Catholic Curriculum Standards

History K-6


Teachers should guide the students’ work in such a way that they will be able to discover a religious dimension in the world of human history. As a preliminary, they should be encouraged to develop a taste for historical truth, and therefore to realize the need to look critically at texts and curricula which, at times, are imposed by a government or distorted by the ideology of the author…they will see the development of civilizations, and learn about progress…When they are ready to appreciate it, students can be invited to reflect on the fact that this human struggle takes place within the divine history of universal salvation. At this moment, the religious dimension of history begins to shine forth in all its luminous grandeur.

The Religious Dimension of a Catholic School, 1988, #58-59

General Standards
CS H.K6 GS1 Demonstrate a general understanding of the “story” of humanity from creation to present through a Catholic concept of the world and man.
CS H.K6 GS2 Demonstrate an understanding about great figures of history by examining their lives for examples of virtue or vice.
CS H.K6 GS3 Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural inheritance provided by the Church.
Intellectual Standards
CS H.K6 IS1 Describe how history begins and ends in God and how history has a religious dimension.
CS H.K6 IS2 Describe how Jesus, as God incarnate, existed in history just like we do.
CS H.K6 IS3 Describe how reading history is a way to learn about what God does for humanity.
CS H.K6 IS4 Explain the history of the Catholic Church and its impact in human events.
CS H.K6 IS5 Exhibit mastery of essential dates, persons, places, and facts relevant to the Western tradition and the Catholic Church.
CS H.K6 IS6 Explain how the central themes within the stories of important Catholic figures and saints repeat over time.
CS H.K6 IS7 Explain how beliefs about God, humanity, and material things affect behavior.
CS H.K6 IS8 Explain the human condition and the role and dignity of man in God’s plan.
CS H.K6 IS9 Demonstrate how history helps us predict and plan for future events using prudence and wisdom gleaned from recognizing previous patterns of change, knowledge of past events, and a richer, more significant, view of personal experiences.
CS H.K6 IS10 Explain how historical events involving critical human experiences, especially those dealing with good and evil, help enlarge perspective and understanding of self and others.
CS H.K6 IS11 Identify the motivating values that have informed particular societies and how they correlate with Catholic teaching.
CS H.K6 IS12 Examine how history can assist in the acquisition of values and virtues.
Dispositional Standards
CS H.K6 DS1 Select and describe beautiful artifacts from different times and cultures
CS H.K6 DS2 Exhibit an affinity for the common good and shared humanity, not just with those nearby, but also for those who have gone before and those who will come after.
CS H.K6 DS3 Demonstrate respect and solicitude to individual differences among students in the classroom and school community.
CS H.K6 DS4 Discriminate between what is positive in the world with what needs to be transformed and what injustices need to be overcome.
CS H.K6 DS5 Justify the significance and impact of the Catholic Church throughout history.
CS H.K6 DS6 Develop a habitual vision of greatness.

[1] See Appendix D for History resources.