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Eighth Grade Curriculum
In Eighth grade, English students continue to focus on improving their writing skills through writing poetry, short stories, and responses to various forms of literature. Students are encouraged to look at all literature with a critical eye towards author focus, style, and objective. Students read short stories by Poe, London, Jewett, and Hemingway. The students read novels by Avi, Orwell, Lowry, and Feiffer. Throughout the year, students build their writing styles repertoire to include narrative, concrete, invented language and free verse poetry, short stories, dialogue, personal reflection, and newspaper articles. As a culmination to their work, the students complete a multi-genre research paper.
Students examine elementary algebra and its language, which includes properties and sets of real numbers, equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, the coordinate plane, graphing linear equations, and introduction to radicals. Pre-requisite to this course is Pre-Algebra. Based on a final year average of 85% or higher, students move on to geometry. Eighth grade students with less than an 85% yearly average retake Algebra I in Ninth grade. Students with final year averages of 95% or higher may be recommended to “double up” and take both geometry and Algebra II the next year.
The Physical Science course teaches the foundations of chemistry and physics. The chemistry portion involves atoms, molecules, elements, compounds, and mixtures. The students will study the periodic table, chemical equations, and the gas laws. The physics portion involves the forces of nature, motion, acceleration, velocities, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Students will work with simple machines, rockets, airplanes, mousetrap cars, periscopes, and dc motors. Each quarter the students will also present an outside project to the class.
This course begins with prehistory and extends through the medieval period. It embraces a study of the four centers of ancient civilization (the Middle East, Egypt, India, and China), a survey of Greek, Roman, and early Christian cultures, and an introduction to Russian and Islamic cultures and history. The course explores the facts, interpretations, and significance of the events of the past. It analyzes the various peoples of the world from an interdisciplinary perspective through a look at their geography, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, arts, important persons, customs and traditions, and contributions to civilization.