Grade 8 Parent Curriculum Guide

One-Year Courses

Critical Literacy

Your child will:

  • practice disciplinary literacy skills to strengthen reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • purposefully write, read, discuss and react to multiple mediums of communication
  • read, interpret and critically analyze informational and literary text to question, examine or dispute the author’s claims or message
  • develop and support arguments with evidence supported by multiple sources and mediums
  • read and discuss literary and informational text to understand human experience
  • read to acquire information

Communication Arts

The focus of instruction for these skills occurs within the communication arts classroom. Students further develop and apply their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all of their classes. Your child will:


  • check understanding of fiction and nonfiction materials through self-monitoring
  • use knowledge of word structure and word origins to understand unfamiliar words in context
  • retell main point to demonstrate interpretation and comprehension
  • summarize, analyze and paraphrase written materials
  • identify and explain implied ideas (inferences) in text
  • develop and defend conclusions and reasoning based on informative reading
  • compare, contrast the accuracy and usefulness of information from different sources
  • read a variety of literary forms from a variety of cultures and time periods
  • compare and contrast common themes across a variety of literature and authors
  • use literature to develop context for historical events and issues
  • develop a habit of reading for pleasure and information

Your child will further develop reading skills and strategies in his/her Reading Application or Reading course.


  • write for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • show connections between ideas with improving clarity
  • revise by adding and/or replacing words, sentences and paragraphs
  • use literary devices to clarify and enhance ideas
  • edit with increasing accuracy; consult resources as needed
  • produce an organized written report that presents and reflects on research, draws sound conclusions, adheres to the conventions for preparing a manuscript, and gives proper credit to sources
  • use computer to compose, revise, edit, and publish

Speaking and Listening:

  • present oral reports in a variety of content areas for a variety of purposes
  • express and justify opinions on various topics in a variety of contexts
  • evaluate effectiveness of oral presentations of self and others
  • use technology to enhance oral presentations
  • practice effective listening skills


Your child will:

  • evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships and test reasonableness of answers
  • communicate logical arguments clearly to show why a result makes sense
  • explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • understand irrational numbers and approximate them with rational numbers
  • understand and use radicals and integer exponents
  • understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations
  • analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations
  • define, evaluate and compare functions
  • use functions to model relationships between quantities
  • understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies or geometry software
  • apply the Pythagorean Theorem
  • solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres
  • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data


The eighth grade science curriculum is an activity and inquiry based program which integrates life, earth and physical science. Your child will use the scientific process to:

  • understand and use the scientific method
  • explain, classify and measure the properties of matter
  • use the periodic table to identify patterns of atomic structure and how it relates to chemical bonding
  • incorporate concepts of simple machines and the Laws of Motion to construct a Rube Goldberg machine
  • understand how weathering, erosion and deposition work in a cycle to change the Earth’s surface
  • understand how wave energy is related to sound, light and electromagnetic spectrum

Social Studies

Focus: United States history to the 20th century.
Your child will:

  • acquire factual knowledge of the history of the United States by studying ideas, events, persons, values and beliefs
  • understand the United States had a multi-cultural beginning and that Native Americans and many ethnic groups have made unique and significant contributions to its development
  • describe the major economic, military and diplomatic events of the American Revolution and identify the key people and places associated with the Revolutionary War
  • communicate the social, economic and political causes and effects of the Civil War
  • identify major economic factors in the development of the United States and economic changes throughout the time period
  • research topics related to American history
  • identify and explain democracy’s basic principles as defined by the Constitution and other political documents

Fitness Education

Meets every-other day
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Allied Arts Electives

Your child will select one of the following allied arts electives which will alternate with his or her fitness education course:

Business Technology
Career Pathways
Family and Consumer Education
Study Center

Your child will also enroll in one of the following daily allied arts electives:
Family and Consumer Education
Show Choir
Study Center
Technology Education