By the end of sixth grade, students will be able to: Identify the different strands in their own religious backgrounds, talk about many of the different Christian denominations and all four major branches of Judaism, understand the historical forces that created so many different types of Judaism and Christianity, and feel comfortable attending worship services in different types of churches and synagogues.
The sixth graders will start the year by examining their own religious backgrounds. This will include asking parents, grandparents, etc. about the different types of Judaism and Christianity practiced in their families. Based on these findings, the class will begin to study the Christian denominations and strands of Judaism represented in the students' family backgrounds. They will focus first on the study of Judaism and its different historical branches. As part of this learning process, students will attend worship services at different synagogues. Next, they will study a variety of Christian denominations and their place in the history of the Church. Again, students will attend a different worship services. The class may conclude the year by creating their own worship service (or leading a Gathering!).