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8TH Grade Course Information for 2020 - 2021
 

2020-21 8th Grade Course Descriptions

 

Mathematics Courses

Math 8: In Grade 8, instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. (1 Carnegie Unit – High School Credit)

 

Honors Math 8:  In Grade 8, instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. (1 Carnegie Unit – High School Credit)

 

English Courses

English 8: This course develops the student’s communication skills, especially through writing, with emphasis on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  The student’s reading, reasoning, and comprehension skills are developed by utilizing varied high-quality literary and informational texts and reading materials.  The course also enhances the student’s use and knowledge of language skills.

 

Honors English 8: This class is designed for highly motivated students who have mastered the general curriculum.  The class includes an in depth study of grammar, composition, and literature.  It also fosters development of language skills, the writing process, and an appreciation of literature.  Students will be required to compose original poems, essays, and a critical analysis.  

 

Science Courses

Science 8:  Eighth grade science is designed to build connections that link technology and societal impacts to topics such as properties and changes of properties of matter, motions and forces, energy transfer, structure and function in living systems, and the structure of the Earth and space systems. Throughout the teaching process, inquiry, safety skills, the scientific method process, measuring, use of scientific equipment, current events, environmental, and hands-on activities should be emphasized.

 

Social Studies Courses

United States History 8: United States History in eighth grade covers early exploration to post Civil War Reconstruction. Throughout the year, students will use concepts in civics, economics, and geography. Students will strengthen their skills in using maps, interpreting primary sources, and historical thinking. 

 

Technology Courses

ICT 2 (Information and Communication Technology):  This required class will teach computer applications in word processing, graphics, databases, telecommunications, spreadsheets, and desktop publishing.  This course will integrate communication and mathematics skills, with expanded basics in problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, human relations, career exploration, planning, organization, and personal skills. (1 Carnegie Unit – High School Credit)

 

 

2020-21 8th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

 

Foreign Language Electives

Spanish 1 – Spanish course is open to 8th grade students who meet the pre-requisites. Students must have a 90 average in English (85 in Honors English) and an overall 85 average in order to sign up for this class.  Year-long course. (1 Carnegie Unit – High School Credit)

 

Introduction to Foreign Language - This semester course introduces students to the concepts common to the introductory level of the foreign language of Spanish and its cultures. These concepts will be explored, but mastery is not expected at this level.  This course is not a prerequisite to French 1 or Spanish 1 at the middle school.  **If taken in 7th grade, do not choose again.  One semester course.

 

Fine Arts Electives

Art 1 – This class is centered around discussion and application of the 7 Elements of Art, which are covered independently throughout the semester. Each element is partnered with an art project, giving students an opportunity to exhibit comprehension and mastery of subject matter. One Semester. Fee: $8.
 

Art 2 – Must have taken and passed Art 1. As an extension of Art I, students will dive deeper into what makes "good art" by applying the Elements and Principles of Art to their assignments. Concentration will be placed on more in depth projects, keeping an inspiration journal, learning how to critique art and understanding why these elements are important to being an effective artist. One Semester. Fee: $8.

 

Choir – Audition required.  Ensemble, Bella Voce, Show, and Concert choirs offer students a variety of opportunities to express their talents. Students will perform seasonal concerts and competitions will be entered based upon the discretion of the director.  Students are required to purchase attire and pay the $20 fee.  Year-long course.

 

Introduction to Choir – Beginner choir course.  No audition needed. Must pay $20 fee and purchase a t-shirt. Year-long course.

 

Music Appreciation – Music Appreciation is an introductory course to music. Students will research and explore music in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. The students will begin by examining basic music literacy and core musical elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, form, and texture. They will research the musical time periods and will learn about the different musical instruments of the orchestra. One Semester.

 

Varsity Band – Expands and develops concepts learned in Beginning Band.  Course covers musical concepts from a beginner to intermediate level.  Students must practice every day and are required to attend some after-school rehearsals and performances.  Instrument must be provided by the student.  Approval from the band director is required.  Year-long course.

 

Concert Band – Concert Band will expand and further develop the student’s performance proficiency.  Students will cover musical concepts at an intermediate level.  Grades will be given for all required after school rehearsals and performances.  The student must practice daily and shall provide an instrument and accessories of the highest quality possible.  Approval from the band director is required.  Year-long course.

 

Symphonic Band – Symphonic Band will expand and further develop the student’s performance proficiency.  Course will cover musical concepts at an intermediate to advanced level.  Grades will be given for all required after-school activities, including rehearsals, football game performances, parades, concerts, and all other performances.  The student should play on an advanced instrument with accessories of the highest quality and must practice daily.  Approval from the band director is required.  Year-long course.

 

Jazz band – This course will expand and further develop the student’s performance.  Students will learn jazz style, jazz appreciation, and jazz improvisation.  Grades will be given for all required after-school activities.  Students must provide their own instrument.  Approval from the band director is required.  Year-long course.

