Curriculum Framework: Grade 7

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1. Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.


2. Demonstrate an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.


3. Present a reasoned rationale for being Catholic.


4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  
– lead reflection on selected Scripture passages

– make the connection between the First Reading and the Gospel from the Sunday liturgy

– demonstrate how the Gospel message can be lived in daily life


– recognize that Jesus' Resurrection is the basis of our faith

– identify Pentecost as the key event in the establishment of the Christian Church

– recognize that the sacraments are sacred encounters with Christ which strengthen us and help us express our Catholic faith

– recognize

a) the Church as an institution

b) the Pope as the vicar of Christ

– give an explanation of the basic beliefs of a Catholic using the Apostles' Creed and identify them in the Nicene Creed

– identify the Sacrament of Confirmation as a completion of the Sacrament of Baptism

– identify the Gifts of the Holy Spirit working in their lives


5. Illustrate a basic understanding of the history of the Church and an appreciation of her basic traditions.  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism.  7. Demonstrate an appreciation for the relationship between faith and culture (e.g. through arts, social sciences, sciences, technology, etc.)   8. Pray regularly and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality. 
– reflect on the missionary work of the early Church (New Testament) as it proclaimed the good news for all nations

– compare and contrast the Christian way of life in the early Church (as expressed in the 8 traits) with the Church of today

– identify diversity of Catholic faith traditions through cultural expressions at sacramental moments – recognize that science & technology are powerful tools that can be used or abused – lead class prayer

– engage in a longer period of prayerful silence

– know the Nicene Creed and the Prayer for Reverence for Life


9. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the importance of Sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics.   10. Celebrate the presence of the Sacred through participation in worship experiences using sacramentals, symbols and rituals.  11. Use appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences.  12. Demonstrate the ability to apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e.g. family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.) 
– participate in the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

– explain their personal rationale for regularly receiving the Eucharist

– formulate their own rationale for regularly attending the Sacrament of Reconciliation

– reflect on their experience of sacramentals, symbols and rituals in their preparation for Confirmation

– demonstrate an understanding of how symbols help us experience the Sacred

– plan appropriate music and prayers for a liturgy

– lead class prayer

– make choices based on Christian faith to enhance interpersonal relationships

– demonstrate an understanding of the concept of chastity


13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.   14. Demonstrate an understanding and respect for the gift of life; demonstrate an understanding of responsible stewardship.   15. Demonstrate an appreciation for faith community by participating in its life and activities activities as an essential way of coming to know God.  16. Express a willingness to develop and use God given gifts and talents in a Christ-like way to build Christian community. 
– identify the role of compassion and forgiveness in daily living as exemplified by the Beatitudes.

– demonstrate an understanding of the role of prayer in moral decision making


– explore the work of organizations that protect human life

– demonstrate an understanding of situations of discrimination


– identify outreach activities of the parish as a fulfillment of our call to service in the Church

– give examples of how making monetary contributions to the parish supports the community life of the parish

– demonstrate how the traits of Christian community can be lived in concrete life situations (classroom, family, community)

– affirm others when they are using their talents and gifts to build Christian community

– identify the Catholic Church's call to ecumenism as a way to build Christian community


17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.  18. Engage in service to the community (e.g. family, parish, local, national, and global) in response to the Gospel call.  19. Examine the variety of Christian vocations as ways to live out the Baptismal call to a life of service. 
– analyze situations in the world which demonstrate the consequence of ignoring the common good

– recommend a course of action based on Catholic social justice principles

– identify and engage in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in so far as they are able

– reflect on the experience of engaging in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy as a response to the Gospel call

– examine how the saints lived their Baptismal call to service

– identify the role of chastity in all Christian vocations and in their present situation


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