Language Arts The purpose of the St. Theresa of the Child Jesus eighth grade Language Arts curriculum is to provide the student with the necessary skills needed to interpret and disseminate information with accuracy; to develop an aesthetic sense through the study of good literary models; to engender critical thinking; to nurture creativity in thinking and expression. Students in the 8th grade will continue to refine and master skills taught in the 7th grade as outlined in the Massachusetts frameworks. In addition, an intensive study of literature is presented, while reinforcing basic reading skills learned in previous years. The John Collins Writing Program is used to strengthen student writing skills by incorporating the Massachusetts Frameworks and Common Core curriculum. Mathematics The St. Theresa of the Child Jesus eighth grade mathematics program is based on the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the Common Core Curriculum. Students learning is a combination of computation, problem solving skills, and independent thinking designed to strengthen the student’s foundational concepts needed to be successful in a high school Algebra I course and beyond. Students will continue to build on the pre-Algebra skills and concepts developed in Grade 7. Religion The purpose of the Eighth Grade Religion Curriculum is to teach the principle of Salvation History. The curriculum allows the students to gain knowledge on the important concepts of our faith: Creation, God, Jesus Christ, The Church, Christian Morality, the Sacraments and Salvation.The Eighth Grade Religion curriculum is taught through the use of various teaching practices and strategies such as: direct instruction, guided reading, reading from the Bible and scripture, class discussion, cooperative learning groups, individualized and special instruction, problem solving, attending Mass and applying faith to everyday situations. Also, students will complete four writing pieces that define and illustrate their catholic faith. They will complete a compare and contrast paper which compares the catholic faith with other prominent faiths. They will also write a narrative piece on how God has worked in their life. Finally, students will construct an analytical and persuasive piece that further describes and proves their faith. Science The purpose of the eighth grade curriculum is for students to investigate science and technology/engineering using a range of skills, habits of mind, and subject matter knowledge in the area of Physical Science and Space Science. This education will enable students to draw on the skills, habits, and subject knowledge matter in order to participate productively in the intellectual and civic life of society and to provide the foundation for their further education. Social Studies The purpose of the St. Theresa eighth grade social studies program is to engage students in American civics, government and economics, in such a way that is relevant to their lives. By studying the roots of America and its people, students will develop a greater understanding of their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. Eventually, they will become active adult members of American society who have the confidence to seek out equality, justice, and dignity for all. Specifically, students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States during the Revolutionary and Constitutional Eras. They learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. Students also study the basic framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of American government such as popular sovereignty, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights. Students study America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties, and economic and social change. Finally, students will learn about the growth of sectional conflict, how sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction.