•  8th Grade Curriculum
      

    Art

    Course Title: Art - Grade 8   Department:  Art

     

    Grade Level: 8   

     

    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/ 5 days per week   Length of Course: 1 Quarter 

     

    Primary Resources: National Art Standards

     

     

    Units of Study:

    Unit 1: 2D Drawing/Painting (Color and Value using mixed media).

    Unit 2: 3D Sculpture with non traditional materials  

     

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual & Group Critiques, Project Rubrics, and finished art projects 

     

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

     

    Description of Course:

    Eighth-grade art is a nine-week course that is cumulative and sequential to 7th-grade art. It also emphasizes the engagement of students using both 2D and 3D projects. Various mediums (materials) are continuing to be introduced, focusing student attention on increasing artistic skills, thought processes and art-specific techniques. The Elements and Principles of Design and the National Art Standards in art education are used. Students in 8th-grade art are evaluated using summative, formative and benchmark assessments. These assessments emphasize classroom effort, new art techniques and art skills acquired. 

     


     Business
    Course Title: Intro to Business  Department: Business
     
    Grade Level: 8
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/day    
     
    Length of Course: 9-week rotation
     
    Primary Resources
    Microsoft Office Suite
    Google Docs
    Gmail
    Entrepreneurship Online
    BizKids website/DVDs
     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Intro to Business
    Unit 2: Entrepreneurship
    Unit 3: Business Plan
    Unit 4: Internet Safety
     
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Project-based Assessments, Test/Quizzes
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course:
    Unit 1 relates to the introduction to business, helping the students to acknowledge the differences between a want and a need. Students identify the challenges associated with forms of ownership. Students define key terms associated with basic economic concepts, helping them to identify and understand trigger factors that drive the economy. Unit 2 examines the personality, traits, and skills that are needed to financially succeed in entrepreneurship. Students acknowledge the ever-changing global business environment related to emerging fields and technology.  Students learn to identify the three types of businesses, and also people in the community that owned businesses. They also identify examples of social media related to businesses. Unit 3 helps students to understand the focus and time associated with the business plan in relation to their personal career interests, and also how to implement the idea.  Students organize and analyze financial statements needed for a business plan. The students learn the importance of the business plan and also learn how to create the plan using appropriate data in order to support the concept. Unit 4 deals with Internet Safety, helping the students to identify and avoid situations that can put them in danger. Students learn how to categorize the different types of social networking, and also interpret inappropriate behavior that can be demonstrated on the internet.
     

      
    English Course Title: English 8  Department: English
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/5 days per week  Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: Collections Grade 8 "U.S.A.", Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Student Novel Choices

     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Economy of Words/Inferencing in Literature
    Unit 2: Horror/Science Fiction
    Unit 3: Historical Nonfiction [Anne Frank]
    Unit 4: Poetry

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Unit tests, Individual and Group Projects/Presentations, Informal formative assessments.
     
    Standardized Assessments: PSSA - ELA
     
    Description of Course
    Unit 1 focuses on inferencing skills and the economy of words. Students identify the definition of inferencing and study Ernest Hemingway and a selection of his works that demonstrate the skill. Students learn how explicit context clues are necessary to draw implicit conclusions. Unit 2 focuses on the elements of Horror and Science Fiction writing and how these elements lead to critical thinking and interaction between reader and text. Unit 3 explores historical nonfiction, specifically the writings of Anne Frank and Elie Weisel as well as the Holocaust, genocide, human rights violations instruction as per PA ACT 70. Unit 4 analyzes the use of poetic devices to create concrete imagery so that the reader may connect with the writer’s abstract ideas. Unit 5 studies the elements of fiction and interaction of dialogue in a text. Within each of these units, students will continue to develop and expand their grammar, writing, speaking, and research skills.
     

