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Grade 8 Curriculum

Grade 8 Curriculum Overview


The students will learn about our Church. The students will connect the history of love recorded in Scripture to today’s Church teachings. They will use the program, A Quick Journey Through the Bible. The students will read from the bible, watch pertinent videos, classroom discussions and complete projects individually as well as in a group setting. In addition to the Religion curriculum, we will use the Child Lures Program.

 Language Arts

  • Write an intelligent response to any number of prompts
  • Write arguments from the text to prove a point
  • Write creatively using real or imagined experiences and characters
  • Use specific verbs and nouns to evoke the desired response in connection with the assigned task
  • Use technology while assessing its credibility and accuracy to produce an intelligently researched and documented project
  • Write short as well as more involved research projects on a specific topic with guidelines to follow
  • To consistently use correctly spelled words in all writing
  • Use new vocabulary in written and spoken responses
  • Analyze word structure to discover the meanings of new words
  • Create performable dramas
  • Write response journal entries
  • Read a variety of genres to determine explicit meaning and to draw conclusions from the text
  • Determine central ideas or themes of a text
  • To read coherently and smoothly adding expression and understanding of the text
  • To compare and contrast characters, ideas, styles, and themes
  • To summarize and paraphrase the text
  • To be able to identify point of view, allusion, alliteration, metaphor, irony, and many other literary elements
  • Make connections to other texts, life experiences, and world events
  • Develop a writing that incorporates a variety of sentence lengths
  • Apply all grammatical rules for capitalization, punctuation, and grammar
  • To orally present material in a clear, audible voice.
  • To understand motivation and character traits when analyzing a text or visual work
  • To see the morality and the connection to our Catholic beliefs in characters and situations in writings and everyday life

Algebra I


The purpose of Algebra in Grade 8 is to help provide a foundation built on mathematical concepts and skills and form a gateway to subjects requiring more rigorous analytical thinking.  The students create a body of knowledge and become fluent in the language of Algebra, which empowers them to analyze and solve real life problems.

*Real Numbers

*Algebraic Expressions


*Linear Equations and Inequalities







Metric System




Periodic Table

Chemical Reactions

Acids and Bases

Forces and Motion

Energy and its forms


Heat and heat transfer


Simple Machines


Projects and labs associated with this curriculum include, but are not limited too:

Phases of matter

Evidence of chemical reactions

Element Brochures

Models of Ionic and Covalent bonds among atoms

Determining the strongest antacid by neutralizing acid with it

Electroplating paper clips

Determining which solutions can conduct electricity

Conservation of Mass

Speed and Acceleration labs involving mass and incline

Simple vehicle construction and redesign for Technology

Social Studies

  • The condition leading to the Civil War
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Westward Expansion
  • The Industrial Age
  • Immigration
  • The rise of the big cities and its issues
  • The Progressive Era
  • Rise to world power
  • World War I
  • The Jazz Age
  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal