In 8th grade students are consolidating their ability to work independently, becoming more organized and self-sufficient. We focus on helping them learn to solve their own problems, to ask probing questions and to stand up for themselves. Students begin to understand their rights and responsibilities as students, learning that they have the right to question authority in a respectful, non-confrontational manner. In order to prepare students for a rigorous high school curriculum we help them reinforce their study habits and their ability to plan long term projects during their weekly Project Management class.
Students continue to learn math through a problem centered curriculum, which focuses on real life explorations. They will become more proficient in algebra, as the math program includes a great deal of algebra in the curriculum prior to high school. By the end of Grade 8, CMP students have studied an impressive array of algebraic ideas and skills. Their experience will have been a coherent functions approach to important mathematical relationships, especially linear, exponential, inverse proportion, and quadratic,-including solving linear, exponential, and quadratic equations, and inverse and direct proportions.
At the eighth grade level, the Language Arts curriculum focuses on reading and writing experiences that are developmentally appropriate: vocabulary instruction that begins to explore more nuanced meanings of words (connotation, synonyms) and comprehension that focuses on text features and structures, distinguishing fact from opinion, identifying themes in texts, and simple figurative language. Writing emphasizes ordering, comparing and contrasting, basic skills in analytical evaluation and assessment of writing, and editing skills that are specific and clearly delineated. The research or inquiry skills identified focus on gathering information to address a chosen topic and beginning to form results of inquiry.
The themes for Eighth Grade Science are mass, energy and change. Science in Eighth Grade is hands on and very dynamic. Students learn by doing. In beginning chemistry students will study the 3 different states of matter and the chemical and physical changes that can take place in matter. Students will study the elements of the Periodic Table and will explain the Law of the Conservation of Mass. In beginning Physics students will study the relationship between velocity, distance and time. They will study Newton’s Laws and the Principle of the Conservation of Energy. They will explore various forms of energy: potential, mechanical, chemical, light, caloric, and electric.
The 8th Grade Social Studies program focuses on the ancient history of Europe, exploring the achievements of the Ancient Greeks and their contributions to education and government. Students will also study medieval Europe, looking at the emergence of the various social classes, the role of religion and how the practice of feudalism shaped society and government. In all studies, students reflect on how history impacts the world today.
Students will look at the way the geography of Europe influenced its growth and how the geography of a country impacts its people. Students will study the boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire and the changing boundaries of the countries of Europe.
Students will carry out an in depth study of the various forms of government, including monarchies; communism, socialism and capitalism; democracy, and dictatorship. They will also study the concept of supra-nationalism and how it affects the global community.
In 8th grade, we are studying the Dominican history of the 20th century and the reasons why the Dominican Republic became indebted to other countries. Students will also explore the causes of the country’s political instability and the reasons for a North American intervention that lasted eight years. They will also study the Trujillo Regime, culminating in a trial followed by the study of the transition to the democratic process up until modern times.
In geography the students will study the land and natural resources during the 20th century and then they will analyze the impact geography in every historical context. They will also analyze modern migratory tendencies and the border problems between Dominican Republic and Haiti.
At the end of the school year we expect the students to understand some basic economic concepts and to be able to explain the evolution of the Dominican economy during the 20th century, taking into account the impact of corruption in the governments. They will also study the basic organization of our type of government, our constitution, and our duties and rights as citizens.