#### Grade 8 English Language Arts: Based on the Common Core State Standards

Integration of reading, writing, language, speaking and listening skills that are designed to:

- Develop depth of understanding
- Produce effective and well-grounded writing
- Use effective speaking and listening skills
- Engage in research/inquiry to investigate, analyze, etc.
- Involve students in frequent and essential collaboration

## 1^{st}Quarter Focus: Informative Writing

- Explain what it means to cite information.
- Find several pieces of textual evidence for support.
- Make inferences.
- Define figurative language.
- Explain the impact of types of figurative language on a piece of literature.
- Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts.
- Explain the impact of meaning and tone.
- Explain the impact of analogies and allusions.
- Determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases.
- Explain how the author uses structure to develop concepts.
- Prepare for and participate in a variety of discussions, following the appropriate rules, by questioning, responding, summarizing, and understanding.
- Understand and explain the use and purpose of diverse media and format.
- Produce informative writing to convey a topic.
- Demonstrate command of conventions when writing and speaking.
- Demonstrate the use of multiple forms of sentence structure.
- Demonstrate and recognize effective use of voice and mood when writing and speaking.

## 2^{nd}Quarter Focus: Opinion Writing

- Determine a theme and analyze its development.
- Explain theme-related relationships within character, setting, and plot.
- Write and present an unbiased summary.
- Make connections between people, ideas, and situations.
- Explain the author’s point of view and how he/she responds to others’ point(sof view.
- Identify and evaluate a speaker’s argument and claims as to the reasoning, relevance, and sufficiency.
- Present claims and findings logically using relevant facts and details.
- Use appropriate eye contact, volume, and pronunciation in oral presentations.
- Write an argumentative paper with clear reasoning and relevant evidence.
- Use the writing process.
- Demonstrate command of conventions when writing and speaking.

## 3^{rd}Quarter Focus: Narrative Writing

- Analyze the role of dialogue and incidents.
- Compare and contrast character and/or narrator point of view and how they add suspense and humor.
- Analyze the ability of various forms and mediums of the same work to stay true to the printed story.
- Use multi-media components in a presentation.
- Use formal language in the classroom.
- Do narrative writing.
- Demonstrate command of conventions when writing and speaking.
- Interpret and use figurative language, nuances, and word relationships.

## 4^{th}Quarter Focus: Research

- Compare and contrast fictional, historical, and historical fiction works.
- Use multi media in a presentation.
- Conduct research and write a clear, coherent, and grade-level appropriate writing.
- Use and cite relevant information from multiple sources to support findings.
- Consult reference materials to verify word choice and meaning.
- Use formal and appropriate word choices in speech.

#### Grade 8 Mathematics: Based on the Common Core State Standards

- Develop depth of understanding; explain and apply concepts
- Carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency
- Construct viable arguments to support reasoning and critique the reasoning of others
- Analyze complex, real-world scenarios and use mathematics to interpret and problem solve
- Essential student collaboration in a problem-solving setting

## Patterns in bivariate data

- Create and analyze bivariate measurement data to assess relationships between two quantities.
- Analyze and evaluate a bivariate linear equation.
- Understand and create bivariate frequencies in a two-way table.

## Linear functions

- Create a function model to show the relationship between two quantities.
- Analyze the equation y = mx + B as a linear or nonlinear function.
- Create and analyze proportional relationships in terms of functions.

## Input and output relationships

- Understand that for each input there is an output (function rule.
- Create and analyze the features of a function in multiple formats.

## Linear equations

- Understand that one-variable linear equations can have no, one, or an infinite number of solutions.
- Evaluate one variable linear equations with a rational number of coefficients.

## Formulating and solving systems of linear equations

- Understand that solutions to two linear equations in two variables correspond to points of intersection.
- Evaluate systems of two linear equations in two variables (algebraically and real world.

## Understanding congruence through transformations

- Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another by a series of transformations.
- Describe and apply the effects of transformations on two-dimensional figures using coordinates.

## Pythagorean Theorem

- Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.
- Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths and unknown distance between points.
- Understand that all numbers are rational and that they have a decimal expansion.
- Apply rational approximations for irrational numbers.
- Apply and evaluate square root and cute roots in equations.

## Working with exponents

- Understand and apply properties of integer exponents.
- Analyze and evaluate powers of ten and scientific notation.
- Analyze and interpret scientific notation generated by technology.

## Understanding similarity

- Understand that a two-dimensional figure is similar to another by a series of transformations.

## Introducing transformations

- Analyze transformations experimentally and numerically.

## Relationships in geometric figures

- Evaluate and analyze facts of triangles and their angle measures for similarity.
- Evaluate and analyze the effects on parallel lines when cut by transversals for congruency and similarity.

## Volume

- Demonstrate an understanding of basic volume formulas.
- Apply volume formulas and use them to solve real world problems dealing with cones, cylinders and spheres.

## Analytic methods for solving systems of linear equations

- Analyze and apply different methods of different methods of solving linear equations.