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Unformatted text preview: Divina (Divine Readings),” which is a way of meditating upon
Scripture and applying it to one’s life (GDC #127). “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
(Psalm 119:105). 2. An overview of Salvation History is to be presented at the beginning of each grade. Each and every teaching of
the Faith that follows should be presented in light of this Story of God’s Plan for us (GDC #128). This gives
students the context for all the content of our catechesis. (See Overview/Scope Section pages 19-20 and Creed,
page 6, number 1.) 3. The doctrinal content of our catechesis is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is the “sure norm
for teaching the Faith.” (GDC #121) All Catholic School administrators, teachers, DRE’s, CRE’s, catechists and
Youth Ministers should regularly utilize the Catechism when teaching the Faith (GDC, #121). 4. Holiness of life is essential in order for the catechist’s teaching to bring others into intimacy with Jesus Christ.
Teachers must first and foremost be witnesses. “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to
teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (Evangelization in the Modern World,
Pope Paul VI, #41). In the Curriculum that follows, please note that a Truth of the Faith that is being introduced will be bolded.
When introducing a new aspect of a teaching, present a brief overview of the truth of the Faith in the context of the Big
Picture which is developed in the Overview/Scope section pages 2-6, helping the students to simply understand the
teaching and to see how it is connected to their life.
All other teachings of the Faith, which are not bolded, were introduced in a previous grade and are to be reinforced,
leading to greater understanding and integration into the students’ lives. August 6th, 2009
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 2 of 38 Grade 8
Profile of a Eighth Grade Student
The thirteenth year of life is one of complex transition involving body, mind, and personality. The transition
often comes unexpectedly. Changes in body build and body chemistry affect posture, coordination,
appearance, voice, facial expression as well as attitudes and tension. Body changes intensify awareness of
growing up. Moods change quite regularly.
Thirteen-year-olds are not always open and communicative. At home they may lapse into spells of silence,
musing, and reverie. At school they may be apathetic and uninterested in any class that does not challenge and
stir their emerging conceptual power.
The young person is beset by interpersonal demands from family, peers, and teachers. Home, school and peers
often conflict and aggravate confusion.
Yet in the midst of these pressures, adolescents usually preserve self-identity and achieve a measure of
independence. They meet developmental problems with a heightened awareness of themselves and the world
in which they live.
At thirteen years of age, young people l...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.
- Fall '13