8th Grade Curriculum
Eighth Grade will be studying the first three books of the series The 10 Basic Steps toward Christian Maturity, a Campus Crusade for Christ Bible study series that will stimulate the student to explore the depths and riches of God’s Word. It will provide a sure foundation for their faith.
Prentice-Hall’s Literature and Houghton-Mifflin’s English are the texts for integrated language arts (ILA). Reading, spelling, vocabulary, word origins, grammar, and writing skills culminating in a term paper at the end of the year are incorporated into the program. Thinking Maps, graphic organizers, are implemented in organizing thoughts, ideas, and materials in all academic areas. They are basic to forming sentences and writing paragraphs in the writing process program, 6+1 Trait Writing. Students will also be expected to do independent reading and participate in the Accelerated Reading program. Assessment will be based on oral and written exercises, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects.
For math, students will be placed in either Saxon Math Course 3 or Saxon Algebra 1. Placement will be determined by standardized testing scores, placement testing, teacher recommendation, and grades. Saxon Math Course 3 (pre-Algebra) is preparation for taking Algebra 1 in high school. Homework and class attendance are essential, because new concepts such as solving two-step equations, calculating ratios and proportions, using the distributive property, and graphing functions are introduced daily. Students will be tested after every fifth lesson. These test scores, along with homework, learning logs, and quizzes, will be used to assess student progress. A required exam is given at the completion of the course. In Saxon Algebra 1 (a high school credit course), students will learn to make connection and build relationships between algebra and arithmetic, geometry, probability, and statistics. Students will use algebra as a tool representing and solving a variety of practical problems. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities. Assessment will be determined by tests, learning logs, quizzes, and homework. A required exam is given at the completion of the course.
Physical science emphasizes in-depth investigation of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. Major areas include temperature, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism. Prentice-Hall’s Science Explor: Physical Science is the primary text for physical and chemical changes and nuclear reactions.
Silver Burdett Ginn’s World Geography is the text for social studies. Students will study the countries in each continent, their culture, geography, language, landforms, and regions. Maps, charts, and the text will be used to develop chronology, technology, and research skills. Assessment will be derived from homework, class work, quizzes, tests, and projects.
Eighth graders study the second half of Spanish I begun in seventh grade using McDougal Littell’s En Espanol B. Successful completion of the course will merit high school credit. Assessment is based on homework, class work, quizzes, tests, projects, a midterm exam, and a final exam.