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Eight Grade Curriculum

8thWe offer a rigorous academic curriculum based on 21st Century Skills. We provide our students with a research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Reading & Language Arts Development

Divine Mercy uses an integrated approach to language arts that engenders a love of literature and inspires a high standard of articulation.

  • Understand and use age-appropriate vocabulary: Use context clues, the dictionary, and the thesaurus to clarify word meaning
  • Know and apply basic rules of capitalization, punctuation, and spell age-appropriate words correctly
  • Identify parts of speech of words in context, understand mood, tense and voice of verbs
  • Compare adjectives and adverbs correctly
  • Identify, classify, and write phrases and clauses
  • Identify simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences
  • Use correct subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Recognize and use appropriate cases of pronouns
  • Correct errors in standard English usage
  • Understand, summarize, evaluate, and respond to literature inferring and applying story themes
  • Distinguish between static and dynamic characters
  • Understand internal and external conflict in plot structure
  • Grasp and interpret universal symbols and themes in all forms of writing
  • Read and interpret non-fiction prose in order to gather evidence to back a thesis, find and explain sub-text in non-fiction
  • Write narratives, descriptive compositions, expository and persuasive essays, literary criticism, evidence backed essays, and a formal research paper
  • Apply technology and multi-media tools to English to present oral and visual projects
  • Use MLA formatting and documentation

Religious Development

  • Understand that Catholicism is a way of life
  • Explain the historical and biblical context in which Christ entered the world
  • Compare and contrast the Gospels
  • Understand the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they help us in everyday life
  • Know the Works of Mercy
  • Understand and give service through stewardship
  • Recognize the prayers and mysteries of the rosary
  • Recognize Church traditions, explain the parts of the Mass as they relate to Old Testament traditions and Jesus’ teachings
  • Understand and explain Jesus’ role as the New Covenant in our Salvation History
  • Learn about rights and responsibilities as Catholics, and explain our role in Catholic Social Teaching
  • Understand how faith communities function to bring Christ into the world

Math Development

  • Real and Complex Number Systems
  • Relations and Functions
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Radical Expressions and Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Logarithmic and Exponential Functions
  • Conic Sections
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving

Science Development – Physical Science

  • The Nature of Science: Physical science methods; exploring motions and forces.
  • The Nature of Matter: Solids, liquids and gas; classification of matter; atomic structure; the periodic table
  • Interactions of Matter: Solutions, chemical reactions; acids, bases and salts
  • Electricity and Energy Resources: Electricity; magnetism; electronics and computers; radioactivity and nuclear reaction
  • Discover hands-on learning in our science laboratory; scientific investigation includes a series of specific behaviors which are validated by use of the senses, measuring tools, technology, and mathematics.
  • Taught the importance of lab partners, safety, and proper techniques to use in lab
  • Taught the scientific method which allows students to develop practical solutions to everyday problems.
  • Participate in a variety of national award programs to encourage creativity and imagination along with a concentration on scientific writing skills.

Social Studies Development – American History

  • Analyze charts, graphs, maps, photographs and timelines; analyze political cartoons; determine cause and effect
  • Compare interpretations of key events and issues throughout American History
  • Examine colonization of North America by the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch.
  • Differentiate economic systems of the different colonial regions
  • Identify the impact of key colonial figures on the economic, political, and social development of the colonies.
  • Examine historic landmark cases in American history.
  • Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the United States westward expansion and its growing diplomatic assertiveness.
  • Examine the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War.
  • Analyze the role of slavery in the development of sectional conflict
  • Evaluate and compare the essential ideals and principles of American constitutional government expressed in primary sources from the colonial period to Reconstruction.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources
  • Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic

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