Part 1: SRA Reading Lab, 30%

Students will meet with the teacher to make a goal and will receive points according to how much progress they make toward that goal. This is done at school, but at their own pace and on their own time.

Part 2: Novel Study, 60%

This is work done as a class. We read novels, complete projects and study guides and take essay tests on the novels. Novels include: The Adventures of Ulysses, The Old Man and the Sea, Night, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and maybe one more novel.

Part 3: Book Reviews, 10%

On their own, students read at least two books 1st Quarter. They must get the books approved before they begin reading. Also, students must not have previously read the books. They will complete a Book Review and do a private book talk with the teacher to demonstrate they comprehended the book. The teacher will show them how to complete these assignments. They may bring books from home, borrow from the teacher, or check a book out from the school library.


In writing, students write expository and persuasive papers. They also write research papers, editorials, and creative stories. Usually, these assignments tie into what is being done in Social Studies and Reading. Grammar will be tied into writing.

Social Studies

The main themes in Social Studies are geography, civics, economics, government and Catholic social justice teaching. Students learn about these topics by studying current world issues, personal economics, macroeconomics, the economics of poverty and the Holocaust. They also look at their own histories and culture by participating in the Cultural Fair. Finally, a simulation of the world, creating our own countries complete with maps, history, government, culture, economic systems and national security plans will be created.

In Social Studies, we do not use a textbook, relying instead on Internet and library research. Students learn research skills that are needed in the 21st century. Your child may need to visit the public library and will definitely need to print articles from the Internet.


Our focus is on biology with the outdoor education program aligned as much as possible with the Science curriculum. For example, the year begins studying fungi. This knowledge will then take us to the field on our overnight hike to Baker Lake. There will be daily assignments, lab exercises and long term projects. For the first few weeks of class we will discuss strategies to be successful, such as taking notes, science reading comprehension and keeping an organized notebook.

For Outdoor Education, we will study Old Growth Forests and fungi, our local watershed and salmon and eagle ecology. In addition to the overnight hike to Baker Lake, we will take a day trip to Rockport to study eagles and salmon in January.

Scientist of the Week

Each student will be honored as “Scientist of the Week.” The object is to deepen each student’s understanding of scientific inquiry. Included in this honor, are the following activities:

A live science experiment for the class

A 5 minute video on an experiment you did at home

A one page report and give an oral summary on a current event in science