     
    Course Title: Compact/Extended (C/E) English 8  Department: English English
     
    Grade Level: 8
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/5 days a week   Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: 
    Weisel, Elie Night;  Frank, Anne, The Diary of a Young Girl; Wells, H.G. The Time Machine; Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man in the Sea 
     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Economy of Words/Inferencing in Literature
    Unit 2: Horror/Science Fiction
    Unit 3: Historical Nonfiction [Anne Frank, Night]
    Unit 4: Poetry
    Unit 5: Novel

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Unit tests, Individual and Group Projects/Presentations, Informal formative assessments
     
    Standardized Assessments: PSSA - ELA
     
    Description of Course
    Initial lessons focus on inferencing skills and the economy of words. Students identify the definition of inferencing and study Ernest Hemingway and a selection of his works that demonstrate the skill. Students learn how explicit context clues are necessary to draw implicit conclusions. The elements of Horror and Science Fiction writing and how these elements lead to critical thinking and interaction between reader and text are explored. Historical nonfiction, specifically the writings of Anne Frank and Elie Weisel, as well as the Holocaust, genocide, human rights violations instruction as per PA ACT 70, are introduced. Students are guided through the process of analysis and use of poetic devices to create concrete imagery so that the reader may connect with the writer’s abstract ideas. The elements of fiction and interaction of dialogue within a text. Within each of these units, students will continue to develop and expand their grammar, writing, speaking, and research skills.
     

     
    Course Title: Reading 8  Department: Reading/ELAEnglish
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes day/5 days per week  Length of Course: Year
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Collection 4: Approaching Adulthood 
    Unit 2: Collection 6: Value of Work
    Unit 3: Constructing a Written Response
    Unit 4: Speaking and Listening/Independent Reading Active Reading, Literary Elements, and Critical Reading Skills are cycled through each unit of study.
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Quizzes, tests, evidence-based book talks, Accelerated Reader comprehension quizzes
     
    Standardized Assessments: PSSA, STAR 360 Reading
     
    Description of Course
    Instruction focuses on active reading which reinforces the use of before, during, and after reading strategies to help students self-monitor comprehension. Students will analyze comprehension questions and writing prompts to construct appropriate answers. A variety of vocabulary strategies are addressed to help increase reading comprehension. These include vocabulary in context, the study of prefixes, suffixes, and roots, and word analysis. Students will analyze elements of plot, character, theme, setting, and story devices to increase comprehension of the fiction text. Students will also identify the elements of argumentative writing and analyze each element to determine the strength of the author’s argument. Additional reinforcement of analysis of written response prompts and identifying relevant evidence from the text is also emphasized. Students are asked to create written responses consisting of an introductory statement, body, and conclusion statement. Students conduct an analysis of both fiction and non-fiction text using critical reading skills such as inferencing, generalizing, and summarizing. Skills are cycled through all text presented in Reading 8. Grade 8 Reading is aligned to PA Academic and Core Standards Grade 7 ELA. Standards focus on reading informational skills, reading literature, writing, speaking and listening. 

     
    Family & Consumer Sciences  Course Title: 8th grade Family and Consumer Sciences  Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 43 minutes/ 5 days per week   Length of Course: 9-week rotation 
     
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Family and Consumer Sciences topics via national and state standards alignment/benchmarks.
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Project Based Assessments for each unit

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: 
    Unit One: Financial and Resource Unit...Students will identify different shopping and purchasing options for consumer goods and services. The unit covers budgeting, consumer rights, and responsibilities, checking accounts/balance sheets, values, and spending and comparison shopping.
    Unit Two: Careers in Family and Consumer Sciences Unit... Students will complete a self-discovery survey, review job qualifications and opportunities in FCS related job fields.
    Unit Three: Housing and Space Design... Students will identify design concepts principles that contribute to the effective use of space for family, work, and community activities. Topics include traffic patterns, sharing space, drafting and CAD (computer-aided drafting) designs.
    Unit Four: Food and Nutrition Unit...Students will demonstrate basic food handling and preparation techniques and follow food and kitchen safety while preparing small healthy meals. Other topics include Nutrients, food labels, food choices, recipe modification, dietary guidelines, buying and storing food, and the use of two or more cooking appliances during one food lab.
    Unit Five: Community Service Project... Students will construct a pillowcase and donate the pillowcase to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The unit identifies public and nonpublic services in a community that can help families in times of need.
    Unit Six: Balancing Family, Work, and Community... Through the various hands-on projects, students will contribute to a classroom environment that encourages and respects the ideas and contributions of all group members. Areas of focus include communication, team building, goal setting, time management, and decision-making skills.

