8th Grade Curriculum
8th Grade Curriculum
Morality, Life in Christ, RCLJesus in the New Testament, RCLFamily Life 8, RCLNew American BibleEnglish/Literature
- 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
Writer’s Companion/Grammar Practice, Prentice HallLiterature-Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Prentice HallVocabulary Workshop, Sadlier-OxfordEnglishLiterature
- 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
- 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
- Standard, Expanded, Scientific Notation
- Order of Operations
- Decimals, Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Percents (Ordering from least to greatest)
- Geometry: Points, Lines, Rays, Line Segments
- Prime and Composite Numbers
- Multiples and Factors
- Volume and Surface Area
- Metric System, Conversions, Scale
- Overall Average, Mean, Median, Mode, Range
- Graphing Rectangular Coordinates and Inequalities
- Angles: Adjacent, Complementary, Supplementary
- Mark Up, Mark Down, Commission Profit, Interest
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Roman Numerals
- Algebraic Sentences
- Ratios, Proportions
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.
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.