Religion

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ELEMENTARY RELIGION
CURRICULUM STANDARDS
K-8
Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Phoenix
June, 2011
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION
CURRICULUM STANDARDS
K-8
Diocese of Phoenix
2011
MaryBeth Mueller, Ed. Specialist
Executive Director
Division of Education and Evangelization
and
Superintendent of Schools
Sr. Melita Penchalk, OSBM, Ed.S.
Assistant Superintendent
Cecilia Frakes, M.Ed.
Assistant Superintendent
Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Phoenix
400 East Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 354-2345
http://www.catholicschoolsphx.com/
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June, 2011
The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Phoenix expresses gratitude to the
Elementary Religion Curriculum Committee for its work in revising and updating our
Religion Curriculum Standards.
The special character of the Catholic school and its Catholic Identity is the underlying
reason for its existence. It is precisely the quality of the religious instruction integrated
into the overall education of the students. Our educational goals are rooted in Christ and
the Gospel.
These revised standards are based on the current Catechism of the Catholic Church,
Doctrine and Tradition of the Catholic Church as well as Sacred Scripture. They provide
for and encourage authentic experiences of faith and emphasize Christian Service.
It is the hope of the committee that with these standards, we will be able to continue to
foster quality religious education programs in our Catholic schools.
Gratefully,
Ms. MaryBeth Mueller
Executive Director of the Division of Education and Evangelization
and Superintendent of Catholic Schools
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
Katie Baker
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic School – Scottsdale
Mary Ellen Thayer
Christ the King Catholic School
Mesa
Pamela Contu-Owen
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Preschool
and Kindergarten
Scottsdale
Gracemarie Torzala
St. Jerome Catholic School
Phoenix
April Huenecke
Queen of Peace Catholic School
Mesa
Mary Pat Waldman
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School
Chandler
Jay Nelson
St. Gregory Catholic School
Phoenix
Margie Welfelt
St. Gregory Catholic School
Phoenix
Barbara Nicol
St. Theresa Catholic School
Phoenix
Sr. Melita Penchalk, OSBM
Assistant Superintendent
Diocese of Phoenix
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Mission Statement …………………………………………………………………………………….6
Catholic Identity ………………………………………………………………………………………..7
Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..8
Kindergarten ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
First ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
Second …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18
Third …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 24
Fourth …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30
Fifth ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 34
Sixth …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
Seventh ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 50
Eighth …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 55
Appendices …………………………………………………………………………………………… 60
VI. Glossary …………………………………………………………………………….. 61
VII. Safe Environment ………………………………………………………………… 85
VIII. Prayers, Devotions, and Practices …………………………………………. 88
IX. Oraciones En Español………………………………………………………….. 89
X. Meditation …………………………………………………………………………… 91
XI. Prayers and Practices ………………………………………………………….. 92
XII. Prayers at Mass ………………………………………………………………….. 98
XIII. Catechetical Documents …………………………………………………….. 102
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MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Religious Education Catechesis for the Diocese of Phoenix
is to assist students in fostering a relationship with Christ through prayer,
sacraments, scripture, and knowledge of Roman Catholic doctrine1. The
teachers will be witnesses of the Catholic faith2 in providing an
atmosphere for evangelization3 and catechesis with emphasis on building
a Catholic Identity within the community.4 Recognizing the primary role of
parents5 as first witnesses of faith, the teachers will work to assist the
parents in communicating faith to their children relying on the energizing
powers of the Holy Spirit.6
1 The Religious Dimension in a Catholic School. Guidelines for Reflection and Renewal, (Congregation for
Catholic Education, Rome, 1988); p. 52, #99, “A Christian formation process might therefore be described as an
organic set of elements with a single purpose: the gradual development of every student, enabling each one to attain
an integral formation within a context that includes the Christian religious dimension and recognizes the help of
grace.” p. 41, #79, “Students become aware that being a member of the Church is something dynamic, responding
to every persons’ needs to continue growing all through life.”
2 ibid; p. 49, #96 “…the effectiveness of religious instruction is closely tied to the personal witness given by
the teacher; this witness is what brings the content of the lessons to life.”
3 ibid; p. 12, #25, The Council speaks “of an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and
freedom.”; p. 57, #108, “…evangelization is not easy – it may not even be possible. We should look to preevangelization:
to the development of a religious sense of life. In order to do this, the process of formation must
constantly raise questions about the “how” and the “why” and the “what” and then point out and deepen the positive
results of this investigation.”
4 ibid; p. 13, #26, “Prime responsibility for creating this unique Christian school climate rests with the
teachers, as individuals and as a community. The religious dimension of the school climate is expressed through the
celebration of Christian values in Word and Sacrament, in individual behavior, in friendly and harmonious
interpersonal relationships, and in a ready availability.”
5 To Teach As Jesus Did, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November, 1972, p. 14, “While it was
relatively easy in more stable times for parents to educate their children and transmit values to them, the immense
complexity of today’s society makes this a truly awesome task. Without forgetting then, that parents are “the first to
communicate the faith to their children and to educate them,” (Apostolate of the Laity, 11) the Christian community
must make a generous effort today to help them fulfill their duty.
6 Sharing the Light of Faith, National Catechetical Directory for the United States, National Conference of
Catholic Bishops, p. 161, Effective catechesis is always a gift of God. “I planted the seed and Apollos watered it,
but God made it grow.” It is important, therefore, to pray for this gift. Catechesis goes forward in the light of the
risen Christ, energized by the love of the Holy Spirit, drawing creativity from the power of the Father.”
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CATHOLIC IDENTITY
“Catholic identity is not measured in individual standards, but in the overall environment,
and is greater than all standards.”
Tom Butler, Diocese of Stockton, California
ELEMENTS OF CATHOLIC IDENTITY WITHIN THE SCHOOL
(Adapted from WCEA)
1. Opportunities to participate in Prayer and Sacraments
2. Active partnership with Parents as Primary Educators with focus on the
spiritual development of the child
3. Engagement in acts of Service as Christ did as an example for us to follow
4. Widespread use of Signs and Sacramentals in keeping with participation in the
traditions of the Roman Catholic Church
5. Evangelization along with the incorporation of the Good News within all
academic disciplines
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INTRODUCTION
The religion curriculum student performance outcomes have been developed by a
committee of K-8 teachers in the Diocese of Phoenix. The outcomes have been
organized and structured to be in alignment with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
These outcomes are intended to give direction to teachers in planning their lessons and
guidance for faculties in enriching the curriculum and providing needed in-services for
teachers of religion.
The student performance outcomes, rather than textbooks, should be the focus for
planning the religion curriculum. The textbook and supplemental materials are tools to
teach and enhance the curriculum and should be used to support and achieve the
student outcomes. The teacher should be teaching to the outcomes, not the text.
All religion textbooks used in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Phoenix must be in
conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and appear on the Conformity
Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series published by the United States Catholic
Conference of Bishops Committee on Catechesis.
This document is organized into five major sections for each grade level:
I. The Content Theme identifies the grade level theme for the year.
II. The Instructional Focus outlines general objectives.
III. The Student Performance Outcomes delineate what students should know and be
able to do as a result of religion instruction.
Reference has been made to sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These
are intended to offer theological background for the teacher and are not meant to be allinclusive,
but rather give the teacher a point of reference. It is highly recommended that
teachers familiarize themselves with the Catechism references as background
information before planning their religion program for the year. The Catechism is a
teacher resource and is not intended to be used by the students as a text.
The five sections of the Student Performance Outcomes are:
A. Profession of Faith (Creed-What We Believe )
B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
C. Life in Christ (Christian Living-How We Live)
– Family Life
– Social Justice and Stewardship
D. Christian Prayer (How We Pray)
E. Safe Environment
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IV. The Key Scripture References relate scripture to the content of the grade level and
should be used whenever possible in classroom instruction as appropriate to age and
grade level.
V. The Activities for Assisting with Assessment are meant to be suggestions for
possible activities to help determine student mastery of the outcomes. They are not
required activities, but rather examples of possible approaches to take to assess student
outcomes. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of assessment tools and
techniques. It is the expectation that teachers and faculties will design assessments
which incorporate a variety of questioning strategies and challenge students at the
knowledge, comprehension, and application levels as well as higher levels of thinking to
include synthesis, analysis, and evaluation.
Upon completion of the K-8 information, the following are provided in the Appendix:
VI. Glossary identifies and defines terms. The vocabulary is introduced in the Student
Performance Outcomes section at each grade level.
VII. Safe Environment guide contains the current resources and Programs available
through the Diocesan Safe Environment Office.
VIII. Prayers, Devotions and Practices to be learned and used at each grade level are
identified. Although prayers are introduced and mastered at certain grade levels, it is
expected that these prayers will continue to be reinforced in every grade level thereafter.
IX. Oraciones en Español – Prayers in Spanish are provided for use and reference in the
class.
X. Meditation – background and reference for teaching prayerful meditation to elementary
age students.