      
    Health & Physical Education Course Title: Physical Education 8   Department: Health and Physical Education
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 43 min/ every other day  Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School
    Author: Catherine Sanderson, Mark Zelman, Year: 2019
    ISBN: 978-1-63563-308-5, Publisher: The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc.
     
    Units of Study:
    (1) Fitness II
    (2) Soccer
    (3) Ultimate Football
    (4) Speedball
    (5) Basketball
    (6) Badminton
    (7) Pickleball
    (8) Floor Hockey
    (9) Strength & Cardiovascular Conditioning II
    (10) Volleyball
    (11) Team Handball
    (12) Cooperative Strategic Games
    (13) Outdoor Pursuits
    (14) Dance II
    (15) Lacrosse Skills
    (16) Track & Field
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Fitness Evaluation & Goal Setting, Unit Skills Tests
     
    Standardized Assessments

    Description of Course:
    The focus of this course is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Physical Education 8 builds upon Physical Education 7 with increasing rigor and complexity of knowledge and skills. This course is aligned with the PA Academic Health, Safety and Physical Education Standards and focuses on core strands including Fitness, Individual-Performance, Games & Sports, Outdoor & Lifetime, and Dance & Rhythm.  Fitness activities focus on demonstrating the knowledge and skills to achieve a health-enhancing level of physical activity through fitness testing and goal setting.  Individual-Performance activities aim to help students recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction.  Games & Sports units center on students applying knowledge of concepts, principles,strategies and tactics related to movement and performance. Outdoor & Lifetime adventures concentrate on student engagement and encouraging students to accept challenges and learn to cope in a positive way.  Dance & Rhythm aspires to aid students to demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns as well as exhibit responsible social behavior. 

     
    Health  & Physical Education Course Title: Physical Education 8   Department: Health and Physical Education
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 min/ every other day    Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: N/A

     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Fitness II
    Unit 2: Track & Field
    Unit 3: Flag Football
    Unit 4: Soccer
    Unit 5: Basketball
    Unit 6: Badminton
    Unit 7: Floor Hockey
    Unit 8: Strength & Cardiovascular Conditioning II
    Unit 9: Volleyball
    Unit 10: Team Handball
    Unit 11: Cooperative Strategic Games
    Unit 12: Outdoor Pursuits
    Unit 13: Dance II
    Unit 14: Lacrosse Strategies
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Fitness Evaluation & Goal Setting, Unit Skills Tests
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: 
    The focus of this course is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Physical Education 8 builds upon Physical Education 7 with increasing rigor and complexity of knowledge and skills. This course is aligned with the PA Academic Health, Safety and Physical Education Standards and focuses on core strands including Fitness, Individual-Performance, Games & Sports, Outdoor & Lifetime, and Dance & Rhythm. Fitness II activities (e.g. FitnessGram tests, Yoga, Cross-Fit) focus on demonstrating the knowledge and skills to achieve a health-enhancing level of physical activity through fitness testing and goal setting. Individual-Performance activities (e.g. Track & Field II, Badminton, Golf) aim to help students recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction. Games & Sports units (e.g. Lacrosse Strategies, Team Handball, Fort Knox) center on students applying knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance. Outdoor & Lifetime adventures (e.g. Geocaching, Hiking, Frisbee Golf) concentrate on student engagement and encouraging students to accept challenges and learn to cope in a positive way. Dance & Rhythm (e.g. Line dance, Social dance, Ballroom dance) aspires to aid students to demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns as well as exhibit responsible social behavior.

