6th Grade Curriculum for the 21st Century

These are my ideas for a new type of school curriculum. This is just an overview and the subjects, of course, would need to be taught in an age appropriate way, which I haven’t done here. Ideally, the student would pick from each subject what interested them.

 

6th grade
 
1. cooking
– ingredients
– methods
– health and safety
– scientific aspects
– cuisines
2. hygiene
hands
  – washing with soap and water
  – when to wash hands
  – germs
– respiratory
  – cover your cough
  – using a tissue
– food
  – sanitizing surfaces
  – separate raw from cooked
  – cook thoroughly
  – keep food at safe temperatures
  – washing food
– water
  – clean water vs. dirty water
– kitchen
  – food storage
  – cleaning up
  – when to refrigerate
– bathroom
  – hand washing
  – taking a bath
– laundry
  – putting dirty clothes in the hamper 
– medical
  – cleaning a cut
– disinfectant
  – surfaces
– body
  – washing
  – brushing teeth
  – washing hair
  – changing clothes (dirty and clean)
  – nail trimming
  – sleep
  – don’t touch blood
  – getting a haircut
  – going to the doctor/dentist
3. physical health
– diet
– exercise
– sleep
– disease
4. inventing
– play
– re-envision
– insight
– exploration
– improvement
5. sports
 
6. woodwork
 
7. music (playing)
– percussion
– wind instruments
– stringed instruments
– electronic instruments
8. dance (performance)
– concert dance
– latin/rhythm
– swing
– traditional jazz
– ballroom
– freestyle
– hip hop
– disco
9. theater (stage design)

10. film (filmmaking)
– initial story
– screenwriting
  – three act structure
  – the hero’s journey
  – syd field’s paradigm
  – the sequence approach
  – imagery
  – dialogue
  – plot
– casting
– shooting
  – basic terms
  – cinematography
  – lighting
  – special effects
– sound recording
– editing
  – editing techniques
– screening
11. fine arts (photography)
– general concepts
– equipment
– forms of photography
– processing
– techniques
12. applied arts (architecture)
– styles
– theory
– buildings
– materials
– structural elements
13. agronomy (agricultural science)
– producing plants
– using plants
– environmentalism
  – resources
  – energy supply
  – waste and pollution
  – habitats and species
14. earth science
– earth’s interior
– electromagnetic field
– atmosphere
– methodology
– earth’s spheres
  – atmosphere
  – biosphere
  – hydrosphere
  – lithosphere
  – pedosphere
  – systems
15. space science
– astronomy
– space exploration
– aeronautics
16. politics (government)
– elections
– corruption
– government
– philosophies
– governments of the world
– political issues
– politics by region
– political parties
 
17. history (natural)
– ancient times
– medieval
– birth of scientific biology
18. languages (foreign)
phonology
vocabulary
syntax
writing system
– mandarin
– spanish
– hindi
– arabic
– portuguese
– french
19. writing (non-fiction)
– expository (explaining or informing the reader about a certain topic)
– argumentative
  – background
  – thesis
  – 3 claims
  – evidence for each claim
  – opposing views (2)
  – refutation of 2 opposing views
  – conclusion
 opinion
  – both sides of argument
  – opinions
  – reasons for opinions
  – examples to support reasons
  – conclusions
– essay
  – introductory
  – body
  – transitions
  – conclusion
– biography
  – research
  – reading works already written about the subject
  – interviews
  – visit places significant to the subject’s life
  – explore what interested, influenced and inspired the subject
  – study the time and place of the subject’s life
  – analyzing the subject’s life
  – look for patterns
  – thesis statement
  – decide how to recount the person’s life
  – narrative
  – write
  – drafts
  – get someone to read it
  – proofread
  – title
  – sources
  – publish
– memoir
  – memories
– historical
  – outline
– scientific
20. philosophy (history)
– western
– middle eastern
– indian
– buddhist
– east asian
– african
– indigenous american

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