XI. Prayers and Practices – common Catholic Prayers and Practices for teacher reference.
XII. Prayers at Mass – The New Roman Missal.
XIII. Catechetical Documents for reference.
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE – Kindergarten
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
We celebrate God’s abundant love and develop a personal relationship with Him
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To recognize that God the Father is the creator of all things
· To recognize we are all members of God’s family
· To celebrate and enjoy God’s creation
· To experience God through our relationships with others
· To come to know that Jesus is both God and man
· To come to understand that Jesus is the Light of the World
· To foster greater participation in the liturgy
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith ( Creed – What We Believe)
Vocabulary: Annunciation, Apostles, Ascension, Bethlehem, Catholic Church,
creation, creator, heaven, holy family, Israel, Jerusalem, Kingdom of God,
Nazareth, Pope, Resurrection of Jesus.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
STUDENTS WILL
1. Value God’s creation as good 299, 341, 353
2. Develop respect for all God’s creation 258-259
3. Recognize that Jesus is the Son of God 487-507
4. Identify Jesus as an historical figure from the Land of Israel 551-553
5. Celebrate the Church as the family of Jesus 777-778, 864
6. Identify Mary as a historical figure and the mother of Jesus 487-507
7. Recognize that the Church honors Mary and the saints 828, 1172
8. Develop an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit through the
Infancy Narratives, Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist,
and the Feast of Pentecost 2567, 711-712, 525
B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy – How We Celebrate)
Vocabulary: Advent, altar, Baptism, Bible, Bishop, candle, chalice, Christmas,
Deacon, Easter, epiclesis, Eucharist, forgiveness, genuflect, Gospel,
intercessions, Last Supper, leaven, Lent, liturgical colors, liturgy, Liturgy of
Light, Mass, Nativity, Ordinary Time, Paschal candle, paten, Pope, preface,
Priest, tabernacle, yeast.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church
STUDENTS WILL
1. Discover that they are members of God’s family, called by name,
through the gift of the Sacrament of Baptism 1267-1268
2. Be introduced to the Baptismal gifts:
 Water – sign of new birth into the family of God
 The Word – teaches and transforms
 The Light – sign of Christ’s risen life inside the baptized
 White Garment – sign of a new person in Christ, free of original sin
 Oils – sign of strength given through the Holy Spirit
 Sign of the Cross – outward sign symbolizing the baptized belongs
to Christ
1238-1239
1236
1243
1243
1237, 1241
1235
3. Identify the Eucharist as the true Body and Blood of Jesus that He
shared at the Last Supper 610-611, 621, 1323
4. Be introduced to the origin of the church beginning with Christ at the
Last Supper
610-611
5. Recognize the hierarchy of the church with the Pope as leader 85-90, 100
6. Recognize the priest as a particular member of the Good Shepherd’s
flock who calls the Holy Spirit to change the bread and wine at Mass 1548, 1552
7. Recognize, reflect upon, and practice the primary prayer gestures of
the Mass: Lavabo, epiclesis, Offering, Sign of Peace, and genuflection
2304
1105, 1338, 1353-1354
8. Be instructed and reminded to attend weekly Sunday Mass. 2177-2179
9. Review Liturgical Seasons through work with liturgical colors and
liturgical calendar. (Purple for preparing and waiting, White for
celebrating the great feasts of Jesus, Green for growing in our love of
the Lord, Red for much love and feasts of the Holy Spirit)
10. Be introduced to the sacred articles used at Mass and the vestments
worn by the priest:
 Altar
 Candles
 Crucifix
 Paten
 Chalice
 Tabernacle
 Ciborium
 Sanctuary lamp
 Lectionary
 Roman Missal
 Ambo
 Stole
 Chasuble
 Alb
1182-1184
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C. Life in Christ (Christian Living – How We Live)
Vocabulary: family, freedom, parish, peace, prophets, shepherd, saint,
parables
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
Family Life
1. Recognize that each person’s body is a “Temple of the Holy Spirit” 1265
2. Recognize that Jesus loves them and calls them by name
3. Recognize that it is God who gives life and who gives growth, as seen
in their bodies and in the gifts of creation. (See Parables of the
Kingdom: The Mustard Seed, The Pearl, The Leaven, The Grain of
Wheat)
Social Justice/Stewardship
541-546
4. Participate in Christian Service Projects 952-953
5. Identify that God’s family includes all people: their family, class,
neighborhood, parish, and world 2202, 2204, 2205
D. Christian Prayer (Prayer – How We Pray)
Vocabulary: adoration, amen, angel, guardian angel, prayer, proclaim,
prophecy, Scripture, Visitation, Magi
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Listen and respond to Scripture 2653-2654
2. Begin to recognize that the Holy Bible contains the sacred history of
God and His people 97-105
3. Experience prayer as communication with God 2562, 2564-5,
2601-2607
4. Begin to learn and pray the prayers as outlined in the Prayers and
Devotions section (See Appendix VIII) 2607, 2688
5. Participate in a variety of prayer forms: spontaneous prayer, silent
prayer, songs and sign language, dance, and formal prayer (See
Appendix XI) 2644, 2660, 2721
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Isaiah 9:1 Prophecy of the Light
Isaiah 7:14 Prophecy of the Mother
Isaiah 9:5 Prophecy of Names
Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my Shepherd
Luke 1:1-38 Annunciation
Luke 1:39-56 Visitation
Luke 2:1-20 Birth of Christ and the Adoration of the Shepherds
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Matt 2:1-12 Adoration of the Magi
Matt 12:31-32 The Kingdom and the Mustard Seed
Matt 13:33 The Kingdom and the Leaven
Matt 13:44-46 The Kingdom and the Pearl of Great Price
John 10:2-5, 14-16 The Good Shepherd
Luke 18:15-17 Jesus and the Children
Matt 28:1-8 The Empty Tomb
Acts 2:1-11 Pentecost
V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
· Use the liturgical colors to make a collage.
· Participate in a church tour focusing on holy water font, Sign of the Cross,
crucifix, Tabernacle, sanctuary lamp, genuflection, altar and articles of the
altar. Other observations could include Stations of the Cross, Mary and
saint statues, and baptistery.
· Draw a picture of something the child noticed in the church tour.
· To teach nomenclature of sacred articles used at Mass, use resources
available on the computer and Catholic bookstores including Catholic
clipart, coloring books, word/picture cards and charts. Small household
items such as a wine glass, salad dressing cruets, bowl and cream pitchers,
as well as a small Bible and crucifix can be used by children to demonstrate
appropriate uses in liturgy.
· Observe children making the Sign of the Cross and genuflecting.
· Observe children as they participate in creating and changing a classroom
prayer space. Suggestions for prayer space include; banners and/or cloth
that indicate appropriate liturgical colors or seasons, Advent wreath, Nativity
set, flannelboard Bible stories, May altar, books and holy cards.
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Meditation – See Appendix X
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE ONE
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
You should love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all
your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To realize that God communicates with God’s people through the Bible
· To recognize that each person belongs to many groups: family, parish,
school, neighborhood, etc.
· To worship together through prayer and liturgy
· To demonstrate that every person deserves love, care, and respect
III. STUDENT PEFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith ( Creed – What We Believe)
Vocabulary: Annunciation, Apostles, Ascension, Bethlehem, Catholic
Church, creation, creator, heaven, holy family, Israel, Jerusalem, Kingdom of
God, Nazareth, parousia, Pope, Resurrection of Jesus.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
STUDENTS WILL
1. Understand that God is the creator of the world 216, 295
2. Recognize that the world God made is good 198, 280, 338, 340
3. Know that God created the human person in the image of Himself 341, 347
4. Realize that we are all children of God 2202-2203
5. Know that God gave the gift of Himself through the gift of His Son,
Jesus 619, 624-30
6. Know that Jesus is the Son of God 443, 464-69
7. Know that Jesus was born of Mary 724
8. Know that the history of Jesus is in the New Testament of the Holy
Bible
9. Identify that there are three persons in the true and living God 684, 732, 691
10. Develop an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit through
the Infancy Narratives, Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and
the Feast of Pentecost
437, 830, 1076, 1215,
1266, 1287, 1325, 1333,
1358
11. Celebrate the lives of the saints and particularly Mary as the
mother of Jesus and our Spiritual Mother 723, 829, 1717
12. Be introduced to the history of Salvation through the three
significant moments: Creation, Redemption, and Parousia 198, 280, 571, 601
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B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy – How We Celebrate)
Vocabulary: Advent, altar, Baptism, Bible, candle, chalice, Christmas,
Easter, Eucharist, forgiveness, Gospel, Last Supper, leaven, Lent, Liturgical
colors, liturgy, Liturgy of Eucharist, Liturgy of Light, Liturgy of the Word,
Mass, Maxims of Jesus, Nativity, Ordinary Time, Paschal candle, paten,
tabernacle, yeast.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
STUDENTS WILL
1. Celebrate that they are members of God’s family called by name,
through the gift of the Sacrament of Baptism 2232-33
2. Recognize that Christ is always present in the Church, His family,
especially in the sacraments, which are the times we receive God’s
life 1113-21
3. Recognize the sacrament of Baptism as the gateway to all the other
sacraments 1267-1268
4. Name the Baptismal gifts:
 Water – sign of new birth into the family of God
 The Word – teaches and transforms
 The Light – sign of Christ’s risen life inside the baptized
 White Garment – sign of a new person in Christ, free of original
sin
 Oils – sign of strength given through the Holy Spirit
 Sign of the Cross – outward sign symbolizing the baptized
belongs to Christ
1238-1239
1236
1243
1243
1237, 1241
1235
5. Be introduced to the seven Sacraments as gifts from Jesus to give
the grace of the Holy Spirit. (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist,
Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony) 1210-11
6. Understand that Jesus promises to be with us always, and calls us to
be with Him particularly through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass 1373
7. Be introduced to the two main parts of the Mass: Liturgy of the Word
and Liturgy of the Eucharist 1346
8. Participate appropriately in liturgical liturgies 595, 623, 529-30, 971
9. Name the Liturgical Seasons and colors: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary
Time, Lent, and Easter. (Purple for preparing and waiting, White for
celebrating the great feasts of Jesus, Green for growing in our love of
the Lord, Red for much love and feasts of the Holy Spirit) 1163
C. Life in Christ (Christian Living – How We Live)
Vocabulary: family, freedom, parish, peace, prophets, shepherd, saint,
parables, Maxims of Jesus, Summary of the Law.
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
Family Life
1. Recognize that Jesus teaches through parables and by example 546
2. Recognize that the Holy Spirit guides us 688
3. Recognize that love is the core of family life
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Family Life (Continued)
4. Value their unique role in their family 2201-3, 2232-33
5. Recognize that it is God who gives life and who gives growth, as seen
in their bodies and in the gifts of creation 1706-1716
6. Be introduced to the summary of God’s commandments and explore
how to use these teachings in their daily choices (Law of Love/the
Great Commandment)
7. Explore and celebrate friendships 1829
8. Recognize that life is a precious gift from God 1699, 2258, 2415
9. Recognize that each person’s body is a “Temple of the Holy Spirit”
Social Justice/Stewardship
1265
10. Recognize that Christians treat themselves and others with respect. 1931-1932
11. Participate in Christian Service Projects, developing empathy for those
in need
1716-24
D. Christian Prayer (Prayer – How We Pray)
Vocabulary: adoration, amen, angel, guardian angel, prayer, proclaim,
prophecy, Scripture, Visitation, magi
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Listen and respond to Scripture 2613
2. Begin to recognize that the Holy Bible contains the sacred history of
God, His people and the language of prayer 2591
3. Experience prayer as communication with God. 2564-67, 2601-7
4. Begin to learn and pray the prayers as outlined in the Prayers and
Devotions section (See Appendix VIII) 2617-19, 2700-04
5. Participate in a variety of prayer forms: spontaneous prayer, silent
prayer, songs and sign language, dance, and formal prayer 2720-22
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Genesis 1:1 Creation
Isaiah 9:1 Prophecy of the Light Messianic Prophecy
Isaiah 7:14 Prophecy of the Mother Messianic Prophecy
Isaiah 9:5 Prophecy of Names Messianic Prophecy
Micah 5:1-2 Prophecy of the City Messianic Prophecy
Numbers 24:17b Prophecy of the Star Messianic Prophecy
Isaiah 11:1-2 Root of Jesse Messianic Prophecy
Isaiah 11:6-9 Prophecy of the Peaceable Kingdom Moral Prophecy
Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd
Luke 1:1-38 Annunciation
Luke 1:39-56 Visitation
Luke 2:7-14 Birth of Christ and the Adoration of the Shepherds
Luke 2:1-20 Adoration of the Magi
Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 The Flight into Egypt
Luke 10:25-28 The Greatest Commandment
Matt 6:9-13 The Lord’s Prayer
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Matt 12:31-32 The Kingdom and the Mustard Seed
Matt 13:33 The Kingdom and the Leaven
Matt 13:45-46 The Kingdom and the Pearl of Great Price
Matt 13:44 The Kingdom and the Hidden Treasure
John 10:2-5, 14-16 The Good Shepherd
Luke 15:4-7 The Found Sheep
Luke 18:15-17 Jesus and the Children
Matt 28:1-8 The Empty Tomb
Acts 2:1-12 Pentecost
Maxims of Jesus
Luke 10:25-28 Summary of the Law
Matt 5:42 Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on the one who
wants to borrow.
Matt 7:12 Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
Matt 18:22 You should forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven.
Matt 5:44a Love your enemies
V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
· Dress up as a favorite saint and give a speech on his/her life on All Saints
Day.
· Using personal photos and family memories, make a collage of the day you
were Baptized, integrating the gifts of baptism. (water, light, the Word, white
garment…)
· After listening to Holy Scripture, draw what it means to you.
· Make a booklet of parable pictures.
· Make a booklet of Infancy Narrative pictures.
· During Advent, copy and illustrate the Messianic Prophecies.
· Using teacher prepared line drawings of the sacred articles of the altar,
color and label.
· Demonstrate the gestures of: the Sign of the Cross, genuflection, three
crosses before the reading of the Gospel, Epiclesis, Offering, and Sign of
Peace.
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Meditation – See Appendix X
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE TWO
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
God shows His love through the gifts of Creation, His son Jesus, and the Holy
Spirit.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To realize that God’s gifts of creation bring with them a call for responsibility.
· To develop an understanding that God sent Jesus to redeem the world.
