In addition to learning traditional prayers and practices of the church, the 8th grade curriculum is about how we define church as well as an overview of the history of the church. The students also take a look at themselves and talk about establishing positive relationships with friends and parents as they consider why lies ahead for them in the Family Life program.
Eighth graders will continue to review basic skills in spelling, vocabulary, mechanics, usage, and grammar. Additionally, they will continue to improve their writing skills with an emphasis on paragraph structure and expository writing. Students will also learn the basics of using MLA formatting. The students will also read some poetry and short stories from our anthology as well as study some classic pieces of literature such as Flowers for Algernon, The Diary of Anne Frank, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
The math curriculum for 8th grade follows the eighth grade common core standards in hopes of preparing students to enter Algebra or Algebra accelerated in high school. Like years prior, strong emphasis will be placed on the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice to help students develop crucial logic and problem-solving practices for future use.
Algebra I (high school level course): This course introduces students to equations, inequalities, and polynomials. Students will explore the rectangular coordinate plane, systems of equations in two variables, rational expressions, radicals, and quadratic equations. As students gain understanding of subject matter, they will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving. The use of calculators and computers is a part of the problem solving process. This course meets all California State requirements for Algebra and the Common Core for Algebra.
United States History (Colonial Period to the Industrial Revolution)
All of the California History Social Science Standards for Eighth Grade are covered throughout the course. The new Common Core Standards are also integrated through the course. Students will learn using a combination of reading and writing activities, projects, group and individual class work and homework, and various iPad apps.
Topics covered include: the 13 Colonies and the growing tensions between American colonists and England; the Revolutionary War and founding documents including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights; the basic roles and functions of the American Government; the development of political parties and foreign affairs of the US; Manifest Destiny and the expansion of the United States; the Civil War and Reconstruction; Industrialization and Immigration; the Progressive Era; and the lead up to World War I. The study of geography and mapping skills will also be included throughout the course.