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8th Grade

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Eighth Grade Math Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. 8.M.EE.A.02: The Highly Proficient student can explain how square roots and cube roots relate to each other and to their radicands.

  2. 8.M.EE.C.07: The Highly Proficient student can justify why a multi-step equation has one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solution.

  3. 8.M.F.A.03: The Highly Proficient student can explain why the function is linear or nonlinear.

  4. 8.M.F.B.05: The Highly Proficient student can interpret qualitative features of a function in a context.

  5. 8.M.G.A.05: The Highly Proficient student can give an informal argument that a triangle can only have one 90 degree angle and for the pairs of angles that are supplementary when parallel lines are cut by a transversal.

  6. 8.M.NS.A.01: The Highly Proficient student can know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. The Highly Proficient student can understand informally that every number has a decimal expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats eventually, and convert a decimal expansion which repeats eventually into a rational number.

  7. 8.M.NS.A.02: The Highly Proficient student can explain how to get more precise approximations of square roots, and notices and explains the patterns that exist when writing rational numbers. 


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. 8.M.EE.B.05: The Highly Proficient student can generate a representation of a proportional relationship with specific qualities.

  2. 8.M.EE.B.06: The Highly Proficient student can use similar triangles to explain why the slope (m) is the same between any two distinct points on a non-vertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y = mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b. 

  3. 8.M.F.A.01: The Highly Proficient student can understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output. (Function notation is not required in Grade 8.) 

  4. 8.M.F.A.02: The Highly Proficient student can justify whether two functions represented in different ways are equivalent or not by comparing their properties.

  5. 8.M.F.B.04: The Highly Proficient student can identify what prevents a set of values in either a table or graph from being linear and adjusts the values to make them linear.

  6. 8.M.SP.A.01: The Highly Proficient student can create and interpret scatter plots and find associations between two quantities.

  7. 8.M.SP.A.02: The Highly Proficient student can know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two quantitative variables. For scatter plots that suggest a linear association, informally fit a straight line, and informally assess the model fit by judging the closeness of the data points to the line.

  8. 8.M.SP.A.03: The Highly Proficient student can create and use a linear model to interpret the slope and y-intercept. 

  9. 8.M.SP.A.04: The Highly Proficient student can interpret and compare relative frequencies to identify patterns of association.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. 8.M.EE.A.01: The Highly Proficient student can utilize properties of exponents to order and/or evaluate multiple expressions with exponents.

  2. 8.M.EE.A.03: The Highly Proficient student can use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3×108 and the population of the world as 7×109, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger. 

  3. 8.M.EE.A.04: The Highly Proficient student can calculate and interpret values written in scientific notation within a context.

  4. 8.M.EE.C.08: The Highly Proficient student can solve real-world and mathematical problems, using two equations with two variables.

  5. 8.M.G.B.06: The Highly Proficient student can explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.

  6. 8.M.G.B.07-08: The Highly Proficient student can recognize situations and apply the Pythagorean Theorem in multi- step problems. The Highly Proficient student can find the coordinates of a point which is a given distance from another point in any direction, including diagonals. 


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. 8.M.G.A.01: The Highly Proficient student can verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations: 1. Lines are taken to lines, and line segment to line segments of the same length. 2. Angles are taken to angles of the same measure. 3. Parallel lines are taken to parallel lines. 

  2. 8.M.G.A.02: The Highly Proficient student can understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations; given two congruent figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the congruence between them.

  3. 8.M.G.A.03-04: The Highly Proficient student can recognize and explain the properties of transformations in real-world scenarios, including whether the transformations lead to similar or congruent figures. ​​​​​​​

  4. 8.M.G.C.09: The Highly Proficient student can describe the relationship between the formulas for volumes of cones, cylinders, or spheres and explain how to find the formulas for cones, cylinders, and spheres. 

Eighth Grade Reading Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: ​​​​​​​
  1. 8.R.RI.01: The Highly Proficient can apply thorough textual evidence to support a deep analysis of the text and complex inferences drawn from the text. 

  2. 8.R.RI.02: The Highly Proficient student can determine and analyze central ideas of a text and analyzes their development over the course of a text; evaluates the strength of the supporting ideas; provides a comprehensive objective summary of the text. 

  3. 8.R.RI.03: The Highly Proficient student can evaluate how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories). 

  4. 8.R.RI.05: The Highly Proficient student can evaluate the effect of the structure of a specific paragraph in a text and its role in the text as a whole, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept. 

  5. 8.R.RL.07: The Highly Proficient student can analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.


