8th Grade Curriculum
Bible: New Testament Survey
The New Testament is God’s final revelation to man. It is here that we find the eternal God revealed through the life and words of Christ and His love revealed through the cross. The New Testament stands as the completion of all that God had foreshadowed in the previous ages. The Life of Christ/Acts Course seeks to present Christ as the revealer of God’s final truth to man. His life, ministry, and death are given the central place of discussion. The student of the early Church, as empowered by God’s Spirit, is also studied.
In this course, students will analyze short stories, read a Shakespearean play, and study selections pertaining to the Holocaust era. Through this, the students will learn about such literary devices as characterization, setting, plot, theme, imagery, and irony. Students will read Animal Farm and use this novel as a springboard for writing their own research paper. The techniques for writing a five-paragraph essay will also be covered. Correct grammar usage will be emphasized. Weekly vocabulary units of study are covered throughout the course.
Math: Honors Algebra I
This eighth grade course is designed for the student who is very proficient in mathematics. This course covers all of the same topics as the Algebra I course, with additional work in equalities with absolute value, numbers in base through sixteen, negative exponents, and graphs of simple polynomial functions. Greater emphasis is placed on the structure of mathematics and applications are more complex.
Math: Algebra I
The solution of linear equations and inequalities together with the graphing of linear functions form the core of this eighth grade course. Polynomial operations and factoring are thoroughly developed and applied to algebraic fractions. Within the structure of the real number system, students are introduced to systems of linear equations, radical equations, quadratic equations, and fractional equations. Verbal problems are used throughout the course to relate algebra to everyday situations and to develop problem-solving skills.
This eighth grade course represents the culmination of arithmetic skills and a continuation of pre-algebra concepts. Integers, percents, fractions, and rational numbers are studied as well as equations, inequalities, and graphing. Geometry is included with statistics and probability. This course prepares students for Basic Algebra Part I in ninth grade.
Science: Earth Science
In this course, and overview of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and space are introduced. Students are given the opportunity to research the difference between creation and evolution; and to plan, design and assemble a solar car. A variety of teaching methods are used in order to best meet the needs of our individual students.
Social Studies: American History
This course surveys American History from the arrival of Native Americans through 1870. Highlights include in-depth studies of the Age of Exploration, colonial English colonies (including a two day trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia), the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Early documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are studied. A History Day research project is also a course requirement.
The foundational elements form and value are reviewed and additional elements such as the unity in page design and use of color are added. Various art mediums are used and combined to help all students stretch and build their skills.
Foreign Language: German or Spanish
The purpose of this eighth grade course is to introduce students to the cultures and languages of other countries. The student will be able to communicate in and understand the basic structures of the target language. They will gain insight into the rich traditions of other cultures, as they learn to appreciate and respect the people of those cultures.
Middle School Chorus
Students in Chorus will receive instruction and gain experience in choral singing. They will be required to memorize musical selections which will be performed at school concerts, the Fine Arts Festival, and several other concerts during the school day or after school hours. Part of the grade will be contingent on attendance and participation at all scheduled performances. Students will also study basic music theory concepts and be tested for understanding.
Middle School Band
In Band, instrumentalists apply the basic skills they have learned in the early years on their instrument to an ensemble environment. Techniques such as phrasing, intonation, interpretation, and critical listening are introduced and applied at an intermediate level. It is expected that students will continue with private music lessons so that technical facilities continue to mature in preparation for High School Band.
The students will be required to apply their elementary computer instruction to projects based on their other instructional courses. The technology education instructor will work closely with the classroom teacher and librarian to develop a program specific to the needs of the students as they relate to individual courses. For example, the 8th grade students will be given specific instruction on primary sources on the internet prior to the History Day project.
The Middle School sports and PE program will introduce students to a variety of sports and offer all students the chance to participate at a level that best meets their individual needs. Some students will participate competitively against other area schools; while others will be involved in an intramural program. We will strive to develop good sportsmanship and an appreciation and understanding of the rules of a variety of games and activities. Healthy lifestyle choices will be stressed.