ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS / READING
Grade 6 Language Arts/Reading, students discover the basic elements of literature in a variety of literary and informational texts. Students look for key ideas and reinforcing details in literature and then learn how to effectively communicate ideas in their own work. The course provides review and practice of the conventions of standard English in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.
Grade 6 Math Plus bridges the gap between elementary and middle school, differentiating the instruction so that struggling students are given the help and knowledge they need to master the concepts, while advanced students are able to accelerate at their own pace.
Grade 6 Science is an integrated course covering Astronomy, Forces and Motion and Earth Structure. The course includes lab videos where students observe experiments that demonstrate the concepts they are learning. Course Topics Include: Objects in Space; Forces and Movement in Space; Force and Motion; Newton’s Laws and Energy; Electricity and Magnetism; Earth Systems; Rocks and Minerals; Plate Boundaries and Movement; Earthquakes and Volcanoes;
HISTORY / SOCIAL STUDIES
Grade 6 Social Studies course focuses on World History and Geography from pre civilization through the rise of the Roman Empire. It begins with Hominids and Homo Sapiens and their migration to the six continents, and continues with the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages. Students go on to learn about the Middle East, Egypt, Judaism, Mythology, and Early Greece. They continue learning about the Greek City States, and about Persia and war between Greece and Persia. Students' understanding is broadened through a study of India's geography, cultural system, religions, and contributions. The course continues with a study of East Asia, focusing on China's geography, isolation, warring states, religions, politics, and dynasties. Students next learn about the rise of Rome, some of its legends and founding people, and about Julius Caesar, and Pax Romana. Finally students examine the birth of Christianity and it's impact on Rome and enduring impact throughout the world to this day. Throughout this course, students will learn of the interactions among various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds. This course addresses various national and state standards including those of California.
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