Quarter 2 Standards:​​​​​​​
  1. 8.R.RL.01: The Highly Proficient student can apply strong textual evidence to support their analysis as well as complex inferences drawn from the text. 

  2. 8.R.RL.02: The Highly Proficient student can determine two or more themes of a story, evaluate how they are developed and provide a comprehensive summary of the text.

  3. 8.R.RL.03: The Highly Proficient student can analyze and evaluate the effectiveness that dialogue and incidents in a story have on the plot, characters, and decisions made by the characters. 

  4. 8.R.RL.04: The Highly Proficient student can determine the meaning and evaluate the impact of words and phrases, including figurative language and connotative meanings. The Highly Proficient student can analyze and evaluate the impact of specific word choice on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  5. 8.R.RL.05: The Highly Proficient student can compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and evaluate how the differing structures contribute to style and meaning. 

  6. 8.R.RL.06: The Highly Proficient student can evaluate the impact of differences in the points of view of the characters or the reader and the effectiveness of creating suspense or humor in the text.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. 8.R.RI.01: The Highly Proficient can apply thorough textual evidence to support a deep analysis of the text and complex inferences drawn from the text. 

  2. 8.R.RI.04: The Highly Proficient student can analyze the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings. The Highly Proficient student can evaluate the rhetorical effect of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other text.

  3. 8.R.RI.06: The Highly Proficient student can analyze an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and evaluates the effect of how the author responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints. 

  4. 8.R.RI.08: The Highly Proficient student can synthesize the argument and specific claims in a text, citing specific evidence to evaluate whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient, recognizes irrelevant evidence and proves its irrelevancy. 

  5. 8.R.RI.09: The Highly Proficient student can analyze and evaluate how two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where and how the texts disagree.


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. 8.R.RI.07: The Highly Proficient student can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea. 

  2. 8.R.RL.01: The Highly Proficient student can apply strong textual evidence to support their analysis as well as complex inferences drawn from the text. 

  3. 8.R.RL.09: The Highly Proficient student can analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. 8.R.RI.10: The Highly Proficient student can read and understand a variety of informational and functional grade-level texts about different subjects (i.e. literature, social studies, science, and technology) on his or her own and more complex texts with support.

  2. 8.R.RL.10: The Highly Proficient student can read and understand a variety of literary selections appropriate to grade level and ability.

Eighth Grade Science Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. G8.RST.01: I can use specific evidence to support my understanding of the text.

  2. G8.RST.03: I can precisely follow a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks. 

  3. G8.RST.04: I can discover the meanings of symbols, key terms, and other technical context.

  4. G8.RST.07: I can visually represent quantitative or technical information from written text. 

  5. G8.1S.C1.PO1: I can formulate questions based on observations that lead of the development a hypothesis. 

  6. G8.1S.C1.PO2: I can use multiple resources to help me develop a testable hypothesis. 

  7. G8.1S.C1.PO3: I can generate a hypothesis that can be tested. 

  8. G8.1S.C2.PO2: I can design a controlled investigation to support or reject a hypothesis.

  9. G8.1S.C2.PO3: I can conduct a controlled investigation to support or reject a hypothesis.

  10. G8.1S.C2.PO5: I can keep a record of observations, notes, sketches, questions, and ideas using written or computer logs. (Teacher Assessed) 

  11. G8.1S.C3.PO1: I can identify relationships in data from looking at graphs and data tables. 

  12. G8.1S.C3.PO2: I can form a logical argument about a correlation between variables or sequence of events (e.g., construct a cause-and- effect chain that explains a sequence of events). 

  13. G8.1S.C3.PO3: I can identify positive and negative relationships between variables, and also when there is no relationship between them. 

  14. G8.1S.C3.PO4: I can formulate a future investigation based on existing data. 

  15. G8.1S.C3.PO5: I can explain how evidence supports the validity and reliability of a conclusion. 

  16. G8.1S.C3.PO6: I can identify errors that can occur when conducting a scientific experiment. 

  17. G8.1S.C3.PO7: I can critique scientific reports from periodicals, television, or other media.

  18. G8.1S.C3.PO8: I can formulate new questions based on the results of a previous investigation.

  19. G8.1S.C4.PO1: I can state the results of an experiment. (Teacher Assessed) 

  20. G8.1S.C4.PO2: I can choose a line graph, double-bar graph, stem and leaf plot, and histogram when appropriate. 

  21. G8.1S.C4.PO3: I can present analyses and conclusions in clear, concise formats. 

  22. G8.1S.C4.PO4: I can write clear, step-by-step instructions for conducting investigations / or operating equipment. 

  23. G8.1S.C4.PO5: I can communicate the results and conclusion of the investigation. 

  24. G8.2S.C2.PO1: I can apply the following scientific processes to other problem solving of decision making situations: observation, predicting, questioning, organizing data, communicating, inferring, comparing, generating hypotheses, measuring, identifying variables, classifying. 