     
    Library Course Title: Library Grade 07-08  Department: Library
     
    Grade Level: 7-8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: Five days per week/45 min per day = 225 minutes per week; two project-based units per year.
     
    Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resource(s): N/A

    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Navigating the Middle School Library
    Unit 2: Independent Book Selection
    Unit 3: Using Databases
    Unit 4: Primary and Secondary Sources
    Unit 5: Research Process: Planning
    Unit 6: Research Process: Using Print and Web Resources
    Unit 7: Research Process: Citing Sources, MLA
    Unit 8: Research Process: Reflection

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: N/A
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A   
     
    Description of Course:
    The seventh and eighth-grade library curriculum builds on the skills introduced in the sixth grade. Project-based learning activities support the curriculum for both grades. The research focus is on databases, print material, and correct searching techniques. Each student is responsible for the creation of works cited page using the Modern Language Association model.
     

      
    Math  Course Title: Fundamentals of Algebra  Department: Math

    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 days per week  Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources: N/A
     
     
    Units of Study: 
    Unit 1: Number System
    Unit 2: Expressions and Equations
    Unit 3: Functions
    Unit 4: Geometry
    Unit 5: Statistics and Probability

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Chapter tests, Unit tests

    Standardized Assessments: PSSA 

    Description of Course: 
    In the Number System Unit, students will apply concepts of rational and irrational numbers. In the Expressions and Equations Unit, students will represent and use expressions and equations to solve problems involving radicals and integer exponents, analyze and describe linear relationships between two variables using slope, and write, solve, graph, and interpret linear equations in one or two variables, using various methods. In the Functions Unit, students will define, evaluate, and compare functions displayed algebraically, graphically, or numerically in tables or by verbal descriptions and represent or interpret functional relationships between quantities using tables, graphs, and descriptions. In the Geometry Unit, students will apply the properties of geometric transformations to verify congruence or similarity, solve problems involving right triangles by applying the Pythagorean Theorem, and apply volume formulas of cones, cylinders, and spheres. In the Statistics and Probability Unit, students will analyze and interpret bivariate data displayed in multiple representations and understand that patterns of association can be seen in bivariate categorical data by displaying frequencies and relative frequencies in a two-way table.

      
    Math
    Course Title: Algebra 1   Department: Mathematics
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes per day/5 times per week    Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources:  Algebra 1; McGraw-Hill
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Properties of real numbers
    Unit 2: Solving linear equations
    Unit 3: Proportional reasoning
    Unit 4: Graphing linear functions
    Unit 5: Solving and graphing absolute value equations
    Unit 6: Solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions
    Unit 7: Polynomials and factoring
    Unit 8: Probability and Statistics
    Unit 9: Rational functions
    Unit 10: Radicals
    Unit 11: Solving and graphing quadratic functions
     
    Curriculum Based Assessments:  section quizzes, unit tests, midterm and final 
     
    Standardized Assessments: Keystone Algebra Exam, 8th grade math PSSA 
     
    Description of Course: 
    The study of Algebra expands what students know about applying operations to numbers to get specific fats to thinking in terms of patterns that are valid in many situations. Specifically, we replace unknown values with variables that allow us to write equations that represent patterns. The study of Algebra is largely about how to model situations and how to find the unknown patterns. Algebra 1 students spend much of the year modeling real-life problems with constant rates of change. In order to do this, students explore the properties of real numbers, absolute value, proportional reasoning, systems of linear equations and inequalities, and a brief introduction to quadratic functions. The emphasis on multiple representations provides opportunities for students to make connections and strengthen their problem-solving strategies. All Students completing Algebra 1 of Education. The Keystone Exam score is not used to calculate the student's final course grade. 
     

