Eighth Grade

Major curriculum units of study for eighth grade core classes.


English/Language Arts

Studying Interactions between Characters

Narrative: Memoir and/or Historical Fiction

Testing Responses to Conflicting and/or Limited Points of View

Argumentative: Personal Commentary and/or Position Paper

Revising Interpretations: Comparing & Contrasting Genres and Their Structures

Informational: Profile: Individual(s), Event(s), Object(s), and/or Idea(s)

Reading for Problem-Based Inquiry and Research Design

Arguments of Problem-Based Inquiry and Research Design


Math 8

Reasoning with Equations

Transformations, Congruence, and Similarity

Exponents and Operations with Scientific Notation

Using Rational and Irrational Numbers

Graphing and Writing Linear Equations

Modeling Functions

Bivariate Statistics



Math - Algebra 1

Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities

Modeling with Linear Functions

Introduction to Exponential Functions

Quadratic Functions and Polynomial Operations

Descriptive Statistics

Analyzing Functions

Algebraic Reasoning with Geometric Concepts


Math - Geometry

Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations


Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry

Quadrilaterals and Polygons

Probability and Statistics


Geometric Measurement and Dimension



Conservation of Mass
(conservation of matter/energy within physical and chemical changes, such as cycling of matter and associated transfers of energy in systems)

Variation and Diversity
(biodiversity and variation of traits on genetics and heredity and to ecosystems as a whole)

Ecosystems: Climates and Influences
(the complex interactions of climates involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things; interconnected nature of climates, ecosystems, and human effect on the resiliency of such)

Motion is Relative
(relationships between speed and acceleration, net forces, and energy transfer/ transformations)

Our Place in Space
(formation of the solar system, the association between very large objects and their motion, and using the understanding of both to explain events such as seasons, eclipses, and tides)

Work of Waves
(wave qualities and attributes and how they connect to transfer and conservation of energy)

Interactions of Weather & Climate
(how air masses flow [transfers/transformations of energy] to cause weather at a fixed location to change over time, and the connections of weather to climate)


Social Studies - Early US History

America at the Beginning

Changes in a Young Nation

War from Within

Rebuilding a Nation

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