· To understand the sacrament of Reconciliation and to celebrate God’s
forgiveness.
· To realize Jesus shares Himself in the Eucharist.
· To understand the Holy Spirit helps and guides us.
· To understand and exhibit the Schoolwide Student Learning Expectations
as evidence of Catholic Identity
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed – What We Believe)
Vocabulary: Assumption, Bible, Catholic Church, free will, heaven, hell, holy
family, Kingdom of God, New Testament, Old Testament, Resurrection
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain that God made us and always loves us 1423-42
2. Discuss that God allows us to make choices 1730-56, 1783-89
3. Recognize that Jesus is the Son of God and calls God Father 124, 441-45
4. Recognize that Jesus is our brother and friend who came into the
world to save us
5. Recognize that Jesus died and rose from the dead to give us new
life 638-55
6. Identify the Eucharist as the body and blood of Jesus, to be shared
by all 1337-40
7. Recall the gifts of the Holy Spirit
8. Discuss the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and their
lives 729
9. Invite the Holy Spirit to be their helper and guide
10. Identify the Holy Bible as our Sacred History book made up of many
books which are divided into two parts: Old Testament and New
Testament 120
11. Recognize that the Life of Christ is found in the Gospels of the New
Testament
12. Read and explore the Parables of the Kingdom and of Mercy 546
13. Locate and read passages in the Bible
14. Celebrate the life of Mary as the mother of Jesus and our spiritual
mother
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B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How we Celebrate)
Vocabulary: Advent, almsgiving, altar, Annunciation, Baptism, candle,
chalice, Christmas, Communion of Saints, confession, conscience,
contrition, Easter, Eucharist, epiclesis, examination of conscience,
forgiveness, Gospel, homily, Last Supper, leaven, Lent, liturgical colors,
liturgy, Liturgy of Eucharist, Liturgy of Light, Liturgy of Word, Magi, Mass,
Maxims of Jesus, Nativity, Ordinary Time, Paschal Candle, paten, Penance,
Psalms, Reconciliation, Resurrection of Jesus, Sabbath, Sacraments,
sacrifice, sin, tabernacle, visitation.
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Recognize sacraments as celebrations of Jesus’ love and signs of His
presence 1088, 1118
2. Explain that we enter God’s family, the Church, and are given new life
through Baptism and are called to share the faith 1212-13
3. Recognize that God is all merciful and desires to wipe away our sins
through the Sacrament of Reconciliation 1440-45
4. Learn the symbols and Rite of Reconciliation
5. Define sin
6. Recognize that we give and receive forgiveness through the power of
the Holy Spirit
7. Recognize that through the Eucharist we experience Jesus’ presence in
a particular way 1350-55
8. Explain that the Eucharist was given to us at the Last Supper by Jesus 1323
9. Define the Eucharist as a sacrament of thanksgiving 1328, 1358-60
10. Articulate that the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood
of Jesus at Mass 1333, 1365
11. Explain the two gestures at the heart of the Mass: epiclesis and offering
12. Recognize that the Eucharist is a memorial of Jesus’ death and
resurrection 1337
13. Recognize and celebrate Sunday as the Lord’s Day when His family
gathers to worship and pray as a community of believers 2042
14. Plan and participate in school liturgies, May Crowning, and Stations of
the Cross 1140-44
15. Identify the two parts of the liturgy: Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the
Eucharist 1346
16. Participate in reciting the basic responses and prayers used during the
Mass 1348
17. Experience Advent as a time of preparation for Christmas 1163-1173
18. Experience Christmas as the message of God’s love 525
19. Experience Lent as a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving 1163-73
20. Recognize that Lent is a time of preparation for Holy Week and Easter 1163-73
21. Participate in Holy Week services 1163-73
22. Celebrate the Easter Season, which culminates with the Feast of
Pentecost, as a time for great happiness when the Holy Spirit comes
upon the apostles
638
23. Recognize that feast days help us celebrate special members of God’s
family (Communion of Saints) 1717, 2030
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STUDENTS WILL (Continued)
24. Recognize and celebrate the rituals associated with special feast days,
i.e. blessing of the throats on St. Blaise day, sharing of small gifts on St.
Nicholas Day, blessing of the animals on St. Francis of Assisi Day
25. Experience and participate in a variety of Marian devotions 971, 2678, 2708
C. Life In Christ (Christian Living-How We Live)
Vocabulary: family, free will, Law of Love/The Great Commandment, Maxims
of Jesus, parables, parish, peace, Stewardship, social justice, Ten
Commandments
STUDENTS WILL
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Family Life
1. Explain that decisions involve choices and have consequences
2. Explain that we can make choices and follow rules, using the teachings
of Jesus and the Ten Commandments as our guide
3. Understand that the Ten Commandments are ways to love God and our
neighbor
4. Demonstrate conflict resolution skills 1730-48
5. Share their personal gifts with others 1928-1948
6. Reflect upon the gifts of creation as gifts from God 293-294, 319
Social Justice/Stewardship
7. Respond to God’s word by doing what Jesus asks 716-24, 1964-74
8. Recognize that others help us make choices through the grace of the
Holy Spirit 1742
9. Discuss that when we make mistakes God is all merciful and forgives us
when we’re sorry 1434-67
10. Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation to make amends with God
and others for our wrong choices 1846-1848
11. Recognize that they belong to a parish community 1877-1880
12. Recognize that many communities make up the world 1882
13. Explain that we have a Christian responsibility to help others in need and
participate in service projects 1913-1917
D. Christian Prayer (Prayer-How We Pray)
Vocabulary: Act of Contrition, adoration, Amen, angel, communal prayer,
guardian angel, prayer, proclaim, prophecy, rosary, Scripture
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Christian Prayer (Continued)
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Listen and respond to Scripture 2613
2. Begin to recognize that the Holy Bible contains the sacred history of
God, His people, and the language of prayer 2591
3. Experience prayer as communication with God 2562-2565
4. Begin to learn and pray the prayers as outlined in the Prayers and
Devotions sections (See Appendix IX)
2697-2699
2773-2776
5. Participate in a variety of prayer forms; spontaneous prayer, silent
prayer, songs and sign language, dance, and formal prayer (See
Appendix XI) 2720-2722
6. Recognize the Our Father as a prayer Jesus taught us to forgive one
another and to ask God for forgiveness
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Genesis 1:1 Creation
Isaiah 9:1 Prophecy of the Light
Isaiah 7:14 Prophecy of the Mother
Isaiah 9:5 Prophecy of Names
Micah 5:1-2 Prophecy of the City
Numbers 24:17b Prophecy of the Star
Isaiah 11:1-2 Root of Jesse
Isaiah 11:6-9 Prophecy of the Peaceable Kingdom
Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my Shepherd
Luke 1:1-38 Annunciation
Luke 1:39-56 Visitation
Luke 2:7-14 Birth of Christ and the Adoration of the Shepherds
Luke 2:1-20 Adoration of the Magi
Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 The Flight into Egypt
Luke 10:25-28 The Greatest Commandment
Matt 6:9-13 The Lord’s Prayer
Luke 22:7-20 The Last Supper
Matt 12-31-32 The Kingdom and the Mustard Seed
Matt 13:33 The Kingdom and the Leaven
Matt 13:45-46 The Kingdom and the Pearl of Great Price
Matt 13:44 The Kingdom and the Hidden Treasure
John 10:2-5, 14-16 The Good Shepherd
Luke 15:4-7 The Found Sheep
Luke 15:11-24 The Prodigal Son
John 15:1-17 The True Vine
Luke 18:15-17 Jesus and the Children
Matt 28:1-8 The Empty Tomb
Acts 2:1-12 Pentecost
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KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES (Continued)
Maxims of Jesus
1 Cor 6:19 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
Matt 7:7 Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and
the door shall be opened unto you.
Matt 18:22 You should forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven.
Matt. 5:42 Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on
the one who wants to borrow.
Matt. 5:48 You must be made perfect just as your Heavenly Father is
perfect.
John 13:34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I
have loved you.
Matt. 5:44 Love your enemies
Matt. 7:17 Do to others whatever you would have them do to you
Luke 6:27b Do good to those who hate you
Matt. 6:6 Whenever you pray, go into your room, shut the door, and pray
to your Father in secret
Matt. 5:37 Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.
Matt. 5:44 Pray for those who persecute you.
V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
· Research, write, and illustrate one gift of God’s creation.
· Copy and illustrate a booklet of Maxims (moral teachings of Jesus: see
scripture references).
· Create and maintain a prayer journal throughout the year as the students
prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
· Following the prayers and gestures of the Holy Mass, children can make
their own missal booklet.
· Using teacher prepared picture and definition cards, the child can sequence
the Rite of Reconciliation and/or Rite of Baptism.
· After listening to Holy Scripture, children can illustrate their understandings.
· Dramatize the Parable of the Prodigal Son – emphasizing the forgiving
father as God, our Father, and the son as ourselves.
· Compose individual or group prayer of apology.
· Recite and explain meaning of the Act of Contrition.
· In preparation for First Reconciliation write an individual or group apology to
God.
