Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
Grade 8
Here are the things your child will be expected to accomplish during the school year…
Reading
Writing
Math

  • Write very large and very small numbers in scientific notation ( ex: estimating world population as  7 x 109= 7,000,000,000) and work with integer exponents (positive numbers, negative numbers, or 0) and exponent notation (such as 443=45)
  • Understand the Pythagorean Theorem (a formula for calculating angles and lengths of sides of triangles containing a right angle) and its converse, and explain how it relates to real world situations
  • Solve single variable equations (like   
    4(3x+2)=-36 and  3n-8n+3=5n)

  • Understand and read stories emphasizing the theme of perseverance

  • Understand and find evidence in short stories of how authors develop  plot, character and theme

  • Compare and contrast themes, plots, characters, and author’s craft (technique) across a variety of short stories from different authors

  • Use the writing process (including brainstorming, rough draft, editing, and a final draft) to write a piece about a time that they showed perseverance

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of the Six Traits focusing on the traits of organization and word choice.

  •  Writing quality will be measured using the Six Traits Rubric

  • Improve a draft piece of writing using feedback from Conferencing 
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  • Demonstrate understanding of the theme of perseverance in reading texts (fiction and non-fiction) about the Holocaust

  • Explain how various types of communication impact readers to create messages.
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  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of propaganda, multi-media pieces, and poetry and how each can convey ideas

  • Use linear equations (equations describing a line, ex. y = 2x+1) to graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph
  • Understand and compare properties of linear functions and show them as tables, graphs, equations or word stories. For example: car 1 & 2 travel 55 miles per hour, but car 1 starts 4 miles further down the road
  • Solve systems of two linear equations in two variables and relate the systems to pairs of lines in the plane; showing how these lines intersect, are parallel, or are the same line

  • Write essays that demonstrate effective argumentation, including…
    • a claim (main point of the argument)
    • A thesis (overall statement of the main point being argued)
    • citations (using evidence from the text and giving credit to the source)
    • explanation how that evidence supports the claim
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  • Find, understand and use figurative language in poetry and other forms of media

  • Identify and understand  theme in a text

  • Analyze the purpose of information when it is presented in a variety of ways (print or digital, video, music, multimedia)

  • Write with clear and precise language for a purpose and specific audience (using specific words and using descriptive language)

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of the Six Traits focusing on the traits of organization and word choice.
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  • Writing quality will be measured using the Six Traits Rubric

  • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software (e.g., given two congruent figures, show how to obtain one from the other by a sequence of rotations, translations, and/or reflections)
  • Use a linear equation to analyze bivariate data (2 points of information, such as hours worked vs. grade received, as shown in the graph below)
  • Solve problems involving the volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.
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