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Eighth grade students continue to refine their writing skills and appreciation of quality literature, as literary selections in the Language Arts program reflect the themes for the Science, Social Studies and Spanish curriculum, such as classic American novels that contributed to our history. Students apply their established writing skills, including upper level grammar and vocabulary, as they individually produce persuasive and expository essays to be fully prepared for the literary challenges of high school.
The development of the American experience is explored in Modern American History through the five founding ideals drawn from the Declaration of Independence. Eighth graders have the opportunity for meaningful exchange and debate as they explore equality and opportunity in America. Curricular links are forged between the US and other countries ensuring that our students are more globally literate and gain first-hand exposure to a diverse range of countries. To become more informed citizens, students study the emergence and transformation of democracy while simultaneously enhancing their social application of equality issues.
Eighth Grade Math concepts develop students’ math skills in the critical areas of Expressions and Equations, Functions, Statistics and Probability, and the Number System. The Mathematical Practices, as developed by the Common Core Standards, are an integral part of the course. Similar to Seventh Grade Mathematics, these problems include reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others while using appropriate tools strategically and expressing regularity with repeated reasoning. These problem-solving skills are reinforced to Eighth Grade students to teach them how to apply mathematical principles to the world at large. The Mathematics Department anticipates concepts in the Upper School curriculum by prioritizing and thoroughly mastering their intermediate skills.
Real life experiences provide the basis for learning and are paramount to the Tesseract approach. Eighth grade students view Science as a web that interacts in many realms: Political, global and environmental. Students interact with experiential learning by working in labs and performing hands-on activities as well as taking several field trips. The main topics of study are robotics, physics, chemistry, health and nutrition and sustainability, which are directly tied to their trip abroad to Costa Rica (visit: MS Trips) where they explore indigenous cultures, biodiversity, the rainforest, mountains and caves.