English 

Scholars in 8th grade English will analyze high-quality, complex nonfiction texts and great works of literature. Scholars learn how to cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis or critique. Scholars are primed to question an author’s assumptions and assess the accuracy of his or her claims as the writing focus continues to be argumentation. Instruction focuses on helping scholars become adept at reading closely and uncovering evidence to use in their own writing. Scholars will analyze in writing two or more texts that provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify whether the disagreement is over facts or interpretation. Scholars develop a rich vocabulary of academic words, which they use to speak and write with more precision. Scholars will write with increasing sophistication, focusing on organizing ideas, concepts and information using the Schaffer method for writing. 

Honors English

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

Honors English builds on scholar recognition and writing about an author’s use of language. Scholars will be prepared to read and write critically about literature and related ideas. Scholars continue to read nonfiction text and literature with a shift from narrative to expository text.

Math

Pre-Algebra develops scholars' understanding of integer exponents, proportional relationships, lines and linear equations, pairs of simultaneous linear equations, functions and the Pythagorean Theorem. Scholars learn how to calculate surface areas and volumes of various common shapes. Scholars learn how to set up and solve basic algebraic equations, calculate the slope of a line and utilize basic data analysis methods.   

Honors Math

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

Honors Pre-Algebra is designed to prepare scholars for future Advanced Placement classes in high school. Scholars will study more thoroughly  integer exponents, proportional relationships, lines and linear equations, pairs of simultaneous linear equations, functions and the Pythagorean Theorem.

U.S. History

U.S. History focuses on the American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras (1754-1877) in which scholars describe and analyze the major causes, key events and important personalities of the American Revolution. We examine in greater depth the factors, events, documents, significant individuals and political ideas that led to the formation of the United States of America. These are pursued through a chronological study of the early national period, westward expansion and the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. Citizenship skills focus upon the historic development and understanding of constitutional government in the United States.

Honors U.S. History

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

Honors U.S. History covers the American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. Scholars examine in greater depth the factors, events, documents, significant individuals and political ideas that led to the formation of the United States of America. Throughout the year scholars continue to develop and put to use a variety of social studies processes and literacy skills, and prepare scholars for future honors and Advanced Placement history courses in high school.

 

Science

8th Grade Science focuses on physical sciences as well as understanding the comprehensive field of science from 6th and 7th grade. Scholars investigate the physical structures of our earth, including plate tectonics, landforms, geological processes and energy. Scholars discover their place in the universe by investigating the physical nature of the solar system and beyond. 8th Grade Science investigates the chemical sciences of the universe through our study of atoms, elements and the periodic table. Finally, the investigation of science includes the concept of energy and energy transfer in the world. The remarkable changes that allow life to exist and thrive on the planet requires a complex energy dynamic. Scholars use science and inquiry to argue for all aspects of the scientific community.  Eighth grade science utilizes PITSCO labs. This is an innovative method of scientific, self-paced and interactive discovery. With a focus on physical science, each lab is structured so scholars have the opportunity to learn various concepts within a class period.

Honors Science

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

Honors Science features increased rigor and enrichment through in-class engagement of scholars in projects and investigations of long duration. Scholars gain understandings about scientific inquiry, the unifying processes and concepts of science, the relationships between science and technology, the history and nature of science and science in personal and social perspectives.

Technology

8th Grade Technology builds upon previously learned skills and is designed to be completely project-based where scholars are shown how to explore, organize and create designs with computer applications and programs, including G Suite. Scholars receive coaching on email etiquette, how to give oral presentations and the importance of public speaking individually and within a group. Scholars work in programs such as Garage Band, Lifestyle Learning, WeMovie, Canva, iPhoto/iMovie, Youtube, and Khan Academy (coding) throughout the school year. These programs allow scholars to become proficient in real-world applications to prepare them for real-world careers. Eighth grade technology engages in cross-curricular content such as exploring research techniques, formulating equations and incorporating science and history topics for projects. Additionally, Eighth grade technology introduces coding and continues to develop scholar’s typing skills through daily practice and monthly goals where the end of-the-year goal for every scholar is to type at least 60 wpm with 80% accuracy.

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