Whether personal or academic, local or global, the essential question for the year is “What is integrity?” And, the number one goal of 8th grade language arts is to get ready for high school reading and writing. First semester will focus on writing academic paragraphs with evidence and citations, working up to a literary analysis essay, while reading primarily fiction with supporting nonfiction and poetry. First semester also includes the school-wide spelling bee. Second semester will focus on writing an argument, working up to synthesizing multiple sources into a coherent paper, while reading primarily nonfiction with supporting short stories and a bit more poetry. Second semester also includes the school-wide literacy fair. In addition to the class book, students are expected to always have an independent reading book for daily sustained silent reading in homeroom and at home. By reading and writing every day with integrity, our 8th graders grow conscientiously into contemplative, competent, and confident high schoolers.
Science Rocks! In 8th grade science we try to do just that. Physical Science is our main focus where we explore the properties of matter, mixtures and solutions, compounds, elements, and the periodic table. We also get into motion and forces, magnetism and electricity, along with some space and ocean science. And we have fish! Trout in the Classroom gives us an opportunity to see and study the trout life cycle from the beginning to the end. Prepare to have fun!
The goal of the 8th Grade United States History curriculum is to develop students who are globally literate and who have the information and skills required to live in a world that is interactive and connected through technology. Students must be able to use 21st Century Skills to determine relationships between the current world and the world of the past. To help engage students in the study of US historical events and far away places, essential questions will introduce and guide each unit of study. The lessons, assessments and significant tasks are designed to help students think, read and write critically as they identify and evaluate the significant events and connections between the past and present.