Eighth Grade Curriculum

The eighth grade curriculum consists of the following subject areas: Religion, Literature, Language Arts, Civics and Economics, Mathematics, and Science. Following the Common Core Standards as well as the Florida Sunshine State Standards, each subject is presented to the students in a manner which ensures the needs of each individual child are met as well as the grade level as a whole. The subject area teachers also work closely together, providing cross-curricular learning all while focusing on the students’ Catholic identity and growth in Christ.

  • The 8th Grade Religion curriculum focuses on the Church founded by Jesus Christ and provides an overview of Church history. Students study the scriptural basis of our faith in accord with Sacred Tradition. The students intensely study the Sacrament of Confirmation, as well as conscience formation and the development of moral character.
  • In this course, students will exemplify critical thinking by connecting literature to universal themes, analyzing fiction and non-fiction, developing vocabulary, practicing grammatical skills, demonstrating test-taking skills, adapting presentations/speeches, and enhancing writing skills for persuasive, expository, and narrative prompts. Additionally, students will be required to write a research paper using secondary source materials and will learn to cite material properly.
  • Students will learn the foundational concepts and skills necessary for future Algebra courses. These include objective covering: Integers, Expressions and Equations, Inequalities, Rational Numbers, Linear Functions and Inequalities, Ratio and Proportion, Percent Applications, Polynomials and Factoring, Patterns and Nonlinear Functions, Decimals, Two and Three-Dimensional Geometry and Measurement Applications, Polynomials, Equations, and Inequalities, Probability, Rational Numbers: Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent and Consumer Applications, Data Analysis and Statistics, and Probability.
  • The science curriculum for eighth grade is based on general science courses, concentrating mainly on life science and physical science. The life science part of the curriculum includes the history of life on Earth, classification of living things, the cell, its structure and function and genetic inheritance. The physical science section of the eighth grade curriculum includes learning the atomic structure and the periodic table of elements, and the characteristics of the elements and compounds. The curriculum also includes scientific inquiry and mathematics applications in science.
  • This course will explore government and economics in real life, by teaching and reinforcing core social studies skills; by helping to comprehend informational texts; and by giving students the opportunity to practice civic participation. In addition, students will study geography in correlation with specific units of the text book.
  • Concentration on advanced techniques of painting, pastels, foil embossing, stitching and pencil. Analyzing and writing about art (Feldman Analysis)
    • Music appreciation
    • The role of music in history and on society
    • Written essays and oral presentations
    • Relationship of religion and humanism
    • Develop importance of an active and healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
    • Develop leadership qualities through team sport participation
    • Develop knowledge of rules and skills for team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, kickball, and court hockey.
    • Introduction and development of square dancing technique
  • Fourth through Eighth Grades are divided according to two levels: Spanish I and Spanish II. Classes are taught using differentiated instruction.
    • Singular/ Plural
    • Action words
    • Types of sentences
    • Verb conjugation
    • Developing critical thinking skills
    • Adjectives, adverbs, prepositions; conjunctions
    • Reading comprehension
    • Basic writing skills
    • Use a variety of technology tools to maximize the accuracy of work
    • Use features of a computer operating system
    • Demonstrate use of intermediate features in word processing application
    • Identify and explain terms and concepts related to spreadsheets
    • Create simple web documents
    • Demonstrate proper citation for electronic resources
    • Explain Fair Use Guidelines for the use of copyrighted material in student projects
    • Identify cyber bulling and describe strategies to deal with such a situation
    • Identify and use a variety of storage media