 

Physical Education Courses

Physical Education – Development of sports skills, leadership and sportsmanship.  Sports activities may include basketball, soccer, kickball, softball, wiffleball, volleyball, and touch or tag football. Students who choose PE all year must dress out and participate in order to remain in the class for the full year.   Semester or year-long course. Fee: $14.

 

Athletic Performance Training (APT) – APT is a weight training course for student athletes. This class reviews athletic training equipment and trains athletes in basic weight training techniques. To sign up for APT, you must notify your athletic coach of your interest. APT can be taken each semester and will replace regular PE. You will only be added to APT if you are on the list created by the school coaches. The majority of athletes consist of football players, however, other student athletes can sign up. One Semester - however - you are required to sign up all year.

 

Other Electives

Teen Leadership – Teen Leadership is a program in which students develop leadership, personal, and business skills.  They will develop an understanding of Emotional Intelligence, which include self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation, and social skills.  Students will develop their public speaking skills, an understanding of personal image, and the need for goal setting. **If taken in 7th Grade do not choose again. One semester. Fee: $8

 

Media Communications  – In this class, students will have a first-hand experience learning about media productions. This is an interactive class revolving around filming, editing, and acting. Throughout this one semester class, students will learn about the history of cinema and film techniques.  Students will apply this knowledge to producing their own creative movies.  One semester course.  **If taken in 7th grade do not choose again, unless you have teacher approval. Fee: $5.

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Electives

Design and Modeling - Students discover and apply the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned to design toys, biomedical supplies and modifications for people with disabilities.  Academic pre-requisites must be met in order to sign up.  There are a limited number of classes.  If necessary, there will be a drawing for available spaces. **If taken in 7th Grade do not choose again. One semester course.

Medical Detectives- Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health. This is a rigorous elective class that requires focus and hard work. Academic pre-requisites must be met in order to sign up.  There are a limited number of classes.  If necessary, there will be a drawing for available spaces.  One semester course.

*You may only sign up for one of the STEM classes.

7TH Grade Course Information for 2020 - 2021
 

2020-21 7th Grade Course Descriptions

 

English Courses

English – Seventh grade English is a year-long language arts course that integrates various aspects of the English language to include reading comprehension, writing, listening, thinking, grammar, and an appreciation of literature in the effort to produce highly competent and well versed students.  During the course, students will be required to complete several essays in the following modes of composition: narrative, informative, and argumentative. Additionally, students will be assigned novels as well as shorter pieces of literature to read, analyze, and discuss. 

 

Honors English – This class is designed for highly motivated students who have mastered the general curriculum and have a strong work ethic.  The class includes an in depth study of grammar, composition, and literary elements.  It fosters the development of language skills, the writing process and an appreciation of literature.  Students will be required to compose a variety of texts including literary analysis.  Honors placement to be determined by a combination of the following: 6th grade English average through the 3rd quarter, 5th grade MAAP scores, iReady, and EADMS/common assessments.

 

Math Courses

Math - The first part of this course will review addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts and properties.  These operations will be used in a study of whole numbers, decimals and fractions.  Work with ratios, proportions and percents are extended, and more advanced concepts of geometry are illustrated. 

 

Honors MathThis class is designed for highly motivated students who have mastered the general curriculum and have a strong work ethic. The first part of this course will review addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts and properties.  These operations will be used in a study of whole numbers, decimals and fractions.  Work with ratios, proportions and percents are extended, and more advanced concepts of geometry are illustrated. Honors placement to be determined by a combination of the following: 6th grade Math average through the 3rd quarter, 5th grade MAAP scores, iReady, and EADMS/common assessments.

 

Science Courses

Science - Seventh grade science topics include properties and changes of properties of matter, motions and forces, energy transfer, structure and function in living systems, and the structure of the Earth system. The competencies and objectives covered in this course allow students to make concrete associations using the processes of science in solving problems, making decisions, and furthering understanding.Throughout the teaching process, inquiry, safety skills, the scientific method process, measuring, use of scientific equipment, current events, environmental, and hands-on activities should be emphasized.

 

Social Studies Courses

World History – Pre-Historic Era to the Age of Enlightenment – Students in World History take a journey back through centuries to study historic events and cultures. The journey helps students understand modern society. Topics examined include the fall of the Roman Empire, the deserts of the Middle East and the spread of Islam, the African savannah and its kingdoms, Japan and China in the Middle Ages, the Feudal and Renaissance eras of Europe, and early civilizations in Central and South America.

