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Curriculum Outline

Trivium Stage
Grades
Student learns
Trivium approach
How accomplished
Seeks to:
Grammar Stage
Grades 1 – 4
“What”
Knowledge Base
Direct Instruction
Building the Foundation
Logic/Dialectic Stage
Grade 5 – 8
“How”   “Why”
Understanding
Socratic Dialogue
Using Knowledge to Reason and seek truth and reason.







GRAMMAR
Developing the Foundation of Knowledge
   
Cognitive Taxonomy
Knowledge
Comprehension
Description Recalling or remembering something without necessarily understanding, using or changing it.   Understanding something that has been communicated without necessarily relating it to anything else.
Skills Define, describe, identify, label, list, match, memorize, observe, point to, read, recite, recall, re-tell, select, state.   Alter, account for, annotate, calculate, change, convert, dictate, group, explain, generalize, give examples, illustrate, infer, interpret, paraphrase, review, summarize, and translate.
Grades
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Assessments Iowa Achievement Test Iowa Achievement Test Iowa Achievement Test Iowa Achievement Test
Evaluation Tools Student Portfolios   Student Portfolios   Student Portfolios   Student Portfolios  
Religion Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life Baltimore Catechism; Faith & Life Baltimore Catechism; Lives of the Saints Baltimore Catechism; Lives of the Saints
History (through literature) and Geography Bible History Bible History US states and capitals Augustus Caesar 44 BC to AD 14 Map Skills American History (c. 1000-1775) Pennsylvania State History  
English Shurley Grammar; Phonics/Spelling-Spalding’s “Writing Road or Reading”; Journal writing based on nightly reading; Print handwriting Shurley Grammar; Phonics/Spelling-Spalding’s “Writing Road or Reading”; Journal writing based on nightly reading; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting Shurley Grammar; Phonics/Spelling-Spalding’s “Writing Road or Reading”; Journal writing based on nightly reading; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting Shurley Grammar; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting
Reading Lab Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher   Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher   Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher   Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher  
Writing Lab  Journals Institute for Excellence in Writing Institute for Excellence in Writing Institute for Excellence in Writing
Mathematics Saxon Math 2   Saxon Math 3   Saxon Math 4   Saxon Math 6/5  
Science General Science   General Science General; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series General; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series
Latin Prima Latina Prima Latina Lingua Angelica   Latina Christiana I  
Art and Music Weekly Weekly Weekly Weekly
Physical Activity PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses
LOGIC / DIALECTIC
Developing Understanding and Analysis
Cognitive Taxonomy
Application
Analysis
Description Using a general concept to solve problems in a particular situation; using learned material in new and concrete situations. Breaking something down into its parts; may focus on identification of parts and analysis of relationships between parts or recognition of organizational principles.
Skills Apply, adopt, collect, construct, demonstrate, discover, illustrate, infer, outline, point out, select, separate, sort, and subdivide. Analyze, compare, contrast, diagram, differentiate, dissect, distinguish, identify, illustrate, infer, outline, paraphrase, point out, review, select, separate, sort, and subdivide
Grades
5th
6th
7th
8th
Assessments Iowa Achievement Test Iowa Achievement Test Iowa Achievement Test Iowa Achievement Test
Evaluation Tools Student Portfolios Student Portfolios   Student Portfolios   Student Portfolios
Religion Baltimore Catechism Faith & Life Baltimore Catechism Faith & Life The Christian Scriptures The Catechism of the Catholic Church; various supplementary readings
History (through literature) and Geography American History (1775-1877)   American History (1878-Present)   Ancient to Modern Times  
English Shurley Grammar; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting Shurley Grammar; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting Shurley Grammar; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting Shurley Grammar; Composition using Institute for Excellence in Writing Cursive handwriting
Reading Lab Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher   Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher   Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher   Faith & Freedom Anthology Reading Power Literature selected by teacher  
Writing Lab Institute for Excellence in Writing Institute for Excellence in Writing Institute for Excellence in Writing Institute for Excellence in Writing
Mathematics Saxon Math 7/6   Saxon Math 8/7   Saxon Math Algebra ½   Saxon Math Algebra 1
Science General; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series General; Macmillan/McGraw Hill series Life Science Earth Science
Latin Latina Christiana II (Part I) Book of Roots   Latina Christiana II (Part II) Book of Roots Lingua Latina Lingua Latina
Logic     Introductory Logic (I); Forensics Introductory Logic (II); Forensics
Art and Music Weekly Weekly Weekly Weekly
Physical Activity PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses PE once/week; two recesses


Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 7
Grade 8
Reading textbooks and others at teacher discretion Reading textbooks and others at teacher discretion Reading textbooks and others at teacher discretion Beorn the Proud He Went with Magellan Christopher Columbus A Lion to Guard Us Anne of Jamestown Madeline Takes Command St Isaac and the Indians Blessed Katherine Tekawitha The Sign of the Beaver Ben and Me Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia Pioneer and Patriots   Johnny Tremain As Far As the Eye Can Reach Guns for General Washington The Matchlock Gun Tolivers Secret Amos Fortune Freeman Across Five Aprils Liberty!  Revolutionary War The American Revolution Children of the Covered Wagon Pioneers and Patriots   (Taught over a two year cycle; below reflects current year) Reading Literature Fingal’s Quest Atlas of the World History’s Timeline Great Myths/World Six Great Sherlock Holmes Great American Short Stories Father Brown Stories Tales from Shakespeare Sir Gawain & The Green Knight Rule of St. Benedict Animal Farm I, Juan de Pareja The Hobbit