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Eighth Grade Curriculum


Language Arts Curriculum

At First Avenue Middle School, the 8th-grade curriculum aligns closely with the California state standards to provide students with a strong literary foundation. Students are exposed to diverse texts, including short stories sourced from the Houghton-Mifflin text, covering topics such as theme and author's style for analysis and discussion. Novels such as "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and excerpts from "The Diary of Anne Frank" are used to allow students to expand their critical thinking skills. As students explore these texts, they engage in deep discussions and learn to articulate their ideas effectively through a variety of writing opportunities. Our curriculum not only nurtures a love for reading but also instills essential comprehension and analytical skills.

History Curriculum

The content of this course is aligned with the academic content standards outlined by the state of California and Arcadia Unified School District . These topics include: Revolutionary War review; the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Establishing the New Nation; Regionalism, Sectionalism & the Divergent Paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s: the Industrial North, Agrarian-Slave-Dependent South, and the West); the Civil War (causes, the war, & Reconstruction); and the Industrial Revolution.

Science Curriculum

In eighth grade science student learn both chemical and physical science. They learn through reading, class projects, hands-on activities and computer projects. The topics covered are Chemistry, chemistry of Living systems, Physical Science- forces & motion (Robotics) and Astronomy.

Math Curriculum

The seventh grade pre-algebra math curriculum builds upon the basic fundamentals learned in the sixth grade. Number theory, geometry, fractions, integers, ratios and proportions, graphing, statistics and functions are some of the topics covered. Projects are assigned during the year to integrate real-life experiences in order to enhance the curriculum.

PE/Health Curriculum

The eighth grade PE/Health curriculum is designed to give each and every student a well-rounded fitness and athletic experience. Special emphasis is placed on team play and appropriate social interaction. All students are expected to participate in all phases of the program regardless of ability. It is the duty of the teacher to provide a safe, comfortable environment in which all students can participate without fear of failure or humiliation. Students will learn skills and health-related information that will benefit them for a lifetime.
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Football Basketball Track
Volleyball Soccer Fitness Testing
Fitness Fitness Health
Health Health Softball
Basketball Track Volleyball
Soccer   Paddle Ball