Grade 8 Learning Expectations (Word Doc)

Religion (250 Weekly minutes)

History and Doctrine

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the history, challenges and contributions of the Church from the First Century to the present
  • Understands rites and traditions
  • Understands how early Christian communities grew and related to secular world
  • Knows the heritage specific to the Church in the U. S.
  • Knows the history of major saints and leaders in the Church
  • Understands the origin and purpose of the Nicene Creed
  • Understands the origin and purpose of Catholic doctrine
  • Develops an understanding and ownership of the values and ideals of Jesus Christ


  • Reads, understands and reflects on the New and Old Testament scripture.


  • Participates in morning prayers, offerings and petitions as well as class prayers.
  • Learns and engages in various forms of prayer.
  • Celebrates weekly and monthly Mass and special Church feast-day liturgies
  • Composes prayers (meditative, spontaneous and oral).
  • Participates in monthly class rosary.

Social Justice

  • Actively engages in community service
  • Appreciates the origin and development of the Church’s social doc- trine  (Beatitudes)

Language Arts (550 Weekly Minutes)


  • Uses knowledge of word origins, word relationships, and historical and literary context clues to determine the meaning of specialized and grade-level-appropriate vocabulary
  • Develops vocabulary and knowledge of word structure through study of introductory Latin
  • Understands and uses idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes
  • Identifies main idea and concepts and assesses evidence that supports those ideas
  • Makes predictions, draws inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text
  • Finds similarities and differences among texts
  • Explains the purposes and characteristics of different forms of poetry
  • Evaluates the development, subplots, conflicts, and climax of a story’s plot
  • Compares, contrasts, and analyzes literary characters
  • Identifies and analyzes recurring themes in literature
  • Identifies the literary devices that define a writer’s style
  • Uses a variety of information sources – dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, newspapers and internet
  • Learns background of  selected literary authors


  • Writes clear, coherent, and focused essays using the elements of the writing process – prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
  • Creates a composition that has a coherent thesis, formal introduction, supporting evidence, and well-supported conclusion
  • Experiments in writing different forms of poetry – ballad, free verse, lyric
  • Revises writing to improve word choice, organization, sentence variety, and transitions
  • Edits for spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity
  • Writes narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive text of at least 500 – 700 words
  • Uses correct and varied sentence types to create an effective personal writing style
  • Uses transitions to indicate the relationship between ideas
  • Recognizes and correctly uses all parts of speech
  • Uses commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, italics, colons, underlining, semi-colon and hyphens correctly
  • Uses grade-appropriate spelling

Listening and Speaking

  • States a clear position and supports arguments with detailed evidence, examples and reasoning
  • Summarizes a speaker’s purpose and point of view
  • Engages critically and constructively in discussions
  • Comprehends, memorizes and delivers selected excerpts from Shakespeare

Mathematics (250 Weekly Minutes)

Number Sense

  • Identifies number systems and accurately computes within each system
  • Compares and orders rational/irrational numbers
  • Uses order of operations to solve complex problems
  • Applies properties of rational numbers
  • Applies the concepts and rules of exponents and roots

Algebra and Functions

  • Interprets, translates and evaluates data using algebraic terminology, expressions, equations
  • Identifies unknowns from problems, writes and solves one-step and multi-step equations
  • Solves equations and inequalities involving absolute values
  • Identifies slope and y-intercept
  • Plots and graphs linear and non-linear equations
  • Solves a system of linear equations in two variables
  • Applies basic factoring to second and third degree polynomials
  • Simplifies polynomials using properties and appropriate algorithms
  • Applies algebraic techniques to rate, work, percent, mixture problems
  • Solves a quadratic equation by factoring, completing the square of applying quadratic formula

Measurement and Geometry

  • Classifies triangles by sides and angles
  • Computes with and applies geometric concepts
  • Uses symmetry, congruency and similarity to geometric figures
  • Calculates perimeter, area, volume, surface area of geometric figures
  • Applies the Pythagorean Theorem for problem solving
  • Converts and compares like units of measurement within the standard and metric systems

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability

  • Interprets, compares, makes predictions and evaluates data from charts, tables and graphs
  • Applies the measures of central tendency
  • Records and analyzes results of probability experiments
  • Calculates probability of dependent and independent events

Mathematical Reasoning

  • Analyzes problems by identifying patterns and relationships
  • Applies various strategies appropriate for arriving at solution
  • Expresses the solution clearly and logically using appropriate properties and algorithms
  • Evaluates the reasonableness of solutions

Science (225 Weekly Minutes)

Physical Science

  • Understands concepts relating to: motion, force, structure of matter, heat (energy) chemical and physical reactions, density, mass, buoyant force
  • Develops process skills using scientific method: investigation and experimentation
  • Understands, develops and applies  knowledge relating to principles, concepts and terms of Physical sciences
  • Applies Mathematical rules and formulas

Social Studies (225 Weekly Minutes)


  • Develop and applies geography, critical thinking and research skills
  • Interprets and analyzes information
  • Summarizes immediate and long-term causes and effects of important historical development
  • Understands history of multicultural heritage in U.S.
  • Develops ability to make generalizations, detect bias and recognizes fact  and opinion
  • Knows responsibilities and rights of U.S. citizenship
  • Understands the Federal and National system and its importance as a nation.
  • Understands major events preceding and leading to the Civil War,
  • Analyzes attempts to abolish slavery
  • Develops an understanding of American Economy (past & Current)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of major historical events and their relationship to each other
  • Explains central issues and problems, past & present
  • Explores the negative influences in our history with respect to racism, discrimination, intolerance.
  • Understand the importance of  native Americans in our past and recent history


  • Distinguishes various geographic regions within the United States and understands the relationship between human survival and the land, as well as its impact on resources.


  • Recognizes the significance of trade between Europe and the Americas.
  • Studies the economies of the early colonies.
  • Understands the importance of a dependable monetary system in the young United States.

Technology (100 Weekly Minutes)

  • Proceed to write creatively using editing skills
  • Discuss ethical issues: use of technology
  • Review correct computer/software terminology
  • Compose stories at computer
  • Use Excel/PowerPoint
  • Merging graphics into word, Excel/PowerPoint
  • Correctly format formal papers,  bibliographies, and other publications
  • Learn Basic HTML coding.

Physical Education (100 Weekly Minutes)

Exercise and Sports Skills

  • Participates in Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
  • Plays agility games
  • Takes part in, and learn the rules for, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, and volleyball.
  • Builds good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Fine Arts (100 Weekly Minutes)


  • Identifies elements of art
  • Produces artwork that includes these elements
  • Experiments with various media
  • Applies rules of perspective

Special Programs and Field Trips

  • Two-day spiritual retreat with the class
  • Field trip to the Museum of Tolerance (bi-annually)
  • Six-day educational trip to Washington, D.C, New York, and Philadelphia
  • Christian service opportunities
  • Catholic high school visitations
  • Essay/art competition opportunities
  • Sports and academic  teams
  • Graduation trip to Disneyland
  • Presentations of  School-wide Learning Expectations-Content and PowerPoint

Book List (novels read in the 8th grade year)

  • Across Five Aprils
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Night

A comprehensive list for suggested reading is available either online or from the homeroom teacher. Each student will be responsible for completing two independent reading books per quarter (Accelerated Reader).