Building a strong foundation in grammar and an expansive vocabulary, students will learn to write with structure and style. They will learn to assess their writing and revise it. Students will write numerous short answer responses, personal narratives, fictional stories, poems, raps, scenes, literary analysis essays and argumentative papers.
Students will learn to examine literature with a critical eye, becoming proficient in close reading and annotation, inference, and analysis. Students will examine the deliberate choices a writer is making in story structure, word usage and character development. Students will develop an understanding of literature’s ability to utilize the vicarious experience to expand and enrich their worldview.
The sixth-grade pre-algebra curriculum exposes students to algebraic concepts and develops abstract reasoning skills. Word problems are incorporated throughout the year to support critical thinking. In sixth grade, students deepen their understanding of ratio and proportion, write and solve algebraic equations, use statistics and probability to analyze data and build a strong foundation in geometry.
The history curriculum will work in conjunction with the literature curriculum. Students will research the regions and time periods of the novels they are studying, and apply their research to analyzing how historical, cultural and socioeconomic forces affect individual lives. Students will use a process of sourcing, contextualization, corroboration, and close reading to think critically about history.
Students will focus on a comprehensive study of human biology including the circulatory, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, immune, nervous, and digestive systems. Students will study nutrition and its effects on the systems of the body, as well as complete research projects and presentations on the physiological effects of stress, neuroplasticity, the nature of pain and the way mindful breathing impacts the central nervous system.
Students will begin an exploration of the Spanish language, focusing on vocabulary building and conversation, being able to read, write and speak simple Spanish sentences.
Filmmaking, theatre, visual art and creative writing will be integral parts of the entire curriculum, providing opportunities for deeper engagement with the material being worked with, as well as providing opportunities to experience the joy and power of creative expression. .
Meditation, goal setting, visualization and reflection will be cornerstone habits helping students develop mindfulness, joy, composure and high performance levels under pressure.