algebra

Algebra provides a broad introduction to simplifying rational and irrational numbers, solving equations and inequalities, simplifying and factoring polynomials, simplifying rational expressions, linear equations and functions, and solving systems of linear equations. Problem solving is emphasized. Students should be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions and understand the order of evaluation before entering this course. A graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisites for 8th grade students


Science

Science is a search for answers to questions about the world. In the study of earth, life, and physical science students gain an understanding of different aspects of how the world works. Students learn and understand the nature of scientific inquiry. Students use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret scientific data. They evaluate results of scientific investigations, experiments, and demonstrations. Students engage in cooperative learning, critical thinking, problem solving, questioning, and hands-on activities through a variety of different instructional strategies, learning styles, and assessments.

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Textbook: Earth Science Glencoe/McGraw Hill 2005

Nature of Science

What is Science

Work of Scientists

Earth Materials

Minerals

Rocks

Resources: earth's internal

Processes

Plate tectonics

Earthquakes

Volcanoes

Earth's air and water

Atmosphere

Weather

Climate

Weathering

Erosion

Science Fair

Invention convention

Textbook: Life Science Glencoe/McGraw Hill 2005

Nature of Science

Scientific method

Exploring & classifying life

Cells and heredity

Cell structure and function

Cell processes & energy

Cell reproduction

Heredity: genetics/Mendel

Genetics since Mendel

Human Body System

Structure and movement o skeletal, muscular, skin

Nutrients and digestion

Circulatory system

Respiration & excretion

Control & coordination of nervous system sense

Regulation and reproduction

Immunity and disease

Plants

Reproduction

Science Fair

Scientific process experiment

Textbook: Physical Science Glencoe/McGraw Hill 2005

Nature of Science

Measurement science

Energy and Motion

Motion

Forces

Energy

Work and machines

Nature of Matter

Classification of matter

Solids, liquids, gases

Chemistry

Properties of atoms

Properties of periodic table

Properties of elements

Chemical bonds

Electricity

Magnetism

Sound

Light

Science Fair

Rube Goldberg simple machine

Social Studies

The Social Studies Curriculum focuses on the historical, political, geographic, cultural, economic, and religious influences of various areas and time periods. The sixth grade curriculum studies ancient world cultures through the Middle Ages. Seventh graders explore people, places and cultures of our world in modern times.  In eighth grade, students study American history from the arrival of the first Americans continuing through the 20th Century.

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Early Civilizations

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Near East

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

Ancient China

Ancient India

Western Europe: The Middle Ages

Middle East: Origins of Islam

The Americas Early Peoples/Cultures

The Renaissance and Reformation

The Industrial Revolution

World War I and its aftermath

World War II and its aftermath

Intro Unit on Map Skills

Geography of each civilization studied

The World

The United States

Canada

Latin America

Europe

Russia

North Africa, Southwest Asia and Central Asia

Africa South of the Sahara

South Asia

East Asia and Southeast Asia

Australia, Oceania and Antarctica

The First Americans

Colonial America

Growth of the Thirteen Colonies

The America Revolution

A More Perfect Union

The Constitution

The Federalist Era

The Jefferson Era

The Jackson Era

Manifest Destiny

North and South

The Civil War

Reconstruction and the New South

Opening the West

The Industrial Age

The Progressive Era

World War I

The Jazz Age

The Depression and the New Deal

World War II

The Cold War Era

The Civil Rights Era

The Vietnam Era

New Challenges


Music

The students will experience different types of music through singing and playing instruments. We will study the anatomy of the human voice and how it changes through adolescence. Class periods will be dedicated towards learning new music appropriate for the students' stage of vocal development and will include lessons in music literacy, interpretation, and music history, as well as professionalism through performance.

