8th Grade Standards

Religion:

  • Trace God’s revelation over time and human history as the foundation of our faith as Christians
  • Recall and demonstrate full, active and conscious participation in the liturgy
  • Make connections with the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments, explain the moral guidance given by God through Moses and Jesus, and how applied in our own lives
  • Articulate how all prayer forms help us to lead holy lives through blessing, adoration, petition, intersessions, thanksgiving and praise
  • Practice faith community building as leaders in the school community

Language Arts:

  • Demonstrate command of conventions of standard English grammar and usage
  • Produce clear and coherent writing; development organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience
  • Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text is saying
  • Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to characters, setting and plot; to provide an objective summary
  • Analyze how modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new
  • Analyze web-based and other resource materials for relevance in answering research questions

Mathematics:

Pre-Algebra

  • Formulating and reasoning about expressions, linear equations and systems of linear equations
  • Grasp concept of functions and use them to describe quantitative relationships
  • Analyze two and three dimensional space and figures
  • Understand and apply Pythagorean Theorem

Algebra

  • Building of foundational algebraic skills in expressions, equations, and inequalities
  • Analysis and problem solving with linear, exponential, and quadratic relationships
  • Work with descriptive statistics and analysis of data

Middle School Science:

  • Smithsonian Education Program; Lessons apply science concepts to NGSS engineering design with hands on investigation in the real world.
  • Physical Science, Life Science and Earth/Space Science units are explored

Social Studies:

  • Understand key ideals and principles of the US (The Declaration of Independence/ The Constitution)
  • Understand the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy
  • Understands civic involvement and how economic systems function
  • Understands multiple perspectives and interpretations of historical events
  • Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze sources and corroborate info

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