Curriculum Framework: Grade 8

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Unit 1
Belonging

 

Unit 2
Approaches to Scripture

 

 

Unit 3
Creation

 

The students will:

A. Forming a class community

1. The student will identify the common story and common vision that the members of the class share.

2. The student will acknowledge the role of Christ in the community.

3. The student will understand the responsibility of all members to share their talents, time, etc.

B. Introduction to Lectionary Based Catechesis

1. The student will be able to read the Word of God and apply to their lives.

2. The student will be familiar with the organization of the Bible and be able to locate specific readings by chapter and verse.

3. The student will understand that there is a relationship between the Old Testament reading and the Gospel reading

4. Students will become familiar with the liturgical year.

C. Approach to class prayer.

1. The student will demonstrate that he/she understands that prayer is a personal communication with a personal God.

2. The student will be able to provide examples of different styles and types of prayer.

D. Developing self-esteem

1. The student will demonstrate an appreciation that he/she is made in the image of God, which makes them sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters in Christ.

2. The students will demonstrate their awareness of their own gifts and appreciate the interconnectedness of all gifts.

3. The student will realize that God loves her/him unconditionally.

E. Sense of belonging to the school

1. The student will identify the school as a Christian community.

2. The student will list the diverse contributions of members of the school community.

F. What does it mean to be a Catholic?

1. The student will know that we are “sacramental people”

2. The student will be aware that the sacraments are prefigured in the Old Testament.

3. The student will be able to define a “Roman Catholic” as a person of faith marked by baptism who lives through sacrament and service as a believer in Jesus Christ.

4. The student will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of Baptism as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church(# 1213-1284).

 

The students will:

A. Overview of structure and history

1. The student will understand the Bible as God's self revelation and as a record of God's interaction with His people.

2. The student will be able to describe the process of writing and collecting the books of the Bible.

3. The student will know that the Old Testament covers the period between creation and the birth of Christ.

4. The student will be introduced to the Catholic Catechism as a resource.

B. Types of Literature in the Bible

1. The student will give examples of how God speaks to and through different personalities.

2. The student will be able to explain how myths which are O.T. parables contain truth.

C. Metaphor and Literalism

I. The student will be able to tell the difference between descriptive and expository language.

2. The student will understand that there should be no conflict between religious and scientific truth.

3. The student will be able to identify the religious truth from selected passages from Genesis.

4. The student will be able to discuss Creation and Evolution. (On a grade eight level)
 

The students will:

A. Goodness of Creation

1. The student will realize that they are co-creators.

2. The student will have a sense of responsibility towards all creation.

3. The student will appreciate the necessity of water and its symbolism.

4. The student will understand that God is revealed in creation. (Beauty, Order, Goodness)

B. Stewardship and Sin

1. The student will recognize that we are all made in God's image and are capable of responding or not responding to His call.

2. The student will understand that all sin stems from excessive pride.

3. The student will be able to examine their own relationships and reflect on their part in making good relationships with family and friends.

4. The student will be able to recall the story of Adam and Eve and explain its religious truth.

5. The student will appreciate that using the gifts of creation in a good way will bring him/her closer to God and salvation.

7. The student will understand that God wants us to do His work on Earth.
 

R.E. Learning Outcomes to document:

15. Demonstrate an appreciation for faith community by participating in its life and activities as an essential way of coming to know God.

8. Pray regularly and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality.

11. Use appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.

18. Engage in service to the community (e.g. family, parish, local, national, and global) in response to the gospel call.

12. Demonstrate the ability to apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e.g., family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.)

16. Express a willingness to develop and use God given gifts and talents in a Christ like way to build Christian community.

9. Demonstrate the importance of Sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics.

3. Present a reasoned rationale for being a Catholic.

4.Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
 

R.E. Learning Outcomes to document:

1. Read, interpret, and apply scripture.

4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

7. Demonstrate an appreciation for the relationship between faith and culture (e.g., through arts, social sciences, sciences, technology, etc.).

5. Illustrate a basic understanding of the history of the Church and an appreciation of her basic traditions.
 

R.E. Learning Outcomes to document:

14. Demonstrate an understanding of responsible stewardship and respect for life.

4.lIIustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.
 

 

Unit 4
Creation of a people: Election
 
Unit 5
Advent-Prophets
 
Unit 6
Covenant
 
 
 
The students will:

A. Election- A Vocation

1. The students will understand the nature of election as unmerited and gratuitous- a gift of God.

2. The students will be able to differentiate between the election of individuals (Jacob and Joseph) and of a people ( the nation of Israel).

3. The students will understand that election leads to baptism.

4. The students will understand that baptism is a threefold call to be prophets, priests and kings.

B. Abraham and Sarah

1. The student will realize that just as Abraham's life was a journey of faith so is their life a journey of faith.

2. The student will be able to describe the call of Abraham and his people.

3. The student will be able to describe the covenant God made with Abraham.

C. The Stories of Jacob and Joseph

1. The student will see the power of the spoken word, as in Esau's blessing, that prefigures the words of consecration.

2. The student should understand the potential for healing in a broken relationship.

3. The students will be able to describe the call of Jacob and the call of Joseph.
 

The students will:

A. Messianic Prophecies

1. The students will understand the role of the prophets in the Advent story.

B. Advent

1. The student will understand Advent as a time of waiting and preparation.

2. The students will understand the role of the sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent.

3. The students will plan and prepare an Advent prayer service.
 

The students will:

A. Relationship With Others

1. The student will know what a covenant is and what the requirements of a covenant are. The student should be able to apply this knowledge to today's society and to the societies of the past.

