Logic Stage: (Understanding; Grades 5-8)

The Logic Stage focuses on organizing information gathered in the Grammar Stage, making connections and learning to evaluate evidence. Here the vast array of data experienced at the grammar stage is categorized and organized with some level of integration. How basic parts and skills relate to each other, basic cause and effect relationships, and how different disciplines build upon and relate to each other is the focus at this stage. Reasoning is explicitly developed, including an emphasis on definitions and clarity of expression and thought. Independent thinking, verbal combativeness, and defense of positions comes more naturally and with more force at this stage. Enhanced symbolic thinking in math and basic formal logic, increased ability to hypothesize and predict in science, and an increased ability to understand the interaction of various historical events and cultures comes more naturally. Students begin to show habits of independent thinking and discovery at this stage and continue to read works of literature of increasing depth in their exploration of the human experience.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you.” (1 Peter 3:15)

LOGIC Developing Understanding Asking “How”
Cognitive Taxonomy Application Analysis
Description Using a general concept to solve problems in a particular Situation; using learned material in new and concrete situations. Breaking something down into its parts; may focus on identification of parts or analysis of relationships between parts, or recognition of organizational principles.
Skills Apply, adopt, collect, construct, demonstrate, discover, illustrate,

infer, outline, point out, select, separate, sort, and subdivide.

Analyze, compare, contrast, diagram, differentiate, dissect, distinguish, identify, illustrate, infer, outline, paraphrase, point out, review, select, separate, sort, and subdivide.
Grades 5th 6th 7th 8th
Assessments Iowa Tests Iowa Tests Iowa Tests Iowa Tests
Evaluation Tools Student Portfolios Student Portfolios Student Portfolios Student Portfolios
History (Daily) and Geography

History and Literature (below) are taught in one block class.

Ancient History (5000BC-400AD)

All Ye Lands (Ignatius Press)

The Story of the World – Book I On the Shores of the Great Sea (Synge)

Medieval-Early Renaissance History (400AD-1600)

All Ye Lands (Ignatius Press)

Famous Men of Rome (Memoria Press)

Daily Geography Practice (Evan-Moor)

Late Renaissance-Early Modern History (1600-1850)

From Sea to Shining Sea (Ignatius Press)

Humanities Reader

Modern History (1850-Present)

Humanities Reader

The History of the United States (Seton)

Maps, Charts, Graphs: US Past & Present (MCP)

Literature (Daily)

Shorter Poetry by each period’s major poets to be included with the following longer works: Key poems to be memorized.

Some literature adapted to grade level, some in the translated original- list is illustrative, not definitive or compete; some non-period literature as well.

Tales of Ancient Egypt (Green)

Tale of Troy (Green)

Greek Myths (Coolige)

The Aeneid For Boys and Girls (Church)

Gilgamesh (McCaughrean)

Adara (Growley)

The Odyssey (retold by Lister)

Aesop’s Fables (retold by McGovern)

Archimedes and the Door of Science (Bendick)

The Bronze Bow (Speare)

Beowulf a New Telling (Nye)

King Arthur and his Knights (Green)

If All the Swords in England (Willard)

Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights (retold by Dawood)

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (French)

The Red Keep (French)

The Trumpeter of Krakow (Kelly)

Son of Charlemagne (Willard)

The Children’s Plutarch (Gould)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Green)

Johnny Tremain (Forbes)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Irving)

Tales from Shakespeare (Lamb)

I, Juan de Pareja (de Tervino)

Witch of Blackbird Pond(Speare)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass)

Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)

Tom Sawyer (Twain)

Shadows of Blue and Gray (Bierce) Our Town (Wilder)

Animal Farm (Orwell)

The Red Badge of Courage(Crane)

Cyrano de Bergerac (Rostand)

Forget Not Love (Frossard)

The Pearl (Steinbeck)

Stories of Karol(Svidercoschi)

Les Miserables (Hugo)

The Song at the Scaffold (Von le Fort)

Death Comes For the Archbishop (Cather)

Language Arts- Grammar and Composition (Daily) Voyages in English 5- (Loyola)

Growing Your Vocabulary 5 (Prestwick House)


English 6 for Young Catholics (Seton)

Reading 6 for Young Catholics (Seton)

Growing your Vocabulary 6 (Prestwick House)


Voyages in English 7 (Loyola)

Wordly Wise 7 (Hodkinson)



Vocabulary from Latin & Greek Roots: Book II (Prestwick House)

English 8 for Young Catholics (Seton)

Reading 8 for Young Catholics (Seton)

Religion (Daily)

(includes stories of Saints from the historical period, Bible readings, and prayers)

Faith & Life Gr. 5 (Casa Maria)  

Faith & Life Gr. 6 (Casa Maria)


Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Faith & Life Gr.7 (Casa Maria)

Introduction to Catholicism, Didache Series

Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)

Catechism of the Catholic Church


Mathematics (Daily) Saxon Intermediate 5 Saxon Course 1 Pre-Algebra (Larson et al.) Algebra 1 (McDougal Littell)
Science (4x 5th, -5x 6-8th per week) Emphasis on Life and Earth

Harcourt Science 5


Emphasis on Earth Science

Science Explorer Series (Prentice Hall Press)

Emphasis on Life Science

Science Explorer Series (Prentice Hall Press)

Emphasis on Physical Science

Science Explorer Series (Prentice Hall Press)

Latin (Daily in 7-8th)  

Wheelock’s Latin (LaFleur)

Wheelock’s Latin (LaFleur)
Art 2x (5th-6th) /Chorus 1x a week/ Physical Education 3x per week/Theater 2x per week (7th-8th) Various Projects and Performances Various Projects and Performances Various Projects and Performances Various Projects and Performances