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Grades 6-8 TOB Bundle

Place your annual Student Commonplace Book re-order below or purchase BOTH the Teachers’ Guides and Student Commonplace Book components for Grades 6-8 in any quantity you need. The goal in our ROOTED: Theology of the Body Middle School series is to present these units in a way consonant with the thought and approach of Pope St. John Paul II. Purchase one (non-consumable) Teacher’s Guide for each Grade 6-8 TOB educator and a keepsake Common Place Book per Grade 6-8 student annually for consumption (TOB prompts, reflections and intentional assignments).

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This sixth through eighth grade curriculum is a three-year cycle, in which students are invited to come to a deeper understanding of how Christ fully reveals man to himself, and makes his calling clear. In keeping with Pope St. John Paul II’s scriptural reflection on the human person, the material is presented in creative, embodied, and interactive ways, to assist the student in receiving this awe-inspired message of their identity as sons and daughters of God.

What’s Included

Teacher’s Guide

Each guide contains scripture connections, quotes from Man and Woman He Created Them, questions, activities, and challenges to help students continue learning outside the classroom. This bundle may include Teacher’s Guides for each grade level in whatever quantity suits your needs (6, 7, 8).  

Grades 6-8 Teacher's Guides Covers

Student Commonplace Book

Students use one Commonplace Book per year for each grade level to explore Theology of the Body lessons and do individual work, in response to the dynamic learnings from the classroom. Each student book includes Theology of the Body prompts, reflections, and intentional assignments. 

Grades 6-8 Student Commonplace Book Covers

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Progressively over Grades 6-8, students will personally and developmentally learn to:

  • Promote a sense of gratitude
  • Develop a sense of community
  • Observe and listen (before output and speaking)
  • Foster an awareness of these truths:
  • It is good that you exist
  • You are not alone
  • You are called to great things
  • Your authentic identity comes from God
  • Start thinking from cause to effect; whole to parts; principle to concrete
  • Summarize, analyze and learn how to make a judgement
  • Compare/contrast: name and be able to define and distinguish
  • Develop habits of courteous dialogue, real questioning and patient listening
  • Grow a capacity for stillness and silent reflection
  • Think about questions of anthropology and morality, remembering heaven is our final end

Middle School Lesson Themes

Each grade has a theme made up of six units. Three units can be covered per semester.  

Sixth Grade: Identity & Gift 

Creation is a Gift 

The Image of God

The Body Reveals Man

Original Solitude

Original Unity

Original Nakedness 

Seventh Grade: Freedom & Virtue

Man of Concupiscence

Redeemed and Called to Greatness

Law and Love

Life According to the Spirit

The Heroism of Love: Suffering and Gift

The Spousal Meaning of the Body

Eighth Grade Themes: Vocation and Gift

Called to Love: Virginity for the Sake of the Kingdom

Called to Love: Sacrament of Marriage

St. Paul on Flesh and Spirit

Logic of Domination vs. Logic of Gift

Final Victory over Death: Resurrection of the Body

 Guidance in forming children to become who God created them to be  

Most Catholic educators and parents lack clear and simple language they can use to help guide children in their God-given identity. Our Theology of the Body curriculum aims to provide answers. The truths of Theology of the Body will foster each student’s lifelong dialogue with God.  

  • Easy to use 
  • Requires no prior Theology of the Body experience
  • Offers language young people can understand 
  • Engages minds and hearts through discussion
  • Fosters discovery and creativity

What is Theology of the Body? 

Theology of the Body (or TOB) is the basis of our religion curriculum and coursework. But we know that most Catholics don’t have a firm understanding of Theology of the Body yet. That’s why we want to guide you through it. TOB is St. John Paul II’s powerful glimpse of the human person – expressed in 129 separate audiences – revealing the beauty of God’s design for us.  TOB helps us to understand how we were created, our identity in Christ, and our giftings, so that we may see ourselves and others the way God intended. 

What is the best way to implement these fundamental teachings of what it means to be human according to God’s plan and purpose?

There are so many different ways that schools, diocese, homeschoolers and parishes have added in Theology of the Body to help cultivate a sacramental worldview. Please contact us at Ruah Woods 513 407-8672 or email curriculum@ruahwoods.org to form your students and teachers in the truth, beauty and goodness of Theology of the Body. We are on a mission to heal a wounded world — one heart and mind at a time.

