Junior High

Junior High Grades 6-8


Saint Rita Catholic School's curriculum is designed to educate the whole child. The students take a wide variety of courses and are exposed to many different experiences. Students engage in many cross curricular activities into establish real life connections in the learning process.  Listed below are curriculums based on grade and category.

Language ArtsThe Saint Rita Junior High classes use the E/LA Curriculum Standards compiled by administrators and teachers in the Diocese of Fort Worth. The major components of the English-language arts course are reading and writing. Each unit of study combines a development of writing traits and analytical reading and comprehension skills for each genre. Vocabulary acquisition and grammar conventions and usage, including spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are integrated into units throughout the year long plan.

Textbooks - In addition to a leveled classroom library and book club novel sets, the students use the McDougal Littell Language of Literature textbook. To supplement mini-lessons in grammar, the students use the Houghton-Mifflin English. textbook. 

Units of Study:

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
  • Reading Comprehension Skills/Writing a Personal Narrative
  • Investigating Characters in Literature/Writing a Character Analysis Essay
  • Reading Nonfiction Texts/Informational Writing
  • Nonfiction Research/Persuasive Essay
  • Reading Historical Fiction/Writing Historical Fiction Short Story
  • Analytical Reading/Literary Essay Writing
  • Social Justice in Literature/Writing Poetry
  • Author Studies through reading and writing
  • Reading Comprehension Skills/Writing a Memoir
  • Investigating Characters in Literature/Writing a Character Analysis Essay
  • Reading Informative, Expository, and Narrative Nonfiction/Informational Presentation
  • Nonfiction Research Book Clubs/Research Paper Writing
  • Reading and Writing Fantasy and Science fiction
  • Analytical Reading/Literary Essay Writing
  • Social Justice in Literature/Writing Poetry
  • Author Studies through reading and writing
 
 
 
  • Developing Adult Reading Habits/Writing Collection
  • Developing Analytical Reading Practices/Writing a Character Analysis Essay
  • Reading Informative, Expository, Narrative, and Hybrid Nonfiction/Research Presentation
  • Nonfiction Research Book Clubs/Journalism
  • Reading for High School/Literary Essay Writing
  • Historical Fiction Book Clubs/Writing Historical Fiction of an Ancestor
  • Social Justice in Literature/Argumentative Writing
  • Author Studies/Poetry and Memoir Writing

 

 

ReligionStudents of Saint Rita Catholic School incorporate their faith in every aspect of their academic and social experience. The Religion curriculum provides the students an understanding and appreciation of Christianity and Catholic values. All students study the Bible and the traditions of the Church. They learn about God's love for humanity. Charitable giving and community outreach are crucial components of the curriculum.
 
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
We Believe: We Are God's People
Sadlier
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Learning and celebrating the seasons
  • Learning and celebrating the feasts
We Believe: We Live Our Faith, Vol. I
Sadlier
  • The sacraments
  • The paschal Mystery
  • Seven signs of our faith
  • Jesus as the center of our lives
  • The importance of prayer
We Believe: We Live Our Faith, Vol. II
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  • Catholic Identity and Values
  • The Paschal Mystery
  • Church History
  • How the church came to America
  • The role of the church in today's society
History - The students of Saint Rita study three courses of history at the junior high level. In the sixth grade students explore World History, the seventh studies Texas History, and the eighth examines American History. They explore the past through literature, primary sources, charts, diagrams, timelines, art, and maps. Students analyze, synthesize and evaluate historical events and their impact on society. History comes alive as students meet the men, women, and children of past times.
 
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Human Heritage
 by: Glencoe
  • Ancient Cultures: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Rome, Greece, and Israelites through:
    • History
    • Geography
    • Economics
    • Ethics
    • Belief Systems
Students learn to use Maps, Tables, Timelines and Diagrams
Celebrating Texas: Honoring the Past/
Building the Future
 by: McDougal Littell
  • Texas: A Unique Environment
  • Early Texans: Native Texas to European Colonization
  • Texas: Colony to Republic
  • Texas: Statehood, The Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Geography: People, Places, Economies, Ecosystems and Resources
  • Current Events
The American Republic to 1877
by: Glencoe
  • Roots of American People: Prehistory to 1492
  • Colonial Settlement:1400-1760
  • Creating a Nation: 1760-1789
  • Growing Nation: 1790-1820
  • Civil War and Reconstruction: 1820-1896
  • Geography: World Regions - People, Places, Economies, Ecosystems and Resources
  • Current Events

 

Science - Throughout junior high, students are engaged in project centered learning. Students participate in many experiments. Sixth grade studies Earth Science, Seventh grade studies Life Science, and Eighth grade studies Physical Science.
 

