Strength in Numbers
The sixth grade year is a time of tremendous change for students, physically and emotionally. With this in mind, the sixth grade curriculum provides many opportunities for students to unite toward common goals. In the winter, students take to the basketball court, with every member of the class joining the team. While some athletes are more experienced, and others new to the sport, they find their rhythm and come to support one another, teach each other, and learn from one another. Fresh from this team-building experience, the students tackle Shakespeare, with every member of the class playing a role in the sixth grade production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A similar dynamic emerges, in which everyone recognizes the role he or she has to play, and they cheer each other on in the process.
- Departmentalization of curriculum begins
- Literary selections include: The Watsons Go to Birmingham, House of the Scorpion, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and Crispin
- Middle Ages and the Renaissance
- Shakespeare production
- Year-long service-learning curriculum in religious knowledge class
Performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream helps students absorb Shakespeare‘s language in a new way.