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8th Grade

Religion

·         To emphasize and retell that Catholic beliefs are sound and rooted in tradition

·         To realize what it means to live a Christian life

·         To develop an appreciation of and participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church

·         To realize an understanding as Catholic Christians, students have a responsibility to become actively involved in the mission of the Church as servants

·         To cultivate a prayer life, learn various forms of praying, be provided with experiences for various forms of prayer

 English

·         To develop into critical thinkers through independent writing and cooperative efforts

·         To write to an array of prompts, and for a variety of purposes

·         To use a wide variety of resources to compile, evaluate, and synthesize information

·         To understand and use correct mechanics and syntax of the English language

·         To use the spoken word as a means to convey recorded works, and encompass wider audiences in differing ways

Health

·         Mental Health

o   Identify mental health issues, depression, suicide and eating disorders

·         Health Information

o   Know how to access, evaluate, and use health information

o   Describe how to use health information obtained from the TV, internet, newspapers, and periodicals

o   List ways to communicate ideas and opinions about health issues

·         Environmental Issues

o   Identify local environmental health issues in developing countries (clean water, proper health care, and nutrition)

o   Discuss important health issues in developing countries (clean water, proper health care and nutrition)

·         Know and define the stages of growth from birth to old age

Science:

·         The Nature of Matter:  physical and chemical properties

·         Chemistry: identify different types of compounds, describe the patterns found on the Periodic Table of the Elements, explain how the Periodic Table of the Elements can describe an atom, know the Bohr atom, balance chemical equations, identify the different types of chemical reactions

·         Force and motion: calculate and graph speed, velocity, acceleration, work, mechanical advantage, describe Newton’s Laws of Motion, gravity, demonstrate an understanding of Bernoulli’s’ Principle, Archimedes’ Law and Pascal’s Principle

·         Energy, electricity, magnetism: describe some of the physical and chemical processes that are used to produce energy and how society uses this natural resource, diagram how waves carry energy, and show how heat is transferred. 

Literature

·         The student will recognize, read, and comprehend a variety of genres.

·         The student will form conclusions and support those conclusions with text evidence.

·         The student will identify and evaluate plot, setting, style, tone and mood, as well as other standard literary elements

·         The student will analyze character, character’s point of view, and the moral criteria that govern character choices.

·         The student will identify and analyze the theme of a work and how it can apply to our lives.

·         The student will connect events and characters in literature with their own world and experiences.