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Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Meditation – See Appendix X
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE THREE
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
Through the study of the Catholic faith and the Gospel message students will
celebrate God’s love, develop a personal relationship with Him, and become active
members of the Catholic community.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To develop knowledge of God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary and
the saints through traditions, doctrine and Scripture
· To demonstrate understanding of the Church as a Catholic community with
rites and rules
· To develop a Christian response to social concerns
· To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the sacraments of
Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist
· To understand and exhibit the Schoolwide Learning Expectations as
evidence of Catholic Identity
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed – What We Believe)
Vocabulary: angel, Apostle’s Creed, Annunciation, Ascension, Assumption,
Bible, Catholic Church, Communion of Saints, consubstantial, creation,
creator, creed, Evangelists, grace, heaven, hell, Immaculate Conception,
incarnate, Kingdom of God, miracle, New Testament, Marks of the Church,
Nicene Creed, Old Testament, Pentecost, prophecy, Resurrection, saint,
savior, Tradition, Trinity, universal, virgin, visitation
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Identify God as a loving and merciful Father and Creator 199, 232, 210
2. Recognize Jesus as Redeemer, Savior, and Friend 423, 430
3. Describe the Holy Spirit as the giver of life and understand the
significance of His coming at Pentecost 290
4. Recognize God in three persons as the Trinity: God the Father,
God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
5. Recite important events in the life of Jesus found in the Gospels of
the New Testament
422-450
6. Identify Mary as the Mother of God and the patroness of the
Americas (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
969
7. Describe the role of Mary as model of obedience and prayer 971
8. Explain the important events in the life of Mary; Annunciation,
Immaculate Conception, and Assumption
972
9. Identify saints as holy people committing their lives to Jesus 957
10. Recognize the church as a community of God’s people 790-791
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STUDENTS WILL (Continued)
11. Recite the church beliefs that are stated in the Apostle’s Creed and
the Nicene Creed (consubstantial) 194-195
12. Participate in Catholic Church worship through sacraments, liturgy,
paraliturgies, and prayer 752
13. Examine the Bible as God’s word 135, 124, 131
14. Locate and read scripture passages from the Bible 135, 124, 131
15. Identify the four Evangelists and their written works 425, 858
B. Sacraments – Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We
Celebrate)
Vocabulary: Baptism, chalice, confession, confirmand, Confirmation,
consecration, Eucharist, examination of conscience, forgiveness, Fruits of
the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, laity, Last Supper, leaven, Original
Sin, paten, penance, Reconciliation, sacrament, sacramental, Sacraments of
Healing, Sacraments of Initiation, sanctifying grace, sin, transubstantiation
STUDENTS WILL
Eucharist
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Recall the sacraments as supernatural signs of God’s grace and love
2. Recognize Eucharist with the Last Supper, a meal, Jesus’ sacrifices, and a
celebration 1485
3. Explain that Jesus is present in the Eucharist 1485
4. Recognize that bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of
Jesus 1339
5. Explain that we receive Jesus under the appearance of bread and wine
through the Eucharist 1339
6. Recognize that the Eucharist is a remembrance of Jesus’ death and
resurrection 1341
7. Identify that the Eucharist is a sacred banquet to share
Reconciliation/Confession
8. Show Jesus’ forgiveness and healing through reconciliation 1423
9. Identify the nature of sin and understand the consequences of sin 1440-1472
10. State that we are welcomed back to God’s family when we ask for
forgiveness through reconciliation 1455
11. Identify the essential elements of Reconciliation and experience the
Sacrament of Reconciliation 1461
12. Use the Ten Commandments as a guide for the examination of
conscience
Confirmation
13. Research and share the lives of the saints 2683
14. Participate and identify the rituals associated with saints 2683
15. Recognize the Holy Spirit as life giving through Confirmation 1289
16. Listen and discuss the story of Pentecost 1287, 1302
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Confirmation (Continued)
17. Name and list the Gifts/Fruits of the Holy Spirit 1299, 1830-
1832
18. Know that Confirmation deepens and seals the Sacrament of Baptism and
the call to share the faith
1288
19. Recognize that Confirmation strengthens the bond with the Church and its
Mission
1288-89, 1293-
1294
20. Identify the symbols, minister of, and parts of the Rite of Confirmation 1288, 1293-94,
1313
21. Identify the hierarchy of the Church; pope as leader, bishop as head of
diocese, pastor as head of parish
Church/Liturgy
Vocabulary: acclamation, adore, advent, All Saints, All Souls, ambo,
begotten, chalice, Christmas, church, consubstantial, doxology, Easter
Vigil, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Holy Thursday, homily, host,
Immaculate Conception, incarnate, Lent, Liturgical Colors, Liturgical
Year, liturgy, Liturgy of Light, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Liturgy of the
Word, Mass, Ordinary time, parish, Paschal Candle, pastor, prayer, priest,
Saint, Triduum, worship
22. Plan and participate in liturgies 1143, 1145,
23. Identify the parts of the mass and important articles 1162
24. Identify the seasons of the church year, the feast days and their
importance
1163-1178
25. Name and participate in the Stations of the Cross 1438
C. Life in Christ (Christian Living – How We Live)
Vocabulary – conscience, domestic church, morality, social justice
STUDENTS WILL
Family Life
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Recognize the rights of all people 2208
2. Recognize the right to life 2258
3. Recognize human relationships as being built out of respect and love for
self and others 2377
4. Recognize ways we do not respect others 1970
5. Share specific rules and laws that promote health, safety, and wellness 2288, 2273
6. State the joy of belonging to a family and identify the problems of family
life 1657, 1666
7. Recognize love as the core of family life. 2008
Social Justice/Stewardship
Vocabulary – apostolic succession, bishop, conscience, discrimination,
hierarchy, pope, priest, prejudice, racism, sacrifice, stewardship, Works
of Mercy
8. Explain their personal references to Jesus’ call to be Christian throughout
the Christian scriptures 1785
9. Identify the Church as a community of believers, founded by Christ, with
chosen leaders 2045
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Social Justice/Stewardship (Continued)
10. Demonstrate Christian behavior as stated in the Ten Commandments 2073
11. Apply the Works of Mercy to daily life 2447
12. Use a Christian response by following Jesus’ word and example 2045
13. Demonstrate Christ-like behavior (Being truthful, honest, helpful, forgiving,
sacrificing, and peaceful) 2046
14. Show gratitude for being created unique and for being a Christian 2005
15. Show gratitude for all of God’s blessings 2005
16. Recognize the authority of God and parents in one’s life 2197, 2199
17. Identify persons with authority (i.e. parents) 2196, 2199
18. Identify the Christian lifestyle as one that values honesty, self-discipline,
respect for life, rights, and property 2093
19. Show concern for the hungry, poor, those treated unjustly, victims of
violence, and the less able 1970
20. Recognize and state actions, situations, behaviors, and attitudes which
are not Christian or violate human freedom 1785
21. Identify causes and effects of hunger in the world 2437-2442
22. Recognize the rights of all people 2437-2442
23. Recognize and demonstrate the need to become lifelong stewards who
gratefully share the gifts of time, talent, and treasure
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D. Prayer
Vocabulary – adoration, Amen, annunciation, contrition, meditation, prayer,
rosary
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Participate in a variety of Marian devotions (i.e. Rosary) 969, 971
2. Listen and respond to Scripture 2613
3. Experience prayer as communication with God 2562-2565
4. Begin to learn and pray the prayers as outlined in the Prayers and
Practices section (Appendix IX) 2697-2699
5. Participate in a variety of prayer forms; spontaneous prayer, silent
prayer, songs and sign language, dance, and formal prayer 2720-2722
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
John 14:9-10, 26 Jesus Reveals the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
John 3:126 Jesus is Sent by the Father
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13 Pentecost
John 19:26-7 Mary as our Mother
Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus
John 15:1-12 I am the Vine
Luke 15:11-32 Prodigal Son
Luke 22:14-20 Last Supper
John 2:1-11 Wedding at Cana
John 6:1-13 Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
John 6:25-58 Bread of Life
Matthew 28:18-20 Commissioning of the Apostles
Luke 6:12-16 Calling of the Apostles
Luke 16:18-20 Peter as Leader
Mark 10:17-25 Rich Man
Luke 10:17-25 Good Samaritan
Luke 15:1-7 Lost Sheep
Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus
Exodus 20:1-17 The Ten Commandments
John 13:34-35 The New Commandment
Matthew 5:1-12 Sermon on the Mount/Beatitudes
Mark 14:32-38 Jesus Tells us to Pray
Matthew 6:9-13 Our Father
Thessalonians 5:17 Pray always
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V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
1. This activity could be used to assist in assessing outcome #4 in Profession of
Faith (Creed – What We Believe)
· Students will act out and discuss the significance of a parable using today’s
social situations.
2. These activities could be used to assist in assessing outcomes in Celebration
of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy – How We Celebrate)
· (#14) Students will plan and participate in a student “Last Supper.”
· (#20) Students will plan and present a play which focuses on the Ten
Commandments and their role in the life of a child.
3. This activity could be used to assist in assessing outcome #4 in Life in Christ
(Christian Living – How We Live) (Social Justice/Stewardship)
· Students will use current events to identify situations that show the Works of
Mercy in action and where the infusion of the Works of Mercy would
improve a negative situation.
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Meditation – See Appendix X
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE FOUR
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
All Christians are called to fidelity through the Commandments, Beatitudes, and
Acts of Love and Service.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To develop moral responsibility
· To comprehend the sacraments as gifts
· To recognize the traditions and customs of the Catholic Church
· To understand and exhibit the Schoolwide Learning Expectations as
evidence of Catholic Identity
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed – What We Believe)
Vocabulary: Assumption, apostolic succession, apostolic tradition, Catholic,
catholic, creation, Creator, creed, Evangelists, grace, hell, Kingdom of God,
Marks of the Church, miracle, Nicene Creed, precepts of the Church,
Resurrection, salvation, Savior, Trinity, Virgin
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Share the meaning of being Catholic 830
2. Describe the hierarchical design of Church leadership 874
3. Demonstrate honor to Virgin Mary 971
4. Describe how the Holy Spirit guides the Church 797
5. Shares an appreciation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit 768
6. Identify the Precepts of the Church
7. Define God’s gift of Grace in helping us become more faithful 153
8. Recites the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and explain the Basic
truths of our Church (apostolic tradition) 154-5
9. Locate Scripture references in both the Old and New Testaments
in the Bible
10. Recognizes and shares the Bible as the inspired Word of God 105-107
B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
Sacraments
Vocabulary: Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Eucharist, examination of
conscience, forgiveness, free will, Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy
Spirit, Last Supper, leaven, original sin, Penance, Pentecost, Reconciliation,
sacrament, sacramental, sacraments of healing, sacrament of initiation,
sanctifying grace, sin, tabernacle, temptation, transubstantiation
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STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Justify that people can sin and God will always forgive 1441
2. Define sin 1849-1850
3. Describe sacraments as special gifts of grace 2003
4. Identify Jesus’ call and follow Him through the sacraments 1373
5. Demonstrate an appreciation for the gift of God’s Son in the
Eucharist and Confession (Reconciliation) 1436
6. Participate in Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and peace 1496
7. Examine their consciences by reflecting on the choices they have
made 1779
8. Describe how Jesus shares Himself with us through His word and
the Eucharist/Last Supper 1341
9. Explain the belonging and unity experienced in the Eucharist 1391
10. Participate in sacramental celebrations 1153
11. Research and share the lives of the saints. Participate and identify
the rituals associated with saints, i.e. throat blessing on St. Blaise
Day or the blessing of the animals on St. Francis’ Day. 2030
12. Recognize the Holy Spirit as life giving through Confirmation
13. Explain the significance of Pentecost 1302, 1287
14. Name/list Gifts/Fruits of the Holy Spirit 1299, 1830-32
15. Know that Confirmation seals and deepens the grace of Baptism
16. Recognize that Confirmation strengthens the bond with the Church
and its Mission
17. Identify the symbols, minister of, and parts of the Rite of
Confirmation
Liturgy
Vocabulary – Advent, alb, altar cloth, ambo, Amen, chant, chasuble,
Christmas, church, ciborium, cincture, cruets, Confiteor, corporal,
Easter, Easter Season, Easter Vigil, Good Friday, Holy Days of
Obligation, Holy Saturday, Holy Thursday, homily, lavabo,
lectionary, Lent, liturgical colors, liturgical year, liturgy, Liturgy of
light, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Liturgy of the Word, Mass, Ordinary
Time, Paschal candle, prayer, purificator, Roman Missal, saint,
sanctuary, stole, tabernacle, worship
18. Name and identify parts of the liturgy 1163-1178
19. Identify and share an understanding of the liturgical seasons of the
Church (Advent, Lent, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost)
20. Plan and participate in liturgies and paraliturgies 1146
21. Recite and participate in Mass responses, prayers, gestures
22. Identify sacred articles and vestments of the Liturgy
23. Identify and explain the significance of holy days 2177
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C. Life in Christ (Christian Living-How We Live)
STUDENTS WILL
Family Life
Vocabulary: conscience, family, Holy Family, domestic
church, morality, responsibility
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Form their conscience with guidance from faith to make moral
decisions 1777-78
2. Study and demonstrate steps in the moral decision-making
process 1799
3. Identify circumstances requiring responsible moral decisions 1799
4. Forgive others and be merciful 2839-2840
5. Show gratitude for the uniqueness of each individual
6. Examine the joy, love, and importance of rules in family life 2204
7. List and explain specific rules and laws that promote health, safety,
and wellness 2288-2291
Social Justice/Stewardship
Vocabulary: AIDS, conscience, disciple, discrimination, prejudice,
racism, sacrifice, stewardship, Spiritual Works of Mercy, virtue
8. Explore the concepts of consequences and conflict resolution 2206
9. Cultivate the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love 1812, 1814, 1817
10. Demonstrate respect to all people with compassion and justice 1805-1809
11. Recognize and forgive the actions and forgive those who are
prejudice, racist, and discriminate against others 1837
12. Identify and practice Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy 2447
13. Reflect on the call to us to be disciples 1816
14. Care for the world God gave them
15. Study and practice concepts of stewardship in the church 1142
16. Respect life at all stages, as a gift given freely by God 2258-2319
17. Identify with Jesus’ compassion toward the sick as the express
compassion toward persons with serious illnesses, like AIDS 1503
D. Christian Prayer (Prayer-How We Pray)
Vocabulary: adoration, Gospel, New Testament, Old Testament, parable,
Psalms, Scripture, Stations of the Cross, Ten Commandments
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Participate in the Rosary as a form of prayer 971
2. Identify by reciting or writing the mysteries of the rosary
3. Listen and share scripture and passage from the Bible 2653-2654
4. Identify prayer as talking and listening to God 2558-2725
5. Continue to learn and recite prayers listed in Grade K-3 2688
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STUDENTS WILL (Continued)
6. Pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross 2669
7. Describe psalms as prayers and songs 2585-2589
8. Paraphrase prayers in their own words 2688
9. Compose prayers and petitions 2629, 2697
10. Participate in a variety of prayer forms, (gesture, movement,
adoration, spontaneous, private, and communal prayers, and
meditation etc.) 2702, 2705, 2709
11. Demonstrate reverence while praying (see Appendix VIII) 2565
12. Use the Bible as a book of instructions to act justly 117
13. Memorize and write or recite the Ten Commandments and the Great
Commandment 1716-1718
14. Study and discuss the Beatitudes and how to apply them in life 1716-1724
15. Identify the Ten Commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures as a way
to live morally. 2072
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII.
