Genesis students engage in a challenging and enriching curriculum specifically designed for the academically talented middle school student. Genesis places emphasis on our Catholic faith, academic rigor, critical thinking, and the development of each individual student. Students learn the skills needed to achieve academic excellence in an environment which fosters social and personal growth, Genesis students follow an accelerated course of study in all academic areas with an emphasis placed on differentiated instruction in a cooperative learning environment.
 

Course of Study: 6th Grade

List of 10 items.

  • Art 6

    This course focuses on key artistic vocabulary as the students begin their artistic journey. They learn about the Elements of Art, the fundamental building blocks that artists use to create original work. They apply these terms using various mediums, from oil pastels to collage to colored pencils. Furthermore, students learn about various artists throughout history as they work with these terms and materials. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, and George Seurat act as inspirational guides to various styles of art making and techniques. The foundations learned this year will continue throughout middle school.
  • Latin 6

    This course aims to develop basic skills to understand, speak, read and write the Latin language within the appropriate cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the structure of Latin, begin to learn about the people who spoke the language, and are introduced to specific cultural and literary highlights. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials, all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to correctly analyze Latin and English sentences, understand and translate simple texts; they will also have been exposed to an overall cultural view of the Latin-speaking world.


  • Literature 6

    The goal of Literature 6 is to teach students how to read for critical analysis. The class will follow a workshop model where students will be exposed to various types of reading skills and strategies. Students will learn how to annotate a text to explore the deeper meaning behind an author’s use of literary devices and elements. After each lesson, students are expected to actively engage in a variety of different activities in a timely work period. These lessons can involve whole group reading, independent reading, critical thinking questions, accountable talk, and much more. In conjunction with Writing 6, this course will help students write creatively, critically, and analytically in response to literature. Consistent instruction in style and craft reinforces students’ ability to produce competent and structured essays that analyze, argue, synthesize, and compare/contrast.
  • Mathematics 6

    Sixth-grade mathematics introduces new topics and builds upon the skills learned in elementary school. This course focuses heavily on arithmetic including recognizing and performing computations and developing a strong number sense. Students will also learn to use formulas and analyze and interpret graphs.  Sixth-grade mathematics provides a strong foundation for future classes.  Mastery is crucial for success in Pre-Algebra and beyond to the high school level.  Students will display their understanding of content in both written and oral forms. 
  • Music 6

    Beginning Band 
    This group is open to any student who has a desire to learn a band instrument. Students will learn to handle their given instrument, care for the instrument, read basic elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, articulation, and tempo. Students who show ability will be moved to more challenging, higher-level performing groups as per the music directors’ recommendation at regular intervals throughout the school year.

    Beginning Orchestra 
    In this group, students will learn to develop an appreciation of music, build skills for efficient practicing and playing of their instrument, follow a conductor, and increase music literacy - including music reading, understanding musical terms, and collaborating with other members of the music ensemble. Emphasis will be placed on exposing each student to a variety of performing experiences and music.

    Harp Ensemble
    Students in the Harp Ensemble learn to play the harp through exploration of musical literature, technical studies, and the experience of playing as a team. Harp Ensemble provides an outlet for creativity, personal expression, and artistic drive. It also offers students lessons in discipline, structure, cooperation, leadership, and rehearsal/performance etiquette. A variety of styles of music are covered, including classical and pop, with an emphasis on Celtic folk music.

    Chorus
    This group is an afterschool music ensemble for students interested in singing! All students are welcome and you do not need any prior chorus or singing experience to participate in our chorus. However, this is an after-school commitment so it is expected that students commit to coming to every rehearsal and recognize the additional practice time that is needed for this performing group. We sing a variety of different genres including classical and liturgical as well as pop, musical theater, and Disney songs! The Chorus runs from September until June and will perform in both the Winter and Spring concerts as well as potentially other performance opportunities.
  • Physical Education

  • Religion 6

    This course will explore the Scriptures using historical, literary, and theological tools to help students understand God’s relationship with His people. It will also prepare students to better understand the New Testament and the Church.
  • STEM 6

