LHC - 8th Grade Course Descriptions
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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 five common units over the course of the year: Poetry, Argument and Persuasion, Informational Text, Story and Theme, and Research. Throughout the common units, students will have a variety of instruction emphasizing reading of fiction and nonfiction texts; writing narratives, persuasive essays, and research papers; as well as speaking, listening, and presenting
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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 6 and 7. Students extend their understanding of rational numbers to develop and understanding of irrational numbers; connect ratio and proportional reasoning to lines and linear function and to extend their understanding of statistics and probability. As in all mathematics courses, the mathematical Practice Standards apply, together with content standards.
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Science Grade 8Year LongStudents in eighth grade will study 2 main themes in science: chemistry and life science. The chemistry units will focus on atomic structure, the Period Table of Elements, bonding, the law of conservation of mass, physical changes, and chemical changes. Life science will focus on cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, classification of living things, evolution, and heredity.
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Social Studies Grade 8Year LongStudents will study United States 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 units of study will be: Colonization, the British 13 Colonies, the American Revolution, Constitutional Era, New Republic, Expansion, the 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 8SemesterStudents will develop their artistic skills by learning modern art history, art criticism and by utilizing various techniques, to demonstrate their knowledge of the historical and cultural diversity of the arts. Students will study line, shape, form and color by using drawing, painting and clay, to create art projects.
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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 may be a first generation college student. AVID curriculum includes: Cornell note-taking, study skills, tutoring sessions, writing instructions, binder organization, guest speakers, and College visitations.  ** Students must go through a selection process during their 7th grade year to take AVID as an eighth grader.
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Business Grade 8SemesterContent will include budgeting, investments, entrepreneurship, and college and career planning. Computer Applications skills will be integrated into the curriculum to further promote 21st Century Skills.
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Health and Wellness Grade 8SemesterHealth and wellness class focuses on development of essential health skills. These skills may include decision –making skills, stress management skills. Concepts of community health: safety and injury prevention, mental health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Students have opportunities to investigate how health behaviors impact health, wellbeing, and disease prevention and to accept personal responsibility for health related decisions.
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Physical Education grade 8SemesterStudents in physical education refine complex motor skills and competencies in individual and team sports, aquatics and rhythmic activities. Students develop plans to enhance their own health –related physical fitness and participate in vigorous activities linked to their skills and level of fitness.
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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.
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Chorus Grade 8Year LongChoir provides students the opportunity to sing alone or with others. Students will learn how to read, write and compose music. Students will listen and analyze music. Students will analyze and evaluate their own performances. **Students will be expected to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day for a performance grade.
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Orchestra Grade 8Year LongOrchestra provides students the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Orchestra is made up of the string instruments, which includes the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Solo and ensemble activities are designed for students to develop the basic musicianship. Activities include improvising, reading, composing and sight reading music. **Students will be expected to participate in performances outside of the school day for a performance grade.
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Technology Education Grade 8SemesterStudents will participate in a project based curriculum designed to challenge and engage natural curiosity and imagination. They will envision, design and test their ideas with advanced modeling software. Students will trace the development and influence of automation and robotics. Students will use programming software to program a robot to solve problems.
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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 SpanishYear 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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8th Grade