Eighth Grade Drama

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Topics: Acting techniques, story creation, plays and playwrights, theater history, business of theater. Skills: Scenework, improvisation, utilize verbal and non-verbal communication, develop empathy and new perspectives, enhance psychological well-being, appreciate aesthetic. Concepts: Responsibility, creative problem solving and decision making, individual and specialized work, expanding knowledge of plays, as well as other art forms.

Eighth Grade Spanish

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Cultural Goals: Students will continue to learn about the similarities and differences among Spanish-speaking countries. They will begin to develop a broader understanding of these comparisons and see their impact on the Latin world. Projects will move beyond finding facts, to producing written and presented ideas and opinions on several subjects that are culture specific. […]

Eighth Grade Physical Education

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Skills: Advanced sport-specific skills for individual, dual and team sports; uses both offensive and defensive strategies regularly in sports; apply locomotor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills to team physical activities. Concepts: Planning a personal physical fitness plan in collaboration with the teacher; long-term psychological benefits of regular participation in physical activity including self-image and stress reduction, […]

Eighth Grade Music

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The eighth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Explores music theory from different points of view (writing, singing, playing). And, the study of the development of American Music through blues and jazz. FOCUS EXAMPLES: Explores contributions and social conditions of African-Americans through the development of blues and jazz. The philosophy […]

Eighth Grade Art

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Sixth through Eighth grades share a three year rotation program that builds an awareness of and excitement about existing imagery and sculpture. Focus Examples: 19th and 20th century artists and styles, Basquiat expressive symbolism portraiture, Ruscha perspective study, Marisol clay sculpture, van Gogh color study and texture drawing, Close portraiture and abstraction, Saar found object […]

Eighth Grade Science

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FOCUS: Physical Science: waves and their applications in technology, energy, matter and its interactions, chemistry, simple machines, Newton’s Laws of motion in the universe. PROCESS + SKILLS: Students engage in engineering design challenges, argument-driven inquiry, plan and carry out investigations, and are pushed to think about their place in the world as they analyze concepts […]

Eighth Grade Social Studies

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Integrated with Language Arts in Middle School Humanities program. Focus: U.S. Constitution, Westward Expansion, Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement, Criminal Justice, Poverty. Literature: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” nonfiction books centered around themes of injustice, “House on Mango Street,” “American Born […]

Eighth Social Emotional Learning

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Focus: Self and society, diversity and difference, leadership, social justice. Students examine their role in the school and in the larger world and how to effect change. Areas of focus include: activism, lobbying, and community service. Students take on service projects on a variety of levels. Students examine the positive results of active participation in […]

Eighth Grade Mathematics

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Content: Algebra: Appropriate use of mathematical terminology; operations with real numbers; solving multi-step algebraic equations and inequalities; solving simultaneous systems of equations and inequalities; graphing of functions on the Cartesian coordinate system; linear, exponential, rational, and quadratic functions; operations with polynomials; algebraic representations of real-life situations.

Eighth Grade Language Arts

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Integrated with social studies in middle school humanities program. FOCUS: U.S. Constitution, Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, Migration, Civil Rights Movement. ROUTINES: Journal writing, literature discussions, independent reading, read aloud, group work, visible thinking. LITERATURE: A variety of books united by theme in book clubs PROJECTS: book reviews, literary essays, oral history projects, original constitutions, Civil […]