8th Grade Core
8th Grade English/Language Arts
EZGC Course Description:
Students in the eighth grade English/Language Arts are expected to do the following: engage in independent, self-selected readings as well as teacher-assigned readings; read for pleasure, meaning, and thematic analysis in literature; make associations and connections between literature and history concepts; learn to analyze different types of selections (short stories, novels, primary source documents, biographies, informational literature, and other non-fiction); increase vocabulary skills; and be able to evaluate information from a variety of sources and media.
8th Grade History/Social Studies
SZGC Course Description:
In 8th grade U.S. history, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the political, economic, and social development of the United States. Emphasis is placed on the growth of basic American principles, the contributions of various ethnic and cultural groups, and the development of democratic traditions. Common Core State Standards, which focus on historical literacy, require deep examination of U.S. history; students will use and be assessed on critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills within this analysis.