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EIGHTH GRADE CURRICULUM

ENGLISH CURRICULUM
 

GOALS:

The student will:

1.      use various forms of subjects (in unusual places, problem subjects, inverted subjects, complements-subject and objects of verbs) in writing – sentences, paragraphs and short stories

2.      utilize the different types of nouns (concrete, abstract, collective, compound, predicate, indirect and direct,  possessive, appositives) correctly in student written pieces and participate in exercises

3.      implement the different types of pronouns (reflexive, intensive, interrogative, demonstrative, pronoun-antecedent agreement,  indefinite-pronoun agreement) in writing

4.      demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of verb types (transitive, intransitive, principle parts of verbs, progressive form, perfect tenses, troublesome verb pairs, active and passive voice) through writing

5.      display comprehension of predicate adjectives and other words used as adjectives through writing

6.      practice use of adverbs in sentences through writing and flip charts on the Promethean Board

7.      analyze correlative and subordinating conjunctions, distinguish types and utilize in writing

8.      examine uses of verbal phrases (gerunds, participles, infinitives) correctly and make use of in writing

9.      apply  different kinds of clauses (independent, dependent, adjective, adverb, noun) in writing

10.  create complex and compound-complex sentences 

11.  create a piece of writing for self- publishing

12.  identify the parts of a sentence and visually represent the parts

13.  independent use of technology to correctly apply the writing progress using accurate citation source guidelines

 

 

 
MATH CURRICULUM

 

GOALS

The student will:

  1. identify types of angles in parallel lines and apply the Pythagorean Theorem
  2. evaluate variable expressions, translate expressions using the Real numbers, simplify absolute value, and simplify expressions involving the set of set of Real numbers
  3. solve equations using one or more transformations, solve word problems using algebraic sentences, and solving inequalities
  4. add/subtract polynomials and simplify exponential polynomials and monomials
  5. multiply mentally binomials, identify types of binominal and trinomial products and their factorization, and to factor polynomials
 
READING/LITERATURE
 

GOALS:

The student will:

  1. analyze grade-level fiction and non-fiction short story plot, setting, and problem resolution
  2. apply poetic elements to distinguish the characteristics of different poetic forms
  3. analyze characters and relationships to others through dialogue
  4. distinguish and interpret literary devices in the genre of science fiction
  5. explain how style, tone, and mood contribute to the effect of a text
  6. interpret characters, traits, motivation actions, and the changes they undergo through literary devices
  7. using technology create a short story

 

 
RELIGION
 
 
GOALS

The student will:

  1. recognize the responsibilities of the leaders of the Church
  2. recognize the importance of their own responsibilities as baptized Catholics
  3. apply knowledge of Catholic teaching to moral decision making
  4. summarize the influences of the Holy Spirit on Christians of the 1st century and sequence the contributions and travels of Peter, Paul, and Stephen
  5. evaluate how much they trust in God’s love for them and the desire to imitate the Saints faith and zeal
  6. trace the Church in the Middle Ages
  7. propose ways to make gospel values a part of their lives
  8. recognize problems of schism, plagues, and the Renaissance, and worldliness of some Church leaders.
  9. examine the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Reformation
  10. explore the men and women after the Protestant Reformation who imitated Christ
  11. identify the men and women from Church History who helped the Church emerge as a spiritual leader.
 
SCIENCE CURRICULUM
 

GOALS:

The student will:

1.      understand the difference between heat and temperature and how heat is measured

2.      describe what happens to matter when it is heated and cooled

3.      explain how heat is transferred (conduction, convection, and radiation)

4.      explain the meanings of solubility

5.      compare and contrast solutions and mixtures

6.      explain what a chemical reaction is

7.      list the properties of acids and bases

8.      state how changes in pH affect the environment

9.      compare chemical changes to physical changes

10.  define and compare elements, compounds, mixtures, atoms and molecules

11.  describe the structure of an atom and define protons, neutrons and electrons

12.  describe the organization of the Periodic Table

13.  define the major body systems

14.  describe the characteristics and qualities of the sun and moon

15.  describe gravity and inertia

16.  describe the main characteristics of the inner and outer planets

17.  discuss main characteristics of how the universe was formed

18.  use the internet to do a research based project

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM

 

 

GOALS

The student will:

  1. evaluate the events of Manifest Destiny in expanding America to the Pacific Ocean
  2. describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans and pioneers
  3. interpret through writing the social, economic, and political causes and effects of the American Civil War and Reconstruction period
  4. discuss the important technological advances of the Industrial Revolution
  5. identify the major causes and effects of World War I
  6. evaluate the changes in U.S. society during the 1920s and the Great Depression era
  7. analyze U.S. contributions to the Allied efforts in World War II
  8. discuss America’s involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars
  9. recognize the major events of the Civil Rights Movement
  10. utilize various technology resources to complete a detailed, multi-facet research project