2. The students will know that they have a covenant with God into which they enter of their own free will.

3. The student will know that the peoples of the Old Testament faced many of the same challenges that we do.

4. The student will be familiar with some of the main elements of the stories of the Old Testament: jealousy, betrayal and competition. How did the character respond? . How does a Christian respond?

5. The student will appreciate the value of an intimate relationship.

B. Moses

1. The student will be able to compare the Sinai Covenant to God's original covenant with Abraham.

2. The student will be able to give examples of people called by God who have weaknesses.

3. The student will be able to retell the story of Moses.

4. The student will be able to relate the desert experience of the Israelites to other experiences of doubt and separation from God.

5. The student will develop a deeper understanding of friendship.

C. The Law

I. The student will memorize the Ten Commandments and apply them to their own lives.

2. The student will explain why the Hebrews needed “the law” in their situation and why we need it in our situation.

3. The student will evaluate the consequences of breaking covenants – now and then.

4. The students will have a basic understanding of human sexual functions.

5. The students will understand the meaning of chastity.

6. The student will appreciate that with God there is always the option of reconciliation and renewal.

D. Exodus and Passover

I. The student will understand that the Exodus was God's liberation of the Hebrew people from slavery and it foreshadows Christ's liberation of our sin.

2. The student will articulate an understanding that the Passover foreshadows the Eucharist.

3. The student will know that the Passover meal celebrates God's saving acts throughout history. (Salvation History)

4. The students will demonstrate a comprehension of the liberation that comes through self-control and that slavery to sexuality results when we are not open to God's grace.

5. The students will have a deeper understanding of God's plan for us a sexual beings.
 
 
 

R.E. Learning Outcomes to document:

19. Examine the variety of Christian vocations as ways to live out the Baptismal call to a life of service.

9. Demonstrate the importance of Sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics.

12. Demonstrate the ability to apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e. g. family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.)
 

R.E.. Learning Outcomes to document:

17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.

8. Pray regularly and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality.

11. Use appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences

4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
 

RE. Learning Outcomes to document:

13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.

1. Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.

17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.

4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

9. Demonstrate the importance of sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, if the life of Catholics.
 

 

Unit 7
Lent and Easter
 
Unit 8
The Kingdom
 
Unit 9
Exile-Renewal
 
 
 
The students will:

1. The students will understand the flow of the liturgical year.

2. The students will know the purpose of Lent, a time of renewal and retreat.

3. The students will recognize Easter as the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

4. The students will be familiar with the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 40-55.
 

The students will:

A. Family of God

I. The students will reflect on their friendships with others and with God and consider their own strengths as friends.

2. The students will be able to explain how God showed himself as the friend of the Hebrew people by rescuing them and by correcting them, and how he shows himself as their friend by sending judges.

B. Kingship

Samuel: The Last Judge

1. The student will be familiar with the story of Samuel's call and response.

2. The students will recognize the call of Samuel as instrumental in establishing a king for Israel.

Saul and David

1. The student will be able to give examples of how God can work through sinful people.

2. The student will be familiar with the main events in David's life.

C. The Prophets

1. The students will comprehend the call of the prophets as a call from God (Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, Isaiah. Micah, Jeremiah. Ezekiel. Haggai, Joel).

2. The students will appreciate God's loving concern in sending warning messages.

3. The students will recognize their call and role as prophets.

4. The students will recall the story of Hosea and explain how Hosea's treatment of his unfaithful wife mirrors God's treatment of Israel.

5.The students will recall the story of Jeremiah and explain how his youth did not prevent him from being effective.

6. The students will describe the role and treatment of prophets in our society and give examples of modern prophets

D. Wisdom Literature

1. The students will be able to give examples of how Solomon was both wise and foolish.

E. Women of the Old Testament

1. The student will be able to summarize the life of one of the women of the Old Testament and point out how her life is a model of fidelity.

2. The student will understand that the women of the Old Testament prefigure Mary and will be able to give examples of qualities they share with her.

3. The student will be able to explain the significance of the women who were present at key points in the genealogy of Jesus, E.g.. Ruth.

 

The students will:

A. Exile and Renewal

1. Students will recognize that the exile is a result of Israel's disobedience.

2. Students will be able to give examples of how the disregard of the Covenant results in social injustice – in the Hebrew's time and in our time.

B. Role of the prophets

1. By studying the stories of the prophets the student will be able to demonstrate the similarity of their messages and call to fidelity.

C. Ezekiel and Isaiah- A Promise of a New Covenant

1. The students will articulate the role of Ezekiel and Isaiah in ushering in a new covenant with God.

D. Year Summary

1. The students will reflect on their community service.

2. The students will synthesize their understanding of the year- long theme of covenant as it applies to their personal relationships and their relationship to God.
 

R.E. Learning Outcomes to document:

2. Demonstrate an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.

10. Celebrate the presence of the Sacred through participation in worship experiences using sacramentals, symbols, and rituals.
 

R.E. Learning Outcomes to document:

15. Demonstrate an appreciation for faith community by participating in its life and activities as an essential way of coming to know God.

19. Examine the variety of Christian vocations as ways to live out the Baptismal call to a life of service.

5. Illustrate a basic understanding of the history of the Church and an appreciation of her basic traditions.

17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.

1. Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.

6. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism.

4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
 

RE. Learning Outcomes to document:

13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.

1. Read, interpret, and apply Scripture to life.

18. Engage in service to the community (e.g., family, parish, local, national, and , global) in response to the Gospel call.
 

 

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