8th Grade

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Religion

  • A continued emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist and an understanding of how Christ empowers us for mission
  • A deeper appreciation for prayer as the primary way we come to know God and share in community
  • An examination of the New Testament and the key themes that are found there
  • A continued development of moral conscience informed by Scripture and Church tradition
  • A recognition of the moral imperative we have as God’s chosen for whom God sent Jesus
  • A basic understanding of Church, Church history and the people of God as the body of Christ
  • A continued integration and understanding that service to the community is a Christian response to Gospel call

Social Studies

  • Identify the rise of industry in the United States
  • Describe how immigration impacted the U. S.
  • Analyze how the U.S. became a world power
  • Develop an understanding of major events in the 20th century (WWI, Great Depression, WWII, Cold War, Civil Rights and involvement in the Middle East)
  • Discuss Current Events

Science

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic
  • Waves
  • The Atom
  • The Periodic Table
  • Combining Atoms
  • Reproduction
  • Heredity
  • Laboratory experiences include the “Chemical Interactions” FOSS kit.

Math

  • Expressions, equations and functions
  • Rational numbers
  • Solving linear equations
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Graphing relations and functions
  • Analyzing linear equations
  • Solving linear inequalities
  • Solving systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Exploring polynomials
  • Using factoring
  • Quadratic and exponential functions
  • Rational expressions and equations

Literature

  • Respond to levels of meaning in poetry
  • Identify sequence of events in a novel
  • Evaluate a novel through critical review
  • Develop and accept multiple interpretations of a text

Language Arts

  • Students will exhibit mastery of their ability to identify various writing styles; students will demonstrate their own particular writing style through various writing assignments
  • Students will demonstrate their proficiency in writing and researching reports; students will also demonstrate their ability to present research information to classmates and adults
  • Students will continue to expand their written and oral vocabularies through various exercises, weekly quizzes and oral presentations
  • Students will exhibit mastery in oral communication and presentation on various topics
  • Students will become familiar with various testing strategies and develop ways of demonstrating knowledge

Art

  • Utilizing the skills acquired throughout the past years, students will paint, draw, sculpt, carve, print, assemble, and weave an independent project. Independent studies: Analyzing the work/style of a chosen artist, reproduce a piece of art of selected artist, or create an original, in the style of said artist. Written report as well as a verbal presentation is also done.
  • Chair reconstruction/design for final project

Computer

  • Computer Literacy
  • Using Software Applications: tab sets, tables, outlining, hanging indents, footnotes/endnotes (covered in LA classes)
  • Microsoft Office Excel: Spreadsheets, charts/graphs, Formulas and functions, filter, sort
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint: Sound, backgrounds, slide mastercustom animation
  • Image Editing: Adobe PhotoShop
  • Robotics (constructing, programming)

Band & Chorus

  • Basic Skills:
    • Identify basic parts of the instrument
    • Demonstrate the proper care of the instrument
    • Use proper playing posture: total body, arm, hand, wrist, and finger positions
  • Tone Production:
    • Produce sounds demonstrating characteristic tone quality
    • Use proper breathing technique, play with good embouchure
    • Define and interpret through performance dynamics
  • Pitch:
    • Identify and define flat, sharp and natural signs
    • Use alternate fingerings where applicable
  • Tuning and Intonation:
    • Identify and utilize tuning mechanisms of the instrument
    • Demonstrate ability to tune a given pitch
    • Improve intonation by making appropriate adjustments in embouchure posture and breath support
  • Musical Concepts:
    • Count and perform rhythmic patterns combining various notes and rests
    • Count and perform musical selections in a wide variety of time signatures
    • Name and interpret through performance the lines and spaces on the staff in the clef pertaining to the instrument
    • Name and interpret through performance accidentals, phrasing, breath marks
    • Name and interpret through performance repeat signs, solo/soli/tutti divisi/unison, accent, staccato, first and second ending, DaCapo al Fine
    • Name and interpret through performance variations in dynamics Name and interpret variations in tempo

Physical Fitness:

  • To be able to perform the physical skills with some degree of proficiency.
  • To be able to verbalize what exercise is and why it is needed.
  • To describe what cardiovascular exercise is and and relate it to everyday activities
  • Students will be able to play a team game displaying the following skills with proficiency:
    • Running
    • Throwing
    • Dribbling
    • Passing
    • Guarding
    • goal keeping
    • To demonstrate teamwork and fair play during a game.
    • To play the game effectively

Health

  • Importance of good nutrition, how to maintain an active daily routine and develop positive habits.
  • Food guide pyramid and types of nutrients
  • Alcohol: Alcoholism and its causes, effect on the human body and behavior changes caused by alcohol
  • Drugs and Drug use: What is addiction and the effect on the body, the effect the media has on drug use.
  • Responsibility: Taking responsibility for own actions, how to determine corrective action for mistakes and making goals for the future.
  • Peer Pressure:  What is peer pressure and the importance of making own decisions; getting out of difficult situations responsibly.
  • Eating Disorders / Exercise:  Effects of dieting, the dangers of eating disorders, proper exercise programs and developing a positive body image.
  • Local Health service providers

Spanish

  • All students learn how to pray Hail Mary and Our Father in Spanish. They also sing Spanish children’s songs.
  • Learn Imperfect tense of Ar, Er and Ir verbs
  • Indirect object pronouns, demonstrative pronouns
  • Use Present, Past and Imperfect tenses to communicate in Spanish
  • Read basic 60 page novel