  25. G8.2S.C2.PO3: I can defend the principle that accurate record keeping, openness, and replication are essential for maintaining an investigator's credibility with other scientists and society. 

  26. G8.2S.C2.PO4: I can explain why scientific claims may be questionable if based on very small samples of data, biased samples, or samples for which there was no control. 

  27. G8.4S.C2.PO1: I can explain the purpose of cell division: growth and repair, reproduction.

  28. G8.4S.C2.PO2: I can explain the basic principles of heredity using the human examples of: eye color, widow's peak, blood type.

  29. G8.4S.C2.PO3: I can use a Punnett square to represent dominant and recessive alleles in an organism. 

  30. G8.4S.C4.PO1: I can explain how an organism's behavior allows it to survive in an environment.

  31. G8.4S.C4.PO2: I can explain how organisms can survive when the external environment is unfavorable.   

  32. G8.4S.C4.PO3: I can determine characteristics of organisms that could change over several generations.

  33. G8.4S.C4.PO4: I can compare symbiotic and competitive relationships in an ecosystem.

  34. G8.4S.C4.PO5: I can analyze why organisms hibernate and migrate and why plants become dormant.

  35. G8.4S.C4.PO6: I can describe each of the following factors that allow for the survival of living organisms: protective coloration, beak design, seed dispersal, pollination. 


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. G8.RST.04: I can discover the meanings of symbols, key terms, and other technical context.

  2. G8.RST.07: I can visually represent quantitative or technical information from written text. 

  3. G8.3S.C1.PO2: I can identify solutions for an environmental risk caused from chemicals released into the environment. 

  4. G8.5S.C1.PO1: I can identify different kinds of matter. 

  5. G8.5S.C1.PO2: I can identify characteristics of matter based on their chemical properties: reactivity, pH, and oxidation (corrosion). 

  6. G8.5S.C1.PO3: I can identify if a chemical reaction has occurred if there is: precipitate formation, gas generated, change in color, or absorption or release of heat.

  7. G8.5S.C1.PO4: I can classify matter in terms of elements, compounds and mixtures.

  8. G8.5S.C1.PO6: I can explain how the periodic table is organized. 

  9. G8.5S.C1.P05: I can classify mixtures as being homogeneous or heterogeneous.

  10. G8.5S.C1.PO7: I can explore how energy transfers can effect the physical and chemical properties of matter. 


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. G8.RST.07: I can visually represent quantitative or technical information from written text. 

  2. G8.RST.09: I can compare and contrast information from various sources to that of a written text

  3. G8.2S.C1.PO1: I can identify the major contributions of Watson and Crick, Franklin, Darwin, Carver, Priestly, Bacon, and Newton.

  4. G8.2S.C1.PO2: I can evaluate the effects of Mendelian Genetics and Newton's Laws on society. 

  5. G8.2S.C2.PO2: I can describe how scientific knowledge changes as new data is collected and new discoveries are made, and that sometimes current theories are altered to accommodate these discoveries. 

  6. G8.3S.C1.PO1: I can analyze the risk factors associated with natural, human induced, and/or biological hazards, including: waste, disposal of industrial chemicals, and greenhouse gases. 

  7. G8.3S.C2.PO2: I can compare numerous solutions to fill a need or solve a problem.

  8. G8.3S.C2.PO4: I can compare the risks and benefits of technological advances. 

  9. G8.5S.C2.PO1: I can demonstrate velocity as the rate of change of position over time. 

  10. G8.5S.C2.PO2: I can identify the conditions under which an object will continue in its state of motion. 

  11. G8.5S.C2.PO3: I can describe how the acceleration of a body is dependent on it's mass and the net applied force.

  12. G8.5S.C2.PO4: I can describe forces as interactions between bodies. 

  13. G8.5S.C2.PO5: I can create a graph devised from measurements of moving objects and their interactions, including: position-time graphs and velocity-time graphs. 


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. G8.RST.07: I can visually represent quantitative or technical information from written text. 

