Eighth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts
Reading & Literature
Read independently
Word analysis: etymology
Comprehension: author's intent,
    summarizing, paraphrasing, compare
    content
Wide variety of literature
Compare literary forms and types
Literary elements, rhyme, rhythm, and
    figurative language
Analysis of media: reliability, accuracy,
    point of view
Read in the content areas
Abstract vocabulary development
Words that persuade, dissuade, entertain,
    enlist

Speaking
Appropriate vocabulary and usage
Parliamentary procedure
Conduct interviews and surveys

Spelling
Assigned words
Organized study plan
Spells correctly written work

Listening
Critical thinking: fact versus opinion,
    persuasive words, nonverbal clues

Writing
Legibility
Composition: writing across the curriculum
Parts of speech: appositive nouns, collective,
    passive and active voice verbs, transitive
    and intransitive, demonstrative, intensive
    and relative pronouns, adjectives,
    adverbs, prepositions, correlative,
    conjunctions, interjections
Sentences: complex, implied, subject, direct
    and indirect objects, dependent and
    independent clauses, diagramming
Capitalization and punctuation

Study Skills and Reference
References: periodicals, Readers Guide, Bible
    commentaries
Setting goals, priorities, schedules


Art
Watercolor, oil, pastel
Sculpture and drawing
Architecture: history and construction
Graphics
Color theory
Elements and principles of design
Forms in composition
Proportion and perspective
Still life and scapes: sea, land, city, sky
Major individual project
Art history and appreciation



 

Computers
Computer accessories, scanners, voice
    recognition
Importation of graphics
Spreadsheets, data labels, displaying,
    printing
File management, subdirectories, merging,
    linking


Bible
Sources of inspired writings
The Trinity
Role of Prophets
Sin and guilt
Justification and sanctification
Practical problems young
Christians face
History and observance of the Sabbath
Faith, prayer, and forgiveness
Baptism, and Communion
State of the dead
Mission outreach of the church
Second coming


Social Studies
exploration and discovery
Conflict, growth and development: Colonial
    heritage, National Constitution, Westward
    movement, Civil War and Reconstruction,
    Industrial development, World powers, History and prophecy
Old World backgrounds
World War I, World War II,
Cold War
Meaning of democracy
Cultural diversity
Political and economic systems
Government
Advanced map and globe skills
Geography
Capitalism and other economic systems



Science & Health
God as Master designer
Plant classification, structure, process
Natural resources and ecology
Animal Behavior
Theories of origins: creation, evolution
Age of the Earth
Dinosaurs and fossils
Geologic column
Disease risk factors
Consumer, community health
Matter and its structure
Mixtures and compounds
Chemical reactions
Atomic nucleus

 

Physical Education
Motor skills: team sports, tumbling stunts,
    track, and individual activities
Concepts: safety, games strategies,
    environmental responsibility, sport history
Fitness: testing, agility, running and jogging,
    heart rate monitoring and cardiovascular
    endurance
Positive attitudes: self-worth, self-control,
    honesty, humility, patience
Interpersonal skills: cooperation,
    sportsmanship, leadership, respect


Music

Irregular meter patterns
Major key signatures
Music and instruments of the Renaissance
    period
Homophonic and polyphonic chords
19th Century and contemporary Seventh-day Adventist hymns
Contemporary music media
Symphonic form
Modulation
Conducting patterns
Accompaniment
Chords
Minor scale patterns
Cultural scale patterns
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal


Mathematics

Maintaining skills in fundamental operations
Solving for an unknown quantity using inverse
    operations
Ratios, proportions, and percent
Graphing coordinates, inequalities, systems of
    equations, ordered pairs, on a number line
Equalities and inequalities
Formulas and equations
Operations and functions of integers
Geometric concepts terms and construction
Standard and metric measurements
Problem solving and applications
Squares and square root
Integers: operations, functions as exponents
Rational numbers, comparing, ordering, and
    computing
Ordering, and computing
Using triangles to solve problems
Permutations
Statistics and probability