Grade 8

GRADE 8 CURRICULUM

Humanities – History

Students focus on U.S. history from the founding of the American Republic through the end of the nineteenth century. Throughout this course, students will confront the themes of freedom, equality, and liberty and their changing definitions over time. This course will also explore the geography of place, movement, and region, starting with the Atlantic Seaboard and then exploring American westward expansion and economic development, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and finally, industrialization.

Humanities – Language Arts

Students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts including novels, poems, essays, and short stories. Students are constantly writing (creative and academic pieces), researching, and presenting their work.

Math

Students are encouraged to think about math in a variety of ways and show their understanding in ways that resonate with them, not just in the traditional way. Students focus on four main areas: expanding prior knowledge of operations with fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers; applying equations in one and two variables; understanding the concept of a function to describe quantitative relationships; and understanding angles and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Science

Students build on several concepts from the 7th grade science course such as computer programming, chemistry foundations, scientific math skills, systems of the human body, cells, DNA, evolution and sustainability. Additionally, the students are challenged to incorporate algebra skills into their scientific thinking.

MUSORY

Teachers and students come together as a class to build community and focus on self-efficacy, self-reflection and communication. This daily practice allows time for students to set and reflect on personal goals. Topics such as community issues and social justice are explored. MUSORY topics are guided by the self-efficacy and communication standards in the curriculum guide and are developmentally and age appropriate.

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