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Academics 8

 8th Grade
Language
Composition

  • Manuscript form
  • The writing process
  • The library
  • Outlining
  • Summaries
  • Book reports
  • Paragraphs
  • Descriptions
  • Research paper
  • Writing style

Grammar

  • Capitalization rules
  • Punctuation rules
  • Kinds of sentences and diagramming eight parts of speech and their uses
  • Diagramming eight parts of speech
  • Sentence structure

Literature

  • Reading for enjoyment stories and poems by such authors as Stuart, Whittier, Longfellow, Frost, Browning, Hawthorne, Sandburg

Vocabulary, Spelling, Poetry

  • Vocabulary lessons
  • Weekly spelling lessons
  • Nine poems memorized

History and Geography

  • A New World to Explore
  • The First English Colonies
  • New Colonies
  • Life in Colonial America
  • Preparation for Independence
  • Home of the Brave
  • Land of the Free
  • From the Appalachians to the Rockies
  • The Jacksonian Era
  • The Blessings of TechnologyThe Second Great Awakening and Its Impact
  • Education and Culture
  • The Promise of the West
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Age of Industry
  • The Gilded Age
  • Growing into Greatness
  • Into the Twentieth Century
  • The Rise of Big Government
  • A World at War
  • Time for Freedom and Responsibility
  • Troubled Times for America
  • Which Way, America?
  • A New Millennium
  • Western Hemisphere Geography
  • Current events
  • National, State, and Local Government
  • Consider the Heavens
  • Man and the Universe
  • Solid Matter in Motion
  • Fluids in Motion
  • Heat Molecules in Motion

Science

  • Birds: Efficiency in Motion
  • Science vs. Evolution
  • Magnets and Magnetism
  • Electrons and Electricity

Health

  • Physical Fitness: The Active Life
  • Good Nutrition: Eating for Energy
  • Disease: Today’s Battle against It
  • Safety First: Then Basic Aid

Algebra

  • Maintaining skills in fundamental operations (See grades 4–7)
  • Principles of mathematics
  • English and metric measures
  • Basic algebraic concepts
  • Signed numbers
  • Powers and roots
  • Like and unlike terms
  • Multiplying and dividing monomials
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Word problems solved algebraically
  • Reading and constructing graphs
  • Graphical scale drawings
  • Statistics and probability
  • Business math
  • Earning income
  • Banking
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Insurance
  • Basic plane and solid geometric concepts
  • Properties of geometric figures
  • Constructing geometric figures
  • Perimeter, area, surface area, and volume
  • Pythagorean rule
  • Sine, cosine, and tangent
  • Scientific notation

Bible

  • Study series: Journeys of Paul, Joshua, Judges (Includes memory verses and hymns)
  • Spiritual Growth: A Personal Challenge
  • Sex Education from the Bible (see seventh grade)