     
    Math Course TitleHonors Geometry  Department: Mathematics
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 days a week  Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary ResourcesGlencoe Geometry, McGraw-Hill

     

    Units of Study:
    Unit 1:  Points, Lines, and Planes
    Unit 2:  Logical Arguments and Line Relationships
    Unit 3:  Rigid Transformations and Symmetry
    Unit 4:  Triangles and Congruence
    Unit 5:  Relationships in Triangles
    Unit 6:  Quadrilaterals
    Unit 7:  Similarity
    Unit 8:  Right Triangles and Trigonometry
    Unit 9:  Circles
    Unit 10:  Area
    Unit 11:  Volume
    Unit 12:  Probability 

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Section Quizzes, Chapter Exams, Midterm, and Final
     
    Standardized Assessments: PSSA Math 8th grade
     
    Description of Course:
    Geometry topics are studied using both an inductive and deductive approach.  Students discover relationships through experimentation and then verify their discoveries by deductive proofs.  Real world applications and algebraic connections are emphasized.  Topics include definitions, constructions, parallel line properties, triangle and polygon properties, circles, transformations, symmetry, area, surface area, volume, the Pythagorean Theorem, similarity, basic trigonometry and basic logic. 

     Math Course Title: Band - Grade 8   Department: Music 
     
    Grade Level: 8   
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 5 Days/Week   Length of Course: Year 
     
    Primary Resources: Music Library, and Listening Examples
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Quality of sound
    Unit 2: Ensemble movement
    Unit 3: Matching pitch
    Unit 4: Technique and Artistry
    Unit 5: Expression, Phrasing
    Unit 6: Stylistic traits
    Unit 7: Feeling
    Unit 8: Cultural understanding
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Seating Auditions, Practice Charts, Concerts 
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course: 
    Students will rehearse music throughout the year and focus on improving important elements to musical success such as:
    Quality of Sound
    Ensemble Movement
    Matching Pitch
    Technique & Artistry
    Expression
    Nuance
    Sensitivity
    These rehearsals will culminate in several performances throughout the year.

    Math Course Title: Choir - Grade 8  Department: Music
     
    Grade Level: 8 
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/5 days per week  Length of Course: Year
      
    Primary Resources
    Choral Scores
    Resources Designed by Teacher (aligned to PA Academic Standards)
     
    Units of Study
    Vocal Tone Production
    Music Literacy and Sightreading
    Choral Literature
    Vocal Performance
    Critical Thinking and Evaluation
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Individual Vocal Assessments (teacher-designed), and Concerts

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course:
    Eighth Grade Choir is a course that emphasizes more advanced instruction of good ensemble singing, improving each individual’s vocal technique, and high-level performance of quality literature. Class activities include warm-up and sight-singing exercises, the teaching and implementation of more challenging vocal practices, and rehearsal of choral selections of higher difficulty for mixed ensembles. Attendance at concert performances is required.
     

     
    Music Course Title: Orchestra  Department: Music
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes 5 days per week  Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: Music purchased by district, instruments, music stands, chairs
     
     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Pitch/Left Hand
    Unit 2: Tone/Right Hand
    Unit 3: Music Reading
    Unit 4: Ensemble Skills
    Unit 5: Ear Training
     
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Playing Tests, Performance quizzes, Concerts
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course
    Proper pitch is reviewed and practiced every day, Bowing exercises are used every day, Music reading is a part of daily classes, Ensemble Skills are reinforced on a daily basis, and ear training or listening skills are repeatedly reinforced.
     

     
    Science   Course Title: Physical Science 8   Department: Science
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 days a week   Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources
     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Nature of Science
    Unit 2: Electricity and Magnetism
    Unit 3: The Effects of Multiple Forces on Objects
    Unit 4: Structure and Properties of Matter
    Unit 5: Interactions Between Matter
     
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Chapter tests, Unit tests, Mid-term and Final Exams
     
    Standardized Assessments: PSSA Science, CDT Testing
     
    Description of Course:
    The 8th-grade science course has been designed to employ multiple teaching approaches to master Physical Science concepts. Through hands-on lab-science experiences, Internet-based labs, as well as regular classroom activities students will develop critical thinking and analysis skills. In addition, students will understand how science influences and affects their everyday lives. Students will be exposed to 1) Nature of Science; 2) Chemistry; and 3) Physics. The nature of science, which contains the scientific method, describing matter, measurement, etc. will be emphasized throughout the entire year. During the chemistry component of the curriculum, students will examine the following topics: the atom and the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, and physical and chemical changes of matter. The physics portion of the curriculum will include the following: electricity and magnetism, forces involved in motion and work, and the conservation of energy. Grade 8 Physical Science is aligned with PA Academic and Core Standards. The material covered in this course encompasses the standards outlined in grades 5-8, in the areas of Nature of Science and Physical Science.

