8th Grade Religion


Teacher:   Mrs. Catherine Kollars, ckollars@stclarepdx.org

Curriculum:   Church History; Catholic Social Teaching; Family Life (Sexual Morality and Decision Making); Second Step ( Communication, Anti Bullying, Decision Making, Goal Setting) Vision Gospel Weeklies ( Scripture/Liturgy/Christian Life)

        The purpose of the Catholic school is to assist parents in the religious, spiritual, and moral development of their children.  I take this mission very seriously, and I hope to help you to encourage them to put their faith in God at the center of their lives.  Children with this foundation will more likely grow into adults who demonstrate love for all people, who respect and appreciate diversity, , who protect our planet, and who pass on these values to future generations.

     Eighth graders will study themes in the history of the Catholic Church from the time of the apostles through Vatican II.  All eighth grade students are also required to complete at least ten hours or service outside of school time.  In addition, they will focus on Catholic Social Teaching culminating in our annual Food Fast project.  During this unit, students will learn about our brothers and sisters who struggle for food, water, and other basic necessities.  They will see the root causes and some solutions based on our Catholic faith.  Students will participate in a 24-hour fast which builds solidarity with those in crisis situations and raises pledge money to assist others (through Catholic Relief Services),  and will participate in a unique event I call "The Hunger Meal."  Near the end of the year, the eighth graders will review and expand their study of Catholic teachings on sexual morality and decision making skills using the Theology of the Body for Teens series and other appropriate materials.  During this unit, the eighth graders will participate in the "Flour Baby" experiement.

     Intermixed with these specific areas of study, the eighth grade class will, with adult guidance, plan and lead 4 school liturgies over the course of this academic year.  Parents are invited and encouraged to attend these liturgies, and I will let you know via email when these dates are approaching.

Mrs. Kollars’s

8th Grade Religion Plan

2017-2018

 

Topic

Assessment

Essential Question

FIRST TRIMESTER

 

 

     Introduction

Activities

 * How does the Catholic Church  fit in history?

 

Liturgy Preparation

 

* How and why does the liturgy matter to me?

Unit 1 Chapters 1-4  

The Marks of the Church”

Activities/Test

 *  How are we apostolic ?   

 *  What do the sacraments mean in our lives ?                                                                                                                                                                        * Can there be respectful dissent within the Church?*                                                                                                                                                                                  * Why should we pray for unity?                                                                    

  Unit 2 Chapters 5-6 Textbook

“The Growth of Christendom

Activities/

 

* How did Christendom develop and grow?

 

Saint Project             (October/November)

Project

* What does it mean to be holy?

Second Step ( Bully Prevention and Positive Communication Skills)

Activities

 

 

 

 

SECOND TRIMESTER

 

 

Second Step  

 

 

  Unit II Chapters 7-8 Textbook

 “The Growth of Christendom” 

 

Activities/Test

* How did Christendom develop and grow?

 

   Unit III  Chapter 11 only

“The Age of Faith and Beauty”

Activities

* How did Medieval society shape the Catholic Church?

Unit IV  Chapters  13,

“Reason, Rebellion and Reform”

Activities

* How did the Renaissance reshape and solidify the Catholic Church?

 

 

 

 Liturgy Preparation 

 

* How and why does the liturgy matter to me?

Personal Icon

Project

* What makes me holy?

Food Fast

Activities/Journal

* What does it mean to live out  Catholic Social Teaching?

THIRD TRIMESTER

 

 

 Service Project  Due  (mid March)

Project

* Why and how are we called to serve others?

Second  Step                                                    

Activities

 

Lenten Journal

Activities

 

Unit IV  Chapters 15-16

“Reason, Rebellion and Reform”

Activities/Test

* How did the Renaissance reshape and solidify the Catholic Church?

* How has Catholicism influenced  the U.S?

    Family Life Unit with                                                                    

   Flour Baby Project (due mid May)

Activities/Project

* What does it mean to respect life?

 

Liturgy Preparation

 

* How and why does the liturgy matter to me?