Curriculum – Grade 8

Literacy and Language Arts

Overview

This is a one year course which aims to facilitate student development in interpreting a range of texts, improving their formal writing skills, speaking for a range of audiences and purposes, and critical thinking. Students continue to develop their essay writing skills, in response to both texts and global issues. In addition, they explore other modes of communication, such as poetry, documentary film- making, and persuasive speeches. Student will be assessed using a range of different strategies and skills, giving them exposure to the methods used later in the MYP. An overall theme in this course is ethical issues and how to clearly express an opinion and persuade others. Texts for this course may include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne , a selection of narrative poetry and other texts.

Reading Units of Study

Module 1: Short Stories
Module 2: Classic and Contemporary Fiction
Module 3: Nonfiction
Module 4: Poetry
Module 5: The Oral Tradition: Myths, Legends, Folk Tales, and Fables

Writing Units of Study

Module 1: Launching the Writer’s Workshop
Module 2: Investigative Journalism
Module 3: The Literary Essay: Analyzing Craft and Theme
Module 4: Poetry
Module 5: Position Papers: Research and Argument

Word Study and Grammar Units of Study

Module 1: Parts of a Sentence
Module 2: Parts of Speech
Module 3: The Phrase
Module 4: The Clause
Module 5: Usage: Agreement
Module 6: Sentence Structure
Module 7: Mechanics

Mathematics and Numeracy

Overview

In Grade 8, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) 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; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Mathematics Units of Study

Module 1: Real Numbers and the Coordinate Plane
Module 2: Solving Linear Equations
Module 3: Introduction to Functions
Module 4: Graphing Functions
Module 5: Systems of Linear Equations
Module 6: Exponents
Module 7: An Introduction to Geometry
Module 8: Transformations
Module 9: Geometry and Measurement
Module 10: Data Analysis

Science

Overview

Physical Science

Science Units of Study

Module 1: The Nature of Science
Module 2: Matter
Module 3: Motion and Forces
Module 4: Energy
Module 5: Waves, Sound, and Light
Module 6: Electricity and Magnetism

Social Studies

Overview

US History

Social Studies Units of Study

Module 1: Three Worlds Meet
Module 2: Creating a New Nation
Module 3: The Early Republic
Module 4: A Changing Nation
Module 5: The Nation Divided and Rebuilt
Module 6: American Transformed
Module 7: Modern America Emerges

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