    The 6th grade STEM Science class is based on the Design & Modeling course and the Automation &  Robotics course of Project Lead the Way’s middle school Gateway to Technology curriculum. This course provides students opportunities to apply the design process to creatively solve problems. Students learn and utilize methods for communicating design ideas through sketches, solid models, and mathematical models. Students will understand how models can be simulated to represent an authentic situation and generate data for further analysis and observations. Students work in teams to identify design requirements, research the topic, and engage stakeholders. Teams design a product, fabricate and test it, and make necessary modifications to optimize the design solution. Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects. Activities, projects, and problem-based learning scenarios progress from highly structured to student-centered. 
  • World History 6

    This course examines some of the important cultures throughout World History. Beginning with prehistoric times and the dawn of civilization, students will explore major social, political, and cultural themes. By examining secondary and primary sources, students will sharpen their critical thinking and writing skills. 
  • Writing 6

    This course will introduce students to the conventions of standard written English, the writing process as a whole, and different types of writing. This will occur through various activities designed to target these skills such as free-writing, formal written assignments, and on-demand, in-class writing. The course will operate in conjunction with the 6th-grade literature course and will use prompts and excerpts from literature books as a context to demonstrate writing skills. The course will be divided into units based on the type of writing being studied and will increase in complexity as the year progresses. Students will be expected to keep a portfolio of their writing for review at the end of each quarter.

Course of Study: 7th Grade

List of 10 items.

  • American History I

    Students will explore American history from the period of Reconstruction to modern times. Through the analysis of primary source materials, including political documents, newspaper articles and cartoons, speeches, and photographs, students will come to better understand the major political, economic, social, and militaristic themes which run through American History.  In the course of the year, students will continue to sharpen their analytical, critical thinking and reading skills, and their writing, in order to better prepare for high school.
  • Art 7

    In this course, students continue to learn and explore the Elements of Art as a means of art-making. However, they also begin to learn about the Principles of Design - core terminology that helps artists create strong compositions. Seventh graders use these terms as they explore more complex materials, such as watercolor and charcoal. They look at artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O'Keeffe, and M.C. Escher. These students begin to collaborate more as well, working on artwork and illustrations in groups as well as across subject matters. For example, Illustrations in art class become the muse for storytelling and creative writing in English class. All in all, this year in art is meant to build upon the knowledge learned in sixth grade, as well as expand upon the student's skills and creativity through hands-on art-making and interpretation.
  • Latin 7 or Spanish 7

    Latin 7
    This course aims to develop basic skills to understand, speak, read and write the Latin language within the appropriate cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the structure of Latin, begin to learn about the people who spoke the language, and are introduced to specific cultural and literary highlights. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials, all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to correctly analyze Latin and English sentences, understand and translate simple texts; they will also have been exposed to an overall cultural view of the Latin-speaking world. 

    Spanish 7
    This course aims to develop the communicative skills of a language: speaking, reading, writing, and listening within a cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the grammatical structure of the Spanish language as well as the awareness and appreciation of the culture of different Spanish-speaking countries. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to basic language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to communicate on a basic level in Spanish and have an understanding of the cultures of the Hispanic-speaking world.
  • Literature 7

    The goal of Literature 7 is to build off the skills established in Literature 6 and to strengthen students’ abilities to analyze ideas, synthesize information, think critically, and communicate effectively. Using the summer reading, required course texts, and selected outside sources, students will discuss and analyze a variety of topics, including but not limited to facing personal challenges, social justice, the nature of morality, and the role of the individual in society. Students will hone their reading skills by annotating texts that span genres, formats, and reading levels. In conjunction with Writing 7, this course will help students write creatively, critically, and analytically in response to literature. Consistent instruction in style and craft, grammar and vocabulary reinforce students’ ability to produce competent and structured essays that analyze, argue, synthesize, and compare/contrast. 
  • Mathematics 7

    This course is designed to enable students to become confident, competent problem solvers. Students will learn to apply mathematics in a variety of contexts, and communicate their understanding of the math content both in written and oral form.  The course will help provide a solid foundation for further study in mathematics by strengthening students’ computational, procedural, and problem-solving skills. The four main areas of emphasis in Grade 7 are proportional relationships and applying those relationships to solve problems, operations with rational numbers, expressions, and linear equations, scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
  • Music 7

    Concert Band 
    This group is made up of intermediate-level musicians who are fine-tuning their musical skills. Students will learn to read more advanced elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, articulation, and tempo. Students will learn to play and understand large ensemble skills and literacy.