  2. G8.RST.09: I can compare and contrast information from various sources to that of a written text.

  3. G8.2S.C1.PO3: Evaluate the impact of a major scientific development occurring within the past decade.

  4. G8.2S.C4.PO4: Evaluate career opportunities related to life and physical sciences.

  5. G8.3S.C2.PO1: Propose viable methods of responding to an identified need or problem. 

  6. G8.3S.C2.PO3: Design and construct a solution to an identified need or problem using simple classroom materials.

  7. GAP.HS.5S.C1.PO5: Describe the properties of electric charge and the conservation of electric charge. 

  8. GAP.HS.5S.C1.PO8: Explain the details of atomic structure (e.g., electron configuration, energy levels, isotopes). 

  9. GAP.HS.5S.C3.PO1: Describe the following ways in which energy is stored in a system ( mechanical, electrical, chemical, nuclear).

  10. GAP.HS.5S.C3.PO7: Explain how molecular motion is related to temperature and phase changes

  11. GAP.HS.5S.C5.PO1: Describe various ways in which matter and energy interact (e.g., photosynthesis, phase change). 


Science Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. 8.RST.10: I can independently and proficiently read and comprehend scientific and technical text in the 8th grade level.

Eighth Grade Social Studies Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. G8.RH.01: I can use strong evidence to support my understanding of the primary and secondary sources.

  2. G8.RH.02: I can determine and summarize the central idea of a primary or secondary source.

  3. G8.1SS.C1.PO2: I can interpret historical data displayed in graphs, tables, and charts. 

  4. G8.1SS.C1.PO5: I can describe the relationship between primary a primary source document and a secondary source document. 

  5. G8.1SS.C1.PO6: I can determine the credibility and bias of primary and secondary sources.

  6. G8.1SS.C1.PO7: I can analyze cause and effect relationships between and among individuals and/or historical events.

  7. G8.1SS.C1.PO8: I can describe two points of view on the same historical view.

  8. G8.1SS.C7.PO12: I can describe the events that led to the United States' involvement in World War I.

  9. G8.1SS.C7.PO13: I can describe the important events associated with WWI. 

  10. G8.1SS.C8.PO1: I can identify the economic policies and factors that led to the Great Depression. 

  11. G8.1SS.C8.PO2: I can analyze the impact of natural and man made crises of the Great Depression.

  12. G8.1SS.C8.PO3: I can describe how New Deal programs affected American people.

  13. G8.1SS.C10.PO8: I can describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  14. G8.1SS.C10.PO9: I can identify the connection between current and historical events and issues studied at this grade level using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  15. G8.2SS.C1.PO1: I can construct charts, graphs, and narratives using historical data.

  16. G8.2SS.C1.PO2: I can interpret historical data displayed in graphs, tables, and charts.

  17. G8.2SS.C7.PO1: I can describe the factors that led to the rise of imperialism.

  18. G8.2SS.C7.PO2: I can describe how areas in the world were impacted by the imperialism of European countries.

  19. G8.2SS.C7.PO3: I can describe how industrialization of Japan led to its rise as a world power. 

  20. G8.2SS.C7.PO4: I can describe the impact of American interests in the following areas during the early 20th century: a. Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico - Spanish American War b. China - Boxer Rebellion c. Colombia - Panama Canal d. Hawaiian annexation.

  21. G8.2SS.C8.PO1: I can explain how the world movements led to World War I.

  22. G8.2SS.C8.PO2: I can summarize the outcomes of WWI.

  23. G8.4SS.C2.PO1: I can identify common characteristics of contemporary and historical regions on the basis of climate, landforms, ecosystems, and culture.

  24. G8.4SS.C4.PO1: I can identify the push and pull factors (e.g., wars, economic conditions, human rights conditions, famines, political strife/wars, natural disasters, changes in technology) that drive human migrations.

  25. G8.4SS.C4.PO2: I can describe the effects (e.g., economic, environmental, cultural, political) of human migrations on places and regions.

  26. G8.4SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the characteristics and locations of various cultures throughout the world.

  27. G8.4SS.C5.PO1: I can describe how humans modify ecosystems (e.g., deforestation and desertification). 

  28. G8.4SS.C5.PO2: I can describe why humans modify environments (e.g., resources, economic livelihood).

  29. G8.4SS.C5.PO4: I can explain how technology affects the environment (e.g., the effects of chemical wastes on ecosystems; effects of modern waste disposal methods on ecosystems). 

  30. G8.4SS.C5.PO5: I can analyze changing ideas and viewpoints on the best use of natural resources (e.g., value of oil, water use, forest management). 

  31. G8.4SS.C5.PO6: I can explain how societies and governments plan for and respond to natural disasters (e.g., evacuations routes, changing farming techniques, warning systems). 