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Elements of Music

Beat/Rhythm

Notes/Value

Measures/ Bar Lines/ Meter/ Time Signature

Staff/ Pitch/ Grand Staff

Treble Clef

Bass Clef

Dynamics

The Human Voice

How the voice is created

Changed and unchanged voices

Unison and two part singing

Music History

Musical Theater

Movie Musicals

Elements of Music

Rests/Value

Division of the Beat

Dotted Notes

Ledger Lines

Whole and Half Steps/ Scales

Intervals

Sharps/ Flats/ Naturals

Key Signatures

The Human Voice

The Anatomy of the Human Voice

Stages of the changing
voice

Charting our vocal ranges

Unison and 2&3 part singing Music

Music History

Musical Theater

Elements of Music

Enharmonic Notes/ Accidentals

Tempo

Repeat signs/ first and second endings/ DC & DS/ Coda/ Fine

Dynamics

Ties/ Slurs/ Articulation

Other Scales

The Human Voice

Review stages of the voice change

Chart our vocal ranges

Unison and 2&3 part singing

Music History

Musical Theater

Musicals Behind the Scenes


Physical Education

The focus in Physical Education will be to:

• Help students improve basic skills and physical fitness levels through a wide variety of activities.

• Promote a sense of fair play, cooperation and sportsmanship at all times.

• Develop a desire to pursue enjoyable activities that will enhance lifelong wellness.

Units Covered

The President's Challenge Physical Fitness (Fall)

Volleyball

Soccer

Frisbee Golf

Flag Football

Basketball

Archery

Bowling

Table Tennis

Cooperative Learning / Team Games

Tennis

The President's Challenge Physical Fitness (Spring)

Softball / Wiffle ball

Each grade level utilizes the above listed activities advancing to more progressive skill levels each year. Grades 6-8 meet each week for 1 period (60-120 minutes) of instruction.


S.T.A.R.S.

S.T.A.R.S. is a year long class where students work on a wide variety of topics. These topics include:

Spanish

Spanish class will focus on accumulating a basic, active vocabulary.  Students will learn about 200 words per year and will focus on subjects such as family members, classroom objects, food, places in a city, and common daily activities.  As students progress through the program, they will also learn how to use verbs in the present tense and basic commands.

Technology

Keyboarding

Word Processing

Spreadsheets

PowerPoint

Internet

Art

Arts Attack

Research

Study Skills


Formal Assessments

Iowa Assessments (formerly known as ITBS)

The Iowa Assessments are given to all 6-8 grade students each year. This is a series of standardized tests in the areas of Reading, Written Expression, Conventions of Writing, Vocabulary, Mathematics, Computation, Social Studies, and Science. The Iowa Assessments generally takes parts of 6 days to administer and a student's scores are sent to parents when they become available. The Iowa Assessments results are used in a variety of ways including measuring student progress from year-to-year, measuring a students overall achievement, and school-wide measurement of a grade-level or subgroup’s academic achievement.

MAP

The Measures of Academics Progress (MAP) assessment is given to all 6-8 grade students in the Fall and Spring and includes the areas of Reading, Math, and Language Arts. MAP takes 3 hours to complete, and identifies specific skills that can boost a student’s achievement. The results help teachers to monitor student progress and plan for instruction.

Science Multiple Assessments (SCASS)

The SCASS is used by schools in the Archdiocese of Dubuque to fulfill a state requirement for alternative assessments. This assessment is given to seventh graders in the area of Science. This assessment is generally administered in the spring. The SCASS requires students to conduct a given scientific experiment and to provide expanded written responses to questions. Teachers score the results based on a rubric and a grade level summary is reported to the office. Parents will not receive individual results but are welcome to discuss their child's scientific experimentation skills with the Science teacher at any time.


Interscholastic Athletics

Marquette Catholic Middle School is a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Students compete against students from other schools in five separate seasons:

Season

Boys

Girls

August-October

October-Dec.

January-March

April-May

May-June

Football/Cross Country


Basketball

Track & Field

Volleyball/ Cross Country

Basketball


Track & Field

Softball

Only seventh and eighth graders are allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics.

Other Activities

Math Counts

Science Fair

Speech Contest

Scripps Spelling Bee

Vocal Contests

Archery - Shared Program with Bellevue Community Schools

Science Bowl (if offered at the Regional Level)

Big Red Building Buddies

Battle of the Books