Curriculum - Grade 8

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BIBLE

Sources of inspired writings
The Trinity
Role of prophets
Sin and guilt
Justification and sanctification
Practical problems young Christians face
History and observance of the Sabbath
Faith, prayer, and forgiveness
Baptism, Communion
State of the dead
Mission outreach of the church
Second coming

 
ART

Watercolor, oil, pastel
Sculpture and drawing
Architecture: history and construction
Graphics
Color theory
Elements and principles of design
Forms in composition
Proportion and perspective
Still life and scapes: sea, land, city, sky
Major individual project
Art history and appreciation

 
COMPUTERS

Computer accessories, scanners, voice recognition
Importation of graphics
Spreadsheets, data labels, displaying, printing
File management, subdirectories, merging, linking

 
LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading and Literature
Read independently
Word analysis: etymology
Comprehension: author's intent, summarizing, paraphrasing, compare content
Wide variety of literature
Compare literary forms and types
Literary elements: rhyme, rhythm, and figurative language
Analysis of media: reliability, accuracy, point of view
Read in the content areas
Abstract vocabulary development
Words that persuade, dissuade, entertain, enlist

Speaking
Appropriate vocabulary and usage
Parliamentary procedure
Conduct interviews and surveys

Spelling
Assigned words
Organized study plan
Spells correctly written work

Listening
Critical thinking: fact versus opinion, persuasive words, nonverbal clues

Writing
Legibility
Composition: writing across the curriculum
Parts of speech: appositive nouns, collective, passive and active voice verbs, transitive and intransitive, demonstrative, intensive and relative pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, correlative conjunctions, interjections
Sentences: complex, implied subject, direct & indirect objects, dependent & independent clauses, diagramming
Capitalization and punctuation

Study Skills and Reference
References: periodicals, Readers Guide, Bible Commentaries
Setting goals, priorities, schedule

 
MATHEMATICS

Maintaining skills in fundamental operations
Solving for an unknown quantity using inverse operations
Ratios, proportions, and percent
Graphing coordinates, inequalities, systems of equations, ordered pairs, on a number line
Equalities and inequalities
Formulas and equations
Operations and functions of integers
Geometric concepts terms and construction
Standard and metric measurements
Problem solving and applications
Squares and square root
Integers: operations, functions, as exponents
Rational numbers, comparing, ordering, and computing
Using triangles to solve problems
Permutations
Statistics and probability

 
MUSIC

Irregular meter patterns
Major key signatures
Music and instruments of the Renaissance period
Homophonic and polyphonic chords
19th Century and contemporary Seventh-day Adventist hymns
Contemporary music media
Symphonic form
Modulation
Conducting patterns
Accompaniment chords
Minor scale patterns
Cultural scale patterns
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal

 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Motor skills
team sports, tumbling stunts, track and individual activities

Concepts
safety, games strategies, environmental responsibility, sport history

Fitness
testing, agility, running and jogging, heart rate monitoring and cardiovascular endurance

Positive attitudes
self-worth, self-control, honesty, humility, patience

Interpersonal skills
cooperation, sportsmanship, leadership, respect

 
SCIENCE & HEALTH+

God as Master designer
Plant classification, structure, process
Natural resources and ecology
Animal behavior
Theories of origins: creation, evolution
Age of the Earth
Dinosaurs and fossils
Geologic column
Disease risk factors
Consumer, community health
Matter and its structure
Mixtures and compounds
Chemical reactions
Atomic nucleus

 
SOCIAL STUDIES+

Exploration and discovery
Conflict, growth, & development: colonial heritage
National Constitution
Westward movement
Civil War and Reconstruction
Industrial development
World powers
History and prophecy
Old World backgrounds
World War I, World War II, Cold War
Meaning of democracy
Cultural diversity
Political and economic systems
Government
Advanced map and globe skills
Geography
Capitalism and other economic systems
 

+ Subjects may alternate for grades 5 and 6 and for grades 7 and 8. Materials are adapted to the appropriate grade level.