Eighth Grade

  • Religion Program for Grade Eight

    The Grade Eight Religion Program is a morality-based course meant to strengthen the educational, social, moral and spiritual skills of the junior high student by inviting them to journey forth on a challenging and rewarding discovery of faith and discipleship.  Through open discussion forums, journaling, prayer and active community service, students are able to ascertain their role as individual disciples of Christ and, simultaneously, members of a larger faith community. 

    Text:  Morality:  A Course on Catholic Living, Sadlier

     
    Eighth Grade English Curriculum

    The ultimate goals of the English program and its underlying philosophy are to present language challenges in a manner that encourages students to explore their world through both the spoken and written word.  Throughout the course, language, in all its components, is presented as an essential element to the development of the individual on a personal, academic, and social level.  Furthermore, every opportunity is afforded to allow students to experience language as a vehicle for expressing wonder and delight, a tool for exchanging ideas, a medium for transmitting information, and as a resource for bridging the differences among peoples of other cultures.
     
    Text:  Writing and Grammar:  Communication in Action, Prentice Hall
     

    Eighth Grade Vocabulary Curriculum

     
    The goal of the eighth-grade vocabulary program is to foster within each child an appreciation for vocabulary development as it aids in the refinement of language skills.  Through a systematic approach to vocabulary building, students are given the opportunity to understand and use words effectively.  By studying words in depth and in a variety of contexts, students learn not only to recognize new words but also retain and apply them.  Furthermore, via a methodical program of vocabulary development that embraces diverse strategies of implementation, students are able to develop the strategies necessary for unlocking the meanings of unfamiliar words in an environment that promotes ongoing and independent learning.

    Text:  Vocabulary in Action – Level H, Loyola Press

    The Science Program for Grade Eight

     
    The grade eight science program is a hands-on program aimed at providing students countless opportunities to explore life and all its components.  Designed as a pre-biology course, the program begins with an examination of the simplest life forms and gradually builds up to examine the most complex plants and animals.  The purpose of such organization is to foster an awareness within the students of the increasing complexity of the organisms in the five kingdoms.  The curriculum, itself, has a twofold emphasis beginning first with a focus on the individual organism and its survival and then shifting from the individual organism to the entire species and the factors that affect the continuity of the species.  In addition to this twofold emphasis, considerable attention is also given to the topic of ecology.  The primary goal of weaving such ecological concepts throughout the curriculum is to enable students to develop a more realistic understanding of the interactions that occur between living things and the environment.
     
    Intended to adhere to the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, the curriculum is a balance of integrated textual, technological, and investigative means.  Intended to foster within students an appreciation of the basic life science concepts, the course in alignment with the STEM/STEAM/STREAM framework, also provides ample opportunity for reinforcing thinking, processing, and investigative skills thereby enabling students to both recognize and analyze significant issues facing both today’s world and tomorrow’s. 
     
    Texts:  From Bacteria to Plants, Prentice Hall
                Animals, Prentice Hall
                Cells and Heredity, Prentice Hall
                Human Biology and Health, Prentice Hall