In grade six, students begin to experience a natural hunger to study “something real.” To meet this need, sixth graders are introduced to the world of the Romans whose strength of will created a system of laws and architecture that still endures today. It is a profoundly engaging time involving change and new reflections.
A pronounced shift in perceptions about the world is noted within this year. Students know the rules and begin to stretch them as they question concepts of fairness and justice. More independent research and higher expectations give students the opportunity to evaluate their own work and behavior in more objective ways.