Grade 8 Curriculum Highlights

English/Literature

Reading:

  • Demonstrating a love of literature
  • Navigating different genres and styles with flexibility
  • Analyzing what is read by exploring the elements of literature
  • Exhibiting confidence with progressively more difficult material
  • Utilizing a precise and cultivated vocabulary

Writing:

  • Composing sentences that are grammatically correct and stylistically effective
  • Expressing ideas in well-structured paragraphs
  • Applying the rules of punctuation, grammar, spelling and capitalization
  • Writing with clarity that is creative and concise
  • Utilizing vocabulary that matches intent and supports thesis
  • Employing transitional devices to demonstrate coherency

Listening and Speaking

  • Participating in cross-curricular skits and performances
  • Presenting with confidence and clarity
  • Modeling appropriate audience etiquette
  • Utilizing technology with acumen

Mathematics (Algebra I)

Honors:

  • Considering and Solving real world applications of mathematical concepts
  • Factoring Polynomials
  • Solving Linear and Quadratic Equations
  • Graphing equations and inequalities
  • Solving systems of equations
  • Exploring Radicals

Standard:

  • Considering and Solving real world applications of mathematical concepts
  • Solving multi-step equations and inequalities
  • Graphing linear equations and inequalities
  • Solving systems of equations
  • Understanding exponent rules
  • Evaluating and Simplifying Expressions
  • Multiplying and Factoring Polynomials

Religion

  • Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • 40 hours of person-to-person service
  • Learning to lead and write prayers, especially the Daily Examen
  • Understanding the Catholic faith

Science

  • Preparing our students for the future by examining the current state of the world’s resources, and evaluate the role of society and human impact on the living and non-living environment
  • Learning the vocabulary and language of science
  • Engaging in hands-on experience in the scientific method

Social Studies

Knowledge outcomes:

  • Distinguish/characterize significant periods of historical experience
  • Describe events/developments in American history in terms of continuity, change and causation
  • Appreciate the complexities involved in interpreting societies and social changes

Skills outcomes:

  • Recall factual claims about the past and draw correlations
  • Read documents closely and critically
  • Formulate well-organized, well-supported research papers
  • Participate effectively in class discussions

Spanish/Foreign Language

  • Attaining a desirable level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Gaining comfort using Spanish phrases and expressions
  • Learning and reciting prayers in Spanish

Art

  • Using personal experience, observation and experimentation to generate ideas for artwork
  • Following appropriate steps to use materials safely while gaining comfort and skill in a variety of media, techniques, and art forms
  • Understanding art in relationship to history and culture
  • Applying criticism and aesthetics when producing, responding to, and reflecting upon artworks

Music

  • Understanding how music contributes to liturgy
  • Singing on pitch, independently and in ensembles, expressively with attention to dynamics, phrasing, and articulation
  • Learning basic elements of playing piano and guitar
  • Reading, notating, and performing music using notes and rests in a variety of meters
  • Describing musical elements understanding vocabulary surrounding such as rhythmic and melodic ideas, tonality, form, expressive qualities, and timbre
  • Investigating the origins, development, and roles in society and history of musical genres

Physical Education

  • Engaging students in developmentally appropriate activities that create maximum opportunities for development of skills, knowledge, health-related fitness, and ultimately, the confidence to enjoy an active, healthy lifestly
  • Learning life skills such as good sportsmanship and effective team participation
  • Having fun
  • PE classes take place in Georgetown University’s Yates Field House

Technology

  • Discussing and demonstrating safe and ethical use of technology and the Internet
  • Using technology as a tool for acquiring, analyzing,  communicating, and organizing information on a daily basis
  • Demonstrating integration of learned software and technology at a complex level
  • Copying and pasting of citations with Noodle Tools
  • Use of iPad and Mac technology to generate iMovies of play scenes and stop motion films
  • Coding and programming