Sixth Grade Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Sixth Grade Curriculum


Course Texts:

  • Religion 6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Following Christ, Textbook
  • Following Christ, Activity Book
  • Following Christ, Teacher Manual (Optional)
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2, Answer Key (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Six Religion draws up a blueprint for a life of love.  The law of God, particularly the Ten Commandments, draws us into that life of love.  The heart of our life of love is Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, as He comes to us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  This year of study relates to the student a plan of action that begins with the understanding of the challenges that God’s law places before us.  It ends with the understanding that Our Heavenly Father will not leave us without the strengthening gift of His grace, enabling us to meet all challenges.

The material from Baltimore Catechism #2 will overlap in many places with that of the Faith and Life Series.  You may choose to follow the framework of the Baltimore Catechism rather than that of the Faith and Life Series, which is followed in this outline, but you should choose one and only use the other for supplementary material.  The sections listed from the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 are repeated in other years.  Repetition is essential for mastery, so it would be best to cover this material in all years.  If time constraints prevent doing so, however, this material can be set-aside for later years.

There are suggested topics for reports for each quarter that can be used if you choose.  There are many wonderful activities at that can be used in conjunction with the lessons in this book.


Course Texts:

  • Catholic National Reader 6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Six, Textbook
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Six, Study Guide
  • Catholic National Reader, Book Six, Answer Key

Course Description:

Grade Six Reading brings the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than previous reading courses.  Classic poems and fragments of larger works are included in the National Catholic Reader.  The course is comprised of two parts: the Catholic National Reader and outside reading.  Between these, the student will be introduced to the world as seen in literature and in the minds of others.

The Catholic National Reader (CNR), Book Six is the primary reader for this level.  The Catholic National Reader is quite challenging; it is not unusual for a student to be reading the book that is a year below his grade level.  Consequently, we have selected a limited number of passages to be covered.  Encourage the student to read even the ones that are not assigned as evening reading for pleasure.


Course Texts:

  • Phonics F Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Phonics F, Workbook
  • Phonics F, Answer Key (Optional)
  • Phonics F, Teacher Manual (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Six Phonics continues to help the student grow more sophisticated in his use in the skills developed from the previous phonics courses.  Study of vowel digraphs, diphthongs, prefixes, roots, compound words, syllabication, and suffixes expand the student’s ability to read, write and speak with expanded phonics skills.

Phonics Level F is quite self-explanatory and the child should be able to complete most of the work with very little help.  The course has been shown as a daily subject, but you may condense it into a two-day or even a one-day a week subject as long as the student is doing well and understanding the material.  The last three pages of the workbook contain Definitions, General Rules, and Syllabication Rules that can be very helpful in all areas of the language arts.  Much in the word study book reinforces what the student learns in English and Spelling.  Because children sometimes forget, this is a good thing.

English Grammar & Composition

Course Texts:

  • English 6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Voyages in English 6, Student Edition
  • Voyages in English 6, Teacher Edition (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 6, Practice Workbook (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 6, Student Assessment Book (Optional)
  • Voyages in English 6, Practice & Assessment Book Answer Key (Optional)
  • English 6 Answer Key

Course Description:

Voyages in English offers comprehensive language arts instruction.  It builds students’ confidence as effective writers, readers, listeners, and speakers.  The textbook is organized into two related yet distinct parts: grammar and writing.  The course includes lessons which integrate these two parts to show the relationship between grammar and writing.

In addition to a full grammar course (including sentence diagramming), the sixth-grade text also provides instruction in writing personal narratives, business letters, how-to articles, persuasive writing, expository writing, creative writing, and research reports.


Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary 6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level A, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level A, Teacher Edition (Optional)

Course Description:

Grade Six Vocabulary develops the student’s capacity to pronounce, spell, use, look up in the dictionary, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  It also develops the student’s ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies.


Course Texts:

  • Writing Our Catholic Faith: Grade 6 Cursive Writing

Elementary Literature (5th / 6th Grade)

The Elementary Literature program for Grades Five and Six continues to introduce the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than a typical reading course.  The course is comprised of classic literature and the lives of saints…


Classical Composition 3: Chreia/Maxim Stages

Note: As the third course in the Classical Composition sequence, it should be undertaken after completing the Fable Stage and the Narrative Stage.

Course Texts:

  • Classical Composition 3: Chreia/Maxim Stages Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Classical Composition Vol. III Student Book: Chreia/Maxim Stage
  • Classical Composition Vol. III Teacher Guide: Chreia/Maxim Stage (Optional, but strongly recommended)

Course Description:

Classical Composition instructs the novice writer as though he or she were an apprentice to the great master writers.  Instruction is based on imitation.  Beginning by making the student aware of the structure of sound writing, and proceeding by giving the student the tools to imitate it, the course ends by equipping the student to design his own sound writing.  The course begins by acquainting the student with models from which he can gain a sound grasp of structure.  Then sentence and word variation, figures of description, rhetorical devices, and stylistic considerations are introduced slowly – all in service of the message to be communicated.  At the end of the full course a student should emerge as a writer who can ascertain the purpose of any given writing task and employ the best means of completing the task to communicate the message.

Students gain the ability to create a story through the use of the narrative categories and variation through paraphrase.  Students learn to demonstrate the truth of the Commonplace through what the ancient Greek writer Aphthonius calls “eight heads of development,” and students deal more explicitly and thoroughly with what in modern composition theory are referred to as “support points.”  The ability to invent four specific types of narrative through these “heads of development” and to paraphrase in two specific ways are the foundational skills to be learned in this stage.

Key Benefits:

  • Examples provided for all exercises
  • Reinforcement and repetition of previous skills
  • Integrated with Fable and Narrative stages

Classical Composition Vol. III: Chreia/Maxim Stage Teacher Manual and the corresponding Student Workbook are the primary texts for this course.  The child should write every school day, utilizing Fridays for writing instruction or practice, if the parent wishes to stay with the schedule as written.  Parents are free to double-up on lessons depending on the rate at which their children absorb the lesson and according to the schedule they have established for their home school.  The final week of every quarter is written to double-up on the lessons in order to finish out the course in the traditional thirty-six (36) weeks.  Quarterly exams have also been supplied to be used as the parent decides.  The lessons are set forth on a 10 day cycle by the publisher, but as Kolbe parents you may adapt the pace and coverage to your own schedules.


History (Option 1: All Ye Lands)

Course Texts:

  • All Ye Lands Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • All Ye Lands, Textbook
  • All Ye Lands, Teacher Manual w/ answer key for textbook
  • All Ye Lands, Workbook CD w/answer key for workbook, chapter quizzes, & tests (Optional, but strongly recommended)

Course Description:

Sixth Grade History begins with geography and world history.  All Ye Lands covers geography, world history and culture up through the Middle Ages, as well as developments in China, Japan, Russia, Europe, Africa and the Americas up to the mid 1800’s.

History (Option 2: Leaders of Freedom)

Course Texts:

  • Leaders of Freedom Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Leaders of Freedom, Land of Our Lady Series Volume III, Textbook
  • Leaders of Freedom, Answer Key (Optional)

Course Description:

The flow of history in this course will be drawn from the beginnings of history through to the foundations of the American drama.  It begins with dissatisfied Englishmen, a new government, the success of the new plan of government, the Jeffersonian Era, Westward expansion, and finishing with America’s way of life in education, literature and art and innovations.


Course Texts:

  • Geography 6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Daily Geography Practice 6, Workbook
  • Daily Geography Practice 6, Teacher Edition (Optional, but strongly recommended)
  • World Globe (Not carried by Kolbe, but strongly recommended)

Course Description:

Apply the geography lessons to the world around the child: The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society, The Uses of Geography.

