St. Paul's 8th Grade

    • Curriculum

Grade Highlights

  • Anchor Leadership trip to YMCA Camp of the Ozarks where students engage in team-building, leadership and personal challenge experiences
  • Hands-on service on Fridays at Kansas City Community Kitchen with Head of School and Dean of Students
  • Buddies to 2nd grade students
  • Opportunity to participate in Chapel Leadership for Friday All-School chapels and weekly Middle School chapels
  • High School Night recruitment by 12 + area high schools
Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) Overview
The middle school Essential Learning Goals are designed for students to comprehend and evaluate complex texts across a range of types and disciplines. The students construct effective arguments, discern a speaker's key points, request clarification and ask relevant questions. Students articulate their own ideas, build on others' ideas, and confirm that they have been understood. Students demonstrate command of Standard English and acquire and use a wide range of vocabulary. These Essential Learning Goals are integrated into all subject areas.
Reading:
  • Analyze the development of the theme or central idea over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot.
  • Discuss how lines of dialogue or incidents, propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision in a story or drama.
  • Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader create such effects as suspense or humor.
  • Evaluate how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works, including describing how the material is rendered new.
  • Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text explicitly states.
  • Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Writing:
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Write a research essay with attention to asking open-ended questions and gathering relevant data through library and field research.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage
Speaking & Listening:
  • Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (visually, quantitatively, and orally) and evaluate the motives (social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when speaking or listening.
Essential Learning Goals Middle School Math Overview
The Essential Learning Goals are developed to stress not only procedural skills but conceptual understanding of mathematic principles. Middle school provides instruction in the areas of Number Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis & Probability. The instruction guides students in ways of representing numbers, showing relationships among numbers, number systems, meaning of operations and how they relate to one another, and practice in computing fluently. Students use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships and work to understand patterns, relations, and functions in all mathematical skill areas.

* Students who meet specific course criteria may choose to take high school Geometry through the Hybrid Learning Consortium.
Algebra:
  • Interpret the structure of mathematical expressions: variable, polynomial, exponential.
  • Write expressions and equations in equivalent forms to solve problems.
  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials, rational and radical expressions.
  • Understand solving equations and inequalities in one variable and explain the reasoning.
Essential Learning Goals Middle School Social Studies Overview
The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as: "...the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

The Social Studies Essential Learning Goals are divided into 7 themes: Geography, Culture, Economics, Government, History, Global Connections and Tools of Inquiry. These strands provide the framework needed to educate students for the challenges of citizenship in a democracy and increasingly interconnected global community.
  • Characteristics and uses of maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies
  • Locations of places, geographic features and patterns of the environment
  • Culture and experiences influence people's perceptions of places and regions
  • Characteristics of the Earth's ecosystems and the physicals processes that shape the Earth's surface
  • Patterns and networks of economic interdependence
  • Knowledge of the distribution and migration of human populations on the Earth's surface
  • Human-Environment interaction and the relationship between humans and their physical environment
Essential Learning Goals Middle School Science Overview
The Next Generation Science Standards suggest that Science Education should reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world. The NGSS state, "The framework is designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and the core ideas in these fields."

Science Standards are categorized into Disciplinary Ideas broken into four domains, Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Design. In the sixth grade, all four disciplines are covered in the Essential Learning Goals. In seventh grade the focus is on Life Science and Engineering Design where as in eighth grade the content covered is from the discipline of Physical Science and Engineering design.

In all three years of Middle School the Science and Engineering Practices are the overall umbrella of the learning of the content. These practices describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world. It is in the exploration of these practices that science is being done in the classroom.
  • The application of Newton's Laws of Motion
  • The arrangement of the periodic table and how the repeating pattern reflect patterns of outer electron states
  • The knowledge of chemical properties of elements and how this information can be used to describe and predict chemical reactions
  • Types and interactions of energy
  • Conservation of energy and energy transfers
  • A simple wave has a repeating pattern and specific properties that define it
  • Designing, developing, and optimizing the design solution in engineering design
  • Being active in Science and Engineering Practices
Essential Learning Goals
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