Grade Eight Curriculum

Religion

Students attend weekly mass with the entire student body
Students participate in Prayer Services
Students participate in Reconciliation During Advent and Lent

The 8th grade Religion program covers:

  • The Early Church – A.D. 30–313
  • Christians of the Roman Empire – A.D. 313–476
  • Christians of the Middle Ages – A.D. 476-1517
  • The Protestant Reformation – A.D. 1517-1648
  • The Counter-Reformation – A.D. 1517-1648
  • The Enlightenment – A.D. 1648-1814
  • Catholicism in the United States – A.D. 1814-1914
  • The Present Church – A.D.1914- today
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Church Dogma
  • ACRE Test Preparation

Math

Algebra 1

  • Number Properties
  • Order of Operations
  • Solving Equations and Word Problems Using Algebraic Equations
  • Using Polynomials with all Mathematical Operations
  • Factoring Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Introduction to Functions
  • Linear Equations
  • Systems of Linear Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Rational and Irrational Numbers
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Matrices
  • Solving Problems without Solutions
  • Evaluate Exponential Expressions
  • Use Radicals with all Mathematical Operations
  • Apply Scientific Notation
  • Solve Word Problems using Multiple Algebraic Strategies
  • Statistics

Pre-Algebra

  • Algebraic Expressions and Equations
  • Solve Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Solve Problems by Looking for Patterns
  • Number Properties
  • Mean, Median, Mode
  • Use Formulas to Solve Equations
  • Transform Formulas
  • Metric System
  • Exponents
  • Scientific Notation
  • Solving Variable Equations with Fractions
  • Powers of Products and Quotients
  • Probability
  • Proportions, Percents, Percent of Change
  • Linear Functions and Graphing
  • Geometry: Spacial Thinking

Language Arts

  • The eighth grade Language Arts class follows the guidelines set forth by the Consensus Curriculum of Diocese of Richmond. The core texts are Loyola Press VOYAGES in ENGLISH 8, Pearson Prentice Hall LITERATURE, silver edition, and Sadlier-Oxford VOCABULARY WORKSHOP (D). An emphasis in grammar (including the use of conventions) will accompany vocabulary development, varied opportunities for purposeful writing, public speaking and literature.
  • Grammar skills are expanded and continue to be applied to student writing. Students use the writing process as they compose narrative, persuasive, compare and contrast and creative essays. Vocabulary development includes applying knowledge of affixes, analogies, figurative language, and word roots to unfamiliar words in order to determine meaning.
  • In addition to short stories, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, novels are used for additional reading and discussion. Students will use critical reading strategies, such as questioning, making predictions, and inferences as they analyze the selections they read and show growth in their reading comprehension.

Science – GeoScience

  • GeoScience is the study of the Earth in four disciplines: meteorology (the study of the atmosphere, its interactions with the Earth, and weather), astronomy (the study of space and celestial bodies), geology (the study of Earth, its matter, processes-plate tectonics, weathering & Erosion, soils and history), and oceanography (the study of the Earth’s oceans, freshwater resources and their processes, and life within them).
  • The knowledge you acquire (and hopefully retain) from the Earth Science course will be evaluated via an end-of-course test based on the Diocesan Curriculum and the Virginia Standards of Learning. We will cover a lot of material and follow a schedule based on the curriculum with each unit building upon the previous one.

Social Studies 8 Civics and Economics

Civics

In Spanish I part II; students continue to develop their communication skills by interacting in oral and written form, understanding oral and written messages in Spanish, and making oral and written presentations in Spanish. The students will begin to show a greater level of accuracy when using basic language structures. They will to continue to focus on communicating about their daily activities. They read material on familiar topics and write short paragraphs relating to the vocabulary used. Emphasis continues to be placed on use of Spanish in the classroom.

The student will exchange spoken and written information and ideas in Spanish.

  1. Give and follow basic instructions.
  2. Ask questions and provide responses about self, others, concerning people and things, plans and events, feelings and emotions.
  3. Develop brief oral and written events that reflect present and past time.
  4. Demonstrate correct intonation and pronunciation when speaking.
  5. Demonstrate attention to accurate word order, punctuation, accents and other and spelling when writing.
  6. Present in Spanish rehearsed and unrehearsed material, including skits, short narratives, and songs.

Cultural: The student will demonstrate understanding of practices, of Spanish-speaking cultures.

  1. Develop an understanding of family activities and holiday celebrations.
  2. Identify and discuss patterns of behavior typically associated with Spanish-speaking cultures, such as those relating to celebration of national holidays.
  3. Examine the influence of the geography of Spanish-speaking countries on cultural elements, such as food, clothing, dwellings, transportation, language, and art.

Students also participate in the following:
Art, STREAM, Music/Banc, PE/Health

*  STREAM stands for (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math)

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