Here’s an overview of what to expect in Eighth Grade:
Following the COOP, the students will begin an Algebra I course that should cover the first 5-6 chapters of the textbook as well as select topics. These will include:
-expressions and equations
-solving one and two-step equations
-monomial and polynomial operations
-solving systems of equations
Of course, not all of the events in history were political. We study key inventions that have changed the way we live, such as:
-the electric light bulb
In addition – baseball, football, and other sports developed and grew in popularity. Terrible disasters like the sinking of the Titanic and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon took place. Improvements in medicine and public health made it possible for Americans to live longer and better lives. Slavery was abolished. Minority groups and women earned equal constitutional rights and began to move toward equal opportunities. The United States experienced transformation from a country on the margins of the North Atlantic world to the most powerful nation in the world. We explore it all!
Language Arts and Reading
Grammar includes the essentials of traditional grammar and standard usage from basic parts of speech, language mechanics to sentence structure. We will start the year with a review of punctuation and capitalization rules.
We use Vocabulary Workshop by Sadlier-Oxford which is a “pure-vocabulary approach” to word acquisition. Many high schools also use this series, so students have an extra advantage of having worked with it since 5th grade. We combine this with “the literature-based approach” which we use in reading.
Oral Expression gives students the opportunity to practice their communication skills. They learn to convey orally an understanding of a piece of prose, poetry, or a speech. Elements to be worked on are: interpretation, use of voice, appropriate eye contact and physical presentation.
Nature of Science and Technology
Sound and Light
Motions and Forces
Weather and Climate
Website development – Weebly
IXL/Sumdog Math Practice
Coding: Scratch, Sphero
Goal: Students will be able to identify the tools of an actor, and create unscripted scenes as productive members of a group.
Unit: Rhythm/Rap Music
Goal: Students will be able to identify rhythms within songs, create their own original rhythms, utilize songwriting tactics, identify the historical elements of rap music, and create their own rap lyrics and songs.
Goal: Students will be able to develop qualities to express narrative through voice and improve skills of voice and diction – particularly clearer articulation and increased vocal variety.
Unit: General Music
Goal: Students will be able to increase their awareness, ability and proper use of the voice.
Unit: Audition Etiquette/Preparation
Goal: Students will be able to identify and describe audition technique and decorum using theater-specific critical language, and by demonstrating audition and personal presentation skills with proficiency in industry techniques.
Unit: Theatrical Scene Study
Goal: Students will be able to develop the inner resources of an actor and develop the skills of analysis, characterization and partnering through the use of scripted scenes and/or monologue work.
Goal: Students will be able to identify and use play & film script structures, create characters, and utilize the art of writing dialogue.
Unit: Public Speaking/Oral Communication
Goal: Students will be able to increase their skill in organization, active listening, and interaction with other communicators in order to develop greater ease and confidence in all types of spoken situations.
Unit: Dance Composition/Stage Combat
Goal: Students will be able to create and develop movement for various dance genres through movement studies, structured improvisation, and group projects through exploration of the principles of dance and the choreagraphic process, including stage combat.
Unit: Musical Theater
Goal: Students will be able to identify the development of musical theater in America from its roots in minstrels, vaudeville, and burlesques through its variations to present day through the study of history and performance of pieces in the classic musical theather repertoire.
Unit: Theatrical Scenic Design
Goal: Students will be able to understand and utilize design concepts, script analysis, color theory, and scenic drawing/rendering in order to conceptualize the basics of scenic design.
Unit: General Theater/Drama
Goal: Students will be able to direct, stage manage, or write scenes, as well as identify children’s theater, drama, comedy, etc. through the use of play analysis and performance skills.