Calvert Grade 8

Learners prepare for high school!

Can you imagine how the American Revolution would have been led if Samuel Adams had social media? How many people would have shown up for the Boston Tea Party? Grade 8 students consider the implications of communications technology and learn about the persuasive power of speech.

English Language Arts:

Students increase ownership of their reading growth by forming opinions through research and tackling social issues. Students research rites of passage in cultures throughout the world and compose an article in which they use journalism techniques to illuminate various rites. After reading Elie Wiesel’s Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning book, Night, students will research a current global issue and write a speech modeled after Wiesel’s Nobel acceptance speech, calling the audience to action.


Grade 8 students use prerequisite knowledge of physical Science to deepen their understanding of topics such as the properties of matter, chemical bonding and reactions, motion, forces, energy, and the properties of sound and light waves. Virtual labs and digital simulations create an engaging experience for middle-school learners.


How can today’s students relate to events of the past? Grade 8 students study U.S. History from the first Americans through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Then they develop a social media campaign to convince colonists to either declare independence or stay loyal to England.


Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop a deep understanding of algebraic equations through data analysis and statistical applications and through an exploration of functions including graphing linear equations. Students will also learn about exponential and scientific notation, the Pythagorean Theorem, and how to apply geometric transformations. Learners are challenged to use equations to compare fitness center membership options.


Calvert offers a range of electives to keep middle-schoolers curious and engaged. Students learn about different cultures and eras through the study of world languages, art, and art history. They have the opportunity to explore careers and acquire new skills. Then, students can take their learning outdoors to practice the health and fitness strategies they’ve learned.

Art and Art History 6: Sculpture

In this course, students study Egyptian line drawing, soft-dough sculpture, relief sculpture and symmetry. Lessons are coordinated with Art History—in which students learn about the sculpture of ancient times all the way through present day.

Art and Art History 7: Architecture

Students apply concepts from Art History to incorporate what they have learned about trilithons and step pyramids to design various buildings and structures.

Spanish A

Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, and comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns.

Spanish B

Spanish B students participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts. They will analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries. Students take frequent assessments to monitor their language progression.

French A

Students begin their introduction to French by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Class discussions provide an opportunity for discourse using newly acquired French speaking skills. The Audio Recording Tool enables students to learn a critical skill for French: listening and speaking.

French B

In French B, students learn personal greetings and continue through practical communications exchanges. French B introduces students to the skills necessary to make the most of traveling to French-speaking countries.

Middle School Career Explorations

In this course, students explore career options in many different fields including business, health Science, public administration, the arts, and information technology.

Middle School Journalism

Who? What? When? Where? Why? And how? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions about the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.

Middle School Photography

Drawing with Light This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn how to take well composed photographs and improve upon them using photo-editing software. Young photographers will engage their creativity by shooting a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their camera.

Middle School Health

Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week.

Fitness Basics 1

Students will gain a basic understanding of fitness and nutrition. In this course, they will learn about exercise technique, proper posture, and the importance of warming up and cooling down. Students conduct fitness assessments, set goals, develop their own fitness program, and participate in weekly physical activity.

Fitness Basics 2

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the importance of staying active throughout their lifetime. Students will learn about exercise safety, team and individual sports, nutrition and myths, and misperceptions about nutrition and drugs.

Course content subject to change.

Print Materials

  • Quick Checks - auto-graded assessments to gauge understanding
  • Math In Focus G8 e-texts
  • Math In Focus Digi +
  • Pearson MyPerspectives ELA e-text
    • Night
    • Ender’s Game
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • HMH Science Fusion e-texts:
    • Matter and Energy
    • Motion, Forces, and Energy
    • Sound and Light
  • HMH ScienceFusion Virtual Labs
  • McGraw-Hill – Discovering World Geography e-text
  • McGraw-Hill – Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics e-text
  • Britannica® School
  • World Atlas
  • BrainPOP Interactive Activities
  • Discovery Education STREAMING Videos
  • PrepMagic Simulations
  • Legends of Learning Games
Visual of grade 8 list of materials above