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1911 San Antonio St
Austin, TX, 78705

(512) 477-3751

St. Austin Catholic School offers an exemplary education in the Catholic tradition for Pre-K 3 through 8th grades. Nestled near UT, the State Capitol, Blanton Museum and others, our students benefit from an extended campus of learning.


8th Grade



COURSE DESCRIPTION: In Grade 8 students will study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, persuasive texts, and several other genres. The students will read and study several novels, various short plays, and poetic works carefully selected to follow the TEKS. By the end of the year, the students will complete an annotating project. Students will also study persuasive texts and media, informational texts, and we will focus on strengthening various research skills. In addition, the students will acquire new vocabulary from the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop. Students will read and write in every day in class- all year. Class will begin each day with a short writing exercise as a way to dive into ELA. 


The Pre-Algebra Course corresponds to the GoMath textbook and is developed around the state-mandated core curriculum called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The mathematics TEKS contain six curriculum strands for kindergarten through eighth grade which are the foundation skills necessary for high school level mathematics courses. The six strands are: (1) number, operations, and quantitative reasoning; (2) relationships and algebraic thinking; (3) geometry and spatial reasoning; (4) measurement; (5) probability and statistics; and (6) processes and tools used in problem solving. In 7th and 8th grade Pre-Algebra, TEKS focuses on using proportional relationships in number, geometry, and measurement; applying addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals, fractions, and integers; using statistical measures to describe data and probability, both to describe the data and to make predictions; and using basic principles of algebra to analyze and represent proportional and non-proportional relationships.

GoMath Algebra I integrates knowledge of variables and their use with concepts and operations of arithmetic in a formal, logical development of elementary algebra. Accuracy and precision are essential components of instruction, as is the development of problem-solving strategies. The content of the course includes an in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities, graphing, operations with polynomials, factoring, rational expressions and equations, introduction to functions, radical expressions and equations, and the quadratic formula. Word problems and applications of increasing complexity are addressed throughout the course.


Year at a Glance

Unit 01: Science Safety and Procedures 8.1A, 8.4A, 8.4B

Unit 02: Atomic Structure 8.2C, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.3D, 8.4A, 8.5A, 8.5B

Unit 03: Periodic Table 8.2E, 8.4A, 8.5B, 8.5C

Unit 04: Chemical Formulas, Equations, and Reactions 8.2C, 8.2E, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.4A, 8.5D, 8.5E, 8.5F

Unit 05: Forces that Change the Earth 8.2E, 8.3A, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.3D, 8.4A, 8.6C, 8.9A, 8.9B, 8.9C

Unit 06: Force and Motion 8.1A, 8.2B, 8.2C, 8.2D, 8.2E, 8.3A, 8.4A, 8.6A, 8.6B

Unit 07: Newton’s Laws 8.2A, 8.2C, 8.2E, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.3D, 8.4A, 8.6C

Unit 08: Climatic Interactions 8.2A, 8.2B, 8.2C, 8.2E, 8.3D, 8.4A, 8.10A, 8.10B, 8.10C

Unit 09: Earth Cycles 8.2E, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.4A, 8.7A, 8.7B, 8.7C

Unit 10: Light Years and Theories 8.2C, 8.3A, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.3D, 8.4A, 8.8D, 8.8E

Unit 11: Characteristics of the Universe 8.2E, 8.3A, 8.3B, 8.3C, 8.3D, 8.4A, 8.8A, 8.8B, 8.8C

Unit 12: Interdependence Among Living Systems (to be covered prior to Matagorda) 8.1B, 8.2A, 8.2E, 8.4A, 8.11A, 8.11B, 8.11C, 8.11D                                                



COURSE DESCRIPTION: In Grade 8 students will study the History of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. Historical content focuses on the political, economic and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early Republic, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will describe the physical characteristics of the U.S. and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Also, students will analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the Republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights reflected in the U.S. Constitution will be studied. Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century will be evaluated for their impact. Students will examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a democratic society. Students will evaluate the impact of science and technology on the development of the United States.

Throughout social studies students are building a foundation in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology, society, and social studies skills. Social studies skills include reading maps, charts, graphs and identifying bias. The content will enable students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of the state and the nation.