Eighth Grade Curriculum

Algebra 1B

The purpose of Algebra 1B is to create a solid foundation in the understanding of algebraic concepts. Students will learn how to do calculations involving variables and how to solve equations and inequalities. Students will learn to communicate using correct mathematical terms, when asked to explain their various reasoning process for different types of mathematical problems. Students will show their work and learn how to check back over their work for accuracy. Students will learn the necessary algebra concepts for the placement of geometry the following year.

Course content includes:

  • Rational Exponents
  • Scientific Notation
  • Multiplying and Dividing Polynomials
  • Distributive Property
  • Division Properties of Exponents
  • Graphing Quadratic Functions
  • Rational and Radical Equations
  • Simplifying Rational and Radical Expressions
  • Solving Quadratic Equations by Graphing, Using the Quadratic Formula and Completing the Square
  • Mixed Expressions and Complex Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
  • Operations with Radical Expressions
  • Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
  • Multiplying and Polynomial by a Monomial

English 8

The main goals of the course will be to provide instruction and practice in writing, opportunity and guidance for accurate reading of a wide range of topics, genres, styles, and enhancement of comprehension and critical thinking skills. Through the process of reading, writing, and discussion, students will become skilled in composing for different audiences and different purposes; expository, analytical, and argumentative writing, as well as personal and reflective writing. Through reading models and examples, the students can discover what makes effective writing-communication with the reader. Research skills, vocabulary, and grammar are also strong components in this course. It encourages autonomous learning and exploration. It encourages autonomous learning and exploration. It encourages the growth of creative, reflective, and communication skills through practical work. The student will continue the process of developing the powers of communication: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Style, grammar, and mechanics are studied through individual writing and editing, as well as practice exercises.

Course content includes:

  • Essay Writing
  • Writing Activities
  • Literary Terms
  • Novel Studies
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Poetry
  • Grammer
  • Journaling
  • Usage and Mechanics
  • Genre Study
  • Short Stories
  • Plays
  • Research-Based Projects

U.S. History

The course encompasses the discoveries and settlement of the United States to the present day. Political, military and economic history will be included. The changing role of government and the evolution of contemporary society will be placed within the historical context. Relationships between the U.S. and other nations will be emphasized. Important individuals will be studied. Movements and ideas that have influenced the social and intellectual development of the U.S. will be examined. Special strategies will also be taught and emphasized, such as critical reading and thinking, note taking and summarizing, and historical writing.

Course content includes:

  • Politics and Government
  • Settlement and Development of the Frontier
  • Change from Agrarian to Industrial Culture
  • Inventions
  • Immigration and Diversity
  • Civil Rights Struggles of Women, African Americans and Others
  • Changing Roles of Business and Government
  • Emergence of the U.S. as a World Power
  • Global Challenges and Opportunities


Grade 8 Spanish offers a review of the material studied in seventh grade in addition to new topics of conversation and culture. Vocabulary building and conversation skills are stressed. Practical conversational topics incorporate verb conjugations and grammar.

Course content includes:

  • Cognates and Similarities Between English and Spanish
  • Definite and Indefinite Articles
  • Pluralization
  • Subject Pronouns
  • -AR, -ER, -IR Verbs
  • Numbers 1-30
  • Adjectives
  • Spanish-Speaking Authors and Artists
  • Culture


Course content includes:

  • Computer Hardware and Operating Systems
  • Computer Softward Programs
  • Relationship Between Science and Technology
  • Social, Ethical, and Human Issues Resulting From Technology
  • Role of Technology in History
  • Informed Technological Design
  • Nature and Operation of Systems
  • Nature and Forms of Technology


The focus of the class is on public performance. Music skills are introduced throughout the literature being studied at the time. Music from all periods will be introduced. Students are expected to attend all performances. Grading falls heavily on class participation and performances.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a vital component for the development of a student’s physical, mental, and social well-being. It is our mission to provide an equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities, for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, balance, agility, range of motion, and power. Our diverse program will allow students the opportunity to develop individual skills and introduce new, enjoyable experiences for life- long physical fitness and well-being.


At this grade level we build upon the skills learned in the first aid course and introduce cardio-pulmonary resuscitation with the use of an automatic defibrillator. Students will learn how to assess a conscious and unconscious adult, maintain a patent airway, find a carotid pulse, establish a cardiac rhythm, calling for EMS and using an automatic external defibrillator.