• Religion:  
    For Religion this year, we will be using a the book, "We Live Our Faith As Members of the Church" Volume 2. We will look at the four marks of the Church (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) and the growth of Christianity (councils, crusades, etc...) from past to present. The website for We Live Our Faith is: http://www.weliveourfaith.com.
     
    We will also preview the Sunday Gospel through the use of a magazine called "Visions".
     
    In addition, we will also be preparing for Confirmation. Students are expected to have their service hours completed by the end of January. As soon as you are finished, please turn in your sign in sheet and your Journal Reflections. We will be using another new book, "Confirmed in the Spirit". 
     
    Soon, we will also send home information about their Saint Projects and their faith histories.

    We will attend the 8:30 Mass each Monday morning. We will also be staying after Mass to pray the rosary.

    Service Hours
    25 hours are the required minimum. Service Hour sheets, along with a reflection sheet for each kind of service will be due at the end of January. If you have the hours completed, you can turn in your papers so that you do not lose them.

    We will also give you the information about choosing your Saint names, your sponsors, writing your Faith History paper and other Confirmation expectations. You are required to attend the 9:00 Commitment Sunday Mass -- the date will be announced soon.

    Vocabulary:
    We will use the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Book Level C this year. In seventh grade, you used Level B. Normally, it takes about 1 1/2 weeks to complete a unit. Test dates vary during the course of a week. At the end of each unit, there will be a Spelling test and a separate Definition test covering definitions, antonyms, synonyms and sentence completions. Every 3 units, there is a cumulative Sentence Test. There will also be a Unit Review test covering all 60 words, focusing on antonyms, synonyms, definitions and sentence completions.   The book has a very good website: http://vocabularyworkshop.com. Then, you enter the level of book that you are using. There is a flashcard review and other puzzles to complete that are helpful in reviewing the words.

    Reading: 
    By this point in time, you should be familiar with most of the literary terms and elements (main idea, supporting details, inference, point of view, personification, etc...) We will be reviewing these terms and elements throughout the year. For each selection we complete in our reader, students will be asked to complete Comprehension qeustions to assess their skills. There will also be a test for each selection.  Our reader is "Literature, Course 3" by Glencoe publications. The entire book is online.  To access the student text book online, you need to do the  following:
     
    Go to glencoe.com; Enter Quickpass code GL39848u1T. You then want to access the Student Online edition. The code to access the book is FB66CA2F2B  (capitals matter). The online edition should pop up.

    Accelerated Reading
    We will let you know the requirements for AR when we have figured them out for this year. Most likely this will be the same as last year: 50 points per Trimester.

    In addition to our Literature Book, we will also read various novels throughout the year. This past year, I allowed students to download books onto electronic readers to use in class (if they had one). 

    ***** This year, we will be using the Common Core Standards adopted by many states as a guiding principle for our Curriculum. Standards for English/Language Arts (Reading)and Math are being  implemented. Many of the standards differ from the Archdiocese standards that
    we have used in the past.  I have found a website with a Parent Roadmap to the standards, with an introduction to the Reading/Language Arts standards for Grade 8. Please take a look when you have a chance.