Curriculum

Eighth Grade






Grade 8 Math Curriculum Framework


  • Know and apply the properties of exponents to write equivalent expressions

  • Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations

  • Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph

  • Analyze, solve and graph linear equations and systems of linear equations

  • Define, evaluate and compare functions, and use functions to model relationships between quantities

  • Understand congruence and similarity of geometric figures

  • Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to solve real-world and mathematical problems

  • Solve problems involving the volume of cylinders, cones and spheres

  • Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents

  • Understand how to solve inequalities and equations with one variable

  • Solve real-world problems involving area, surface area and volume

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

  • Model with mathematics

  • Use appropriate tools strategically

  • Attend to precision

  • Look for and make use of structure

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning




Grade 8 Literacy Curriculum Framework


  • Students will build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, using grade 8 complex texts and other media formats

  • Analyze text explicitly citing strong textual evidence and inferential observations

  • Determine the development of theme related to characterization, setting or plot and provide an objective summary

  • Identify the impacts of dialogue or story events on the actions or decisions of the characters

  • Determine the connotative and figurative meanings of words/phrases and analyze the impact of specific word choice, contrasts in structure, and the use of suspense or humor

  • Analyze and evaluate a filmed or live production of a story or drama in comparison to the text or script

  • Evaluate written arguments and specific claims, including two or more texts with conflicting information on the same topic

  • Plan, write, revise and share argumentative, informative and narrative pieces in a clear, organized manner using logical reasoning, evidence, credible sources, domain-specific vocabulary, cohesion, and a supportive or reflective conclusion

  • Use conventions of standard English grammar with particular attention to the function of verbs and verbals in a sentence

  • Clarify meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words/phrases with range of strategies including the use of Greek/Latin roots or affixes, figurative language, word relationships and nuances

  • Engage in a range of collegial discussions on various issues, topics and texts with diverse partners, who are prepared to probe, reflect, evaluate and justify their own point of views

  • Present ideas and claims to an audiences emphasizing significant facts, valid reasoning, adaptive speaking skills and multimedia components




Grade 8 Literacy Curriculum Resources


  • 10 Minute Grammar

  • Writing Rubrics

  • Novel Studies: Fiddler on the Roof, Of Mice and Men, Night, The Book Thief, Getting Away with Murder

  • Edgar Allen Poe Unit: The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop Frog, The Fall of the House of Usher




Grade 8 Math Curriculum Resources


  • Big Ideas

  • IXL for math