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Access teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in Grade 8. These eighth grade lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these eighth grade lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Eighth Grade Lesson Plans by Subject


Language Arts

I. Writing, Grammar, and Usage

Greek and Latin Root Words
Essays and Speeches
The Power of Words

II. Poetry

Real Old Rap
Poetry — The Essence of Life
Shall I Compare Thee to a Jabberwocky?

III. Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama

Student-Based Oral Reading & Presentation Study of Shakespeare’s 12th Night
Teachers See the Truth but Wait
Composing a Life: Autobiography & Maya Angelou
The Good Earth and The China Research Paper (Two for the Price of One!)
Shall I Compare Thee to a Jabberwocky?
Short Stories: The Puzzle Pieces of Life
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Brown Bagging with Short Stories
Animals, Unite!

IV. Foreign Phrases Commonly Used in English

Qu’est-ce que c’est? Foreign Phrases!


History and Geography

I. Decline of European Colonialism

The Breakup of the British Empire
Beyond Chopsticks and Rice

II. Cold War

Washington, D.C.: The Ultimate Core Knowledge Field Trip
Whose Business Is It Anyway? McCarthyism and Its Effect on Individual Rights
Hitting the Cold War From All Angles
The Cold War: Solving the Mystery of History with Voices on Vinyl
The Cold War
Turbulent Times of the Sixties
Adapting a Core Knowledge Unit for the Inclusion of Special Education Students: The Kennedy Years

III. Civil Rights Movement

Turbulent Times of the Sixties

IV. Vietnam War and the Rise of Social Activism

The Vietnam War

V. End of the Cold War: Expansion of Democracy and Continuing Challenges

Beyond Chopsticks and Rice

VI. Civics: The Constitution – Principles and Structure of American Democracy

No eighth grade lesson plans available

VII. Geography of Canada and Mexico

No eighth grade lesson plans available


Visual Arts

I. Art History: Periods and Schools

No eighth grade lesson plans available

II. Architecture Since the Industrial Revolution

No eighth grade lesson plans available


Music

The Cold War: Solving the Mystery of History with Voices on Vinyl

I. Elements of Music

Africa: Small Sounds from a Big Country

II. Non-Western Music

Africa: Small Sounds from a Big Country
The Hidden Music of Southeast Asia

III. Classical Music: Nationalists and Moderns

Operatunities

IV. Vocal Music

Irving Berlin, Through the Years


Mathematics

I. Algebra

So You Want to be a Rocket Scientist?
Speed Demons: Math and Science in Motion

II. Geometry

Geometric Constructions Using a Compass and Straightedge


Science

I. Physics

So You Want to be a Rocket Scientist?
Speed Demons: Math and Science in Motion
Building Physics Books of Knowledge
Physics Is Fun!

II. Electricity and Magnetism

Speed Demons: Math and Science in Motion
Electricity & Magnetism

III. Electromagnetic Radiation and Light

No eighth grade lesson plans available

IV. Sound Waves

Africa: Small Sounds from a Big Country

V. Chemistry of Food and Respiration

Chemistry of Food and Respiration

VI. Science Biographies

No eighth grade lesson plans available