Grade 8

At Saint Mark's, our eighth graders are extraordinarily well-prepared to succeed as they venture on to high school. Middle school classes that illustrate the importance of cross-curricular learning allow our students to bring relevance to the material and encourage greater academic success. A highlight of the year is a week-long adventure in our nation's capital, Washington D.C. This experience encourages greater independence and personal responsibility while developing a greater appreciation of our nation's history.

Curriculum

  1. English Language Arts
  2. Math
  3. Religion
  4. Science
  5. Social Studies
  • Media Literacy
  • Informational/Nonfiction Texts
  • Language: Verbs, Gerunds, Participles, Infinitives
  • Language: Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling, and Vocabulary Development
  • Novel Study: Figurative Language and Literary Devices
  • Novel Study: Analogies and allusions
  • Novel Study: Analyzing Theme and Dialogue
  • Novel Study and Writing: Delineation of Arguments and Claims, Thesis Statement Development and Support
  • Novel Study and Writing: Citing Textual Evidence, MLA Formatting
  • Novel Study and Writing: Development, Organization, and Style in Regards to Task, Purpose, and Audience
  • Projects and Major Assignments
  • Literary Analysis Paper
  • Character Analysis Paper
  • Formal Research Paper and Oral Presentation
  • Creative Writing: Create Own Myth
  • Greek Mythology Living Museum
  • Cross-Curricular Writing Assignments
  • Novels Include: Night; A Christmas Carol; To Kill a Mockingbird; Greek Mythology (Edith Hamilton); The Odyssey (selected portions)
  • Writing and Graphing Functions and Inequalities
  • Direct and Inverse Variation
  • Solving Systems of Equations
  • Point-Slope and Slope-Intercept Forms
  • Solving Linear Equations
  • Operations and Factoring with Polynomials
  • Identifying, Graphing, and Solving Quadratic Functions
  • Radical Functions and Equations
  • Simplifying Rational Expressions
  • Operations with Rational Expressions
  • Types of Prayer
  • Hebrew Ancestors
  • Marks of the Church
  • Church History (Acts of the Apostles through North American Beginnings)
  • Feast Days and Seasons of the Church
  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Witness of the Church
  • Saints
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Family Life
  • Projects and Major Assignments
  • Service Learning Projects
  • Earth Science
  • Nature of Science and Engineering
  • Earth's Structure
  • Minerals
  • Rocks
  • Weathering
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Weather and Climate
  • Water
  • Exploring the Universe
  • Projects
  • STEM Projects
  • Science Lab Notebook
  • Future City Competition
  • Science Research Paper
  • World Geography
  • Analysis of each continent
  • Explanation of various cultures and traditions around the world
  • Evaluation of different forms of government and economies
  • Analysis of human-environment interaction and the effects on the earth
  • Ample use of primary and secondary sources as well as identification of source and bias
  • Use of GPS and mapping techniques and technologies
  • Study of each continent's geographic and human history
  • Examination of each country and its people
  • Debates focused on human rights and social justice
  • Positive human-environment interaction initiatives
  • Major Projects
  • Geography Bee
  • History Day
  • Travel Website
  • Social Justice Issue Research
  • Cultural Heritage Project
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