Students review and expand their editing and grammar skills by analyzing words, phrases, clauses and sentences; by learning to use verbals; and by combining sentences using more complex clauses. Student writing focuses on analyzing, evaluating, summarizing, paraphrasing, and personally reacting to published works using specific formats such as essay, short story, research, and poetry to accomplish writing goals. The curriculum is often integrated with U.S. history topics.
Students are either placed in Pre-Algebra or Algebra I based on assessment scores or performance in Math 7.
Science 8 addresses earth science on a deeper level and covers the following topics: Rocks and Minerals, the Earth’s Surface, the Solar System, the earth and its Resources, Oceans and Water, Weather, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, and Volcanoes.
Social Studies 8 is a survey course of the history of America from prehistory to the present. Emphasis is placed on personalities and events that have shaped the American character and the Constitution. Maps, charts, and pictures help students explore a fascinating account of U.S. history.