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8th Grade

Writing

Students will develop and strengthen his or her written communication skills through multiple styles and subject matters. Some areas of concentration will include persuasive writing, historical/non-fictional writing, fictional/creative writing, and analytical essays.

Social Studies

American History and Government:

  • Civil War
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Gettysburg Address
  • WWII
  • 9-11

Social Studies Suggested Resources:

  • The Split History of the Civil War, by by Stephanie Fitzgerald
  • The Emancipation Proclamation, by Karen Price Hossell
  • The Gettysburg Address, by Karen Price Hossell
  • Lincoln’s Last Days, by Bill O’Reilly
  • The Split History of WWII, by Simon Rose
  • Living Through World War II, by Andrew Langley (Heinemann)
  • Bomb, by Steve Sheinkin
  • Witness to History, September 11, 2011, by Brendan January

English: Reading and Language Arts

Students will read a variety of chapter books throughout the year. They will be asked to analyze, decode, and reflect on various genres and subject matters. Examples of books include:

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    Students will be introduced to Shakespeare through this famous “star-crossed lovers” tale.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    This story is about hopes and dreams. It shows students that if you set your mind to anything, you can achieve it.
  • Lincoln’s Last Days by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Zimmerman
    Relive the account of Lincoln’s race to win America’s vote, his assassination, and the chase to find his killer.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    A look at human behavior through the eyes of an 8yr old. Scout Finch tells the story of an accused young black man in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama.
  • Amos Fortune by Elizabeth Yates
    Born a son of an African King, at the age of 15, Amos is captured and sold in America as a slave. Travel through his journey until he reaches the ripe age of 60 when he finally reaches some of his hopes and goals.

Math

  • Big Ideas by Houghton Mifflin
    Two options will be available in 8th grade. Students will be placed in an over arching program which will cover all mathematical concepts, including an introduction to Algebra, or they will be placed in Algebra 1.

Science

  • Biology – A Human Approach by BSCS
    • Evolution: Change in Living Systems
    • Homeostasis: Maintaining Dynamic Equilibrium in Living Systems
    • Energy, Matter, and Organization: Relationships in Living Systems
    • Continuity: Reproduction and Inheritance in Living Systems
    • Development: Growth and Differentiation in Living Systems
    • Ecology: Interaction and Interdependence in Living Systems