Eighth Grade Overview

The task of elementary education is to give children an understanding of humanity and the world they live in, to offer them knowledge so rich and warm as to engage their hearts and will as well as their minds. Such an understanding is the basis of all real learning in later years. With the completion of the eighth grade the students should have a well-rounded general picture of human life and universe. This last year of elementary school should not only bring all previous experiences to a new peak, but enable the students to enter fully and potently into the life of their own time.


8th Grade Curriculum at a Glance


Case Study: Amundsen & Scott Race to the South Pole: How to Set Up for Success

History: US History from pre 1492 to Modern Day delivered in 3-4 blocks

Science: Physics, Meteorology, Organic Chemistry, Physiology II (Health & Nutrition)

Geography: Arctic & Antarctic; Middle East & Asia

World Religions II - Eastern Religions

Drama: 8th Grade Play


8th Grade Curriculum in Detail

LANGUAGE ARTSRobert Dilansa, Gregory Beech, Ghigs Razi

LiteratureRobert Dilansa

  • Short stories & novels from read as a class or independently, 6-8 books total

  • Writing & Grammar – Robert Dilansa

  • Practice with different paragraph modes: informative, explanatory, argument, and narrative; five-paragraph essays; creative writing. Continued work with proofreading, diagramming, and editing skills

  • Vocabulary – Gregory Beech

  • Oversees student work in completing Vocabulary Workshop Series, Level C

  • Writing Conventions & Study Skills

  • Note-taking, editing, research using Internet/library; test-taking strategies

Current EventsGhigs Razi

  • Weekly class. Uses Junior Scholastic and other news articles to practice several skills including reading for information, synthesizing, distinguishing opinion from fact, understanding differing points of view, identifying bias, and debating sides of an issue. Incorporates introduction to civics

8TH Grade Project PresentationsGregory Beech, Catherine Razi

MATH (Algebra I) Jenny James & Dustin Monda

  • Review of systems of equations

  • Slope of a line, parallel and perpendicular lines

  • Factoring parabolic equations and graphing parabolas

  • Solving and graphing Inequalities

  • Completing square roots

  • Simplifying rational expressions

  • Laws of exponents

SPANISH Jenna Zapata

  • Full-year Spanish curriculum; builds on 1st-7th foundation

  • Continued development of vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, writing & reading skills

  • Working with dialogues develops confidence and ease with speaking

  • Verb presentations & group work

MUSICMelissa Archer, Adam Richardson (drumming)

  • Middle School Chair

  • Blocks: African drumming; American musical history-colonial to modern times; Singing Valentines

  • Soprano, alto, tenor, bass recorders

GAMES/PE Javier Alvarez

  • Team sports: street hockey, handball, flag football, softball

  • Fitness & the One-Mile Run

  • Ballroom dancing

  • Yoga

  • Cooperative games and activities

  • Sportsmanship

ARTS BLOCKS Kelly Tisdel and Visiting Teachers

  • Study of the Impressionists

  • Portraiture

HANDWORK Cynthia Bower

  • Students learn to use a sewing machine & do prep work involved in