Topics covered in sixth grade:

  • Elements on a map
  • Parallels & meridians
  • The four hemispheres
  • Map grid, index, & coordinates
  • Projection maps: Robinson & Mercator
  • Polar projection: the Arctic region
  • Picturing North America & the world
  • Road map: Wyoming
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Physical maps: North America, South America, & Australia
  • The world: mountains, deserts, & rivers
  • United States: regions, climate zones, & time zones
  • The Middle East region
  • A national symbol: Washington, D.C.
  • National parks of Utah
  • The Sahara Desert
  • World’s ten most populous countries
  • Cultural map: National Basketball Association
  • Leading rice-producing countries
  • Boroughs of New York City
  • Land use map: the North-Central region
  • Tourist map: Missouri
  • Resource map: Mexico’s minerals
  • History map: Ancient Greece
  • A city plan


Mathematics (Option 1: Saxon 7/6)

Course Texts:

  • Saxon Math 7/6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Saxon Math 7/6, Homestudy Kit

Course Description:

Grade Six Mathematics moves the student from arithmetic to foundational treatments of “geometry, measurement, algebra, number, and scale and graph reading.”  Word problems are also included. Topics include linear measure, perimeter, area, and volume, averages, factors, fractions and decimals, prime factorization, exponents, ratios, angles, and unit conversion.

Mathematics (Option 2: Singapore®)

Course Texts:

  • Singapore Math 6 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Primary Mathematics 6A, Textbook
  • Primary Mathematics 6A, Workbook
  • Primary Mathematics 6A, Teacher Guide (Optional)
  • Primary Mathematics 6B, Textbook
  • Primary Mathematics 6B, Workbook
  • Primary Mathematics 6B, Teacher Guide (Optional)

Life Science

Course Texts:

  • Life Science Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Microorganisms, Fungi, & Plants (Short Course A), Textbook
  • Animals (Short Course B), Textbook
  • Cells, Heredity, & Classification (Short Course C), Textbook
  • Environmental Science (Short Course E), Textbook
  • Life Science, Answer Key (Optional)

This course covers topics in life science at a middle school level, including: cells and living organisms, animals and plants, heredity and classification, and the environment.  There are several website resources that correspond with the Holt Science and Technology series.

The science of life may occasionally present the student with some of the bioethical issues that exist in today’s world.  It is the role of the parent to discuss these issues with the student and instruct the student in Church Teaching.  We have done our best to point out these controversial issues and to provide guidance on how to address them.  For example, the topic of evolution is discussed in 3rd quarter and notes on Church teaching has been included in the course plan where appropriate.  These notes should be used as points of discussion between the student and parent and to bring in the Church’s important teaching on moral and bioethical issues.

In general, this course is meant to be a survey of several topics in a Life Science course.  As such, it does not have the necessary depth for a high school level Life Science course.  High school credit, therefore, is not available for this middle school Life Science course.  This course prepares students well for high school biology.  In general, this course should be completed at some point during the middle school years whether that be in 6th, 7th, or even 8th grade.  No particular math skills are needed for successfully completion of this course.


Latin (Option 1: Elementary Latin 3)

Course Texts:

  • Liber Tertius Civitates Europae, Reader
  • Liber Tertius Civitates Europae, Workbook
  • Liber Tertius Civitates Europae, Drill Book
  • Liber Tertius Civitates Europae, Teacher Manual

Course Description:



Latin (Option 2: Second Form Latin)

Course Texts:

  • Second Form Latin Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Second Form Latin, Textbook
  • Second Form Latin, Workbook
  • Second Form Latin, Teacher Manual
  • Second Form Latin, Teacher Key
  • Second Form Latin, Quizzes & Tests
  • Second Form Latin, CD

Course Description:

Second Form Latin reviews everything in First Form Latin and builds on the knowledge gained from the First Form in order to introduce the students to the complete verb paradigms.  This course is designed to be used by parents and students who have mastered the First From course.  Second Form Latin employs the “grammar-first” approach to language acquisition, and this means that students will need to commit to extensive memorization.  However, we will take things slowly so that the Latin grammar becomes embedded in the long-term memory of the student.  The grammar stage will typically take three years (First, Second, and Third Forms).  Therefore, it is imperative that the students thoroughly grasp each lesson before moving on to the next.