  32. G8.5SS.C1.PO1: I can explain how limited resources and unlimited human wants causes people to choose some things and give up others.

  33. G8.5SS.C1.PO2: I can analyze how scarcity, opportunity costs, and trade-offs influence decision-making.

  34. G8.5SS.C1.PO3: I can analyze how individuals, governments and businesses make choices based on the availability of resources. 

  35. G8.5SS.C2.PO1: I can identify the institutions that make up an economic system.

  36. G8.5SS.C2.PO2: I can explain the impact of government investment in human capital: a. health (e.g., immunizations) b. education (e.g., college grants, loans) c. training of people (e.g., Job Corps)

  37. G8.5SS.C2.PO3: I can explain the impact of government investment in physical capital (e.g., NASA, transportation) 

  38. G8.5SS.C2.PO4: I can describe how income for most people is determined by the value of the goods and services they sell. 

  39. G8.5SS.C2.PO5: I can describe the impact of entrepreneurs (e.g., Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, and Donald Trump) in the free enterprise system.

  40. G8.5SS.C2.PO6: I can analyze how investment in physical capital (e.g., factories, medical advancements, new technologies) leads to economic growth.

  41. G8.5SS.C2.PO7: I can describe how competition (e.g., Microsoft/Apple, Wal- Mart/Target) affects supply and demand from the vantage point of the consumer and producer. 

  42. G8.5SS.C2.PO8: I can describe how market prices provide incentives to buyers and sellers.

  43. G8.5SS.C2.PO9: I can describe how protection of private property rights provides incentives to conserve and improve property (e.g., resale market). 

  44. G8.5SS.C3.PO1: I can identify the role of the Federal Reserve System (e.g., organization, functions). 

  45. G8.5SS.C3.PO2: I can identify the effects of inflation on a society.

  46. G8.5SS.C3.PO3: I can analyze the government's role (e.g., fiscal and monetary policies) in economic recovery. 

  47. G8.5SS.C4.PO1: I can compare how private property rights differ in market economies versus command economies (e.g., capitalism versus communism). 

  48. G8.5SS.C4.PO2: I can identify the effects of trade restrictions (e.g., imports, exports, tariffs) between national and world regions.

  49. G8.5SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the role of the United States government in influencing international commerce (e.g., Cuba, China, Middle East).

  50. G8.5SS.C4.PO4: I can identify how nations depend on each other economically.

  51. G8.5SS.C5.PO1: I can explain how my personal financial choices depend on how much money I have.

  52. G8.5SS.C5.PO2: I can describe types of personal investments (e.g., saving accounts, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, retirement funds, land).

  53. G8.5SS.C5.PO3: I can describe the role of the stock market in personal investing. 

  54. G8.5SS.C5.PO4: I can describe various forms of credit (e.g., personal loans, credit cards, lines of credit, mortgages, auto loans).

  55. G8.5SS.C5.PO5: I can analyze consumer credit (e.g., advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives).

  56. G8.5SS.C5.PO6: I can analyze the costs and benefits of producing a personal budget.

  57. G8.5SS.C5.PO7: I can make a budget for myself.

  58. G8.5SS.C5.PO8: I can identify the benefits of future financial planning. 


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. G8.RH.06: I can identify how aspects of the text reveal an authors point of view or purpose.

  2. G8.1SS.C4.PO4: I can describe the significance of the following documents: a. Declaration of Independence b. Articles of Confederation c. Constitution d. Bill of Rights.

  3. G8.1SS.C4.PO5: I can explain the influence of the following individuals in the establishment of a new government: a. Thomas Jefferson b. James Madison c. John Adams d. Benjamin Franklin.

  4. G8.1SS.C4.PO6: I can describe how one nation evolved from thirteen colonies: a. Constitutional Convention b. George Washington’s presidency c. Creation of political parties (e.g., Federalists, Whigs, Democratic-Republicans). 

  5. G8.1SS.C8.PO2: I can explain how Pearl Harbor led to the United States' involvement in World War II.

  6. G8.1SS.C8.PO4: I can explain the factors that affected the U.S. home front during World War II. 

  7. G8.1SS.C8.PO5: I can describe Arizona's contribution to the war effort during World War II.

  8. G8.1SS.C8.PO6: I can summarize the United States' role in several key events during World War II. 

  9. G8.1SS.C8.PO7: I can analyze the significance of several people in World War II.

  10. G8.1SS.C9.PO6: I can describe the importance of several civil rights issues and events.

  11. G8.2SS.C8.PO3: I can describe the rise of totalitarianism in Europe.

  12. G8.2SS.C8.PO5: I can describe the role of racism and intolerance on the Holocaust.

  13. G8.2SS.C8.PO8: I can describe the results of World War II.

  14. G8.3SS.C5.PO1: I can differentiate world government models.

  15. G8.5SS.C1.PO5: I can describe the impact of natural resources on the economy.

  16. G8.5SS.C4.PO4: I can identify how nations depend on each other economically.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. G8.RH.05: I can describe how a text presents information. 

  2. G8.1SS.C8.PO1: I can review the impact of the Great Depression on the United States. 

  3. G8.1SS.C8.PO3: I can explain the impact of World War II on economic recovery from the Great Depression.

  4. G8.1SS.C9.PO1: I can describe the beginnings of the Cold War. 

  5. G8.1SS.C9.PO2: I can describe the impact of the Cold War on the United States.

  6. G8.1SS.C9.PO3: I can Identify the role of the United States in the Korean War.

  7. G8.2SS.C8.PO1: I can review the rise of totalitarianism in Europe following World War I.

  8. G8.2SS.C8.PO2: I can analyze the major causes of World War II: a. Japanese Imperialism - aggressive search for resources  b. Fascism and Nazism - political ideologies c. Treaty of Versailles - resentment toward consequences.

  9. G8.2SS.C8.PO3: I can trace the series of invasions and conquests in the European and Pacific Theaters (i.e., Germany, Soviet Union, Italy, Japan, United States) in World War II.

  10. G8.2SS.C8.PO4: I can describe the following events leading to Allied victory: a. D-Day invasion b. Battle of the Bulge c. Japanese defeat in Iwo Jima and Okinawa d. Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  11. G8.3SS.C1.PO2: I can analyze the purpose and outcome of the Constitutional Convention (e.g., weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, compromises). 

  12. G8.3SS.C1.PO3: I can analyze the struggle between the federalists and the anti-federalists over the ratification of the Constitution (e.g., Federalists' Papers, Bill of Rights). 

  13. G8.3SS.C2.PO3: I can explain the electoral process (e.g., primary and general elections, popular vote, electoral college).

  14. G8.3SS.C2.PO4: I can explain how a candidate can be elected president without receiving a majority of the popular vote (e.g., Adams-Jackson, Hayes-Tilden, Bush-Gore). 

  15. G8.3SS.C2.PO5: I can describe the line of succession to the presidency (i.e., 25th Amendment, through Cabinet members).

  16. G8.3SS.C3.PO4: I can compare the roles and relationships of different levels of government (e.g., federal, state, county, city/town, tribal). 

  17. G8.3SS.C3.PO6: I can compare the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.

  18. G8.3SS.C3.PO7: I can summarize the significance of the following Supreme Court cases: a. Marbury v Madison b. Plessy v Ferguson c. Brown v Board of Education d. Gideon v Wainright e. Miranda v Arizona f. Korematsu v United States.

  19. G8.3SS.C3.PO8: I can describe the impact of the following executive orders and decisions: a. Executive Order 9066 - creation of internment camps on U.S. soil, b. Manhattan Project, c. use of Atomic Bomb.

  20. G8.3SS.C3.PO9: I can describe the impacts of acts during the Civil Rights Movement.

  21. G8.3SS.C4.PO1: I can describe the benefits of community service.

  22. G8.3SS.C4.PO2: I can discuss the character traits (e.g., respect, fairness, responsibility, involvement) that are important to the preservation and improvement of constitutional democracy in the United States. 

  23. G8.3SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the importance of citizens being actively involved in the democratic process. (e.g., voting, student government, involvement in political  decision making, analyzing issues, petitioning, public officials)   

  24. G8.3SS.C4.PO4: I can explain the obligations and responsibilities of citizenship: a. upholding the Constitution b. obeying the law c. paying taxes d. registering for selective service e. jury duty 

  25. G8.3SS.C4.PO5: I can describe issues related to equal rights. 


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. G8.RH.08: I can distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text. 

  2. G8.1SS.C9.PO4: I can identify the role of the United States in the Vietnam conflict. 

  3. G8.1SS.C9.PO5: I can describe life in the U.S. during the Post War period (e.g., transportation, communication, technology, medical, entertainment, growth or suburbs) in the U.S. during the Post War period.

  4. G8.1SS.C10.PO7: I can describe events during the presidency of George W. Bush.

  5. G8.1SS.C10.PO10: I can describe how key political, social, geographic and economic events of the late 20th century affected, and continue to affect, the United States.