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCE/STORIES
Exodus 20:1-17 Ten Commandments
John 13:34-35 New Commandment
Matthew 5:1-12 Beatitudes
Luke 15:11-31 Prodigal Son
1 John 4:19-21 New Commandment
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Spiritual Gifts
2 Corinthians 9:68 Stewardship
V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
1. These activities could assist in assessing outcomes in Profession of Faith (Creed-
What We Believe)
· Students will choose and draw the image of Mary (i.e. Our Lady of Fatima, Our
Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes) (#3)
· Students will outline the beliefs represented in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds
(#8)
· Students will prepare an overhead on one aspect of the Creed with citations from
the Bible (i.e., Genesis-creation story) (#8)
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Meditation – See Appendix X
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE FIVE
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
Our Church celebrates what we believe in the Creed, the Sacraments, and the
Liturgy.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To read, interpret, and apply scripture to life
· To demonstrate the importance of sacraments, with an emphasis on the
centrality of the Eucharist
· To respond to the call of the gospel through service to the community
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed – What We Believe)
Vocabulary: apologetic, Creator, Divine, Divine Grace, Gospel, grace, hope,
Law of Love, miracle, Savior
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Identify that God rules by love 218-221
2. Recognize God’s purpose for us 210, 1604, 319, 380
3. Recognize that Jesus nourishes us through the sacraments
4. Identify Jesus as the Son of God and as truly human 423, 454, 469-70
5. Define and identify grace as the effect of God’s presence
6. Identify faith as a human and divine relationship consisting
of belief and trust in God
7. Recognize Jesus as the teacher and example of the new
Commandment of Love
B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
Worship/Liturgy
Vocabulary: adoration, Advent, All Saints, All Souls, almsgiving, ambo, Amen,
apostolic succession, apostolic tradition, Ascension, Christmas, church, Easter,
Easter Vigil, ecclesial tradition, epiclesis, Good Friday, Holy Family, Holy Saturday,
Holy Thursday, homily, Immaculate Conception, Last Supper, leaven, Lent, liturgical
colors, liturgical year, liturgy, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Liturgy of light, Liturgy of the
Word, Mass, Nativity, Oil of Catechumen, Ordinary Time, Resurrection of Jesus, rite,
rosary, Sabbath, Stations of the Cross, symbol, tabernacle, tradition, Triduum,
worship.
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STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Identify the Church, founded by Christ, to be witness to the world 763
2. Describe the hierarchical authority of the Church 768, 771, 886, 891
3. Differentiate the various types of worship in the Catholic Church;
i.e. Sacraments, Adoration, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, etc 1069-74, 1174
4. Explain the seasons of the liturgical year and their appropriate
color, practices, customs and meanings
1163, 1168-69,
1171, 1194
5. Correlate the sacramentals to the rites of the sacraments 1667
6. Describe the parts of the Mass, rituals and their origins (apostolic
tradition, ecclesial tradition)
1345-6
7. Explain the meanings of sacred symbols: i.e. vestments, colors,
candles 1347, 1145-6, 118
8. Plan and participate in liturgies and paraliturgical celebrations 1071, 1073
9. Explain the Mass responses, prayers, gestures, and symbols 1154-1156
10. Identify and explain the uses of the sacred vessels, articles and
vestments of Mass
Sacraments
Vocabulary: sacrament, sacramental, sacraments of healing, sacraments of
initiation, sacraments of service, sign, symbol, Trinity
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Recognize that sacraments are encounters with the living Christ 775
2. Identify how the sacramental life of the Church shows the reality of
God living among us 775-776
3. Give examples of each sacrament’s origins from Scripture 1217-1225
4. Correlate the relationship of the sacraments of initiation, healing
and service 1211
5. Differentiate the difference between knowing the faith and living the
faith 1814-1815
6. Explain and live a Christian life that is a life long journey to the
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
1692-1693,
1697-1698
7. Interpret the meanings of the symbols, rituals, and prayers for each
sacrament
Part 2, Sec. 2
Ch. 1-4
8. Identify vocations as a call to the single, married, religious, or
ordained life
871, 944,
1579-1580,
1655-1656
Baptism
Vocabulary: Baptism, Catholic, catholic, Communion of Saints, Creation,
Easter Vigil, faith, grace, Kingdom of God, laity, Liturgy of Light, Marks of the
Church, Nicene Creed (Profession of Faith), original sin, Paschal candle,
Paschal mystery, priest, priesthood, Resurrection, saint, salvation, sanctifying
grace, universal.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Understand that a Christian life is the journey into the Paschal
Mystery 1213
2. Recognize Baptism gives sanctifying grace 1213
3. Understand we are members of Christ and display actions
accordingly 1265-1266
4. Explain that Baptism cleanses both original and personal sin 1263
5. Participate in the practices and mission of the Church 1268-1270
6. Share in the mission of Christ as priest, prophet and king 1279
7. Identify Baptism as the sacrament leading to all other
Sacraments
1275
8. Show respect and follow Church authority 1269
9. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites, and gestures used
to celebrate Baptism 1234-1245
10. List the ministers of the Sacrament of Baptism 1256
11. Defend the beliefs in the Nicene Creed 189
Confirmation
Vocabulary: chrism, Confirmation, Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy
Spirit.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain that the Holy Spirit is life giving through God’s grace
2. Relate the story of Pentecost to Confirmation 1302, 1287
3. Explain and apply the gifts of the Holy Spirit 1299, 1830-32
4. Internalize that Confirmation seals and deepens the grace of
Baptism
5. Defend the belief that Confirmation strengthens the bond with
the Church and its mission
6. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites and gestures used
to celebrate Confirmation 1288-9, 1293-4, 1313
7. Identify the ministers of the Sacrament of Confirmation
8. Relate that Confirmation has a long lasting effect on the soul
and behavior
Eucharist
Vocabulary: adoration, Benediction, Body of Christ, Eucharist, epiclesis,
sacrifice, Transubstantiation, yeast
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Define “Eucharist” as thanksgiving 1328
2. Recognize Eucharist as the heart of Christian life 1324-1327
3. Explain the Paschal Mystery (Christ’s passion, death and
resurrection) 1341
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Eucharist (Continued)
4. Explain that the Eucharist is a sacred banquet to share the
benefits of the Paschal Mystery 1343-1344
5. Understand that the work of salvation is accomplished by the
sacrifice of the Eucharist 1359
6. Defend the belief that through the priest (the other Christ), the
bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ 1373-1374
7. Support that Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist nourishes
each individual 1392
8. Explain that Christ is present whole and entire, God and man,
substantially and permanently, and in a unique way under the
species of bread and wine 1376-1377
9. Describe that Christ is present in His word, in the body of the
faithful gathered in His name, and in the priest who acts in the
person of Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church 1372-1373
10. Know that the Eucharist is the spiritual food for the Christian’s
journey through life 1391-1392
11. Defend the belief that the reception of the Eucharist creates
communion with the Holy Trinity 1369-1370
12. Describe that Christ associates His Church and all its members
with His sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered on the
cross to His Father 1368
13. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites and gestures used
to celebrate Eucharist 1345-1355
14. Identify the ministers of the Sacrament of Eucharist 1552, 1337
15. Correlate the roots of Last Supper to the Jewish roots as a
renewal of God’s Covenant with His people in the blood of His
beloved Son
1344, 1339-1340
16. Associate the invoking of the Holy Spirit, epiclesis, on the
sacred signs of bread and wine, using the words of
consecration first spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper 1339
17. Define and explain transubstantiation 1376
18. Act upon the commitment to serve the poor and others 1397
19. Identify that Eucharist is the most important sign of unity and
the source and summit of the Church 1324, 1326
20. Discuss the Eucharist as a sign of unity of all Christians 1369-1371
21. Show devotion and reverence to the Blessed Sacrament 1378-1380
22. Show proper devotional gestures, postures and proper conduct
in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament 1348-1355
23. Recognize that all people involved in Eucharistic celebrations
have full, conscious, active participation 1348
24. Explain the differences of Eucharistic celebrations in the
Eastern and Western Churches 1390
25. Know the requirements of receiving Holy Communion; i.e. free
of mortal sin 1385
26. Explain and apply rules of fasting and receiving Communion a
second time on the same day 1387-1389
27. Explain the statement “We become what we Receive,” and
apply how receiving the Blessed Sacrament affects how they
live and act
1391-1398, 1404
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Matrimony
Vocabulary: annulment, covenant, domestic church, family, Holy Family,
Matrimony, procreation
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Identify and encourage the care and concern of the whole Christian
community for married couples by public recognition of couples planning
marriage, modeling by couples in successful marriages, and support of
couples in challenged marriages 1603, 1663
2. Recognize marriage is a distinct and dignified vocation in the Church 1603
3. Identify the effects of the Sacrament of Marriage; the establishment of a
permanent and exclusive bond between spouses that is sealed by God 1639-1640
4. Explain why marriage within the Catholic faith is desirable 1634
5. Identify that marriage is a covenant of love in which God participates as
an active member 1611, 1645
6. Recognize that love and struggles in a marriage help a couple attain the
holiness of their vocation 1641
7. Identify that a Christian marriage is an equal partnership 1639, 1627, 1662
8. Recognize that family is the first and essential center of faithful living, the
domestic church and the home is the first school of Christian living 1666
9. Identify that marriage in Christ is a sacred relationship that is supported
for the length of their lives by the grace to love each other with the love
Christ has for the Church 1655-1658
10. Identify the essential elements of marriage as faithful (covenant between
man and woman), permanent (partnership for life) and fruitful (procreate) 1640, 1644
11. Recognize the importance of mutual support of the spouses for growth in
love, procreation, and education of their children 1652-1654
12. Accept personal responsibility to protect human life from the moment of
conception to natural death 2270-2283
13. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites, and gestures used to
celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage 1656-1657
14. Recognize that couples themselves are the ministers of the sacrament
and that their consent should be publicly exchanged in their vows before
a priest or deacon, two witnesses, and in the presence of an assembly of
the faithful
1623, 1625-1632
15. As a caring member of the community be willing to offer care and
concern for those suffering from the trauma of divorce 1651
16. Accept divorced members and their children as integral members of the
parish community 1651
17. Recognize that divorce does not prevent the receiving of the sacraments.
Catholics who are divorced and remarried without having obtained a
declaration of nullity cannot participate in the Sacramental life of the
Church
1650
18. Identify that annulment is an official decision by the Church that a
marriage was invalid from the beginning 1628-1629
19. Understand that couples who are divorced and remarried outside the
Church are to seek to regularize their marriage if possible, listen to the
Word of God, attend Mass, persevere in prayers, perform works of
charity, bring up the children in the faith, cultivate the spirit and the
practice of penance
1651
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Holy Orders
Vocabulary: apostolic succession, bishop, celibacy, deacon/diaconate, diocese,
Holy Orders, laity, parish, pastor, Pope, priest, priesthood, religious order, religious
vows, seminarian, shepherd, Vicar of Christ, vocation
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain that Church members, through Baptism, share in the priesthood of
Christ 1546-1547
2. Differentiate how ministerial priesthood differs from the common priesthood
of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful 1547
3. Recognize that a man of Christ, either in the priesthood or diaconal service,
receive a special grace of the Holy Spirit 1550
4. Understand that the Church authority alone has the responsibility and right
to call someone to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders 1578
5. Identify and explain that the Church, in the person of the bishops, confers
the Sacrament of Holy Orders only on baptized men 1577
6. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites and gestures used to celebrate
the Rite of Ordination 1572-1574
7. Compare/contrast the duties for each degree of ordained ministry; bishops,
priests and deacons 1554-1571
8. Describe how the grace of the Holy Spirit empowers bishops, priests and
deacons to share in the saving action of Jesus Christ’s ministry of teaching,
sanctifying, and building up the Church 1585-1589
9. Recognize the call to celibacy as a sign of new life of service to which
priests are consecrated 1579
10. Recognize Eastern Church men are permitted to marry prior to priestly
ordination 1580
11. Recognize that permanent deacons may be men who are already married,
but after ordination to the diaconate, they can not enter into another
marriage 1571
12. Explain the difference between order and diocesan priests 1595
13. Differentiate between religious orders and Holy Orders
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Reconciliation
Vocabulary: absolution, confession, conscience, contrition, examination of
conscience, forgiveness, grace, heaven, judgment, Penance, Reconciliation,
redemption, sin, temptation, Ten Commandments
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Interpret in relation to Scripture the forgiving, merciful power of God
who welcomes home the sinner with a banquet 1443
2. Recognize God’s plan of salvation for all to be reconciled with him and
live in Communion with him 1469, 1440-1442
3. Explain Christ’s love is more powerful than death, more powerful than
sin 1424
4. Explain Christ bestows gifts of grace in the Sacrament of
Reconciliation 1468
5. Define, apply and analyze the individual’s examination of conscience,
contrition, confession, absolution and penance as the only way for the
faithful to reconcile themselves with God 1455-1460
6. Differentiate between mortal and venial sin and their consequences 1854-1864
7. Explain why only priests who have received authority from the Church
are the ones who can forgive sins in the name of the Church 1461-1462
8. Understand and accept the belief that priests are bound by the seal of
confession, under the most severe penalties, to keep absolute secrecy 1467
9. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites and gestures used to
celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation 1451, 1456, 1491
10. Know that the Penitential Rite in the Eucharistic Liturgy is a means of
repentance for venial sins 1394
11. Recognize evil in society and explain why it is evil according to the
gospels, e.g. Internet Plagiarism
12. Grow in understanding and appreciation that the Sacrament of
Reconciliation allows the sinner to acknowledge their sinfulness,
estrangement from God and His Church, and the need for conversion
and forgiveness 1847-1455
13. Comprehend that sins hurt relationships with God and others in our
community 1849-1850
14. Understand that forgiveness is essential to rebuild the solidarity and
unity in the community and act accordingly 1469
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Anointing of the Sick
Vocabulary: Anointing of the Sick, Corporal Works of Mercy, Last Sacraments, Oil
of the Sick, Spiritual Works of Mercy, Viaticum
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy 2447
2. Recognize human suffering, sickness, aging, and respond according to
the call of the faith 2449
3. Understand that there is solidarity with the suffering Christ when one is
suffering from illnesses 1521
4. Identify and explain the signs, symbols, rites, and gestures used to
celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick 1519
5. Recognize that Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal
celebration not reserved for death only, but also for any Baptized person
suffering from a serious or chronic illness 1514-1515
6. Recognize that the Anointing of the Sick is also a preparation for death,
to be received by those at the point of death; integral to the last rites with
which the Church fortifies her faithful in their last hours and which
Catholics value so highly: Anointing of the Sick, Sacrament of Penance
and the Eucharist as Viaticum 1524-1525
7. Recognize the effects of the sacrament, uniting the sick to the passion of
Christ 1520-1522
8. Understand the importance of maintaining courage to endure in a
Christian manner the suffering of illness, or old age; the forgiveness of
sins, restoration of health or preparation over to eternal life 1532
9. Recognize that the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick may be received
more than once. 1529
10. Identify the importance of receiving the Sacrament prior to serious
surgery 1529
11. Accept responsibility as a member of the faithful to visit and care for the
sick 1509
12. Recognize the bishops and priests are the only administers of the
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick 1516
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C. Life in Christ (Christian Living-How We Live)
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
Family Life
Vocabulary: fidelity, morality, Moral Virtues, sexual intercourse
1. Explain how a moral life in Christ must connect faith as believed with
faith as lived 2436
2. List some of the challenges of marriage
3. List the effects of divorce
4. Recognize and understand the meaning and importance of family,
nuclear, single parent, extended, step, etc 2204-2208
5. Compare and contrast family customs with other cultures
6. Identify how the body changes through puberty
7. Recognize that life and our sexuality are gifts from God 2331-2336
8. Explain that sexual intercourse is an expression of committed love
and sharing in God’s power to create a new life 2367
9. Identify abuses of life
10. Define the moral virtues and their effects and application to life 1804, 1839
Social Justice
Vocabulary: Corporal Works of Mercy, discrimination, judgment, justice, prejudice,
racism, Spiritual Works of Mercy
Catechism of the Catholic Church
11. Apply the gospel attitudes toward the sick, handicapped, aged, and
dying 1905-1908
12. Answer the call to help diminish the hunger and needs of third world
countries 2447
13. Discuss the attitude of the right to life from conception to natural
death 2270-2283
14. Support and apply to one’s life the Christian understanding of human
freedom 1934
15. Support the love of the weak and defenseless 1932
16. Explain the importance of Christian faith in the formation of social
policy
17. Practice an attitude of concern for the lives of the poor, weak,
disabled, and the sick; as well as the action on their behalf 1932, 1937
18. Explain that power, wealth, utility, and productivity must be
subordinated to and guided by higher moral values 1942
19. Recall the importance of Eucharist in the Church’s mission in the
world for social justice
20. Demonstrate a respect to all people with compassion and justice 1939-1942
21. Identify the effects of prejudice, discrimination and racism 1934-1935
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Stewardship
Vocabulary: Corporal Works of Mercy, ministry, Samaritan, Spiritual Works of Mercy,
stewardship
Catechism of the Catholic Church
22. Explain the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy 2447
23. Describe what it means to live a Christian life
24. List the various types of ministries in the Church
25. Practice moral decision making in light of the Gospel 1957
26. Define and apply stewardship to life
D. Christian Prayer (Prayer-How We Pray)
Vocabulary: adoration, Beatitudes, Bible, Gospel, heaven, hell, Immaculate
Conception, meditation, New Testament, Old Testament, Paraclete, prayer,
Scripture
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Locate Scripture references in the Bible, which is the inspired word of
God by the Holy Spirit as Paraclete
105-107
2. Utilize the Bible to inspire, inform and guide decisions
3. Know the various forms of prayer: spontaneous, private, formal,
communal, gesture, movement, meditation, etc
2700-2719
4. Memorize and recite all required age appropriate prayers: see
Appendix XI
5. Understand that personal prayer is a conversation with God 2559
6. Participate in journaling activities for prayer and reflection
7. Locate origins of prayers in the Scripture: e.g. Mary’s prayers, Hail
Mary
2613-2614
8. List and explain the mysteries in Scripture 109-119
9. Recite the rosary 971
10. Participate and understand the devotion of Eucharistic Adoration 1378-1381
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
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IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES/STORIES
Matthew 25:40 Service
Mark 29:29-31 Beatitudes
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Great Law of Love
John 3:5 Baptism
Matthew 29:19 Baptism
Galatians 3:27 Baptism
Acts 2:1-4, 19:5-6 Confirmation
Luke 22:14-20 Eucharist
John 6:51 Eucharist
Luke 20:22-23 Reconciliation
Luke 5:17-26 Reconciliation
Luke 15:11-24 Reconciliation
James 5:14-15 Anointing of the Sick
Matthew 11:14 Anointing of the Sick
Luke 7:11-15 Anointing of the Sick
Matthew 19:5-6 Matrimony
2 Tim 1:6 Holy Orders
Acts 6:1-6 Holy Orders
V. ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
These activities could assist in assessing several outcomes in Celebration of Christian
Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
· The student will give an oral presentation to report on his/her own baptism
· The student will report on the baptism of Jesus
· The student will plan a Eucharist celebration and participate through service on
the altar, proclaiming the Word, singing in choir, or offering gifts
· The student will write an essay on “What Eucharist means to Me” or “Why
Eucharist is Central to All Sacraments”
· The students will name the steps of Reconciliation
· The student will witness an anointing
· The student will discuss or write about a wedding he/she has attended
· The student will interview a married couple to ask about the challenges and joys
of being married
· The student will interview a priest, deacon, religious brother or sister about
vocation, duties, challenges, and joys
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Meditation – See Appendix X
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE SIX
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
God’s people throughout history and today are challenged to follow the teachings of
Jesus and His ancestors as seen in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To recognize how God reveals himself in Scripture and Tradition, with an
emphasis on salvation history
· To understand one’s role as part of the family, church, and community
· To develop one’s own prayer life, especially using Scripture, as part of a
deepening relationship with God
· To understand and exhibit the Schoolwide Learning Expectations as evidence
of Catholic Identity
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed-What We Believe)
Vocabulary: angels, Catholic, catholic, covenant, divine revelation, ecumenism,
exile, fulfillment, heaven, Hebrew, Incarnation, kingdom, Marks of the Church,
Messiah, Mt. Sinai, original sin, Passover, patriarch, prophecy, Revelation,
Sabbath, Torah, tradition, Yahweh
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain the importance of ecumenism with particular emphasis on
respect for the Jewish religion 820
2. Describe the Christian Scriptures as a collection of inspired works by
various authors over a long period of time to inform, inspire, and guide
us 105-07
3. Recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the fulfillment of Hebrew prophecies 527, 702-16
4. Explore the story of God’s covenant as it continues in the Christian
tradition 80
5. Relate the role of the Holy Spirit throughout salvation history and divine
revelation 683-688; 702-747
6. Explain the Paschal mystery relative to divine revelation and the
promise of salvation
50-67, 74-79, 122,
571-623
7. Recognize the Church as a community of believers, the people of God; 946-47
8. Explain the effects of original sin 388-89
9. Articulate that the Church has proclaimed the Gospel and teaching of
Jesus from its earliest times and continues to do so today 102-104
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B. Celebration on Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
Vocabulary: All saints, All Souls, anamnesis, Ascension, Bible – books of,
Annunciation, Immaculate Conception, liturgical year, Triduum
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain the influence of Hebrew and Christian Scripture as they relate
to the Sacraments exemplified by Eucharistic prayer
1150, 1217-23, 1286,
1334, 1502, 1539-43,
1602-11
2. Participate in the planning and preparation of liturgies 1140-44, 1348
3. Celebrate and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist 1422-98
4. Identify and celebrate the seasons of the liturgical year, special feast
days of the Blessed Mother, Holy Days, and of the Saints 1163
C. Life in Christ (Christian Living-How We Live)
Vocabulary: church, conscience, evangelization, justice, inspiration,
stewardship, virtues, Works of Mercy
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Recognize the Hebrew Scriptures as God making Himself known to all
people 1889, 2056-7
2. Define Yahweh as the one true God who is faithful to the covenant He
made with His people 203-204
3. Examine the lives and works of people of faith in Hebrew Scriptures 2030, 828
4. Practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy 2447
5. Relate the theological and moral virtues as a way to live in accordance
