Catholic Curriculum Standards

English/Language Arts K-6

CATHOLIC CURRICULAR STANDARDS AND DISPOSITIONS

IN ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS K-6[1]

Literature and the arts are also, in their own way, of great importance to the life of the Church. They strive to make known the proper nature of man, his problems and his experiences in trying to know and perfect both himself and the world. They have much to do with revealing man’s place in history and in the world; with illustrating the miseries and joys, the needs and strengths of man and with foreshadowing a better life for him. Thus they are able to elevate human life, expressed in multifold forms according to various times and regions.

Gaudium et Spes, 1965, #62

General Standards
CS ELA.K6 GS1 Analyze literature that reflects the transmission of a Catholic culture and worldview.
CS ELA.K6 GS2 Analyze works of fiction and non-fiction to uncover authentic Truth.
CS ELA.K6 GS3 Analyze carefully chosen selections to uncover the proper nature of man, his problems, and his experiences in trying to know and perfect both himself and the world.
CS ELA.K6 GS4 Share how literature can contribute to strengthening one’s moral character.
Intellectual Standards
CS ELA.K6 IS1 Demonstrate how literature is used to develop a religious, moral, and social sense.
CS ELA.K6 IS2 Articulate how spiritual knowledge and enduring truths are represented and communicated through fairy tales, fables, myths, parables, and stories.
CS ELA.K6 IS3 Recognize Christian and Western symbols and symbolism.
CS ELA.K6 IS4 Explain how Christian and Western symbols and symbolism communicate the battle between good and evil and make reality visible.
CS ELA.K6 IS5 Recite poems of substance that inform the human soul and encourage a striving for virtue and goodness.
CS ELA.K6 IS6 Identify examples of noble characteristics in stories of virtuous heroes and heroines.
CS ELA.K6 IS7 Identify the causes underlying why people do the things they do.
CS ELA.K6 IS8 Identify how literature develops the faculty of personal judgment.
CS ELA.K6 IS9 Analyze how literature assists in the ability to make judgments about what is true and what is false and to make choices based on these judgments.
CS ELA.K6 IS10 Analyze literature to identify, interpret, and assimilate the cultural patrimony handed down from previous generations.
CS ELA.K6 IS11 Summarize how literature can reflect the historical and sociological culture of the time period in which it was written to help us better understand ourselves and other cultures and times.
CS ELA.K6 IS12 Use imagination to create dialogue between the readers and the characters in a story.
CS ELA.K6 IS13 Determine how literature cultivates the human intellectual faculties of contemplation, intuition, and creativity.
CS ELA.K6 IS14 Analyze the author’s reasoning and discover the author’s intent.
Writing Standards
CS ELA.K6 WS1 Use language as a bridge for communication with one’s fellow man for the betterment of all involved.
CS ELA.K6 WS2 Write in various ways to naturally order thoughts, align them with truth, and accurately express intent, knowledge, and feelings.
CS ELA.K6 WS3 Use grammar as a means of signifying concepts and the relationship to reason.
Dispositional Standards
CS ELA.K6 DS1 Accept and value how literature aids one to live harmoniously with others.
CS ELA.K6 DS2 Accept and value how literature can assist in interpreting and evaluating all things in a truly Christian spirit.
CS ELA.K6 DS3 Share how literature cultivates the aesthetic faculties within the human person.
CS ELA.K6 DS4 Share beautifully told and well-crafted works, especially those with elements of unity, harmony, and radiance of form.
CS ELA.K6 DS5 Share how literature ignites the creative imagination in healthy ways.
CS ELA.K6 DS6 Share how literature assists in identifying, interpreting, and assimilating the cultural patrimony handed down from previous generations.
CS ELA.K6 DS7 Delight and wonder through the reading of creative, sound, and healthy stories, poems, and plays.
CS ELA.K6 DS8 Recognize literary characters possessing virtue and begin to exhibit these virtuous behaviors, values, and attitudes.
CS ELA.K6 DS9 Share how the beauty and cadence of poetry impacts human sensibilities and forms the soul.

[1] See Appendix C for English Language Arts resources and a recommended reading list for Catholic schools in the United States.

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