  6. G8.2SS.C8.PO6: I can summarize each of the following outcomes of World War II: a. redrawing of political boundaries in Europe b. tensions leading to Cold War c. formation of the United Nations d. beginning of atomic age e. rebuilding of Japan

  7. G8.2SS.C8.PO7: I can compare the rebuilding of Japan with the rebuilding of Germany following World War II. 

  8. G8.2SS.C8.PO9: I can describe the spread of Communism after World War II: a. China - Mao Tse-tung and Chinese Revolution b. Korea - 38th parallel and division of country c. Cuba - Fidel Castro and Cuban Missile Crisis d. Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh

  9. G8.2SS.C8.PO12: I can describe how the following impacted the Vietnam War: a. historical relationship of China and Vietnam b. French Indochina War c. Containment of Communism d. Ho Chi Minh Traile. Conflict resolution.

  10. G8.2SS.C8.PO13: I can examine the fall of Communism and the unification of European nations: a. Germany - reunification, Berlin Wall torn down b. Russia - Gorbachev, Glasnost and Perestroika c. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - countries regained independence d. European Union formed.

  11. G8.2SS.C8.PO14: I can describe 20th and 21st century events in the Middle East.

  12. G8.2SS.C8.PO15: I can compare independence movements in various parts of the world (e.g., India/Pakistan, Latin America, Africa, Asia) during the 20th century.

  13. G8.2SS.C8.PO16: I can examine human rights issues during the 20th century (e.g., Apartheid, genocide, famine, disease).

  14. G8.2SS.C9.PO3: I can analyze how world events of the late 20th century and early 21st century affected and continue to affect the social, political, geographical and economic climate of the world (e.g. terrorism, globalization, conflicts, interdependence, natural disasters, advancements in science and technology, environmental issues). 

  15. G8.2SS.C9.PO4: I can compare the economic, political, and social aspects of a country identified in Concept 8 above during the first half of the 20th century to its contemporary economic, political, and social aspects. 

  16. G8.3SS.C5.PO2: I can explain U.S. and world foreign policies leading to the Cold War: a. Truman Doctrine b. NATO  c. Warsaw Pact  d. Marshall Plan.

  17. G8.4SS.C2.PO3: I can examine relationships and interactions (e.g., Middle East Conflicts, NATO, European Union) among regions.

  18. G8.4SS.C4.PO4: I can identify the factors (e.g., breakup of USSR, unification of Germany, cheap labor forces, outsourcing of services, oil industry) that influence the location, a and interrelationships of economic activities in different regions.

  19. G8.4SS.C5.PO3: I can explain how the natural environment affects human activities. 

  20. G8.4SS.C6.PO2: I can describe how groups of people make or change the environment. 


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. G8.RH.10: I can independently and proficiently read and comprehend history/social studies text in the 8th grade level.

  2. G8.1SS.C1.PO1: I can construct charts, graphs, and narratives using historical data.

  3. G8.1SS.C1.PO3: I can construct a timeline and make connections between important events in history.

  4. G8.1SS.C1.PO4: I can formulate questions that can be answered using study and research.

  5. G8.2SS.C1.PO3: I can construct timelines of the historical era being studied (e.g., presidents/world leaders, key events, people).

  6. G8.2SS.C1.PO4: I can formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research. 

  7. G8.2SS.C1.PO5: I can describe the difference between a primary source document and a secondary source document and the relationships between them.

  8. G8.2SS.C1.PO6: I can determine the credibility and bias of primary and secondary sources. 

  9. G8.2SS.C1.PO7: I can analyze cause and effect relationships between and among individuals and/or historical events.

  10. G8.2SS.C1.PO8: I can describe two points of view on the same historical view.

  11. G8.2SS.C9.PO1: I can describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  12. G8.2SS.C9.PO2: I can identify the connection between current and historical events and issues using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  13. G8.4SS.C1.PO1: I can construct maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information.

  14. G8.4SS.C1.PO2: I can identify purposes of, and differences among, maps, globes, aerial photographs, charts, and satellite images. 

  15. G8.4SS.C1.PO3: I can interpret maps, charts, and geographic databases using geographic information. 

  16. G8.4SS.C1.PO4: I can locate physical and cultural features throughout the world.

  17. G8.4SS.C1.PO5: I can interpret thematic maps, graphs, charts, and databases depicting various aspects of world regions.

  18. G8.4SS.C2.PO4: I can identify how the role of the media, images, and advertising influence the perception of a place. 

