Eighth Grade California Curriculum Standards, 2000

By sjl@sonic.net

This information in this section was extracted from the California State Board of Education curriculum standards web page.

It is reproduced here to make it easier to find the sections that apply to eighth grade.


Tom's Commentary on the Standards

Math

The algebra I section is a decent review of what you should learn in algebra. We will review the material from last year to make sure that all the material from the standard is well understood. The geometry standard looks rock-solid. I can't fault it. I hope we have time to get to Algebra II this year.

English

Just like last year, the standard references an out-of-print book called "Recommended Readings in Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Eight." The standard does a reasonable job of setting out general ideas for a course in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The teaching part is nearly content-free, and the work appears to be mostly practice.

By emphasizing the oral presentation skills, the curriculum makes it possible for the teacher to just sit there while the students run the class. Good work, if you can get it.

This sort of material really calls for small classes with no more than twelve students, and preferably about eight students. It will actually be somewhat difficult to do with two or three people in the audience. We should probably plan on using a video camera to record oral presentations to provide the best reviews of spoken reports.

History

American history this year should be fun because there is so much good material to choose from. We'll have to stop the car to read some roadside plaques.

Wed Aug 2 17:48:25 PDT 2000