     
     
    Science   Course Title: Physical Science 8 Compacted/Extended (C/E)  Department: Science
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/5 days a week   Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources
     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Nature of Science
    Unit 2: Electricity and Magnetism
    Unit 3: The Effects of Multiple Forces on Objects
    Unit 4: Structure and Properties of Matter
    Unit 5: Interactions Between Matter
     
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Chapter tests, Unit tests, Mid-term and Final Exams
     
    Standardized Assessments: PSSA Science, CDT Testing
     
    Description of Course:
    The Compacted/Extended class will use the same curriculum as the Physical Science class. The Compacted/Extended class will explore curricular topics more in-depth and students will be expected to be more independent in and out of class. Exploratory and discovery activities will be emphasized and enrichment opportunities will be provided. Grade 8 Physical Science is aligned with PA Academic and Core Standards. The material covered in this course encompasses the standards outlined in grades 5-8, in the areas of Nature of Science and Physical Science.
     
     
    Social Studies  Course Title: Social Studies Grade 8  Department: Social Studies
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/ 5 days a week  Length of Course: Year
     
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Establishment and Development of the Thirteen English Colonies
    Unit 2: Road Revolution
    Unit 3: American Revolution
    Unit 4: Confederation Era and Constitution
    Unit 5: Federalist Era
    Unit 6: Age of Jefferson
     
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Quizzes,Document Based Questions (DBQ), Free Response Questions (FRQ), Text Dependent Analysis Questions (TDA), unit tests, midterm and final exam
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course:
    The eighth-grade social studies class, United States History for 1607 to 1877, is designed to foster the development of strategies and skills that will assist students in a deeper understanding of people, events, and issues throughout American History. The curriculum and classroom instruction is designed to prepare students for classes in high school and eventually college. Students are challenged in a variety of areas: nonfiction reading, questioning of primary & secondary sources, higher-level thinking (move beyond rote learning), essay writing (DBQ and FRQ), answering open-ended questions similar to those on the PSSA tests, techniques to assist in organizing thoughts, note-taking, and inquiry.
     

     
    Social Studies Course Title: Social Studies - Grade 08 Compacted/Extended (C/E)  Department: Social Studies  
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 Minutes/5 Days Per Week  Length of Course: Year
     
     
    Units of Study: 
    Unit 1: Establishment and Development of the Thirteen English Colonies
    Unit 2: Road to Revolution
    Unit 3: American Revolution
    Unit 4: Confederation Era and Constitution
    Unit 5: Federalist Era
    Unit 6: Age of Jefferson
     
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Quizzes, Document Based Questions (DBQ), Free Response Questions (FRQ), Text Dependent Analysis Questions (TDA), Unit Tests, Midterm, and Final Exam
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course: 
    The eighth-grade Social Studies class is designed to foster the development of strategies and skills that will assist students in a deeper understanding of people, events, and issues throughout American history. The curriculum and classroom instruction is designed to challenge students intellectually.
    Students are challenged in a variety of areas: nonfiction reading, questioning of primary & secondary sources, higher-level thinking (move beyond rote learning), essay writing (DBQ and FRQ), answering open-ended questions similar to those on the PSSA tests, techniques to assist in organizing thoughts, note-taking, and inquiry.
     

     
    Technology Education  
    Course Title: Automation and Robotics   Department: Technology Education
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/ 5 days per week  Length of Course: Quarter
     
    Primary Resources: Project Lead The Way Curriculum, Robot C Software, and Vex Robotics Kits
     
    Units of Study
    Unit 1: Introduction
    Lesson 1.1 What is Engineering
    Lesson 1.2 Design Process

    Unit 2: Automation and Robotics
    Lesson 2.1 What is Automation and Robotics?
    Lesson 2.2 Mechanical Systems
    Lesson 2.3 Automated Systems
     
    Curriculum-Based AssessmentsThe eighth-grade learner will be assessed utilizing a combination of project grading rubrics and quizzes, as well as project analysis questions and follow up discussion.
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course
    Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic cars.
     

      
    World Languages  Course TitleFrench I  Department: World Languages
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes, 5 days per week  Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary ResourcesDiscovering French Bleu, McDougall, Littell. 
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Students communicate to make new friends
    Unit 2: Students compare life in French-speaking countries to their own
    Unit 3: Students communicate about their favorite activities
    Unit 4: Students utilize basic survival skills needed when traveling to francophone countries and when hosting new friends who speak French
    Unit 5: Students study the main areas of the world where French is a first or second language.

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: written quizzes, oral/listening assessments, presentations, dialogues, short essays
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course
    French I class meets every day of the year. It is an academic course that has a mid-term and final exam. The French Level I Curriculum includes reading, writing, listening to and speaking French. Most of the class is conducted in the French language. Culture is used as a foundation for each lesson. Students are encouraged to engage in a variety of functional and practical activities to help practice speaking and to reinforce grammatical concepts. Through the course of the year, students begin to experience the benefits of learning another language. There is a strong emphasis on writing and speaking in this course.
     

     
    World Languages Course Title: German I  Department: World Languages
     
    Grade Level: 8  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/everyday   Length of Course: Year 
     
    Primary Resources: Deutsch Aktuell. Saint Paul, Minnesota, EMC/Paradigm Publishing, 2004.
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Hallo
    Unit 2: Zu Hause
    Unit 3: Was machst du?
    Unit 4: Schule
    Unit 5: Stadt
    Unit 6: Wie Schmeckt’s?

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Chapter Tests
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course
    In unit 1, students learn how to introduce themselves and state where they live and where they come from. In unit 2, students learn to form questions and plan events. Students also learn how to describe family members and describe their family tree. In unit 3, students learn to communicate preferences, likes and dislikes as it relates to free time. In unit 4, students learn to describe their school schedules and classroom objects. In unit 5, students learn to describe the weather and explore Berlin, points of interest, and a brief historical overview. In unit 6, students use food vocabulary. Learn to communicate about the future.
     

     
    World Languages Course Title: Spanish I  DepartmentWorld Language
     
    Grade Level: 8-12  
     
    Time Per Day/Week: 42 minutes/everyday Length of Course: Year
     
    Primary Resources: Boyles, Peggy, et al. Realidades. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005.
     
     
    Units of Study:
    Unit 1: Introduction to the Spanish Language
    Unit 2: My friends & I
    Unit 3: School subjects and schedules
    Unit 4: Food, Restaurants and Maintaining Good Health
    Unit 5: Places in the community
    Unit 6: Family
    Unit 7: Describing a house

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Vocabulary and grammar quizzes, Individual and group projects and presentations, Chapter tests
     
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
     
    Description of Course:
    In Unit 1, students learn introductions and greetings, as well as how to interact in formal vs. informal situations.  In Unit 2, students express likes and dislike using the phrase “me gusta” with infinitives. Students also learn personality characteristics to describe themselves and others.  In Unit 3, students converse about their school classes, schedules and classroom objects.  They also learn to conjugate AR verbs in the present tense.  In Unit 4, students learn food and exercise vocabulary and will discuss mealtimes in Spanish speaking countries.  In this unit students also learn conjugations of ER and IR verbs.  In Unit 5, students ask and tell where people go in the community using vocabulary for places around town.  They also learn to express plans in the future using the verb “ir.”  In Unit 5, students explore family relationships and celebrations as well as necessary vocabulary to order in a restaurant.  In Unit 6, students describe their bedroom using colors and communicate using stem-changing verbs.