Learning
Curriculum

Eighth Grade

List of 11 items.

  • Fine Arts

    • Currency design: contour lines, values, shading, pattern, texture
    • 2D design: logo development and applications
    • Studio art: figure drawing and painting
    • 3D design: current design trends, design thinking process, product re-design, and prototyping
    • Silk screen political/social cause posters
    • Installation art
    • Independent projects
    • Public art opportunities
  • Mathematics

    • Refining and expanding skills and concepts of algebra
    • Geometry (elective)
    • Understanding the relationship between algebraic and geometric representations
    • Setting up ratios and proportions to solve for unknown values
    • Developing multiple representations, problem-solving strategies, and conceptual understanding through writing
    • Valuing collaboration when solving problems in small groups
  • Music

    • Exploration and study of world music
    • Year two drum ensemble
    • Comparsa (Cuba)
    • Focus on polyrhythms and syncopated music
    • Featured performance at graduation
    • Haitian Rara
    • Performance band for instrumentalists
  • Physical Education

    • Analyzing an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and using this analysis in a game situation
    • Demonstrating appropriate sportsmanship in game situations
    • Working cooperatively with all peers regardless of skill level
  • Reading & Literature

    • Examine the main story elements of plot, character development, setting, theme, and point of view in short stories
    • Examine literary devices of irony, foreshadowing, and symbolism in short stories, novels, and plays
    • Analyze character development and theme in novels
    • Explore Shakespeare's plays and poetry
    • Understand elements of poetry
    • Complete creative projects based on interpretations of novels and plays
  • Science

    • Electromagnetism
    • Exploring perception: light, vision, color, and sound
    • Critical assessment of research and scientific literacy
    • Learning about learning and the brain
    • Issues and Choices: making educated choices in a complex world
    • Chemical building blocks
    • Motion, forces, and energy
  • Service Learning

    • • Service to Alzheimer’s patients, toddlers at day care, and others off-site
  • Social Studies

    • United States history, culture, and geography; emphasis on indigenous populations and laboring classes
    • Development of critical thinking skills
    • Analysis of primary source documents
    • Expository text reading and note-taking skills
    • Essay question responses that require a synthesis of a broad range of factual information
    • Analysis of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Republican form of government, and their application to current issues
    • Economics
  • Spanish

    • Use Total Physical Response storytelling model: Canechi y Chipote
    • Use Realidades 2 textbook, workbook, and interactive website
    • Communicate using four modalities: reading, listening, speaking, and writing
    • Write short compositions in Spanish
    • Mural critique field trip to the Mission district of San Francisco
    • Quarterly self-assessments and action plans
    • Use University of Texas at Austin Oral Proficiency site
  • STEAM

  • Writing & Language Arts

    • Focus on analytical and comparative writing
    • Write short stories, historical fiction, and responses to literature
    • Practice research skills and report writing
    • Develop grammar skills: punctuation, parts of speech, and multi-clause sentence structure
    • Strengthen vocabulary
    • Strengthen proofreading and editing skills
    • Master essay writing skills: thesis development, organization, paragraph writing, and structure
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
510.285.9600