8th GRADE CURRICULUM

English Language Arts

The English Language Arts Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in various content areas. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.

Key Skills Include:

  • Close Reading and Writing to Learn

  • Working with Evidence

  • Understanding Perspectives

  • Research, Decision Making, and Forming Positions

Algebra I

The focal point of this course is the algebra content strand.  Algebra provides tools and ways of thinking that are necessary for solving problems in a wide variety of disciplines, such as science, business, social sciences, fine arts, and technology.  This course will assist students in developing skills and processes to be applied using a variety of techniques to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings. The course culminates with the NYS Algebra I Regents exam in June of the students’ 8th grade year.

Key Ideas Include:

  • Number and Quantity

  • Algebra

  • Functions

  • Statistics and Probability

Earth Science

Earth Science encompasses the main components of Earth’s systems, the universe and their interactions. Students will gain valuable insights into the physical setting they live in and be more able to engage important issues that inform our time. Students will demonstrate proficiency through examinations, laboratory activities, homework, projects, and class participation. This course concludes with the New York State Earth Science Regents Examination. Students should be prepared for advanced concepts and coursework as this is a course typically given in 9th or 10th grade.

Key Topics Include:

  • Geology

  • Astronomy

  • Oceanography

  • Meteorology and Climate

  • With a focus on rates of change, cyclic phenomena, classification systems, graphic analysis, and interactions among components of air, water, land and energy.

U.S. History and Government

The U.S. History and Government Regents course is given over 7th and 8th grade and culminates in the NYS Regents exam in June of the students’ 8th grade year.

Key Ideas Include:

  • Constitutional Foundations

  • Industrialization

  • The Progressive Movement

  • Age of Global Crisis

  • The World in Uncertain Times (1950-present)

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