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8th Grade Curriculum

8th Grade Curriculum

Religion
Morality, Life in Christ, RCLJesus in the New Testament, RCLFamily Life 8, RCLNew American Bible
  • Catholic morality
  • Social teachings of the Church
  • The Beatitudes and making decisions in one’s own life
  • Review of the Sacraments, vocations, and prayers
  • New Testament: the Gospels, Saint Paul, Letters, and the Book of Revelation
  • Old Testament
  • Understand and participate in Liturgy and Scripture study
  • Attend weekly Mass and Reconciliation two times a year
  • Use the Bible for prayer and journaling
  • Family Life instruction/moral guidance
  • Require 16 hours of Christian service per year
  • Class service projects
  • Instruct and model Christian behavior with 1st grade buddies
 
English/Literature
Writer’s Companion/Grammar Practice, Prentice HallLiterature-Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Prentice HallVocabulary Workshop, Sadlier-OxfordEnglish
  • Understand grammar, including parts of speech, punctuation, usage, and the mechanics of English
  • Analyze different composition forms
  • Practice the writing process with paragraphs, poetry, creative writing and different forms of an essay with emphasis on a thesis statement and supportive material
  • Present a variety of oral presentations
  • Practice listening skills
 
Literature
  • Learn to differentiate all genres of literature
  • Study elements of plot, characterization, point of view
  • Learn literary language and devices
  • Analyze short stories, plays, poems, non-fictional material, novels
  • Develop vocabulary including definitions, spelling, pronunciation
  • Read and test on 15 Accelerated Reader novels per year 
 
Mathematics
  • Integers
  • Standard, Expanded, Scientific Notation
  • Order of Operations
  • Decimals, Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Percents (Ordering from least to greatest)
  • Geometry: Points, Lines, Rays, Line Segments
  • Divisibility
  • Prime and Composite Numbers
  • Exponents
  • Multiples and Factors
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Metric System, Conversions, Scale
  • Overall Average, Mean, Median, Mode, Range
  • Graphing Rectangular Coordinates and Inequalities
  • Roots
  • Angles: Adjacent, Complementary, Supplementary
  • Mark Up, Mark Down, Commission Profit, Interest
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Roman Numerals
  • Algebraic Sentences
  • Ratios, Proportions
 
Social Studies
America-History of Our Nation, Prentice Hall
  • We begin the year with a brief review of the “Beginnings of American History” in Unit One; from the First Explorers through the Revolutionary War.
  • Our primary focus, however, will be on Units 2 through 6, from the forming of our Constitution to the Industrial Revolution. Special consideration will be given to the development of the U. S. Constitution and our very special check-and-balance system between the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches of our government.
  • In addition, students receive daily instruction in geography and are accessed with a monthly geography test.
  • Other forms of instruction include the reading of charts and maps, interpreting political cartoons, and the on-going development of writing and research skills.
  • Student’s are kept informed of current events by reading Junior Scholastics Magazine in class on a biweekly basis and through daily class discussion as it pertains to events covered in our Social Studies class.
 
Science
Discovery Education Next Generation Science
  • Eighth graders continue in the study of scientific inquiry and hands-on learning of the scientific method through laboratory investigation, experimentation, and observation.
  • Students in grade eight study topics in physical science such as the structure of matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, and motions, forces, and energy.
  • Students will use both quantitative and qualitative data to form conclusions regarding their experiments and their previously formed hypothesis.
  • Forces of the Earth, the solar system, the chemistry of biological processes, the periodic table, density and buoyancy are additional topics that will be discussed and investigated.
  • By the end of eighth grade, students should begin to grasp four concepts that help unify physical science: force and energy; the laws of conservation; atoms and molecules; and the atomic theory.