Welcome to 8th Grade!
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    Please view the available courses for 8th graders below!


  • 8th Grade Core Class Offerings


    Everyone will take Science 8.


    English

    2180EN (in-seat) English 8

    This course is designed to deepen student literacy skills in the areas of reading literary text, reading informational text, writing, and speaking/listening. The Missouri Learning Standards will serve as a basis for this course. Some of the skills and topics eighth grade students will focus on include: analysis, text evidence/inference, text features, summarization/theme/claim, central and main idea, media, argumentation/evidence, research, writing development, narrative/informational/argument writing, and speaking/listening concepts. This course builds on concepts from seventh grade.

    0508NC Social Studies 8 and English 8: Early US History BLOCK 

    This team-taught, double-block course integrates the study of Early U.S. History and English 8 through a collaborative teaching partnership between Social Studies and Language Arts, emphasizing cross-content synthesis and interdisciplinary skills. Students will work collaboratively within a large classroom environment. This course is designed to allow students to discover how conflict, compromise, and change shaped the formation and early years of the United States while deepening student reading and writing skills in the areas of narrative, argument, and information, as well as speaking/listening. Students will study the historical, geographical, cultural, civic, and economic aspects of a variety of case studies ranging from European exploration and settlement of North America to the aftermath of the Civil War. Students will hone their reading, writing, and disciplinary thinking skills as they engage in inquiries through a variety of text with these historical themes. Hear more from the teachers here

    Math

    5580MA (in-seat) Pre-Algebra (8th grade)

    Grade 8 Pre-Algebra is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards with the focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

    5622MA (in-seat) Algebra 1 Honors

    Algebra 1 Honors is a complete 1-year high school level algebra course. Students will explore linear, exponential and quadratic functions. They will compare their key characteristics, and translate between graphical, numerical and symbolic representations of them. They will create and solve equations, inequalities, and systems of equations involving these functions. Additionally, they will extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents and analyze both categorical and quantitative data using statistical techniques. Students should expect daily, challenging out-of-class assignments and a fast pace through the curriculum. Successful completion of this course will satisfy prerequisites for Geometry and earn the student 1.0 high school math credit. Graphing calculators are used in this class.

    5652MA Geometry Honors
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1

    Geometry Honors is a complete 1-year high school level geometry course. The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences with transformations, congruence, similarity, area and volume, and probability. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments (proofs). Students will also apply algebraic skills to geometric concepts. Successful completion of this course will earn the student 1.0 high school math credit.

    Social Studies

    4108SS Social Studies 8: The Early United States of America

    This course is designed to allow students to discover how conflict, compromise, and change shaped the formation and early years of the United States. Students will study the historical, geographical, cultural, civic, and economic aspects of a variety of case studies ranging from European exploration and settlement of North America to the aftermath of the Civil War. Students will hone their reading, writing, and disciplinary thinking skills as they engage in inquiries such as how did decisions made by early US presidents influence the development of American society or how and why did relations between Northern and Southern states deteriorate in the 1800’s.

    0508NC Social Studies 8 and English 8: Early US History BLOCK 

    This team-taught, double-block course integrates the study of Early U.S. History and English 8 through a collaborative teaching partnership between Social Studies and Language Arts, emphasizing cross-content synthesis and interdisciplinary skills. Students will work collaboratively within a large classroom environment. This course is designed to allow students to discover how conflict, compromise, and change shaped the formation and early years of the United States while deepening student reading and writing skills in the areas of narrative, argument, and information, as well as speaking/listening. Students will study the historical, geographical, cultural, civic, and economic aspects of a variety of case studies ranging from European exploration and settlement of North America to the aftermath of the Civil War. Students will hone their reading, writing, and disciplinary thinking skills as they engage in inquiries through a variety of text with these historical themes. Hear more from the teachers here

     

     

  • 8th Grade Elective Offerings


     

    Semester-Long Elective Offerings

    8103FAA Art Upgraded (8th Grade Course)

    This daily, semester course will allow students to step into the exciting world and role of artist and designer. Students will experiment and build skills with a variety of media and artistic tools. Art Upgraded will provide an opportunity to create art with a design focus and discover the power of the creative process.