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
  • Water Cycle
  • Rock Cycle
  • Weather/Erosion
  • Meteorology
  • Astronomy

 

  • States of Matter
  • Cellular Structure
  • Mitosis
  • Dissection
  • Animal Behaviors
  • EcoSystems
  • Science Fair Project
  • Chemistry
  • Force/Motion
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Engineering

 

Mathematics - Four levels of math are offered in Saint Rita's Junior High: 6th grade math, 7th grade math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I. Seventh grade students participate in either 7th grade math or Pre-Algebra. Eighth grade students participate in either Pre-Algebra or Algebra I. Student's placement in the advanced math classes is dependent upon: prior math grades, placement test, and teacher recommendations.
6th Grade
Mathematics, Course 1
 by: Glencoe
  • Basic skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Geometry
  • Number sentences
  • Problem solving
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7th Grade
Math Connects, Course 2
 by: Glencoe
  • Basic skills with whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals
  • Solving equations
  • Geometry
  • Number sentences
  • Problem solving
Pre-Algebra (7th Grade Advanced Math)
Pre-Algebra:
 by: Glencoe
  • Problem solving skills
  • Algebra and Integers
  • Algebra and Rational Numbers
  • Linear Equations, Inequalities & Functions
  • Applying Algebra to Geometry
8th Grade
Pre-Algebra (8th Grade Math). 
Pre-Algebra:
 by: Glencoe
  • Problem solving skills
  • Algebra and Integers
  • Algebra and Rational Numbers
  • Linear Equations, Inequalities & Functions
  • Applying Algebra to Geometry
Algebra I (8th Grade Advanced Math). 
Foerster's Algebra I
by: Addison Wesley
 
Traditional Algebra I curriculum
  • Expressions, Equations and Ineqalities
  • Linear and Quadratic Functions
  • Systems of Equations
  • Real Life Applicaitons/Problem Solving

Computers - The computer curriculum provides students the opportunities to advance their technology skills with a variety of activities. Computer ethics is an essential part of the technology curriculum.
 
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
  • Keyboarding
  • Proper typing and spacing on academic papers
  • Computer hardware and setup
  • Working in a Windows environment
  • Proper use of the Internet
  • Computer Vocabulary
  • Computer Vocabulary
  • MicroSoft Office Suite 2016
    • Word
    • PowerPoint
    • Excel
    • Publisher
  • MicroSoft Office Suite 2016
    • Word
    • PowerPoint
    • Excel
    • Publisher
  • Troubleshooting

Spanish
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade

The sixth grade Spanish course is a transition from primarily audio lingual emphasis, to a course incorporating reading and writing skills. Students use Spanish is Fun Book A text and workbook to reinforce basic vocabulary and grammar structures, as well as an interactive spiral for notes and activities. Culture through songs, games, and hands on activities is an integral part of the course.

Students in seventh grade continue their study of Spanish language and culture using Spanish is Fun Book 1. A more formal approach to grammatical structure is implemented. Students participate in a field trip to San Antonio to experience the influence of the Hispanic heritage of our state.

In addition to being a review and reinforcement of the skills acquired in grades six and seven, the eighth grade Spanish course is a preparation for high school foreign language study. Students use Spanish is Fun Book 1 as a text/workbook. They participate, along with the seventh grade in the two year sequential field trip to the San Antonio and the Alamo.

Physical Education - Physical education is an integral part of the total education process that focuses on the intellectual, social, emotional, and the physical needs of all students. Students will participate in a variety of individual, team, and cooperative experiences. In Physical Education Students:
     
  • Learn the skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • The student work on being physically fit.
  • Participate regularly in physical activity.
  • Know the implications of the benefits from involvement in physical activities.
  • Value physical activity and its contribution to a healthy lifestyle.
In Health class students learn:
  • How to develop personal health
  • Body systems
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
Music - Students attend music class twice a week. Students are immersed in the pleasures and joys of a versatile music program. The students participate in a variety of lessons and opportunities including:
     
  • Exposure to a varied repertoire of music
  • Learning to perform on instruments alone and in ensemble
  • Participating in weekly liturgical celebrations
  • Exposure to music in relation to history and culture
  • Performance in Spring and Christmas musicals
  • Attending a performance at Bass Hall once a year
  • Community outreach by singing at local nursing homes