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8th Grade Curriculum Highlights
 For Full 8th Grade Brochure, please click: 8th Grade Brochure


Reading and Language Arts

Cite textual evidence, draw inferences, and determine the validity of the information being shared from fiction and nonfiction formats

Determine a theme or central ideas of a text and analyze the development over the course of the text to provide an objective summary

Analyze character relationships and how dialogue or incidents in a story propel the action, reveal aspects of a character or provoke a decision in fiction

Compare and contrast structures of two or more texts and analyze how the different structures contribute to the meaning of non-fiction

Compare and contrast information from multiple forms and of different genres

Increase the range and text complexity exposures and awareness of personal comprehension to read independently and proficiently

Plan, revise, and edit a personal narrative to include plot       elements, dialogue, and concrete, figurative and sensory details

Plan, revise, and edit a compare and contrast essay to include research findings and maintain a formal format

Plan, revise, and edit a persuasive essay to include scholarly citations that validate a thesis while using persuasive devices and convincing commentary to address a counterargument

Plan, revise, and edit a research essay to demonstrate a thorough understanding of a given topic based on scholarly sources while incorporating next level complex and compound sentences and mastering the use of works cited

Use Greek/Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words

Determine the meaning of words in a text including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of these words on meaning and tone, including analogies and allusions

Apply proper use of grammar focusing on verbs and verbals

Plan for and participate in one-on-one, group, and teacher-led discussions to practice active speaking and listening skills related to grade eight topics to build on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly



General Math

Number Systems: know the difference between rational and irrational numbers, convert repeating decimals into fractions, use rational approximations of irrational numbers to compare their size and approximate them on a number line

Expressions and Equations:  calculate negative exponents, use square roots and cube root symbols to solve equations, approximate irrational square roots, perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, graph, calculate, and interpret slope, solve linear equations including those with one, infinite, and no solutions, analyze and solve systems of linear equations, solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables

Probability and Statistics:  construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate data, create a line of best fit and use its equations to make predictions

Geometry:  perform rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations on the coordinate plan, use parallel lines cut by a transversal to determine angle measure, use and apply the Pythagorean Theorem, solve real-world and mathematical problems involving   volume of cylinders, cones, and sphere

Functions:  understand what a function is and compare two    functions represented differently, know that y = mx +b in a linear function, use functions to model relationships between quantities, calculate and interpret the rate of change in a function


ALGEBRA I for High School Credit

Expressions, equations, and functions

Linear equations and inequalities

Solving systems

Exponential functions

Polynomial and factoring

Probability and data analysis

Curriculum is set by Wilmot Union High School

American History

Explain the difference between the North and the South that led to the secession of most slave states from the U.S. during the pre-Civil War era

Detail the strategies of the Civil War

Describe reconstruction policies and their effects on the former U. S. Confederacy

Examine educational and social reforms and the early women’s movement

Discuss the development of the West

Explain the role of railroad barons, inventions, corporations and labor in America in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

Discuss the need for and attempts at governmental and social reforms during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

Explain how and why the U.S. expanded its economic and political influence in the Pacific and in Latin America

Describe the causes, course, and outcome of World War I

Evaluate the effects the events of the 1920’s had on American culture and the causes of the Great Depression

Study how the New Deal changed the American economy

Investigate the causes of WWII and the role of the US in WWII

Analyze causes and results of the increased tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union after WW II

Relate the economic, social and cultural distinctions of the U.S. during the 1950’s

Discuss the civil rights movement in the U.S.

Describe the causes, course, and effects of the Vietnam War



Understand the tools of scientific measurement

Understand the characteristics of and relationship between living and nonliving organisms

Understand characteristics of living organisms and their environment

Understand the diversity of plant life groups and their environment

Understand the body plans and adaptations of invertebrates

Develop an understanding of how living things have changed over time

Understand the methods of scientific classification

Understand how populations of organisms are affected by interactions and adaptations between organisms and their environment

Understand Newton’s Laws of Motion

Understand how machines help and assist people to do work

Understand physical and chemical makeup of a substance

Understand the vast areas of elements and element properties

Understand the difference between a mixture and a solution

Understand the movement of tectonic plates and its affect on geologic changes to Earth

Understand the importance of information obtained from fossils, rocks, and other natural evidence in relationship to the Earth’s history