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Eighth Grade

The 8th grade curriculum at St. Charles includes both academic and religious study, including: English/language arts, math, science, social studies, and religion. Get the 8th grade Social Studies texts here.

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8th Grade Academic Study

  • Analyzing, Summarizing, and Inferring
  • Recognizing Details
  • Literary Elements, including Figures of Speech, Alliteration, Hyperbole, etc.
  • Theme, Tone, Setting, Characterization, Genre
  • Point of View
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure/Types
  • Mechanics, including Parts of Speech, Capitalization, Punctuation
  • Quotations and Dialogue
  • Writing a Good Paragraph, Story, Paper
  • Vocabulary and Spelling, including Definitions, Antonyms and Synonyms, Roots
  • Speeches
  • Keeping a Journal
  • Novels: The Giver (Lois Lowry), The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
  • Classify rational and irrational numbers
  • Determine square roots
  • Positive and negative exponents
  • Weighted averages and mixture problems
  • Distinguish between relationships, linear and non-linear functions
  • Scientific notation
  • Represent functions with tables, verbal descriptions, symbols and graphs
  • Arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • Calculate the slope, x- and y- intercepts of a line
  • Write equation of a line in standard and slope-intercept form
  • Graph equations and inequalities
  • Represent situations using equations and inequalities involving linear expressions
  • Solve equations and inequalities symbolically and graphically
  • Solve systems of equations
  • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Add and subtract monomials and polynomials
  • Multiply and divide monomials and polynomials (FOIL)
  • Quadratic formula
  • Simplify radical expressions
  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Scatter plots and lines of best fit
  • Permutations and combinations

Physical Science

  • Science skills

Chemistry topics:

  • Properties of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Periodic Table Organization
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acid-Base Chemistry

Physics topics:

  • Forces and Motion (including motion math)
  • Simple Machines
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Waves
  • Energy

Science skills (integrated through four years of middle school):

  • Scientific Method
  • Lab Measurement, Tools, Safety, and Reports
  • Precision and Accuracy
  • Inference and Observation
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Nature of Science
  • Graphing
  • Density

Topics (integrated through four years of middle school):

  • Design, build, and program Lego Robots
  • Engineering Design Cycle
  • Uses of Robotics
  • Natural Disasters and Disaster Recovery Cycle
  • Rube-Goldberg Machines
  • Various Engineering-Based Projects
  • Examine the Roots of U.S. Culture and Society
  • Foundation of America, from Colonization to Nation
  • English Influence on Institutions, Social Ideas, Governmental Notions
  • Colonial Period
  • Revolutionary Period
  • Constitutional Period
  • Activities and Simulations Allow Students to Experience History, including:
    • Edmund Campion Trial
    • Spanish Armada Game
    • Game of Empire Trade Simulation

Get the 8th grade Social Studies texts here.

  • Examine Christian Life through Study of the Sacraments
  • How Christ Meets Us and Gives Us Grace through the Church
  • Trinity as Model for Christian Moral Life
  • Virtues, Commandments, and Beatitudes
  • Fulfillment through Prayer, the Sacraments, and Our Relationships with God and Others
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Lectio Divina
  • Vocations
  • Serra Club Vocations Field Trip

Art, Spanish, Music, Computer, and Physical Education are also incorporated into the curriculum at St. Charles. Find out more about our Specialists here.

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Weekly newsletters during temporary school closure

For the latest news on what’s happening at St. Charles School, click below to read our school's weekly newsletters: Weekly Update 26 for March 26, 2020 Submissions: To submit an article for the Weekly Update, please send your submission to the school office...

Prayer resources in this time of the coronavirus

Wondering how to LiveStream the Liturgy? Or, how to make a spiritual communion? Or, how to participate in the Stations of the Cross online? You can find this and more on our parish website at the link below. Join us in praying the Coronavirus novena and continuing...

Update from the Principal about COVID-19

Dear St. Charles Parents, You’re in my thoughts and prayers as we make our way through a completely new challenge.  In light of our current pandemic situation, St. Charles preschool through 8th grade will be closed March 23rd through 27th. These actions are in line...

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