8th Grade Curriculum

Middle school is an exciting time of change and personal growth. Middle school students are expected to be leaders of the school community. Throughout the year, middle school students participate in several service opportunities and model servant leadership to our younger students. In-school programs, like Big Buddies, foster positive relationships between middle school students and younger students in our elementary school.

Middle school Language Arts and Social Studies builds on students’ prior knowledge while also mastering new concepts. Throughout the year, students read a wide range of grade level topics to understand the main idea or theme, cite textual evidence to support the main idea or theme, and draw logical conclusions supported by the text. These skills are developed in elementary school and enhanced throughout middle school. Primary sources are utilized in Social Studies for students to understand the various perspectives of historical witnesses.

In both Language Arts and Social Studies, students write to inform, express themselves, and ask questions to deepen understanding of the content. A student driven approach develops students’ critical thinking skills and encourages a lifetime of learning.

With the use of technology, collaborative group work, and formative assessments, students encounter a learning environment that will allow them to succeed in the classroom and in life.

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