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Grade 8

English Language Arts

Eighth grade students use oral language, written language, and other media and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. They continue to refine their study of language and grammar in order to speak and write effectively.

Although emphasis in eighth grade is placed on using information for a specific task, students also: express individual perspectives through analysis and personal response; refine understanding and use of argument; critically analyze print and non-print communication; use effective sentence construction and edit for improvements in sentence formation, usage, mechanics, and spelling and interpret and evaluate a wide range of literature.

Math

Students will cover the following topics: real numbers; ratio, proportion, and percent; linear functions; factors and multiples; Pythagorean theorem, indirect measurement; box plots and histograms; scatterplots; volume and surface area; slope; equations and inequalities. Students will solve relevant and authentic problems; using appropriate technology and apply these concepts as well as those developed in earlier years.

Science

Learners will study natural and technological systems. All goals should focus on the unifying concepts of science defined by the National Science Education Standards: Systems, Order, and Organization; Evidence, Models, and Explanation; Constancy, Change, and Measurement; Evolution and Equilibrium; and Form and Function. The skills of inquiry and technological design are targeted for mastery.

Students will cover the following topics: scientific inquiry, technological design, the hydrosphere, chemistry, evolution theory and cellular biology.

Social Studies

Eighth grade students examine the roles of people, events, and issues in North Carolina history that have contributed to the unique character of the state today. Building on the fourth grade introduction, the time frame for this course emphasizes revolutionary to contemporary times. The organization is primarily chronological and reference is made to the key national phenomena that impacted North Carolina throughout these periods. Although the value and methods of historical study as a way of learning about people are stressed, key concepts of geography, civics, and economics are incorporated throughout the course for a fuller understanding of the significance of the people, events, and issues. Inherent to the study of North Carolina history is a continuing examination of local, state, and national government structures.

Computers

Students will cover the following topics: responsible and safe use of online resources, using Copyright and Fair Use guidelines, using spreadsheets and databases relevant to classroom assignments, choosing charts/tables or graphs to best represent data, conducting online research and evaluating the information found, using word processing/desktop publishing for classroom assignments/projects and selecting and using a variety of technological tools to develop projects in content areas.Healthful Living

Students will cover the following topics: fads affect on health, Heimlich maneuver and CPR, media literacy, signs and symptoms of depression, balancing caloric intake with expenditure, eating disorders, performance enhancing drugs, effects of drugs and alcohol, student’s workout at a vigorous exercise rate for 60 minutes daily, utilize technology to research personal wellness, advanced skill in team, individual, or dual activities including dance and knowledge for a safe environment to participate in physical activity.

Art

Students will cover the following topics: planning and organizing for unique and original solutions, seeking inspiration from other artists, using increasingly complex ideas and original expressions, developing expressive media techniques to reach an original and personal solution, developing original solutions, using environmental imagery, the history, purpose and function of visual arts, evaluating the effectiveness of a work of art, critiquing artwork, interpreting and analysing and assessing the ways art enhances all aspects of life.

Music

Students will cover the following topics: demonstrating appropriate expressive and technical vocal and instrumental practices, demonstrating pitch and rhythmic accuracy, reading and notating rhythmic and melodic patterns, identifying and applying traditional symbols and terms and using appropriate terminology, improvising, composing, and arranging music, listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music, developing understanding of music in relation to history, culture, and other content areas and showing respect for the efforts of others.

Foreign Language

Students are taught depending on their skill level: Beginning, Continuing or Exploratory.