Grade 8

Language Arts

The Language Arts curriculum in sixth grade includes in-depth study of all genres of literature, plus comprehensive writing assignments to sharpen students’ skills. Students will also read and analyze informational material in alignment with Common Core standards. Vocabulary and grammar exercises will be review and skills needed for research and reporting will be reinforced.

History

Students in the eighth grade will study American History beginning with the Civil War to present times. Students will also focus on the Amendments to the Constitution of the United States from the Civil War Amendments to the 27th Amendment. The Holocaust and Civil Rights are also an important part of the curriculum. As a final project, students will use research skills and technology to gather information. Their written work is published in a book. Some of the past topics include immigration, the Civil War and the Holocaust. Students will also debate current events and contemporary issues that face our nation.

Science

The eighth grade course of study is Physical Science. The year is divided into two components: physics and chemistry. Physics content includes forces and motion, as well as measuring and calculating related variables, and simple machines, and their advantages and efficiencies. Chemistry content includes properties and interactions of matter, atomic theory and the periodic table. All students will understand that physical science principles, including fundamental ideas about matter, energy, and motion, are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of phenomena in physical, living, and Earth systems science. Scientific explorations and discussions, particularly in the development of theory, are an essential component of the class, and proper protocol and safety is emphasized. Students will be required to use the internet often.

Mathematics

Grade Eight Mathematics concepts are developed in a student-centered learning environment.  Students practice skills and extend their understanding to solve real-world and mathematical problems.  Technology is integrated in all aspects of instruction. ?Math notebooks serve as a journal and resource for practice and review. Students are required to sharpen personal math skill levels by using Khan Academy.

The study of mathematics in Grade Eight focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Grade Eight Algebra I is offered to students that have demonstrated the highest achievement in Grade Seven and Terra Nova testing, as well as a focused and disciplined work ethic. This course typically builds from the Accelerated 7th Grade Pre-Algebra study program and demands a faster pace for instruction and learning. The students deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students also engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. In addition, instruction and problem-solving will introduce methods for analyzing and using quadratic functions, including manipulating expressions and solving quadratic equations. Students apply the Pythagorean theorem, and use quadratic functions to model and solve problems.

Religion

Religion studies in Grade 8 focus on the history of the Church and Confirmation preparation. The students learn how the Roman Catholic Church has survived social systems, political systems and persecutions. The Holy Spirit, the four gifts that mark the Church and Mary’s role will be included. All students must complete a Grade 8 Service Project by the end of the second marking period. It includes twenty hours of volunteer work in the community, a written service project and class presentation.