Eighth Grade

Language Arts Course Content

Follows Sunshine State Standards

Writing

  • The Writing Process
  • Prewriting strategies
  • Organizational strategies
  • Revising strategies
  • Proofreading strategies
  • Word choice
  • Audience and purpose

Forms of writing including narrative, research, and persuasive

Mechanics

  • capitalization

The parts of speech

  • nouns and pronouns
  • verbs
  • modifiers
  • prepositions
  • conjunctions
  • interjections
  • Sentence diagramming

Types of sentences

Phrases and Clauses

  • Punctuation
  • endmarks
  • commas
  • colons and semicolons
  • hyphens
  • quotation marks
  • apostrophes

Vocabulary

  • connotation and denotation
  • etymologies
  • word parts
  • derivatives
  • context clues

Literature

Students will...

  • identify and analyze stages of plot.
  • read short stories, poetry, and novels.
  • identify and analyze conflict and resolution.
  • identify and analyze theme, character traits, setting, mood, tone, style, voice, and irony.
  • draw conclusions.
  • explore the key idea of author's purpose.
  • identify, analyze, and evaluate imagery.
  • synthesize information and make generalizations.
  • identify, analyze and evaluate novels through literature circle discussion groups.

Religion

Students will...

  • grow in understanding of Catholic Morality.
  • nourish God's Gift of Faith.
  • enrich appreciation of Church History.
  • study Theology of the Body for Middle School (in 3rd Qtr).
  • participate in the Family Life Series.
  • plan and participate in Liturgies & Prayer Services.
  • grow as active members of our Church.

Technology IC3 Computer

  • computer hardware
  • operating systems
  • computer software
  • Internet safety

Life Science

  • nature of Science
  • characteristics of life
  • plant and animal cell structure
  • human body
  • ecology
  • viruses
  • cell processes
  • cell reproduction
  • genetics
  • evolution
  • bacteria/fungi/protista
  • animal kingdom

Social Studies—American History/ Geography

Students will...

  • use and understand latitude and longitude in determining location.
  • develop expertise in reading and arranging graphs, charts, and diagrams.
  • develop strong oral skills through participation in dally/weekly group presentations.
  • write to international pen pals with written discussion about individual countries.
  • use textbook online activities to enrich learning and to prepare for quizzes and tests.
  • understand personal connections to community, nation, and world.
  • identify various cultural values throughout world regions and individual countries.
  • develop and appreciation of world cultures.
  • identify the various religious values of different international regions.
  • describe the influence of culture on scientific and technological advancement.
  • explain how language, art, music and other cultural elements add to global understanding.
  • research and write an essay as part of our Nations of the World theme.
  • develop a power point program and oral presentation to explain chosen country.
  • prepare for National Geographic Society annual "Geobee" competition.
  • participate in the Junior Achievement Program.

Math Students will...

  • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers
  • Work with radicals and integer exponents
  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations
  • Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations
  • Define, evaluate, and compare functions
  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities
  • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, and geometry software
  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.
  • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data

Algebra 1

  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems
  • Interpret the structure of expressions
  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
  • Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning
  • Solve equations and inequalities in one variable
  • Extend the properties of exponents to rational exponents
  • Analyze and solve linear equations and pair of simultaneous linear equations
  • Solve systems of equations
  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
  • Define, evaluate, and compare functions
  • Understand the concept of a function and use function notation
  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities
  • Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of a context
  • Analyze functions using different representations
  • Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities
  • Build new functions from existing functions
  • Construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems
  • Interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model
  • Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable
  • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data
  • Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables
  • Interpret linear models
  • Interpret the structure of expressions
  • Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems
  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials
  • Create equations that describe numbers and relationships
  • Use properties of rational and irrational numbers
  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean theorem
  • Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of a context
  • Analyze functions using different representations
  • Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities
  • Build new functions from existing functions
  • Construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems