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Course NameCourse LengthCourse Description
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Language Arts Grade 8Year LongLanguage Arts Grade 8 is a course based on the English/Language Arts Indiana Academic Standards along with the integration of the Indiana Common Core Standards. This course involves four common, thematic units over the course of the year: Gadgets and Glitches, Places We Call Home, Finding Your Path, and Fight For Freedom.Throughout the common units, students will have a variety of instruction emphasizing reading of fiction and nonfiction texts; writing narratives, persuasive essays, as well as nonfiction text dependent essays. Students will also work on speaking, listening, and presenting skills. Students learn about and conduct research throughout the year.** Honor level classes are offered by recommendation only.
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Honors Language Arts Grade 8
Year LongLanguage Arts Grade 8 is a course based on the English/Language Arts Indiana Academic Standards along with the integration of the Indiana Common Core Standards. This course involves four common, thematic units over the course of the year: Gadgets and Glitches, Places We Call Home, Finding Your Path, and Fight For Freedom.Throughout the common units, students will have a variety of instruction emphasizing reading of fiction and nonfiction texts; writing narratives, persuasive essays, as well as nonfiction text dependent essays. Students will also work on speaking, listening, and presenting skills. Students learn about and conduct research throughout the year. Honors students will also read the following novels: Farenheit 451, Something In Between,To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Other Wes Moore** Honor level classes are offered by recommendation only.
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Mathematics Grade 8Year LongMathematics Grade 8 will continue a more formalized understanding of mathematics that occurs at the high school level that began in grade 7. Students extend their understanding of rational numbers to develop an understanding of irrational numbers, connect proportional reasoning to lines and linear functions, and extend their understanding of geometry, statistics and probability. As in all mathematics courses, the mathematical process standards are emphasized to help students reason, apply, and connect the mathematical content they are learning.
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AlgebraYear Long
Students can earn two high school credits for successfully completing this course. Algebra I provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students who will take other advanced college-preparatory courses. In particular, the instructional program in this course provides for the use of algebraic skills in a wide range of problem-solving situations. The concepts of function is emphasized throughout the course. Topics include: 1. exponents and exponnetial funtions 2. polynomials and factoring 3. quadratic equations and functions 4. radical expressions and equations.
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GeometryYear LongStudents can earn two high school credits for successfully completing this course. Geometry provides students with experiences that deepen the understanding of shapes and their properties. Deductive and induction reasoning as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions are stressed. Properties and relationships of geometric figures include the study of angles, lines, triangles, and other polygons, circles, trigonometric ratios, plans, and special drawings.
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Science Grade 8Year LongStudents in eighth grade will use the scientific method to study two main themes in science: chemistry and life science. The chemistry unit will focus on atomic structure, the Periodic Table of Elements, the law of conservation of mass, physical changes and chemical changes. Life science will focus on cell structure, mitosis and meiosis, classification of living organisms, evolution, and heredity.
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BiologyYear LongStudents can earn two high school credits for successfully completing this course. Students will discover how the food we eat (macromolecules) helps drive processes like DNA replication and protein synthesis. Students will understand the biochemical process of cellular respiration and photosynthesis and how they affect other biogeochemical cycles in the enviroment, such as the carbon cycle. Students will also investigate how DNA is expressed in our physical makeup, sometimes resulting in genetic disorders. The stuctures and functions of living organisms and their interactions with their environment will be explored.
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Social Studies Grade 8Year LongStudents will study American history with an emphasis on the interaction of historical events and geographic, social and economic influences on national development prior to the twentieth century. Important areas of study will include: colonization, 13 British colonies, American Revolution, creation of the U.S. Constitution, early republic, westward expansion, regional division, American Civil War, and Reconstruction. Link to our Standards - http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/standards/socialstudies/ss-2014-gr8-20140718.pdf "
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Visual Art Grade 8SemesterVisual art students will develop their creative skills by discovering the art of ancient to contemporary times. They will spend time learning appropriate art vocabulary, critcizing artwork, and utilizing various techniques and a wide variety of media to demonstrate their knowledge of the historical and cultural diversity of the arts.