to God’s plan 2084-94, 1803-1845
6. Apply the Beatitudes to one’s daily life 1716-24
7. Explain that it is God, the Holy Spirit, who gives us grace, and a share
in His love 2003, 739
8. Examine methods they can use to strengthen awareness of God in our
lives
9. Identify a well-formed conscience in relation to moral choices 1783-85
10. Identify morality as the norm of behavior within a certain group or
society 1696
11. Identify values and principles of a Catholic lifestyle 1720
12. Explain the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation history 683-688, 702-747
13. Explain the role of the Holy Spirit in divine revelation 737
14. Initiate personal offerings of time and service to the Church and civic
community as exemplified by Jesus Christ
15. Describe how external life reflects their internal commitment to Catholic
Identity
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Family Life
Vocabulary: sexuality
Catechism of the Catholic Church
16. Examine the effects of their own growth and maturation including its
affects on the relationships within the family 2206
17. Grow in understanding and appreciation of their spirituality, feelings,
needs, and sexuality 2337
18. Develop awareness of the role of peer relationships and their effect on
development, faith, and discipleship 1897
19. Examine the family as a source of spiritual values, religious practices,
customs and tradition that help shape one physically, psychologically,
and socially 2205-7
20. Identify the human life cycle and discuss the different ages and stages
present in a family unit 2208
21. Identify and discuss Christian values and principles upon which to build
mature relationships with the opposite sex and all members of society 1603, 2393
22. Describe their social responsibility to protect life and witness to its
sacredness in the family and community 1914-15
23. Demonstrate respect for all people 2437
24. Demonstrate Christian responsibility to protect life and witness to its
sacredness 2258-59
25. Evaluate contemporary lifestyles and discern those that undermine the
value of life 2268-2317
26. Explain Church teaching as it relates to drug abuse, abortion, and
sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) including HIV 228, 2291, 2270
27. Practice conflict resolution skills 2303-6
Social Justice and Stewardship
28. Define stewardship as being Christ for others by giving of time, talent,
and treasure 1123
29. Support the responsibility of stewardship as an aspect of social justice 1117
30. Identify their own talents and gifts and share these with the community 1936-37
31. Demonstrate an awareness of the need for social action in response to
unjust conditions 2415-18
32. Develop and demonstrate respect for the environment
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D. Christian Prayer (Prayer-How We Pray)
Vocabulary: adoration, Amen, communal prayer, litany, meditation, monstrance,
Psalms
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain the Psalms as song prayers 2585-89
2. Participate in a variety of private and communal prayer forms,
meditation, spontaneous prayer, gesture, song, dance, etc 2700-19, 2626-43
3. Participate in formal prayer and rituals; Stations of the Cross, litanies,
paraliturgies, etc 2650
4. Define prayer as a conversation with God and participate in activities
designed to enhance spiritual growth 2725
5. Memorize and recite all required age appropriate prayers
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
STUDENTS WILL
1. Participate in the “Call to Protect” youth program through the Diocese of Phoenix
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCE/STORIES
Genesis 1-2 Creation Narratives
Genesis 12:1-6 Covenant with Abraham
Exodus 3 Revelation of God to Moses
Isaiah 40:1-11 Promise of Salvation
Genesis 37:2-36 Story of Joseph
Book of Ruth Story of Ruth
Matthew 1:18-23 Infancy Narratives
Luke 1-2 Infancy Narratives
Exodus 12:1-28 Passover
Matthew 26-28 Passion, Death, and Resurrection
Mark 14-15 Passion, Death, and Resurrection
Luke 22-24 Passion, Death, and Resurrection
John 18-21 Passion, Death, and Resurrection
Exodus 20:1-17 Ten Commandments
Deuteronomy 6:1-4 The Great Commandment
Isaiah 42:1-4 Suffering Servant
Isaiah 49:1-7 Suffering Servant
Isaiah 50:4-7 Suffering Servant
Matthew 5:1-12 Beatitudes
John 13:1-15 Washing of the Feet
John 15:5, 11-17 Connection with Jesus and Each Other
Matthew 6:6-13 Our Father
Luke 1:46-49 Magnificat
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V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
1. This activity could assist in assessing outcome #8 in Profession of Faith
(Creed-What We Believe)
· Students will explore the effects of original sin by doing a collage of
good/evil and giving an oral report explaining the messages imbedded in
their work.
2. This activity could assist in assessing outcome #2 in Celebration of Christian
Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
· Students will participate in planning and preparation of liturgies.
3. These activities could assist in assessing outcomes in Life in Christ (Christian
Living-How We Live)
· (#21) Students will watch the video ILAC and complete a writing
assignment in which they recognize a talent, gift, complimentary
characteristic, or quality of each class member.
· (#30) Students will show respect for the environment by participation
in the celebration of Earth Day.
4. These activities could assist in assessing outcomes in Christian Prayer (Prayer-
How We Pray)
· (#2) Students will take turns daily reciting prayers to be mastered as
well as those which are to be reinforced.
· (#2) Students will pray the Rosary.
· (#2 and #4) Students will make up their own prayers.
· (#3 and #4) Students will draw their own Stations of the Cross and
explain them in writing.
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Meditation – See Appendix X
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE SEVEN
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
Faith calls us to respond to the message of Jesus Christ who is present to us today
in the Church and the world.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To discover the person and teachings of Jesus through Christian Scriptures
· To understand and recognize visible signs of God’s grace
· To respond to Christ’s message with actions
· To understand and exhibit the Schoolwide Learning Expectations as
evidence of Catholic Identity
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed-What We Believe)
Vocabulary: Abba, Anointed One, ark of the covenant, bishops, cardinals,
Exodus, laity, literary forms, Pope, priest, religious orders
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Identify Jesus as true God and true man who is Savior, Messiah,
Priest, Prophet, and King 464-469
2. Explain that the Christian Scriptures are a divinely inspired
collection of books to assist them in discerning the meaning of the
Word of God in their own lives 105, 112-33
3. Retell the accounts of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection 487-507, 525-527,
571-658
4. Retell the accounts of the early Church, focusing on the gifts of the
Holy Spirit 1830-31
5. Describe the Church as the community of believers founded by
Christ 1102
6. Describe that the Church functions as the Body of Christ, Servant,
Sacrament, and is a human institution with a divine mission 771-825
7. Define the roles of the Pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, religious,
deacons, and laity 871-933
8. Describe the teachings of Scripture of the New Testament on
death, judgment, and Jesus’ second coming
9. Identify God as one who is just, merciful, and has a purpose for us 1045
10. Explain that Jesus continues His mission and presence in the
world through the Church and the Holy Spirit 3, 250, 1085
11. Identify grace as God’s free gift to us 35, 54, 1999, 2008
12. Explain Mary’s role in salvation 411, 963
13. Explain the Trinity as Father and Creator, Son and Redeemer,
Holy Spirit and Sanctifier 232-256
14. Discuss the Communion of Saints as the unity of all those who
follow Jesus 946-48
15. Distinguish between worship of God and devotion to the saints. 61, 347, 1148, 1173
16. Define saints as friends of Jesus and models of Christian living 2030
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STUDENTS WILL (Continued)
17. Explain how we are called to be saints 823, 960-962
18. Identify other role models in addition to the saints 2013-2014
19. Explain that martyrs exist even in our times 2473-74
B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacrament/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
Vocabulary: altar, ambo, Anointing of the Sick, absolution, Baptism,
Catechumenate, celebrant, celibacy, chalice, confession, contrition,
communion, Confirmation, Eucharist, incense, indelible seal, initiation,
Lectionary, literary forms, liturgical colors, liturgical year, manna, Matrimony,
mercy, Paschal mystery, Penance, precepts of the Church, Reconciliation,
rites, sacramentals, sanctuary, symbols, tabernacle, transubstantiation,
vernacular, vestibule, Viaticum, worship
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain that the Church is universal in nature, but diverse in
traditions according to cultural variations 854-56
2. Outline the history of the sacraments as community celebrations
instituted by Christ that call us to share God’s love with others 1114-16
3. Identify the action of Christ, rite, sign, minister(s), and effect of each
sacrament 1113-1666
4. Plan and celebrate liturgies 1204-06
5. Distinguish between liturgies and devotions for special occasions 1163, 1173
6. Explain the seasons and symbols of the liturgical year 1168
7. Identify and celebrate Mary’s feast days 1172, 2177
8. Examine the ethnicity of some feasts; e.g. St. Patrick, Our Lady of
Guadalupe 828
C. Life in Christ (Living-How We Live)
Vocabulary: Apostle, Beatitudes, common good, conscience, conversion,
Decalogue, disciple, epistles, evangelist, free will, grace, justice, secular,
social teaching, solidarity, stewardship
STUDENTS WILL
Social Justice/Stewardship
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain that justice is rooted in respect for human dignity 1929
2. Identify the rights of others in the pursuit of justice 2255
3. Explain that hunger, poverty, and violence are forms of injustice 1947
4. List the causes and effects of hunger, poverty, and violence 1935-38
5. List types of poverty: material, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional 1938
6. Demonstrate their Christian responsibility to protect human life in all
its stages
2258
7. Describe how external life reflects their internal commitment to
Catholic Identity
8. Define their personal role toward stewardship 1956, 2402
9. Participate in school and class service projects as a form of
stewardship
910
10. Initiate personal offerings of time and service to the Church and civic
community as exemplified by Jesus Christ
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Peace
11. Explain that peace is an inner condition modeled by Jesus 2305
12. List examples of peace and name peacemakers from the Christian
Scriptures
2304-6
13. Tell how peace begins and grows from the actions of one individual 2304-6
14. List ways to seek and work for peace 2302-17
15. Demonstrate and practice conflict resolution skills 1940
16. Create peaceful alternatives and solutions for poverty 1939-42
Family Life
Vocabulary: abortion, AIDS, adultery, annulment, birth control, chastity, conception,
contraception, fornication, Matrimony, morality, procreation, STD
17. Evaluate the effects of their growth and maturation on relationships
within their family 1882
18. Explain the family as a source of spiritual values, religious practices,
customs and traditions that help shape one physically,
psychologically, and socially 2214-20
19. Identify the human life cycle and the different ages and stages
present in a family unit 2204-08
20. Explain one’s social responsibility in the family and community 2207
21. Explain the role of peer relationships and their effect on
development, faith, and discipleship 166
Sexuality
22. Describe one’s developing spirituality, feelings, needs and sexuality 2332-3
23. Defend Church teaching in regard to drug abuse, abortion, AIDS,
and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) 2270-75, 2291
24. Identify mature, responsible values and behaviors in sexuality 2337
25. Explain the purpose of human reproduction in the context of
sacramental marriage 1652, 1660
26. Identify Christian values and principles to build mature relationships
with the opposite sex 2213
Personal Responsibility
27. Explain the Christian norms for behavior in Jesus’ law of love, the
Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments 397, 459, 1717
28. List the Precepts of the Church 2041-43
29. Identify the seven capital sins, theological virtues, and cardinal
virtues
1866, 1812-13,
1805-07
30. Explain personal morality as formed by conscience 1780, 1794
31. Demonstrate an informed conscience 1783-85
32. Discuss that we have free will and are responsible for the choices we
make 1777-82
33. Compare and contrast Christian and secular norms for success 1930
34. Explain that Gospel values are the foundation of social, economic,
and political choices for Christians 1716-24, 2447
35. Explain that every right has a corresponding responsibility 1731, 1913-17
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Personal Responsibility (Continued)
36. Identify and share their time, treasures, and talents (stewardship) in
service to those in need 1924-27
37. Demonstrate that service is participating in the life of the Church 852
38. Evaluate their continued spiritual, physical, and psychological growth 2441, 2461
39. Identify Catholic values and principles which guide and enrich our
lives 2244
40. Evaluate contemporary lifestyles and identify those that undermine
the value of life 2268-83
D. Christian Prayer (Prayer-How We Pray)
Vocabulary: devotions, icons
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Use Scripture as a means of experiencing Jesus through prayer and
study 124, 127
2. Explain that all forms of prayer are conversation with God 2559, 2563-4
3. Identify prayer as necessary in working toward peace and justice 2304
4. Write various types of prayer: thanks, praise, sorrow, petition 2629-43
5. Use appropriate forms of prayer, e.g., song, dance, meditation,
litanies, etc. 2663
6. Memorize and recite all required age appropriate prayers (Appendix
VIII)
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
STUDENTS WILL
1. Participate in the “Call to Protect” youth program through the Diocese of Phoenix
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCES/STORIES
Luke 2:41-52 Jesus Lost in the Temple
Luke 3:21-22 Jesus is Baptized
Matthew 4:1-11 Temptation in the Wilderness
Luke 4:16-21 Jesus Announces His Mission
Mark 8:27-29 Peter’s Profession of Faith
Luke 6:20-21 Beatitudes
Matthew 6:9-13 The Our Father
Luke 9:28-36 The Transfiguration
Luke 12:15, 33-34; 21:1-4, 18:35-43 Social Justice, Compassion
Mark 10:14, 20-22
Matthew 9:9-13; 25:35-40
Mark 4:2-9, 13-20 Parables
Luke 14:16-23
Matthew 20:1-16; 18:10-14
John 11:1-44 Miracles
Matthew 14:22-33; 9:28-34
Mark 4:35-41
Luke 17:11-19; 9:10-17
Luke 22-24 Passion, Death, and Resurrection Narratives
John 18-21
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V. SAMPLE ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST WITH THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
1. This activity could assist in assessing outcome #15 in Profession of Faith
(Creed-What We Believe)
· Students will read a book about a saint and prepare an electronic
presentation (PowerPoint, Hyperstudio, etc.)
