CURRICULUM:

RELIGION:

STRAND I – MESSAGE:

Students will explore the meanings of various doctrines within the Catholic Church.  They will reflect upon and study the moral teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church.  In addition, students will examine the Church’s commitment to social justice.

  • Moral Teachings of the Church
  • Nicene Creed
  • Commitment to Social Justice
STRAND II – WORSHIP:

Students will review and reflect on the importance of the sacraments, Liturgy, and prayer to discover how they can be lived in daily life.

  • Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • Prayer
STRAND III – COMMUNITY:

Students will understand the key characteristics of major historical periods, events, and personalities in the Church.  They will appreciate the ways in which the Holy Spirit guides and sustains the Church and her followers.  Finally, students will come to appreciate the missionary spirit of the Catholic Church through a study and reflection on its history. 

  • Church History
  • The Church in Our Time
  • Ecumenism
STRAND IV – SERVICE:

Students will grow to value themselves as disciples of Jesus who calls them to lives of care, compassion, service, justice, and love.  They will expand their personal powers of introspection and reflection so as to move from a child’s faith to an adult faith in order to respond to questions and concerns as healthy disciples of Jesus.

  • Discipleship
  • Personal Decision Making
  • Human Sexuality
  • Vocation

LANGUAGE ARTS:

Writing Process
  • Pre-writing
  • Drafting, Revising, and Editing
  • Publishing
Writing Applications
  • Narrative Writing
  • Informational and Expository Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Letters and Documents
  • Responses to Literature
Writing Conventions
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Grammar and Usage 
Research
  • Pre-writing
  • Drafting and Revising
  • Editing and Publishing
Communication
  • Listening and Viewing
  • Speaking Skills and Strategies
  • Speaking Applications 

The eighth grade curriculum covers;

            Non-fiction

            Short stories

            Novels- Devil’s Arithmetic

            Drama

            Poetry

This grade will continue with the same goals and a more in depth and accelerated approach.

1. The students will continue to read more challenging texts

2. Students will be exposed to vocabulary words using contextual clues, dictionaries, thesauruses, connotations/denotations and word relationships.

The use of the IPAD in the classroom helps facilitate this endeavor.

3. Applying comprehension strategies

4. Displaying comprehension of age appropriate texts using questions, assessments and oral responses.

5. Cause/effect and fact/opinion techniques

6. Usage and purpose of Literary elements

7. Identify and explain exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

8. Character analysis will become more in depth.

9. Identify and explain the development of conflicts in the story. 

All of the above are supplemented with IPAD usage, videos, movies, audiotapes, guest speakers and field trips. Some of the field trips taken will include: Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, Federal Reserve Bank, and Plays. 

*Literature:  The Literature Standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades

*Informational Text:  The CCR anchor standards and high school grade-specific standards work in tandem to define college and career readiness expectations—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity.

*Writing: Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. The expected growth in student writing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student writing samples.

*Additional Note on Reading Across Subject Areas:  Reading is critical to building knowledge in history/social studies as well as in science and technical subjects. College and career ready reading in these fields requires an appreciation of the norms and conventions of each discipline, such as the kinds of evidence used in history and science; an understanding of domain-specific words and phrases; an attention to precise details; and the capacity to evaluate intricate arguments, synthesize complex information, and follow detailed descriptions of events and concepts. For example, when reading scientific and technical texts, students need to be able to gain knowledge from challenging texts that often make extensive use of elaborate diagrams and data to convey information and illustrate concepts. Students must be able to read complex informational texts in these fields with independence and confidence because the vast majority of reading in college and workforce training programs will be sophisticated nonfiction. 

MATH:

o Write large and small numbers in scientific and calculator notation

o Recognize the concepts of irrational numbers

o Compare, order, and convert fractions, decimals, and percents

o Rational number system

•  Meaning of Operations 

o Apply order of operations to simplify and compute integers, exponents, and radicals 

o Use inverse relationships to solve problems

• Computation and Estimation

o Judge the reasonableness of a solution to a problem

o Add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers in scientific notation

 o Perfect squares 

o Use mental math to solve simple equations

Measurement 

• Measurement units

o Convert from one measurement system to another

•  Measurement Techniques and Tools 

o Solve problems with indirect measurement

o Congruent angles and line segments

o Appropriate units for perimeter, area, volume, weight, and

temperature 

o Determine area, surface area, and volume of two and three

dimensional figures 

Geometry and Spatial Sense

•  Characteristics and Properties

o Describe, compare, and classify plane and geometric figures

o Use geometric ideas and relationships in figures to solve problems 

o Relationships when you have parallel lines cut by a transversal or when you have intersecting lines

o Relationships in right angles

• Spatial Relationships

o Represent and analyze shapes using various methods

• Transformations and Symmetry

o Draw nets

o Visualization and spatial reasoning

•  Visual and Geometric Models 

o Apply to everyday life and other subjects

Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

• Patterns, Relations, and Functions

o Represent relations and functions with tables, graphs, words, and symbols

o Linear or nonlinear functions based on information given

•  Algebraic Relationships

o Graph of a line and its equation 

o Simplify, evaluate, and write algebraic expressions

o Solve linear equations and inequalities

o Interpret the meaning of a solution

o Quadratic equation

o Compute slope, midpoint, and distance given a set of ordered pairs

o Sine, cosine, and tangent

• Analyze Change

o Direct and indirect variation

o Volume and area

o Graphs of equations

 

Data Analysis and Probability

• Data Collection

o Create and interpret scatter plots, stem-and-leaf plots, box-and-

whisker plots, and other types of graphs 

o Evaluate graphical representations

 o Discrete and continuous data

• Statistical Methods

o Measures of center tendency and measures of spread

o Dependent and independent variables

o Well-constructed sample

o Validity of results

• Probability 

o Make judgments about the likelihood of events taking place

o Compound events

o Unrelated events and the possibility of them happening

SCIENCE:

Overviews:  These are the science disciplines: Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life science. Overlaying all the content standards and embedded in each discipline are science inquiry and applications. These are the overarching ideas that connect the strands and the topics within the grades. Themes illustrate a progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade that is applicable to all the strands.

The Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. The PreK-8 documents are designed to provide guidance for educators who have the responsibility to teach science to Ohio students.

• Genetics/heredity

 • Science Fair experiment/project

 • Earth

 • Astronomy

 • Cells

 • Electricity

• Planets

• Asteroids and meteoroids

• Life cycle of stars

• Galaxies

• Gift from God

• DNA

• Sexual and asexual reproduction

• Development of genetics

• Organisms adaptations

• Fossil record as evidence

• Respect miracle of life provided to us from God

• Reference point

• Unbalanced and balanced forces

SOCIAL STUDIES:

American Revolution

                        Declaration of Independence

                        Constitution

                        U. S. Expansion

                        War of 1812             

                        Civil War

                        Reconstruction

                        Geography

The above topics are supplemented with use of the computer class to create presentations.

Also, the above topics are augmented with the use of IPADS, videos, field trips, and audiotapes.