Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Junior High School Faculty

Mrs. Middaugh - Literature

Mr. Jim Weir - Religion

Mrs. Welcher - Math

Mrs. Wragg - Science and Social Studies

 

Curriculum


LiteratureReading 7

Text: Mirrors and Windows; EMC Publishing. 2012 Lord of the Flies, A Separate Peace, and various short stories and poems.

Primary units: poetry, literary devices, novel studies, literary analysis, and short stories

Skills taught: reading comprehension, literary analysis, poem and short story annotation, character analysis, asking and answering open-ended questions, gathering relevant data through research, paraphrasing and quoting accurately, defining and defending a thesis and observations in texts, and using context clues to understand word meaning

Teaching methods and resources used:  lecture, class discussion, debate, teacher made assignments and assignments from text, group projects, internet, videos, papers, journal writings, short answer questions, text analysis questions, and test and quizzes


Language ArtsLA Bronze

TextWriting and Grammar Bronze Level; Prentice Hall

Primary units :
Grammar: Parts of sentences; Nouns; Verbs; Pronouns; Adverbs; Prepositions; Adjectives; Punctuation; Listening; Study skills; Clauses; Phrases;

Writing: Narrative; Persuasive; Descriptive; Research; Short story; 6+1 Traits of Writing

Skills taught: capitalization and punctuation; word usage; vocabulary; sentence combining; writing process; study skills; dialogue and quotations; possessives; connotation; antonyms and synonyms; paraphrasing and note taking; fact and opinion; research and library skills; homophones and homographs.

Teaching methods and resources used: Lecture; class discussion; oral drills; journals; peer tutoring; tests; skits; art projects; bulletin boards; charts; computers; language games; workbooks; dictionaries; thesaurus; letter writing

 

Mathematics


TextHolt McDougal Pre-Algebra

The curriculum that will be covered this year is as follows:
Discussion of Irrational numbers; work with radicals and integer exponents; understand connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations; analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations; functions; use of functions to model problems; understand congruence and similarity in geometry; use the Pythagorean Theorem; solve problems using volume of cylinders, cones and spheres; investigate patterns of association in data(scatter plots, outliers, clustering, etc)

 

ALGEBRA

Text: Holt McDougal Algebra I

The curriculum to be covered this year include the following:
Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials ; understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials; use polynomial identities to solve problems; rewrite rational expressions; create equations that describe numbers or relationships; solve equations and inequalities with one variable; solve systems of equations; represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically

 

 Social Studies


SS 7

TextsWorld History Journey Across Time 2008 McGraw-Hill and An Arkansas History for Young People 2008 The University of Arkansas Press

Primary units: Geography; Renaissance and Reformation: Enlightenment; Industry and Nationalism; Imperialism and World War I; Early Arkansans; Exploration; Statehood and Slavery

Skills taught: basic map skills, organization of information, note-taking and revision, wiring as a fundamental tool to learn, discussion as a mode of learning, reading and deciphering tables and charts, timelines, discussion of current events and their affect on students, using the internet as a source of information, and using primary documents as a source to create a thesis statement and essay

Teaching methods and resources used: lecture, class discussion, assignments from text, map assignments, group projects, videos, charts, newspapers, internet, data based questions, and test and quizzes.


ScienceScience 7

Text: Glencoe Science Level Blue

Primary units: Theory of plate tectonics, seafloor spreading, earthquakes and volcanic activity, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds and chemical reactions, Laws of Motion, forces, simple machines, thermal energy, energy transformations, electricity, magnetism, sound and light waves.


Skills taught: observing, identifying and classifying material; measuring using the metric system; collecting and interpreting data; hypothsizing and predicting outcomes; decision making; science fair.


Teaching methods and resources used: class discussion, group projects, guest speakers, field trips, 1 to 1 technology, videos, experiments, art projects, teacher generated materials, outdoor classroom, lecture

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