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8th GRADE CURRICULUM

Art – In this course, students will explore some of the greatest art in Christianity. They will learn to identify religious symbolism and meaning in the works. They will then enjoy creating art of their own, likewise rich with symbolism and meaning.

English – Students will review grammar and other fundamentals before developing their composition skills. Students will focus on expository writing, using clear reasoning and evidence to support their ideas. Finally, students will practice writing a short research paper supported by a variety of sources. Students will learn how to prepare a works cited page.

History – Students will learn U.S. history in detail from the voyages of Columbus to the present day.

Math – Students will perfect their arithmetic skills including the order of operations, factoring, exponents, ratios, proportions, and conversions. They will practice working with fractions, decimals and solving word problems. They will develop a greater understanding of statistics and business math.

Music – In this course, students will learn the Mass in Latin as well as musical notation.

Reading – Comprehension will be emphasized in this course as students read works of greater complexity and variety. Students will write reports on each work.

Religious Education – Church history is the focus of this course. Students will learn about the history of the Roman Catholic Church from its foundation by Jesus Christ to the present day. Students will also review the Commandments, the Sacraments, the Creed and prayer.

Science – Students will delve into biology to learn the life sciences. Students will come to understand the chemistry of life, how cells work, and human biology.

Vocabulary – Students will continue to develop their vocabulary with new words, exercises, and games for practice and encouragement.