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Classes

8th Grade Religion

Instructor
Mrs. Mary Jo Voto
Department
8th Grade
Terms
2017-2018

Course Description

The history of the Catholic Church

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Week of April 30

We are preparing for May Crowning on Friday, May 4th! Please, make plans to attend as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Holy Rosary, crowning and a special luncheon with moms, grandmothers, aunts and special friends! RSVP to Mrs. Clayton if you plan to attend the luncheon.
8th grade Religion: We finish up Unit 4. We will talk about the saints that were guided by the Holy Spirit in order to help the Church through some difficult times.
6th Grade Religion: We finish up Unit 4 and review for the test...next week!
6th Grade Reading: We are working on reading the novel, Number the Stars. We will go over some of the themes presented in this book.

Week of April 10

I hope that your Easter break was very blessed! Here's what will be happening this week:
Religion: 8th Grade - We are looking at the history of the Church which includes the Council of Trent and many important saints that lived during this century.
Religion: 6th Grade - We take a look at the Kings of the Old Testament...Chapter 18. 
Reading: 6th Grade - We begin a new novel this week, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It is a Newbery Award winner and is a beautiful story of the friendship of two young girls during the German Occupation of Denmark. One of the girls is Jewish and the other is not. Such a great testament for all humanity!

Week of March 12

The Iowas of March have begun! This week we will be testing. Please make sure your child has a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast to get those neurons firing!
Religion - 8th grade - There is the Unit 3 exam on Monday and we start the second part of Church History beginning with the 14th century Western Schism and the Reformation. Later in the week we will get to Henry VIII and his pull from the Church.
Religion - 6th grade - We will finish our Jeopardy! game and use it to study for our Unit 3 test...looking at Tuesday or Wednesday. (Making it an open book test because of all the testing with Iowas) We move into the fourth Unit discovering the Judges role in Salvation History.
Reading - 6th grade - We continue our novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. A great look at the turbulent times in our country through the eyes of a ten year old African American boy and his family as they travel from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama!

Week of March 5

We are entering the third week of Lent and planning a beautiful Adoration with Fr. Chris on Thursday. Each class will have a chance to spend time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. Thank you for this opportunity, Fr. Chris!
Religion - 8th Grade - We finish are last chapter in Unit 3 The History of the Church: Part 1. Chapter 14 is a discussion of the problems of the Great Schism and the Crusades. They see how the Church continued to be a light for a dark world through the establishment of universities and the rise of the Mendicant Orders.
Religion - 6th Grade - We spend some time reviewing Unit 3. There's a big game planned to do the review and the test will be given Friday.
Reading - 6th Grade - We are currently reading The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. The students are already picking up similarities in his writing style with a book we read earlier this year, Bud, Not Buddy.  

Week of February 12

We welcome the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday! All the Religion classes will be discussing ways to make better our relationship with Jesus.
Religion 8th Grade - We will be testing over Chapter 11 - The Apostolic Era and working on a project for a more deeper appreciation for Lent.
Religion 6th Grade - We are completing our project for Lent and discussing the purpose of Lent. We will also talk about the ways that our God loves us and forgives us. Chapter 14 talks about the power of being healed of our sins.
Reading 6th Grade - We are finishing up our novel, A Wrinkle in Time, and will be testing over the whole book. Looking for the test to be Thursday. We also began Unit 8 in Vocab Workshop. Please mark February 22 as the date the students should finish the work pages and February 23 (Friday) will be the test!

Week of January 16

Here's what will be going on this week:
Religion 8th Grade - We are beginning our third unit that takes a look at the early Church. We will be looking at what was going on right after Pentecost. Challenging 8th graders to memorize the correct order of the 27 Books in the New Testament.
Religion 6th Grade - The students are working on a Plagues packet and then a special packet for the 10th plague and the Passover.
Reading 6th Grade - We continue our novel, A Wrinkle in Time and review/retell the first three chapters. Discussions and predictions will be made about the three special characters from each chapter.
 

For Week Beginning January 8

To all parents I just wanted to thank you for your generosity this Christmas! What a wonderful Christmas break this was. I hope yours was as well. We celebrated St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's feast day with a special reflection prayer that she wrote over a hundred years ago! Isn't our Church amazing in that we can unite with the Saints in prayer! It IS great to be Catholic! Here's what's happening for the week (maybe...depending on the weather.) 
 
The Epiphany Blessing will be done this year by Fr. Chris on Thursday, Jan 11th. Please read about this wonderful blessing and consider blessing your own doorway and house this year!  https://epicpew.com/chalk-epiphany-blessing/
 
6th Grade Religion - We are learning about Moses and the 10 plagues that were used by God to convince Pharaoh that he needed to let God's People go! We finish up Chapter 10 by the end of the week.
6th Grade Reading - We have started a new novel, A Wrinkle in Time. We are also working on Vocab Workshop, Unit 6.
8th Grade Religion - We are discussing the last Mark of the Four Marks of the Catholic Church: APOSTOLIC. The students will be introduced to the Pope project  and we will finish up Chapter 9 and do a review of Unit 2.

Week of Dec 18

I would like to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and I pray that you may have a blessed New Year! 
Religion: 8th Grade - Working on Christmas cards and finishing our prayer journal reflections.
Religion: 6th Grade - Working on Christmas cards and finishing prayer journal reflections.
All Religion classes must turn in Advent Scripture Study sheets and Advent Kindness Calendar with reflections!
Reading: 6th Grade finishing Bud, Not Buddy!

Week of December 11

We enter the second week of Advent, our hearts preparing for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Tomorrow (Tuesday) all the students at St. Andrew campus will be blessed with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help your child to prepare by offering ways that they may reflect on their weaknesses...the things that are keeping them from the Love and Mercy of our Heavenly Father.
8th Grade Religion: Please study Chapter 8. The test will be on Wednesday! Do not forget your Scripture readings for this week!
6th Grade Religion: We will review Unit 2 and then begin to look at Chapter 10: Moses. Do not forget your Scripture readings for this week!
6th Grade Reading: Vocab Workshop, Unit 5 should be completed by Tuesday and the test will be Wednesday. The children have all had the opportunity to use the Quizlet website to study. Make sure they look at synonyms and antonyms!
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is tomorrow. In honor of that, your child is welcome to bring a breakfast drink to enjoy in homeroom/1st period! We will supply the eats!
 
Happy feast day to all! Come join us for Mass at 11:30 a.m.

Week of December 4

Happy New Year! (Liturgically speaking)

This is the first week of Advent. A time for reflection and preparation. Let us find new ways to let Jesus into our hearts. Make the most of this time. Talk with your children about how important Advent is to you! Make sure you join the conversations about the Scripture your child/children are reading this season.
 
Religion 8th Gr - Today was Religion test over Chapter 7 and the Angelus Prayer. We begin Advent with Scripture to read and the Jesse Tree to contemplate! We will also be working on Chapter 8 which talks about the third mark of the Catholic Church: CATHOLIC. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Thursday! It is a holy day of obligation and speaks to the importance of Mary in our Church and in our spiritual life. Stay close to Mary always!
Religion 6th Gr - Had our test over the Angelus today. We will be working our way through the Jesse Tree and the significance of remembering the holy people of our 'Salvation History'! We will also review Unit 2 and remember the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this week.
Reading 6th Gr - We are working to complete our novel, Bud, Not Buddy before Christmas break. We finished chapter 8, discussing why that chapter is so different from the others. We will talk about the way the author actually did that on purpose!!!