The 8th grade core curriculum is standards based and taught in a two period time block which blends the content of English and history-social science, reinforcing the reading, writing, and analytical-cognitive skills necessary to both. Course content includes a study of novels, poetry, and state writing types integrated with the study and research skills necessary for analysis.
While studying historical events from the founding of the nation to World War I, students will analyze the development of Constitutional Democracy, with an emphasis on individual rights, an understanding of the political system and ways in which citizens can participate in and influence government. Students examine the gradual expansion of the US and its subsequent shaping and influence on foreign policy. Emphasis is on cause and effect, chronology, and an appreciation for how the past influences current events.