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Eighth Grade

English Language Arts

  • I can determine the setting, mood, tone, and purpose of material I read.
  • I can use research from a variety of sources and clearly report out what I find.
  • I can adjust my writing style to write biographies, autobiographies, short stories, and narratives.
  • I can debate and identify counter-arguments, and determine the validity of evidence.
  • I read every day.


  • I can write and understand algebraic equations.
  • I can demonstrate number systems in equal forms in fractions, decimals, percent, scientific
  • notation, exponents, square roots, radical, relative primes, and absolute value.
  • I can demonstrate order of operations and inverse relationships.
  • I can solve systems of linear equations.
  • I can define and use linear functions.
  • I can solve and explain problems using the Pythagorean Theorem measures.

Academic Behaviors

  • I set short term and long term academic goals and measure my progress.
  • I can take notes, organize them and use them to study.
  • I can work in a group to complete a task.
  • I use my agenda/planner to organize my assignments and to make a plan to complete long-term assignments.
  • I can evaluate and edit my own work and those of my peers based on my teacher‛s criteria.
  • I know the options for leadership, sports or social clubs at my school.

Motivational Experiences

  • I visited a local museum or nature center, or other educational sites in my community.
  • I visit my local library and park once a week.
  • I have visited a bank and/or credit union.
  • I have seen a live musical or theatrical production.
  • I know that volunteering is a good way to help my community. With my parent(s)/ guardian(s) permission, I have volunteered at least five hours of service.

Financial Literacy

  • I talk with my parents about money.
  • I have checked to see if I have money for college saved for me through CalKIDS.
  • I can make a plan for my money that includes spending, saving and donating.
  • I understand what a contract is (like a cell phone contract) and what it means to agree to a monthly payment.
  • I know how to create a resume and how to apply for a job or volunteer position.
  • I know the difference between credit and debit.
  • I can read a bank and credit card statement.
  • I know the difference between a checking account, a savings account and an investment account.
  • I understand how compound interest increases savings over time.
  • I know that there are different ways to pay for college and I go to workshops
  • with my parent(s)/guardian(s) to learn how to pay for college.


  • My parent(s)/guardian(s) talk to my teacher about my progress in school.

  • My family knows what my learning goals are, and my learning plans if I am in an English Learner Program or have an IEP.
  • I help out my family at home with things like doing chores or cooking a meal.
  • My family and I have talked about being proactive in asking for help when I need it.
  • My family and I have visited my local high school and learned about their specialized programs and activities.
  • I understand my culture and know the importance of respecting diversity.

College Knowledge

  • I know that I can go to college!
  • I understand that doing well in school will help me get to college.
  • I know what knowledge and skills I need to develop for my career goals.
  • My family and I have attended a college readiness workshop.
  • I have a list of colleges and researched at least three public colleges, three private colleges, and three out-of-state colleges.
  • I have visited a community college, public university and private university.
  • I understand the difference between high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements.
  • I know about A-G requirements and Honors or Advanced Placement Programs, and how they can help me prepare for college.
  • I know what a BA, BS and AA are.
  • I have talked with my parent(s)/guardian(s) and high school counselor about my four-year plans for high school

Health and Wellness

  • I sleep 9-12 hours at night.
  • I eat a variety of nutritious foods that include fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • I spend at least 60 minutes a day on physical exercise (including vigorous activity,
  • and strengthening muscles and bones).
  • I can recognize my feelings and the feelings of others and can communicate when I need help.

Digital Citizenship

  • I find balance in my digital life.
  • I care about everyone‛s privacy.
  • I know the power of my words and actions.
  • I define who I am.
  • I am a critical thinker and creator.

For more information:

To find out more about saving for college or to enroll in a college savings account click here.

To find your local library click here.

To find your local parks and recreation options click here.

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