Mrs. Anne Arias

8th Grade

Mrs. Anne Arias

8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Religion, and Social Studies


For all three grades, we will follow the diocesan curriculum guidelines which reflect the outline of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, according to the four pillars of presenting the faith. We will study the profession of faith (the Creed), which teaches us about God and what He did for us in salvation history.  We will learn about the celebration of the Christian Mystery (Liturgy and Sacraments), which brings us to a participation in the Divine life.  We will study Our Life in Christ (The Christian Moral Life and the Commandments) and focus on Christian Prayer (using the Bible and the Our Father as the model for prayer given to us by Jesus). Each grade will concentrate on different contents of the four pillars. The eighth grade class will also prepare for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.



The 6th grade class will examine world history, exploring the historical developments of peoples, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until A.D. 1500, in light of influences on Western civilization. The students will identify, analyze, interpret, compare, describe, and explain information relating to our study of the early development of humankind from the Paleolithic Era to the agricultural revolution; the ancient river valley civilizations including Egypt and Kush, Mesopotamia and the civilizations of the Hebrews and Phoenicians; the classical civilizations of Persia, India, China, and Greece; Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire and the rise of Christianity; Islamic civilizations; the Middle Ages; and the Renaissance.


The 7th and 8th grade classes will explore the history of the United States, the former studying the early history of the United States from pre-Columbian times until 1877, and the latter studying the history of the United States from the Reconstruction era to the present.  Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis, identifying and interpreting primary and secondary source documents, making connections between the past and the present, sequencing events, evaluating and debating issues, and analyzing key documents, speeches, and maps.  They will learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography.