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Eighth Grade Scope

What Your Child Will Learn in Calvert's Eighth Grade Course

Below are highlights of the Eighth Grade curriculum. For the full course outlines, download the files below by right-clicking each link and choosing "Save Link As."

Download the Core course outline.

Download the Grammar/Composition/Spelling course outline.

Download the Calvert Math course outline.

Download the Math in Focus course outline.


  • Reading literary classics
  • Studying literary devices

Spelling & Vocabulary

Completing spelling lessons drawn from other subject areas


  • Writing in various styles—descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and explanatory
  • Building research skills
  • Taking notes
  • Outlining
  • Proofreading; editing
  • Writing letters


  • Reviewing geographic themes in the historical context of the United States
  • Chronological evaluation of the spatial growth of the United States between 1500 and the present; includes land acquisitions, wars, economic expansion, immigration, and settlement patterns
  • Historical demographic patterns, climatic issues, and landform constraints as the United States entered the 21st century


  • Reviewing and using parts of speech
  • Diagramming noun, adverb, and adjective clauses
  • Studying gerunds, infinitives, and participles
  • Grammar and usage
  • Building paragraphs and varied sentences


Calvert Math

  • Pre-algebra
  • Reviewing problem-solving skills, geometry
  • Scientific notation
  • 2-step algebraic equations, inequalities
  • Constructions
  • Vertical/adjacent angles
  • Tangent; sine; cosine
  • Absolute value
  • Rational/irrational numbers
  • Compound and open number sentences
  • Surface area and volume
  • Coordinate graphing functions
  • Fractions, exponents, ratios, and proportions
  • Polygons and transformations
  • Data and statistics
  • Algebraic relationships, linear functions

Math in Focus

  • Understanding and using exponents and their properties
  • Using systems of equations to solve real-world problems
  • Identifying relations and functions
  • Solving problems involving proportional reasoning and similar figures


  • Exploring Earth’s surface: topographic maps; weathering and soil formations; erosion and deposition
  • Astronomy: moon; sun; phases, eclipses, and tides; solar system; comets; asteroids; meteors; star systems; galaxies; the universe
  • Cells and heredity: structure of plant and animal cells, genetics
  • Environmental science
  • Conducting scientific investigations; thinking critically; completing chapter projects


Lessons, activities, and online interactive learning tools are integrated with the curriculum, particularly Grammar and Science.

  • Continuing application of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
  • Basics of HTML
  • Desktop publishing


  • Understanding elements of poetry
  • Narrative poetry
  • Imagery
  • Blank verse
  • Reading, interpreting, and memorizing selections


  • Studying U.S. history from discovery to modern America
  • Building the nation
  • U.S. role in world events
  • Charts, maps, and illustrations

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