Grade 8


Diploma Requirements

English 8
This course covers the following four areas of study: language, writing, literature and oral communication. Language study involves vocabulary development and the teaching of formal grammar. Within the writing area, students will communicate ideas and information for a variety of purposes, using forms appropriate for their purpose and topic – such as short stories, poetry, speeches and literary essays. In literature, students will read and/or analyze a variety of age appropriate creative work. (e.g. novels, short stories, poetry, plays, films). As well each student will be responsible for selecting and reading those novels that will be discussed through in-class book reports. Finally, within the oral communication domain, students will generate ideas for their own speeches before writing, editing and delivering these in a class setting – with the aim of participating in the school’s public speaking competition.

Mathematics 8
This course covers Mathematical knowledge and skills in detail. The following are highlights of areas the student will be expected to learn in Grade 8: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra and Data Management and Probability.

Science 8
This course continues to allow students to increase their scientific knowledge in the disciplines of biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, and design and technology. The students will learn scientific concepts and conduct investigations related to Cells, Systems in Action, Fluids, and Water Systems. Research, experimentation, and scientific literacy remain an integral part of the program.

Information Technology BTT10
This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technology driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

History 8
The study of Canadian history begins with the development of Canada from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Students investigate the contributions of significant groups and individuals and develop an understanding of Canada’s European roots. They study the early settlements of North America and their impact on the Aboriginal peoples and on English/French relations. They examine the economic, social, and political challenges faced in New France and British North America, as well as the course of conflict and change in the two colonies that culminated in the rebellions of 1837. Students develop an understanding of historical events in Canada from the 1850’s to the end of World War I in 1918. They investigate the formation of the Canadian nation and its subsequent expansion. They also examine some of the individuals, groups, and movements promoting political and social change in the early twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical-thinking skills, including the ability to examine issues from more than one point of view. Current events are interwoven whenever applicable.

Geography of Canada 9 (CGC1D) Compulsory
This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.

French 8
In Grade 8, students continue to listen and talk about simple oral texts in structured and open-ended situations. They express ideas, feelings, and opinions in conversations and discussions, using learned language structures and a variety of vocabulary and expressions. As well, they write in a variety of forms adjusting language to suit the audience. They continue to identify and use the vocabulary and grammar conventions appropriate for this grade level in oral communication and in reading and writing.

Visual Arts (1/2 year) 8

The Grade 8 art programme builds on the historical knowledge students gained during the Grade 7 course. Studio projects are based on specific artists, and they have the opportunity to develop and create independent projects. Students will continue to work with a variety of media. They study the principles of Colour Theory and the employment of those principles. Students develop projects in paint and clay using their understanding of the elements and principles of design.

Physical and Health Education 8
In physical education, students continue to participate on a regular basis in physical activities that maintain or improve physical fitness. They apply a variety of sport specific skills related to balance, coordination, flexibility, power and speed, and develop various manipulation skills in sport situations. Students consider the adoption of personal goals that reflect the physical, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of healthy living. They discuss living skills needed to respond to matters related to sexuality, drug use, and healthy eating habits.

Instrumental Music 8
In Grade 8, students continue to develop an appreciation for and understanding of music through playing an instrument in band class. They read, write, and perform from musical notation and examine the characteristics of music of different historical periods.