Eighth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

Learning Goals For Literature; Writing; Grammar and Vocabulary

Literature

  • Literature analysis, synthesis and evaluation are driven by short stories and novels
  • Selected stories and materials supplement literature instruction

Writing

  • Creative writing
  • Literature analysis
  • Poetry
  • Personal Narratives
  • Research Project and essay
  • Essay Revision

Grammar

  • Parts of speech review
  • Punctuation and capitalization review
  • Sentence structure

Vocabulary

  • Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop
  • Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes and roots
  • Literature-based vocabulary

Social Studies

Learning Goals For American History

The United States through Industrialism

  • Our Colonial Heritage
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • American Revolution
  • The Constitution
  • Launching the New Republic
  • Manifest Destiny and the Expanding Nation
  • Americans in the Mid- 1800’s
  • The Civil War
  • The Reconstruction Era
  • Migration and Industry
  • Becoming a World Power
  • Decades Research Project (1900’s -1990’s)

Mathematics

CORE RESOURCE: Everyday Mathematics; AIMS: Solve It!

Learning Goals For Mathematics

  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Problem Solving
  • Integers, rational numbers, real numbers
  • Solving one step inequalities
  • Graphing on a coordinate plane
  • Linear functions
  • Geometry and spatial reasoning
  • Area and volume
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Solve multi-step equations
  • Proportions
  • Ratios
  • Exponents
  • Factors

Algebra

  • Polynomials
  • Real numbers
  • Solve multi-step equations
  • Linear Equations
  • Rational Expressions
  • Solve radical equations
  • Quadratic equations
  • Exponential functions
  • Functions
  • Direct and inverse variation
  • Inequalities

Science and Engineering

CORE RESOURCE: Scienceasaurus; Activities Integrating Math and Science; Engineering in Elementary: Engineering Adventures

Learning Goals For Integrated Physics

  • Matter
  • The Periodic Table
  • Atoms
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Solutions
  • Acids and Bases
  • Force and Motion
  • Work and Energy
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Nuclear Change
  • Heat and Temperature
  • Waves
  • Rube Goldberg Project