 

Technology Courses

Cyber Foundations I - Cyber Foundations I is an innovative instructional program that prepares students to effectively use technology in learning, communication, life, and introduces them to the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills used in computing which is impacting every career field. Students in Cyber Foundations I complete study in interpersonal and self-directional skills, basic technology operation, technology concepts, ethical issues in technology, keyboarding, technology communication tools, technology resource tools, multimedia presentation applications, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, problem solving, web development, and blockbased programming. (1 Carnegie Unit – High School Credit)final grade will reflect on high school transcript

 

Elective Course Descriptions

Foreign Language Elective

Introduction to Foreign LanguageOne Semester (1/2 Unit). This semester course introduces students to the concepts common to the introductory levels of the foreign language of Spanish and its cultures. These concepts will be explored, but mastery is not expected at this level. This course is not a prerequisite to Spanish 1 at the middle school. (Spanish 1 is offered in 8th grade)

 

Fine Arts Electives

Art 1One Semester (1/2 Unit). This class is centered around discussion and application of the 7 Elements of Art, which are covered independently throughout the semester. Each element is partnered with an art project, giving students an opportunity to exhibit comprehension and mastery of subject matter. Fee: $8.

 

Choir – One Year (1 Unit). Audition required.  Ensemble, Bella Voce, Show, and Concert choirs offer students a variety of opportunities to express their talents. Students will perform seasonal concerts and competitions will be entered based upon the discretion of the director.  Students are required to purchase attire and pay the $20 fee

 

Introduction to Choir – One Year (1 Unit). Beginner choir course.  No audition needed. Must pay $20 fee and purchase a t-shirt.

 

Music Appreciation – One Semester (1/2 Unit). Music Appreciation is an introductory course to music. Students will research and explore music in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. The students will begin by examining basic music literacy and core musical elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, form, and texture. They will research the musical time periods and will learn about the different musical instruments of the orchestra.

 

Varsity Band – One Year (1 Unit). Expands and develops concepts learned in Beginning Band.  Course covers musical concepts from a beginner to intermediate level.  Students must practice every day and are required to attend some after-school rehearsals and performances.  Instrument must be provided by the student.  Approval from the band director is required. 

 

Concert Band – One Year (1 Unit). Concert Band will expand and further develop the student’s performance proficiency.  Students will cover musical concepts at an intermediate level.  Grades will be given for all required after school rehearsals and performances.  The student must practice daily and shall provide an instrument and accessories of the highest quality possible.  Approval from the band director is required. 

 

Symphonic Band – One Year (1 Unit). Symphonic Band will expand and further develop the student’s performance proficiency.  Course will cover musical concepts at an intermediate to advanced level.  Grades will be given for all required after-school activities, including rehearsals, football game performances, parades, concerts, and all other performances.  The student should play on an advanced instrument with accessories of the highest quality and must practice daily.  Approval from the band director is required. 

 

Jazz Band – One Year (1 Unit). This course will expand and further develop the student’s performance.  Students will learn jazz style, jazz appreciation, and jazz improvisation.  Grades will be given for all required after-school activities.  Students must provide their own instrument.  Approval from the band director is required. 

 

Physical Education Courses

Physical Education – One Semester (1/2 Unit) or One Year (1 Unit). Development of sports skills, leadership and sportsmanship.  Sports activities may include basketball, soccer, kickball, softball, wiffleball, volleyball, and touch or tag football. Students who choose PE all year must dress out and participate in order to remain in the class for the full year. Fee: $14.

 **You must take PE for ONE YEAR if you are not taking another year long elective, such as Band or Choir. 

 

Athletic Performance Training (APT) – One Semester (1/2 Unit) - however - you are required to sign up all year. APT is a weight training course for student athletes. This class reviews athletic training equipment and trains athletes in basic weight training techniques. To sign up for APT, you must notify your athletic coach of your interest. APT can be taken each semester and will replace regular PE. You will only be added to APT if you are on the list created by the school coaches. The majority of athletes consist of football players, however, other student athletes can sign up.

 

 **You will choose PE or APT, you cannot choose both.

Other Electives

Teen Leadership – One Semester (1/2 Unit). Teen Leadership is a program in which students develop leadership, personal, and business skills.  They will develop an understanding of Emotional Intelligence, which include self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation, and social skills.  Students will develop their public speaking skills, an understanding of personal image, and the need for goal setting. **If taken in 7th Grade do not choose again. Fee: $8

 

Media Communications  – One Semester (1/2 Unit). In this class, students will have a first-hand experience learning about media productions. This is an interactive class revolving around filming, editing, and acting. Throughout this one semester class, students will learn about the history of cinema and film techniques. Students will apply this knowledge to producing their own creative movies. Fee: $5.

**To be eligible for Media Communications, students must have no discipline from the previous school year, as well as, a B average from the previous school year.

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Elective

Design and Modeling - One Semester (1/2 Unit). Students discover and apply the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned to design toys, biomedical supplies and modifications for people with disabilities.  Academic pre-requisites must be met in order to sign up.  There are a limited number of classes.  If necessary, there will be a drawing for available spaces.

 **To be eligible for Design and Modeling, students must have a minimum average of 90 in BOTH Math and Science from the previous school year.