    Concert Orchestra 
    In this group, students will learn to develop an appreciation of music, build skills for efficient practicing, follow a conductor, and increase music literacy - including music reading, recognizing articulations, and musical styles, and understanding musical terms. Emphasis will be placed on exposing each student to a variety of performing experiences and music. This group plays an intermediate-level repertoire.

    Harp Ensemble
    Students in the Harp Ensemble learn to play the harp through exploration of musical literature, technical studies, and the experience of playing as a team. Harp Ensemble provides an outlet for creativity, personal expression, and artistic drive. It also offers students lessons in discipline, structure, cooperation, leadership, and rehearsal/performance etiquette. A variety of styles of music are covered, including classical and pop, with an emphasis on Celtic folk music.

    Chorus
    This group is an afterschool music ensemble for students interested in singing! All students are welcome and you do not need any prior chorus or singing experience to participate in our chorus. However, this is an after-school commitment so it is expected that students commit to coming to every rehearsal and recognize the additional practice time that is needed for this performing group. We sing a variety of different genres including classical and liturgical as well as pop, musical theater, and Disney songs! The Chorus runs from September until June and will perform in both the Winter and Spring concerts as well as potentially other performance opportunities.
  • Physical Education

  • Religion 7

    Students will explore the New Testament and develop their understanding of Jesus Christ.  Building upon knowledge of the Old Testament from 6th grade, students will learn about the social, historical, and cultural background of Jesus as His apostles knew Him when He walked the earth. Through reading the four Gospels and supplemental material, students will learn Jesus’ teachings and deepen their understanding of his identity as the Son of God. They will research and discuss ways that the messages of the New Testament are relevant to their lives in today’s world.
  • Science 7

    This course aims to introduce students to the world of coding while also focusing on the 7th-grade science curriculum. The course covers multiple different computer languages, allowing students to learn the skills necessary to create applications and games in block, python, and HTML (websites). Curriculum from Amazon’s future engineering program, microbit, and more make the course a fully rounded introduction to computer science. The class uses a project-based curriculum to supplement the seventh-grade science curriculum, allowing students to use microbits to create circuits and code websites that explain animal body systems.
  • Writing 7

    This course will introduce students to the conventions of standard written English, the writing process as a whole, and different types of writing. This will occur through various activities designed to target these skills such as free-writing, formal written assignments, and on-demand, in-class writing. The course will operate in conjunction with the 7th-grade literature course and will use prompts and excerpts from literature books as a context to demonstrate writing skills. The course will be divided into units based on the type of writing being studied and will increase in complexity as the year progresses. Students will be expected to keep a portfolio of their writing for review at the end of each quarter.

Course of Study : 8th Grade

List of 10 items.

  • Algebra I

    This course is designed to enable students to become confident, competent problem solvers. Students will learn to apply mathematics in a variety of contexts, and communicate their understanding of the math content both in written and oral form. The course will provide students with a rigorous study of algebra.  Students will be encouraged to devise applications in problem-solving contexts. Topics will include real numbers, equations, inequalities, problem-solving, graphing, systems of equations and their applications, exponents and polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, radical expressions, rational expressions and functions, and data analysis.
  • American History II

    This course will explore the eras and themes of United States history from 1870 to the present day. It will integrate current events in an effort to draw parallels among historical events and periods and will attempt to build arguments using historical background.
  • Art 8

    Eight Grade Studio Art reviews both the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, terminology learned in previous courses. However, eighth-graders will go beyond as they focus on three major components of art-making: skill-building, peer critique, and personal choice. Students learn technical skills in drawing and painting, from creating artwork in one point and two-point perspective to three-dimensional renderings and still life drawings to advanced watercolor techniques. Each student will research and investigate artists independently to find inspiration that they will, in turn, use for their own projects. Students create artist statements, describing their process and ideas in detail. Furthermore, students take additional time to analyze and critique each other’s work, both in-progress and finished projects. Because of this, students learn to interpret ideas, think critically and creatively, and discuss artwork in a meaningful way.
  • English Language Arts 8

