Sixth grade prepares students for moving to the Logic/Dialectic stage of education by expanding and solidifying the facts, tools, and critical thinking skills developed in the previous years. Through reading, writing, reciting, discussing, debating, singing, and note-taking, the students will gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the truth and beauty of God’s world.
Sixth grade students read books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Robin Hood; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Treasure Island; The Hiding Place; The Horse and His Boy; and Anne of Green Gables. These students also study medieval history, chemistry, math, and continue their study of Latin using Latin for Children.
By the end of sixth grade, students will:
- identify sentence types and structures; accurately diagram sentences, including all eight parts of speech; and use correct mechanics of written English;
- develop intermediate Latin grammar knowledge and expand their vocabulary;
- understand fractions and decimals; be familiar with geometric shapes and concepts such as area, volume, ratios, Pythagorean theorem, and tiling;
- discern the elements of a novel, plot the storyline, and discern the general worldview of a given piece of literature;
- write coherent paragraphs and essays demonstrating mastery of syntax and grammar and understand of the art of writing persuasively and with good style;
- be familiar with the major individuals and events of medieval history, recite a thirty point timeline, and analyze the consequences of beliefs in history;
- understand basic vocabulary and overarching principles of chemistry, including states of matter, density, the periodic table, chemical bonding, and chemical changes;
- recite Psalm 84, various other memory verses, and the books of the Bible;
- and recall main characters and stories of the New Testament.