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8th Grade

LANGUAGE ARTS

8th Grade Honors Language Arts
Eighth grade Standard Language Arts follows standards to develop greater analytical reading and thinking skills that consistently spiral student learning. Students write expository, narrative, and persuasive essay, incorporating textual evidence from literary or informational passages. Grammar instruction requires students to embed grammar concepts into writing. Students write expository, narrative, and persuasive essay, incorporating textual evidence from literary or informational passages. Grammar instruction requires students to embed grammar concepts into writing. Students study at least two novels per year, in addition to short stories and poetry. Latin Morphemes study broadens students’ vocabulary knowledge. The advanced language arts class extends the instruction and concepts covered within the standard language arts classes. Class instruction focuses on students’ analysis, evaluation, and synthesis skills. The class requires additional independent reading and moves at a faster pace.

SOCIAL STUDIES

8th Grade Honors American History
Eighth grade students will study the European colonization of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements and colonies. This course will emphasize the development and maturation of the British colonies, and the political, cultural, and economic influences that led to the American Revolution. The major events and outcomes of the American Revolution will be analyzed, along with the individuals that played influential roles in the development of the new nation. Students will follow the development of the United States and its government, continuing through the early 19th century. The impact of the expansion of the United States will be analyzed, including implications on domestic and foreign policy. Policies that affected the American Indians will also be studied. The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war. The history, people, government, and geography of Tennessee will be emphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history. Reconstruction and the development of the American West will conclude this course. Appropriate primary sources and informational texts will be included in order to enhance understanding of the content.

SCIENCE

8th Grade Honors Physical Science
Eighth grade science focuses on the practical application of science as it relates to life and the environment. Students will explore scientific inquiry and the impact science has on the development of new technologies. A well-balanced exploration of life and physical science subjects covered include: classification of organisms response to the environment, composition and structure of matter and its behavior, and the electrical and gravitational fields at work in our universe. This program will place an emphasis on writing skills, technology, and hands-on learning. Students will learn to interpret data and use it to solve problems.

MATHEMATICS

8th Grade Honors Math (Algebraic Concepts)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 7th Grade Math.
Algebraic Concepts is the first portion of a high school level math course that uses problem solving situations, physical models and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning. This course will focus on 8th grade state of Tennessee math standards and begin with a study of the real number system as well as solving multi-step equations. Word problems are deeply embedded within the course, and students use algebraic concepts in order to solve them. In addition to solving equations, students will explore functions, writing equations, graphing linear equations, including systems of equations and statistics. Students will be expected to persevere in problem solving, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as outlined by the state standards.

8th Grade Honors Algebra 1
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 7th grade Pre-Algebra with a yearly average of 85% or above; 85% on the Algebra 1 placement test; 7th grade teacher recommendation.
Algebra 1 is an honors level and high school level math course that uses problem solving situations, physical models and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning. The course begins with the study of sets and logic and ends with solving rational expressions. Word problems are deeply embedded within the course and students use algebraic concepts in order to solve them. Problem solving and making mathematical connections to real world problems are critical to a student’s success in this course. Concepts emphasized in the course: solving equations and inequalities, solving linear equations and inequalities, writing equations and graphing linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, statistics and probability, factoring, quadratic equations, radical and exponential equations and rational expression. Students will be expected to persevere in problem solving, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as outlined by state standards.

Honors Geometry
Prerequisites: Completion of 7th grade Algebra 1 at a high level, appropriate scores on End of Course (EOC) test, TCAP assessments, and Algebra 1 final examination.
In Geometry, students will investigate and justify geometric concepts and relationships using both inductive and deductive reasoning. Concepts emphasized: undefined terms, postulates, theorems, measurement, geometric patterns, coordinate geometry, two- and three-dimensional figures, transformational geometry, congruence, similarity, inductive and deductive reasoning, logic and proof.