8th Grade Curriculum


Enduring Understandings
Essential Questions
Sample Instructional Activities/Assessments
Jesus calls and encourages his people.
Jesus strengthens and spreads his church.
Jesus’ story is the church’s, and it is mine too.
How does Jesus guide and encourage us?
How did Jesus’ church grow and spread?
How is Jesus’ story mine and ours today?
Take-home tests; family-and-church “Talk Topics”
Classroom discussions and debates, Bible activities
Memory Work: Luke 1:68-79; Romans 8:28-39 and others
Read for fluency, understanding, applying, and synthesis.
Compare and contrast genre; foreshadow, frame, symbol
Study poetry, mythology, short story, novel, A. Lincoln
How can abstract language deepen our understandings?
Why should literary techniques match their content?
Why did Jesus call himself The Word? What should that mean for us?
Tic tac toe--independent reading of genre-novels
Theme studies: Civil War, Lincoln; Christian decision
Poetry scansion, short story comparison, application of foreshadowing, framing, and symbolizing
English words have come from many different languages.
Prefixes and suffixes affect words’ parts of speech.
Many spellings do not follow standard rules.
How do we discover words’ etymologies?
What patterns do words from other languages follow?
Why do so many words have different spellings?
Weekly pretests, practice tests, and post-tests
Weekly lessons to practice vocabulary/spelling lists
Practice pronouncing/defining vocabulary/spelling words
Identify and write compound and complex sentences; adjective, adverb, and noun clauses; prepositional, participial, gerund, and infinitive phrases.
Understand the parts of speech and mechanics.
How do clauses and phrases match parts of speech?
How can you construct effective sentences, paragraphs?
Why is knowing correct grammar important?
Sentence surgery
Daily grammar mini-lessons
Unit pretests and post-tests; quarterly cumulative tests
Apply the writing process: prewriting, first draft, revise, proofread, and publish.
Practice writing a research report, persuasive letter, comparison and contrast, and personal narrative.
Why is writing clearly essential to communicating?
How should different writing styles match different types of writings?
Research report:: prewriting, note cards, draft, revise-proofread, publish
Persuasive letter, comparison/contrast, personal narrative
Master use of integers, patterns, and percents.
Continue review, application of decimals and fractions.
Deepen study of geometry and algebra concepts and applications.
How do we understand and use integers, patterns, and percents?
Why are geometry and algebra important to God’s world and our understanding of it?
Daily lessons
Math activities
Unit tests
Learn how and why we study Physical Science: structures; matter; motion, force, and work; and electricity.
How do we understand Physical Science: structures; matter; motion, force, and work; and electricity?
How do we acknowledge their Designer and Sustainer?
Laboratory experiments
Unit tests
Social Studies
Review the five themes of Geography: location, regions, movement, place, human-environment interaction.
Apply the five themes to the Eastern Hemisphere: Asia, Africa, and Europe.
How do the five themes of geography help us understand God’s world?
What are similarities and differences among people and places?   Why do people live where they do?  
Log of geography terms; nonfiction reading for content
Application/synthesis projects: maps, travel journal, virtual travelogue
Unit tests
Christian Conduct
Jesus calls us to practice our faith with deeds of service.
Growing a vibrantly Christian learning community involves helping, encouraging, and praying with one another. 
How do we practice learning and living as Jesus’ school?
How should we spend time, money, and effort to serve one another and others in our community and world?
Kindergarten Buddies; lead Friendship Groups activities
Serve cafeteria lunches; fly flags
School chapel-worship and classroom devotions
Annual service projects such as volunteer at Mel Trotter Mission, raise funds for Hope Int’l New Orleans relief.

*In combination classes, Bible curriculum, Reading novels, Social Studies and Science units, and other activities that are not reflected on this Grade-Level Subject Summary Map may be replaced by or conjoined with that of an adjacent grade-level.