LHC - 8th Grade Course Descriptions 19-20
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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 three common units over the course of the year: Informational Text, Story Elements, and Persuasion. 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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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 use the scientific method to study two main themes in science: chemistry and life science. They 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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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 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 Fitness Grade 8SemesterStudents 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. The course will also include a six week health classroom component in which body systems, community health/injury prevention, 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 BE INCLUDED IN A WAYNE TOWNSHIP JUNIOR HONOR BAND. THE HONOR BAND IS AN ADVANCED GROUP THAT MEETS AFTER SCHOOL AND OFFERS STUDENTS THE ABILITY TO PLAY AT A HIGHER LEVEL
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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 string instrument. Students may select violin, viola, cello, or bass. 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 8SemesterStudents 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 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 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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