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AVID Grade 8Year LongAVID is a course designed to provide academic support and structure for students who have a desire to attend a four-year College/University and who may be a first generation college student. AVID curriculum includes: Cornell note-taking, study skills, tutoring sessions, writing instruction, organizational skills, guest speakers, and college visits. **Students must go through a selection process during their 7th grade year to take AVID as an eighth grader. Once selected, students have the option to continue in the program throughout high school.
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Business Grade 8SemesterContent of this course will include consumer skills, budgeting/saving, investments, credit, and college and career planning. Computer applications skills will be integrated into the curriculum to further promote 21st Century Skills.
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P.E. / Health Grade 89 weeks eachStudents in physical education refine complex motor skills and competencies in individual and team sports, as well as regular strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Students develop plans to enhance their own health –related physical fitness and participate in vigorous activities linked to their skills and level of fitness. Health is taught in a classroom in which body systems, community health/injury prevention, nutrition and substances will be taught.
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Exploring Music Grade 8SemesterExploring Music is a course is designed to enable students to respond to music and integrate music study into other subject areas. Activities and experiences in music are designed to develop students’ appreciation of music as an art form and to understand music as it relates to history, culture, and the community.
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Band Grade 8Year Long**Students must have taken band in the 7th Grade - - - 8th Grade band provides students the opportunity to advance their performance skills and musical knowledge on the instrument that they chose to play in 7th grade band. Solo and ensemble opportunities are designed for students to help develop basic musicianship including tone production, technical skills and intonation. Classroom activities include improvising, reading, rehearsing and sight reading music to be performed at various concerts and performance opportunities throughout the school year. **Students will be expected to secure instrument and to participate in performances outside of the school day for a performance grade. STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE JAZZ BAND. THE JAZZ BAND MEETS DURING IMPACT AND IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM MUSIC AT A HIGHER LEVEL.
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Chorus Grade 8Year LongChoir provides students the opportunity to sing alone or with others. Students will improve quality tone production, technical skills, breathing technique, intonation, sight reading skills, and stage presence. Students will learn how to read, write and perform music at a higher level. Students will analyze and evaluate their own performances along with performances by other groups. **Students will be expected to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day for a performance grade. STUDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AUDITION FOR SHOW CHOIR. THIS IS AN ADVANCED GROUP THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO PERFORM CHOREOGRAPHED MUSIC AT A HIGHER LEVEL. THIS GROUP MEETS TWO DAYS A WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS. THESE STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE EXPECTED TO PERFORM OUTSIDE OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL DAY.
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Orchestra Grade 8Year Long** Students must have taken Orchestra in 7th grade.** Orchestra provides students the opportunity to learn to play a string instrument. Solo and ensemble activities are designed for students to develop basic musicianship including tone production, technical skills, and intonation. Activities include improvising, reading, composing and sight reading music. **Students will be expected to obtain an instrument, music department uniform, and participate in performances outside of the school day for a performance grade.
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Project Lead the Way-Automation and Robotics Grade 8
SemesterStudents trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as pull toys, traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
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Project Lead the Way-Medical Detectives Grade 8SemesterStudents play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction.
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World Language FrenchYear LongStudent can earn two high school credits for successfully completing this course. This level of instruction introduces students to basic oral expression, vocabulary, grammar and verb conjugations. Students are also introduced to the geography and culture of the language of study. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are emphasized.
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World Language Spanish
Year LongStudent can earn two high school credits for successfully completing this course. This level of instruction introduces students to basic oral expression, vocabulary, grammar and verb conjugations. Students are also introduced to the geography and culture of the language of study. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are emphasized.
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World Language German
Year LongStudent can earn two high school credits for successfully completing this course. This level of instruction introduces students to basic oral expression, vocabulary, grammar and verb conjugations. Students are also introduced to the geography and culture of the language of study. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are emphasized.
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