Grade 8 Compilation
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Grade 8 English Language Arts
Students will gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications that meet 8th grade-specific standards and further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.
Grade 8 Math
In grade 8, students' learning will focus on three critical areas:
- formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations;
- using functions to describe quantitative relationship;
- analyzing two- and three- dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
Grade 8 History and Social Science
In World History I, students study the history of the major empires and political entities that emerged after the fall of the Roman Empire, including the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Moghul Empire, the Chinese dynasties, and the major pre-Columbian civilizations that existed in Central and South America. Students also examine the important political, economic, and religious developments of this period, including the development of democratic, scientific, and secular thought in Europe.
Grade 8 Science & Technology/Engineering
Grade 8 Health
This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address drug abuse and violence prevention, including bullying, as well as human sexuality, disease prevention and first aid.
Grade 8 Physical Education
This course provides students the continuing opportunity to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Content Standards for Comprehensive Health Education Frameworks for the Massachusetts Public Schools. In 8th grade, the content standards emphasize working as a team to solve problems. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge (including defensive and offensive strategies) to team physical activities, gymnastics/tumbling, and square dance; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance; the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles and strategies to improve health and performance; and the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics, in the learning and performance of physical activity. Units of activity include: physical fitness (activities, assessment, concepts, development and maintenance); cooperative activities; movement skills and strategies applied in modified games of: flag football; soccer or lacrosse; volleyball; basketball or floor hockey; soccer; softball; team handball/ultimate Frisbee.
Middle School Music
In Middle School, the focus is on students creating, composing, arranging and orchestrating. Students play instruments and use compositional software to reinforce the skills and knowledge they learned in elementary school and expand their abilities to communicate effectively through music.
This course is offered for one quarter in grades 7 or 8.
Grade 8 Theater Magnet
Grade 8 Art
Areas of study include the application of linear patterns within a composition, emphasis of linear qualities in lettering design, use of two-point linear perspective in creating the illusion of spatial depth, review of color characteristics and combinations, introduction of split complementary as well as saturated color harmony, use of color to create aerial perspective, creation of abstract shapes based on realistic objects, organization of patterns through various design concepts, use of overlapping background, middle ground and foreground shapes, drawing the human head using proper proportions of form, creation of the illusion of three-dimensional texture on a two-dimensional surface, application of a variety of textures within a composition and applying the concept of balance in the selective placement of textures within a composition