I Can Statement - 8th Grade

Reading and Language Arts

I Can…

  • Identify verb moods such as indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjective.
  • Demonstrate the relationship between words to find meaning.
  • Recognize the difference between explicitly stated and inferred information. 
  • Use verbs in active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjective mood.
  • Recognize the difference between inference and what is explicitly stated.
  • Identify use of ellipsis.
  • Identify structural elements of two or more texts.
  • Compare and contrast themes in modern fiction to myth/traditional story/religious work.
  • Identify verbals such as gerunds and participles.
  • Present claims and findings emphasizing salient points with well-chosen details.
  • Determine how to introduce claims and acknowledge alternate or opposing claims.
  • Write an argument to support claims with clear, logical reasons, and relevant evidence.
  • Develop a topic using definitions, concrete details, quotations, examples, and other information.
  • Write informative/ explanatory texts to explain concepts and information.
  • Conduct short research projects that draw on several sources. 


I Can…

  • Create, compose, and articulate spontaneous prayer to deepen one’s relationship with God.
  • Can conduct a personal examination of  conscience.
  • Relate emerging self-knowledge to the ways in which God relates to us theologically, morally, and through our spiritual sensibilities.
  • Articulate and describe positive and negative examples of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. 



I  Can…

  • Write, solve, graph, and comprehend real-world situations involving linear functions. 
  • Graph and understand various functions such as absolute value, exponential, and square root. 
  • Solve and graph systems of two linear equations with two variables.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and factor polynomials.
  • Explain the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions.
  • Solve how the quadratic function works and how to manipulate its graph.
  • Analyze data and work with basic probability such as permutations and combinations.



I Can…

  • Model how molecules form based on the patterns in the periodic table.
  • Construct and defend argument on gravitational forces using data collected.
  • Develop the historical perspective of the atomic and molecular theory. 
  • Conduct an experiment and collect data to support the law of conservation of thermal energy.
  • Explain that waves have wavelength,  frequency, and amplitude. 
  • Describe Newton’s Law of Gravitation. 
  • Compare and contrast basic chemical reactions.



Social Studies

I Can…

  • Demonstrate ways in which a citizen may participate in public policy debates.
  • Identify the economic roles of institutions.
  • Analyze the cause and effect relationship of different events over time.
  • Research the political values of freedom. Democracy, equality, and justice as embodied in important documents.
  • Critically analyze current events in the United States and the World.
  • Explain the role and impact of civil actions.
  • Describe the role and effects of international organizations and political alliances throughout the World.