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Eighth Grade

Welcome to Eighth Grade!

Mathematics

Pre-Algebra 8- The tools of Algebra, operations with integers and rational numbers, expressions, equations, and inequalities, ratios, proportions, and similar figures, percent, linear functions and graphing, powers and nonlinear functions, real numbers and right triangles, distance and angle, surface area and volume, statistics and probability

Algebra 1- Expressions, equations, and functions; linear equations, functions, and inequalities; equations of linear functions; exponents and exponential functions; quadratic expressions and equations; quadratic equations

Algebra 1 Honors- Expressions, equations, and functions; linear equations, functions, and inequalities; equations of linear functions; exponents and exponential functions; quadratic expressions and equations; quadratic functions and equations; radical functions and geometry; rational functions and equations.

Language Arts

Grammar – Combining grammar, writing, and vocabulary allows students to continuously improve their oral and written conversational skills. Upon completion of this course, students are able to implement the proper use of complex grammar in various writing assignments.

Literature - With an emphasis on preparation for high school, students read novels, short stories, poetry, plays and expository text relating to historical context and current events. Upon completion of the course, students understand how to analyze plot, theme, and characterization as well as strategies and higher order thinking skills necessary for comprehension of advanced level text.

History

Modern World History – Starting with the Fall of Rome, this class traces the major themes, philosophies, interactions, and civilizations that have shaped our modern world. The goal of the class is to provide students with a practical understanding of the historical underpinnings of current world events. To accomplish this, students investigate the historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts for the last 1500 years.

Science

Physical Science – Eighth grade Physical Science stresses an in-depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. Major areas covered during the school year include organization and use of the periodic table, chemical nomenclature, physical and chemical changes, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, fluids and forces, and work, force, and motion.

Bible

8th Grade Bible is broken into 2 segments – Logic and Apologetics. Using The Argument Builder curriculum, students will learn to recognize different types of persuasive techniques and fallacies that attempt to derail them as well as how to build strong arguments that support their beliefs. By knowing how to support their beliefs, they are better equipped to explain those beliefs to others as well as not being easily swayed by others who are using weak or illogical arguments. In the second portion of 8th Grade Bible, we study Apologetics. The goal of Apologetics is to strengthen students’ ability to understand and explain what they believe and why they believe it to help them stand firm in their faith. Particular attention is given to how to refute current challenges of Christianity. Popular world religions are also explored with special consideration being given to the religion of Islam.