I live outside the US, can I order the curriculum outside the United States or use the online High School platform?

Yes! When you create your account, you will have a chance to select your country so you can provide an accurate billing address and pay by credit card. You can only pay by credit card for accounts outside the United States. International shipping is quite expensive and unfortunately we have no influence over the international shipping rates. However, our high school curriculum for Grades 9-12 is completely online. There are no distance barriers for your high school or using Called to be More to teach your staff about Theology of the Body.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

  • “Everyone who is teaching faith formation should take this course. In fact, I think the 6th grade level is a great place to start. I know that TOB is what our culture needs (it’s what it really needed a generation ago) but this course has really reinforced the need for everyone to hear this message, regardless of their age. I now have a better concept of what it means to be made in the image of God and the hierarchy of created things; I also understand how this is foundational to understanding every relationship we, as humans, have.”

    Grade 6 Teacher
    After Online Grade 6-8 Training Course
  • Q: Your advice for teachers and staff considering adding in Theology of the Body?
    “Jump in. Don’t wait! You are going to learn, just like the kids are going to learn. It is really possible to just walk in and start [teaching] right away. It’s the missing ingredient to the recipe you’ve been working on [at your school].”

    Tim Reilly
    Former Principal for 22 years of Ignatius of Loyola School currently President of St Xavier High School
  • “This [TOB] tells you not just how [to live the Catholic faith], but why. That is exactly what we were missing all along. We have never gotten kids to explore the why part. We knew there was something not complete with us trying to help kids grow in their faith…It [TOB] opens so many other doors too. Kids are more creative. They can concentrate better. They are not worried about all this social stuff as much.”

    Tim Reilly
    Former Principal for 22 years of Ignatius of Loyola School currently President of St Xavier High School
  • “Anyone who’s been a principal for a while eventually starts figuring out why it is that kids make these mistakes that end up being the discipline problems in your office. It is because they don’t know why they were created. When you can help them figure out that they are created for a unique and special purpose and so is everyone else in their classroom — it totally changes how they interact with each other. Your discipline issues will change completely when kids understand who they are and why they are here. That’s why I am such a fan of Theology of the Body and the tools Ruah Woods Press has to offer.” [As principal of St Ignatius of Loyola K-8 School with 1045 students: discipline files were reduced from 2 full file cabinet drawers to a folder just 3-4″ thick, and the seriousness of the offenses were milder, all attributed to integrating TOB in the school curriculum].

    Tim Reilly
    Former Principal for 22 years of Ignatius of Loyola School currently President of St Xavier High School
  • Q: Will you keep your Common Place Book?
    1. “Yes because I think it will help me in my journey through life.”
    2. Yes, it will remind me of God’s call for me.”
    3. “Yes, if I need to be taught how to trust in God again.”

    Grade 8 Students
  • Q: Will you keep your Common Place Book? 
    1. “Yes. I’ll keep it because I keep some of my deepest thoughts in there.”
    2. “Yes because it has good morals to reflect on.”
    3. “Yes. I think it has helped me become a better Catholic.”

    Grade 7 Students
  • Q: Will you keep your Common Place Book? 
    1. “Yes, because it helped me a lot, and I can always go back & look through it again if I feel like I need any guidance from it at all.”
    2. “Yes because it refreshes me of how much God loves me.”
    3. “Absolutely. I am keeping it because I think this helps me understand things better.”

    Grade 6 Students
  • “Theology of the Body empowers my students to embrace how to live out their faith. Instead of just talking about what we believe, TOB gives us a roadmap for how to live out our purpose. Students realize that they are created in God’s own image and filled with incredible dignity. They come to truly believe that they are valued and needed. It is awesome to witness them respond to this lifechanging message especially because it is completely counter to what their culture is telling them. TOB is a gamechanger.”

    Grade 6-8 Teacher
    Tina Ramundo, Immaculate Heart of Mary School
  • “[Your] Theology of the Body is an excellent program that allows the students to understand their true identity and accept that God has a plan for them. It is so rich in theology and the spirit of John Paul II.”

    6th-8th Grade Teacher
  • “This beautiful curriculum made my heart sing. I felt I was experiencing wonder and discovery right along with my daughter as we connected the lesson to the “kalos,” the experience of beauty and culture. [Your curriculum] has a genius for connecting truth to beauty in a way that makes catechesis speak to the heart.”

    Homeschooling Parent

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