- English Language Arts (8)
Talbot County's Grade 8 English Language Arts course is based the Maryland State Department of Education's approved Common Core State Curriculum Framework. The course is designed to meet all grade level appropriate Anchor Standards in Language, Reading Information Text, Reading Literature, Speaking & Listening and Writing.
Units of Study will include:
- Plot, Setting and Character Analysis
- Elements of Style and Universality of Themes
- Poetry and Mythology
- Drama and Theater
- Research and Analysis
Elements of Literature – Third Course – Holt, 2009
Other texts, including grade-level appropriate novels, will be assigned for additional reading and as the foundation for discussion and independent writing.
- Health (8)
Eighth Grade Health is based on the Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum and National Standards in Health Education. These may be found on the MSDE website.
Course Key Learning/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will use mental and emotional health knowledge, skills, and strategies to enhance wellness.
- Students will use drug knowledge, decision-making skills, and health-enhancing strategies to address the non-use, use, and abuse of medications, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Students will use consumer knowledge, skills, and strategies to develop sound personal health practices involving the use of health care products, services, and community resources.
- Students will use human development knowledge, social skills, and health enhancing strategies to promote positive relationships and healthy growth and development throughout the life cycle.
- Students will apply prevention and intervention knowledge, skills, and processes to promote safe living in the home, school, and community.
- Students will use nutrition and fitness knowledge, skills, and strategies to promote a healthy lifestyle.
- Students will apply prevention and treatment knowledge, skills, and strategies to reduce susceptibility and manage disease.
Units will include:
- Mental & Emotional Health
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Personal & Consumer Health
- Family Life and Human Sexuality
- Nutrition and Fitness
- Disease Prevention and Control
- Mathematics (8)
In Grade 8 Mathematics, instructional time should focus on three critical areas:
- formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations;
- Grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships;
- Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
- Physical Education (8)
Eighth Grade Physical Education is based on the Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum that may be found on the MSDE website. Maryland Curriculum Framework Standards include Skillfulness, Biomechanical Principles, Motor Learning Principles, Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity and Social-Psychological Principles.
Course Key Learning/Exit Outcomes:
- The student will identify various factors that affect the accuracy of projectiles.
- The student will demonstrate self and peer assessment in a modified game.
- The student will identify strategies that limit or improve a personal fitness plan.
- The student will justify and use developmentally appropriate activities to improve personal fitness goals.
- The student will defend and promote appropriate strategies to ensure control and safe practice for self and others during activity.
Units will include:
- Introduction - Personal Fitness
- Net/Wall Games
- Invasion/Goal Games
- Striking, Fielding and Target Games
- Science (8)
Talbot County's Grade 8 Science course is based the Maryland State Department of Education's Voluntary State Curriculum. The voluntary state curriculum may be viewed at http://www.mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/science/index.html. The course is designed to meet all grade level appropriate standards and objectives.
Units of Study
Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time.
- Cell Division and DNA
- Heredity and change over time
Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the composition, structure, and interactions of matter in order to support the predictability of structure and energy transformations.
- Structure of Matter
- Conservation of Matter
- States of Matter
- Acids and Bases
http://www.cellsalive.com/ - A visual tour of cells, bacteria, viruses and their interaction with one another
http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/ : The Lawrence Hall of Science is a public science center that offers hands-on science exhibits, designs curriculum, aids professional development, and offers after school science resources to students of all ages. This activity allows students to interactively mix acids and bases in order to explore acids, bases, and neutral solutions.
- Fine Arts Middle School
Students in grades 6-8 will be offered a variety of options in order to experience Fine Arts. Course offerings will encompass Music, Art and Theater. All courses will utilize the MSDE State Curriculum for the Arts and incorporate the Common Core State Standards for reading, writing, listening/speaking and performing. Students will be provided opportunities to participate in community art shows, theatrical productions and musical performances.
Middle School Courses:
- Instrumental Music
- Choral Music
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts - Theater
- Social Studies (8)
American History (1800 - 1910)
Students will examine the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution through the pre World War I Era. (Textbook - The American Republic, McGraw Hill Pub.) They will also trace the progress of democracy and learn about the challenges facing the new nation, as well as the economic implications of growth and expansion from 1803 through 1910. The focus will be on the US Constitution and the laws that governed the new nation.
A Financial Literacy component will be infused throughout the course, with students participating in the Stock Market Game simulation. (www.econed.org)
All units of study are based on a yearlong social studies course with assessments utilized at the end of each unit. The Reading/Social Studies literature component will involve all students reading “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” with a complete analysis of the text and the importance of the time period.
- Spanish 1 (8)
6020 Spanish 1 (1 Credit)
Students are introduced to basic Spanish and the various Spanish speaking cultures. The course focuses on grammar and vocabulary while developing listening, reading, writing, and conversational skills that reflect real-life tasks.
Course Key Learnings: COMMUNICATION, CULTURES, CONNECTIONS, COMPARISONS, COMMUNITIES