  19. G8.4SS.C2.PO5: I can describe how a place changes over time. (connect with content studied).

  20. G8.4SS.C4.PO6 - I can describe the ways culture affects the economic, social, and political activities of people.

  21. G8.4SS.C6.PO1: I can describe ways geographic features and conditions influenced historical circumstances in different periods of time (e.g., jungle warfare in Vietnam, desert warfare in Iraq). 

  22. G8.4SS.C6.PO3: I can use geographic knowledge and skills (e.g., recognizing patterns, mapping, graphing) when discussing current events. 

Eighth Grade Writing Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. 8.L.05abc: The Highly Proficient student can demonstrate deep understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. 

  2. 8.W.02: The Highly Proficient student can write an informative text that examines a topic and conveys ideas with a strongly developed focus, organization, analysis, and conclusion using precise language, specific vocabulary with a formal style and objective tone appropriate to the audience.

  3. 8.W.04: The Highly Proficient student can produce a clear and coherent piece of functional writing that is appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience.

  4. 8.W.05: The Highly Proficient student can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to the task purpose, and audience. The Highly Proficient student can develop and strengthen writing by using the writing process. The Highly Proficient student can use technology to produce writing that is presented in a dynamic way.


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. 8.L.03: The Highly Proficient student can strategically use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact). 

  2. 8.W.05: The Highly Proficient student can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to the task purpose, and audience. The Highly Proficient student can develop and strengthen writing by using the writing process. The Highly Proficient student can use technology to produce writing that is presented in a dynamic way. 

  3. 8.W.07: The Highly Proficient student can conduct short research projects to answer self generating questions, using several sources to create additional questions to explore. 

  4. 8.W.08: The Highly Proficient student can gather and synthesize relevant information from multiple credible and accurate sources. The Highly Proficient student can correctly cite sources while avoiding plagiarism.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. 8.W.01: The Highly Proficient student can write an argument to support a claim that includes clear reasoning and evidence.

  2. 8.W.05: The Highly Proficient student can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to the task purpose, and audience. The Highly Proficient student can develop and strengthen writing by using the writing process. The Highly Proficient student can use technology to produce writing that is presented in a dynamic way. 

  3. 8.W.09: The Highly Proficient student can use evidence from the text to support their explanation and reflection.


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. 8.L.01a-d: The Highly Proficient student can: a. explain the function of verbals and evaluate their function in particular sentences. b. intentionally form and use verbs in the active and passive voice to achieve a desired style. c. strategically form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood. d. analyze and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

  2. 8.W.03: The Highly Proficient student can write a narrative about real or imagined experiences. 

  3. 8.W.05: The Highly Proficient student can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to the task purpose, and audience. The Highly Proficient student can develop and strengthen writing by using the writing process. The Highly Proficient student can use technology to produce writing that is presented in a dynamic way. 


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. 8.L.02: The Highly Proficient student can: a. judiciously use punctuation to indicate a pause or break. b. use an ellipsis to indicate an omission. c. spell unfamiliar and above-grade level words correctly.

  2. 8.L.04a-d: The Highly Proficient student can determine the meaning of unknown words.

  3. 8.L.06: The Highly Proficient student can learn and use a wide range of vocabulary.

  4. 8.W.06: The Highly Proficient student can use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

  5. 8.W.10: The Highly Proficient student can determine how much time is needed to write for a specific purpose.

Parents, these sites are free to use, or have at least some free options. Some may require creating a free account. Once you know the name of the standard your child is working on, try searching within the site for that standard. 

    ReadWorks - thousands of free reading passages. You can sort by grade, topic, difficulty and more. Create a free account in the upper right corner. Khan Academy - instructional videos on many standards. Search by subject and standard. LearnZillion - many resources for students and parents in grades 3-9, ELA and Math.
    Purple Math - informative explanations of many math topics. Searchable by content and standard. YouTube - try searching for a specific topic, such as "how to add fractions". Teachers Pay Teachers - many of these resources require purchase, but some are free to view.
    History.com - a great source for Social Studies resources, documents, and video clips. Text structures: types, outlines, and examples - very useful guidelines on writing and types of writing.  Mood and Tone: a list of words to use when describing mood and tone - descriptive words to pump up the quality of writing.
    Parts of Speech - a good ELA resource based on parts of speech. The Science Spot - many resources based on science. Searchable by topic and subject. NewsELA - student-friendly articles based on news and current events.
    Biology Corner - a very detailed source for Biology resources. Mostly high school level, but useful in middle school as well.  Common Lit - many reading resources based on all content areas. Searchable by topic and subject. ReadWriteThink - a very powerful website for ELA standards and practice.
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