Eighth Grade

Oak Meadow’s Eighth Grade curriculum introduces students to the concepts of civics through a study of the champions of freedom, federal, state, and local governments, and the economic system.

In English, students read seven classic novels while studying vocabulary drawn from the reading and concentrating on grammar and composition skills. Weekly assignments in writing, grammar, and usage provide ample practice for the student preparing to enter high school.

In Civics, students witness their local government in action, explore issues affecting their state, and also become aware of national issues. Our experiential approach to understanding social issues includes practical activities such as community service projects and interviewing local community leaders. Students are encouraged to learn how to make a difference on a local level by learning more about the people and businesses in their area.

The Science curriculum focuses on the principles of physical science, including mass and matter, force, energy, sound, light, color, electricity, magnetism, and mechanics. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student for more advanced science by including assignments that require the student to conduct experiments, perform mathematical calculations, and report on their findings.

The Math curriculum, redesigned in 2017, offers a choice of Pre-Algebra or Algebra I, using textbooks and workbooks from Teaching Textbooks, a program designed for homeschoolers and independent learners. Students who are confident with math skills and ready for a new level of challenge are encouraged to take Algebra I; all other students will benefit from Pre-Algebra, which carefully builds on the skills introduced in Oak Meadow Grade 7 Math and fully prepares students to take algebra in high school.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will be releasing revised Grade 8 materials this summer. See bookstore for more information, and please feel free to call our office with any questions. The subjects and general scope of the courses will remain the same. Changes have been made to enhance the student’s experience, including new literature selections to reflect wider perspectives, new structure and sequencing of content to improve the ease of use, and separate consumable publications (lab manual and English composition book). Other changes include assignment checklists, learning objectives, and learning assessments.

Eighth Grade Overviews

Please note: Some items on the overview above, such as a literature selection, may have changed, but scope and sequence remain the same.

Projects, Crafts, & Activities

  • Evaluate a Supreme Court ruling
  • Participate in a community service project
  • Interview a member of the fire department
  • Write a science fiction story
  • Create your own radio or television advertisement
  • Research hybrid vehicles

Eighth Grade Curriculum Materials

  • Grade 8 Civics
  • Grade 8 English, includes Writing for 100 Days
  • Grade 8 Physical Science
  • Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra or Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1
  • Grade 8 Teacher Manual 


  • The Giver
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • The Hobbit
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Elements of Style
  • Eighth Grade Math Kit