8th Grade Courses

Language Arts 3

In this course, you will learn foundational reading and writing skills. You will learn important skills such as identifying, interpreting, and discussing poetic devices, sensory details, characterization, mood, tone, plot, and others. With support, you will become a skilled reader across many genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

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Unit 1: What is Biology?

  • Describe how scientists study the natural world.
  • Explain how and why scientists do experiments.
  • Describe other types of scientific investigations.
  • Explain what a scientific theory is.
  • List the characteristics of all living things.

Unit 2: The Chemistry of Life

  • Define elements and compounds.
  • Explain why carbon is essential to life on Earth.
  • Describe the structure and function of the four major
  • Types of organic compounds.
  • Describe what happens in chemical reactions.
  • State the role of energy in chemical reactions.
  • Explain the importance of enzymes to living organisms.

M/J Pre-Algebra

In this course, you will learn how to solve problems using rules of arithmetic and how to use and manipulate various types of functions and equations. You will also begin to learn basic Statistics concepts.

And you will demonstrate your learning by completing 5 unit projects on basic algebra, equations, inequalities, functions, and basic statistics.

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Unit 1: The Real Number System

  • Lesson 1: Properties
  • Lesson 2: The Distributive Property
  • Lesson 3: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
  • Lesson 4: Writing Fractions as Decimals
  • Lesson 5: The Rational Numbers
  • Lesson 6: Squares and Square Roots
  • Lesson 7: The Real Number System

Unit 2: Exponents

  • Lesson 1: Factors and Monomials
  • Lesson 2: Powers and Exponents
  • Lesson 3: Simplifying Algebraic Fractions
  • Lesson 4: Multiplying and Dividing Monomials
  • Lesson 5: Negative Exponents
  • Lesson 6: Scientific Notation

M/J United States History

Economics course consists of the following content area strands: Economics and Geography. The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the concepts and processes of the national and international economic systems. Content should include, but is not limited to, currency, banking, and monetary policy, the fundamental concepts relevant to the major economic systems, the global market and economy, major economic theories and economists, the role and influence of the government and fiscal policies, economic measurements, tools, and methodology, financial and investment markets, and the business cycle.

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Unit 1: Introduction to Economics

  • Lesson 1: Fundamental Economic Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Economic Systems
  • Lesson 3: Demand & Supply
  • Lesson 4: Markets, Decision-Making and Market Structure

Unit 2: Economic Issues and Institutions

  • Lesson 1: Employment, Wages and Labor
  • Lesson 2: Sources of Government Revenue & Government Spending
  • Lesson 3: Financial Markets


M/J Earth Science

Our topics will include Astronomy (study of outer space), Geology (study of rocks, ea
rthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics), Meteorology (study of the atmosphere, climate and climate change), and Oceanography (study of the oceans and water systems). This course will use hands-on experimentation, activities, and direct instruction. You will be enabled to learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’, not just the ‘what’ of science. I will show how Earth Science is relevant in your everyday life; you must provide the willingness to learn.


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Unit 1: Studying the Earth

  • Lesson 1-1: Introduction to Earth Science
  • Lesson 1-2: The Earth as a System
  • Lesson 1-3: Models of the Earth

Unit 2: Rocks and the Rock Record

  • Lesson 2-1: Rocks
  • Lesson 2-2: The Rock Record
  • Lesson 2-3: A View of Earth’s Past