Using the text resource, Spirit of Truth: The Communion of the Faithful (Sophia Institute Press, 2017), the eighth grade students continue their preparation for Confirmation through their study of the Church as a community of believers, how the coming of the Holy Spirit enlightened the early Church, and continues to strengthen the Church today.Throughout the curriculum, the students’ study and grow in the Catholic Faith through participation in weekly Mass and visits to the Adoration Chapel, the study of Sacred Scripture, and the offering of service to others.
Reading - Using a combination of resources including the textbook, The Language of Literature (McDougal Littell) as well as independent reading tools (a reading log to record reading responses, genre studies, vocabulary investigation, and cooperative learning literature circles), eighth grade students will concentrate on:
Writing - Using our textbook Voyages in English (Loyola Press, 2011), along with the corresponding practice workbook and other supplemental works*, the eighth grade writing curriculum focuses on giving the students the skills and tools to:
*Supplemental course materials for the writing portion of Language Arts include Writing Units of Study by Lucy Calkins and Audra Kirshbaum Robb, as well as, Power Point presentations, videos, and writing samples to improve specific skills.Spelling and word work follows the strategies of Words Their Way (Pearson, 2015.)
In eighth grade social studies, the students experience a blend of American history and civics instruction in preparation for their Constitution test.The textbook, United States: Civil War to Present (Harcourt), provides background for student exploration of American history, focusing on World War II, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights movement.Students use primary sources to analyze the major issues facing the country during each time period.
Eighth grade students also explore the meaning of citizenship and how it applies to them—both as a citizen of the United States and of the Holy Trinity Catholic School community—through the use of primary source documents, such as the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Students examine the role that the Constitution plays in the formation of national, state, and local governments, as well as the impact that it has on the political and economic structure of the country.In doing so, students prepare to succeed on the State-mandated assessment of their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution at the end of the school year.
Students also familiarize themselves with current events by finding news stories that are of interest to them and reflecting on them using the lens of the five areas of social studies (geography, economics, government, sociology/culture, history) and Catholic Social Teaching.
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