8th grade

Middle School Standards - Grade 8

English/Language Arts

Reading Literature

RL.8.9- Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.

Reading Informational

RI.8.9- Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.


W.8.1- Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Mathematics 8

Essential Concept 1: (ALCOS Standards #22, 23):

Students will be able to find the distance between two points in the coordinate plane using the Pythagorean Theorem.

Essential Concept 2 (ALCOS Standard #24):

Students will be able to use formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and sphere to solve problems.

Essential Concept 3 (ALCOS Standards #25, 26, 27):

Students will be able to construct a scatterplot that compares two sets of data to determine if the two sets have a positive or negative association, or no association; students will also be able to find linear models of the form y = mx + b to solve problems by interpreting the meaning of the slope and y intercept.

Middle School Algebra I

Essential Concept 1 (ALCOS Standards #42, 43):

Students will be able to compare the median, mean, interquartile range, and standard deviation of two data sets, as well as assess how an outlier to a set of data affects the median, mean, and spread of the data.

Essential Concept 2 (ALCOS Standards #45, 46):

Students will be able to fit a linear function to data and/or scatterplots that suggest a linear association and interpret the slope and y intercept of that linear model.

Essential Concept 3 (ALCOS Standards #35, 38):

Students will be able to write arithmetic sequences to model situations involving linear functions and geometric sequences to model situations involving exponential functions.


16. Apply the law of conservation of energy to develop arguments supporting the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object (e.g., bowling ball hitting pins, brakes being applied to a car).

17. Create and manipulate a model of a simple wave to predict and describe the relationships between wave properties (e.g., frequency, amplitude, wavelength) and energy. NOT 17a

18. Use models to demonstrate how light and sound waves differ in how they are absorbed, reflected, and transmitted through different types of media.

World History to 1500

14.0 Describe key aspects of pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas including the Olmec’s,

Mayas, Aztecs, Incas, and North American tribes.

15.0 Describe military and governmental events that shaped Europe in the early Middle Ages

(600-1000 A.D.).

17.0 Explain how events and conditions fostered political and economic changes in the late

Middle Ages and led to the origins of the Renaissance.