    English 8 focuses both on developing reading and writing skills in preparation for high school. The goal of English 8 is to build off the skills established in Literature 7 and Writing 7 and to strengthen students’ abilities to analyze ideas, synthesize information, think critically, and communicate effectively. Students will be exposed to various types of reading skills and strategies. Using the summer reading, required course texts, and selected outside sources, students will discuss and analyze a variety of topics. Students will hone their reading skills by annotating texts that span genres, formats, and reading levels. This course will help students write creatively, critically, and analytically in response to literature. Consistent instruction in style and craft, grammar, and vocabulary reinforces students’ ability to produce competent and structured essays that analyze, argue, synthesize, and compare/contrast.
  • Latin 8 or Spanish 8

    Latin 8
    This course aims to develop basic skills to understand, speak, read and write the Latin language within the appropriate cultural framework. Students are exposed to the vocabulary and the structure of Latin, begin to learn about the people who spoke the language, and are introduced to specific cultural and literary highlights. Student-centered activities, conversational situations, reading and writing in authentic contexts, and audio/visual materials, all facilitate the necessary interaction leading to some measure of language proficiency. At the end of the course, students should be able to correctly analyze Latin and English sentences, understand and translate simple texts; they will also have been exposed to an overall cultural view of the Latin-speaking world.

    Spanish 8
    Spanish 8 is designed to develop the four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These will enable students to communicate and understand the target language outside of the classroom, as well as assist native speakers. Students at this level are expected to try to communicate regularly in Spanish with the teacher and classmates. 
  • Mathematics 8

    This course is designed to enable students to become confident, competent problem solvers. Students will learn to apply mathematics in a variety of contexts and communicate their understanding of the math content both in written and oral form. The course will help provide a solid foundation for further study in mathematics by strengthening students’ computational, procedural, and problem-solving skills. Students will be encouraged to devise applications in problem-solving contexts as they explore the key concepts of algebra and geometry.
  • Music 8

    Concert Band
    This group is made up of intermediate-level musicians who are fine-tuning their musical skills. Students will learn to read more advanced elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, articulation, and tempo. Students will learn to play and understand large ensemble skills and literacy.

    Concert Orchestra 
    In this group, students will learn to develop an appreciation of music, build skills for efficient practicing, follow a conductor, and increase music literacy - including music reading, recognizing articulations, and musical styles, and understanding musical terms. Emphasis will be placed on exposing each student to a variety of performing experiences and music. This group plays an intermediate-level repertoire.

    Harp Ensemble
    Students in the Harp Ensemble learn to play the harp through exploration of musical literature, technical studies, and the experience of playing as a team. Harp Ensemble provides an outlet for creativity, personal expression, and artistic drive. It also offers students lessons in discipline, structure, cooperation, leadership, and rehearsal/performance etiquette. A variety of styles of music are covered, including classical and pop, with an emphasis on Celtic folk music.

    Chorus
    This group is an afterschool music ensemble for students interested in singing! All students are welcome and you do not need any prior chorus or singing experience to participate in our chorus. However, this is an after-school commitment so it is expected that students commit to coming to every rehearsal and recognize the additional practice time that is needed for this performing group. We sing a variety of different genres including classical and liturgical as well as pop, musical theater, and Disney songs! The Chorus runs from September until June and will perform in both the Winter and Spring concerts as well as potentially other performance opportunities.
  • Physical Education

  • Religion 8

    Students will explore the social teaching of the Catholic Church and understand how integral living out these lessons is for their Catholic identity. Drawing upon knowledge from 6th and 7th grade, students will connect themes of social justice to foundational concepts from the Old and New Testaments. They will research historical documents and “case studies” on social justice issues of the past and debate and discuss with their classmates those topics as well as current events.
  • STEM 8

    The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through the Flight and Space (FS) unit. In the first semester, students become engineers as they design, prototype, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel and live in space. They solve real-world aviation and space challenges and plan a mission to Mars.

    In the second semester, students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, examine nervous system structure and function, and investigate disease outbreaks.
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