2. These activities could assist in assessing outcomes in Life in Christ
(Christian Living-How We Live)
· (#15, #4, and #5) Students will prepare an examination of conscience
based on the Precepts of the Church and share with other grade levels in
a student designed penance service.
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII
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ELEMENTARY RELIGION CURRICULUM
DIOCESE OF PHOENIX
GRADE EIGHT
I. CONTENT THEME/STRAND
We understand and appreciate the history and character of the Church community
while developing a personal faith.
II. INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS
· To develop a knowledge of the history of the Church
· To understand one’s role in the Church community
· To demonstrate that all people are called to further the Kingdom of God by
living the Good News of the Gospel
· To understand and exhibit the Schoolwide Learning Expectations as
evidence of Catholic Identity
III. STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES
A. Profession of Faith (Creed-What We Believe)
Vocabulary: angel, Apocalypse, Apostolic Age, Ascension, Assumption,
bishop, blasphemy, canonization, catholic, Catholic, church, Communion of
Saints, Ecumenical council, Crusades, Dark Ages, Deacon, diocese, Doctor of
the Church, encyclical, heresy, hierarchy, Incarnation, infallibility, martyr,
monasticism, Reformation, Revelation, schism, theology
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain that Jesus formed a community of disciples (the church) to
share in and continue God’s saving presence 425, 763-66
2. Describe how the Holy Spirit inspires and guides the Church 737-39, 813, 852
3. Explain the Church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic 811-65
4. Identify and interpret the rituals and tradition of the Roman Catholic
Church
857-65, 1066-1205,
1667-76
5. Demonstrate that there are many ways to express one’s faith within
the Catholic Church 832-35, 873
6. Examine how the Church is family 1169, 759, 1655
7. Analyze how the Church is an institution with national and global
communities 832-35
8. Demonstrate that the Church is built on individual commitment 791, 814, 1937
9. Chart the role of the various groups in the church: Pope, cardinals,
bishops, priests, religious communities, etc 871-933
10. Describe the history, work, and role of religious communities and the
call to religious life today 914-933
11. Compare and contrast the Roman Catholic Church in relationship to
other Christian traditions 836-38
12. Explain the role of Mary in the Church 963-72
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STUDENTS WILL (Continued)
13. Distinguish and explain the four functions of the Church: Body of
Christ, Servant, Sacrament, and Institution 96, 871-913
14. Chart the canonization process 28, 2030, 828
15. Identify the ways in which the Church as an institution communicates
with the faithful through such means as councils and encyclicals 880-896
16. Summarize how the church began on Pentecost and how it grew
through the efforts and sacrifices of the first apostles and those who
made up the first Christian communities 1076
17. Outline how the Church grew throughout the different periods of
history and social development 726, 830, 1076
18. Explain the importance of missionary work in the growth of the
Church throughout history
19. Explain and evaluate the significance of the Second Vatican Council 884
B. Celebration of Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
Vocabulary: Acts of the Apostles, deposit of faith
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Explain how the sacraments celebrate the presence of Christ in our
most important life experiences
2. Explain that the Eucharist is the central celebration of our Church
3. Explain how the sacraments can express and identify values
important to teenagers
4. Describe why prayer is an important part of the daily life of a Catholic
5. Name the specific parts and order of the Mass and participate in all
the common responses
6. Identify liturgies associated with feasts and seasons of the Church
year
7. Understand that full initiation into the Church includes Baptism,
Confirmation and Eucharist
8. Recognize parish membership provides an opportunity to worship
God in community and serve others
2179
C. Life in Christ (Christian Living-How We Live)
Vocabulary: Apostle, Beatitudes, common good, conscience, conversion,
Decalogue, disciple, epistles, euthanasia, evangelist, free will, grace, human
rights, just war, justice, natural law, secular, social teaching, solidarity,
stewardship
STUDENTS WILL
Social Justice/Stewardship
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Assess how Christian values help us make social, economic, and
political choices 2044-46, 2039
2. Discuss that some sins are collective, the wrongful acts of a group 1853, 1868-69
3. Explain how the quality of our eternal life depends upon how we live
now
1003-4, 1020-1,
1720-24
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Social Justice/Stewardship (Continued)
4. Interpret the Beatitudes as the summary of Christian morality 1716-24
5. Show how to apply the values of the gospel through stewardship
6. Explain that gospel justice can be in conflict with the secular world 1723, 1971-74
7. Explain the basis for teachings of social justice, stewardship, and
morality as the dignity of the human person and Christian view of
freedom: e.g. biological and technological developments, right to life,
euthanasia
8. Initiate personal offerings of time and service to the Church and civic
community as exemplified by Jesus Christ
9. Describe how external life reflects their internal commitment to
Catholic Identity
Family Life
Vocabulary: abortion, abstinence, artificial insemination, AIDS, adultery, annulment,
birth control, chastity, conception, contraception, fornication, matrimony, morality,
Natural Family Planning, procreation, STD
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
10. Discuss appropriate decision making within the family 2204-5
11. List and evaluate current issues that relate to a teenager’s life
12. Describe the teaching authority of the Church
13. Identify the teen’s present stage of development in order that he/she
may act positively and maintain a positive sense of self 2351-2363
14. Describe the real meaning of being an adult, responsible to oneself 2284-2298
15. Describe the changing relationships with members of the other gender
16. Define and evaluate the function of dating at the junior high level and
beyond
17. Explain the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of Matrimony as a
reflection of the relationship of Christ and the Church 1601-1658
18. Explain that a Christian marriage is a union founded on equal dignity and
unreserved mutual self-giving
19. Explain the call of all the baptized to live in holiness as it relates to Christ
and the Church
20. Explain that sexual activity and intercourse have meaning and purpose
only in the context of matrimony
21. Explain that chastity and abstinence is within the capabilities of each
person 2520-2347
22. Explain the Church’s teaching regarding morally acceptable methods of
family planning
23. Explain the Church’s teaching regarding the immorality of artificial
insemination, contraception, sterilization, and abortion
24. Explain the Church’s teaching on interreligious marriages 1633-4, 1640
25. Summarize the church’s teaching on divorce and annulment 1650-51, 1629
26. Describe the impact of substance abuse on oneself and others 2290
27. Defend and discuss the responsibility of the living to care respectfully for
the dead and dying 2299-2301
28. Outline the signs, symptoms, and stages of the HIV infection and other
sexually transmitted diseases
29. Explain how the AIDS virus and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are
transmitted and prevented
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D. Christian Prayer (Prayer-How We Pray)
Vocabulary: adoration, Benediction, contemplation, lectio divinia, litany,
meditation, novena
STUDENTS WILL Catechism of the Catholic Church
1. Identify the authorship of Christian Scriptures 76, 102-5, 126
2. Describe the historical-cultural context for interpreting Scriptures in
order to discern the meaning of Scripture in their own lives
3. Interpret the message of the Gospel as the Good News of Jesus 127, 571
4. Explain the Christian Scriptures as a collection of books that tells the
story of God and His people 120-133
5. Memorize and recite all required age appropriate prayers (See
Appendix VIII)
6. Experience various traditions of Catholic prayer forms such as the
rosary, benediction, litanies, novenas, contemplative prayer, and
meditation in order to appreciate the rich heritage of the ancient and
living church 131-33
E. Safe Environment – See Appendix VII
STUDENTS WILL
1. Participate in the “Call to Protect” youth program through the Diocese of Phoenix
IV. KEY SCRIPTURE REFERENCE/STORIES
Mark 16:14-18 Commissioning of the Apostles
Matthew 28:16-20 Commissioning of the Apostles
Acts 9:1-9 The Vision of Saul
1 Corinthians 12:4-13 The Variety of Gifts
John 13:34-36 A New Commandment
John 6:35-40 The Way, the Truth and the Life
Luke 22:14-20 The Holy Eucharist
Acts: 2:42-47 Communal Life
V. SAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST IN THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS
1. This activity could assist in assessing outcome #11 in Profession of Faith (Creed-
What We Believe)
· Students will work in small groups using research and organizational skills to
prepare a presentation to show the similarities and differences between the
Catholic Church and other religions
2. This activity could assist in assessing part of outcome #5 in Celebration of
Christian Mystery (Sacraments/Liturgy-How We Celebrate)
· Students will name the specific parts and order of the Mass in written response
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SAMPLE OF ACTIVITIES TO ASSIST IN THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS’
MASTERY OF CONCEPTS (Continued)
3. These activities could assist in assessing outcomes in Life in Christ (Christian
Living-How We Live)
· (#5 and #7) Students will develop a service project such as a canned food drive
using planning, organization, and advertising techniques to include the entire
student body
· (#14) Students will use a personal journal to reflect upon their present stage of
development and the challenges they face as they continue to grow
4. This activity could assist in assessing outcome #5 in Christian Prayer (Prayer-How
We Pray)
· Students will develop teaching/learning games for younger students to assist
them in the mastery of age-appropriate prayers.
Glossary – See Appendix VI
Prayers, Devotions, and Practices – See Appendix VIII
Oraciones en Español – See Appendix IX
Prayers and Practices – See Appendix XI
Prayers at Mass – See Appendix XII
Catechetical Documents – See Appendix XIII