    8203FATH Theatrical Arts (8th Grade Course)

    This daily, semester performance-based course will advance student knowledge in the art of acting and the skills of the towards a goal of a Public Performance. * Students will be required to participate in an outside-of-school performance as part of their grade, which may include some required rehearsal time outside of school hours. **This course can be repeated for a second semester to create a daily year long course. (Can be taken both semesters)

    8204FATH Speech/Debate (8th Grade Course)

    This daily, semester course introduces students to many practical elements of public speaking, including techniques to lessen speaker anxiety, and the use of visual aids to enhance speaker presentations. Students will research, organize, and present various types of speeches. Good command of reading and writing will be needed to be successful in this course. This is a performance-based course, and students will be required to deliver speeches in front of peers to fulfill course requirements. In addition to public speaking, this course will explore the basics of Public Forum Debate.

    7201PA 8th Grade Computers
    Emphasis: Business Simulation

    Amazon, SnapChat, Fidget Spinners, Hot Box Cookies… Entrepreneurs drive the economy with imagination and determination to bring new products and services to consumers.
    Whether you will be the next Mark Zuckerberg or work for one of thousands of businesses that already exist, you will need computer skills and an understanding of how the business world works. This semester-long course will provide you with the opportunity to expand your creative computer abilities while building a foundation of business and leadership skills. Project-based learning will help give you a competitive edge in school, work, and life.

    7705PA Creative Computers
    Emphasis: Coding & Creating Applications

    Creative Computers is an advanced course that aims to demystify computer science and make “coding” and creating with computers fun and collaborative. You will learn basic coding concepts and problem-solving skills, with opportunities to explore various multimedia computer applications. Project-based learning will provide you with “real-world” experiences to help prepare you for higher education and professions in the Information Age.

    7141PA Automation and Robotics

    In this daily semester course Automation and Robotics (AR) allows students to learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.
    Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, draw bridges, toll booths, and robotic arms.

    7150PA Aeronautics and Engineering 

    In this daily semester course of Aeronautics and Engineering (AE) students will design and build things that fly which may include gliders, rockets, and kites. In addition, students will use the engineering design process to create projects using technology such as hand tools, power tools, modeling software, and 3-D printers.

    7504PA 8th Grade Family and Consumer Sciences

    In this daily, one semester course, eighth grade students will take a more in-depth approach to expand their knowledge of Family and Consumer Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to improve their skills in the kitchen by mastering the basic essentials of food preparation. Hand and machine sewing skills will be developed by completing a variety of projects. Basic design
    concepts will be introduced. Cooperation, problem solving, and evaluation skills are integrated into the curriculum. This course is open to all skill levels.

    Year-Long Elective Offerings

    WORLD LANGUAGES

    Students who successfully complete a level 2 language course will have met the World Language admission requirement of the University of Missouri and some other four-year public colleges in Missouri. At MU and many other colleges, students who have completed four levels of a World Language in high school are at an advantage with many post- secondary institutions. They may be exempt from the 3-semester language requirement of many degree programs. Students must check with the college they plan to attend about advanced credit policies. World Language courses are NOT required for high school graduation.
    The Seal of BiLiteracy is an award given to students who can demonstrate proficiency in two languages by graduation. To reach this level of proficiency in a language other than English, students generally need to complete a language study through level 4.
    Language acquisition is a process that builds on previous knowledge. It takes disciplined study habits over a long period of time to learn another language. DAILY HOMEWORK, CLASS PARTICIPATION AND CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE are essential for success in any World Languages class. Throughout the year, teachers will be assessing student proficiency of the essential curriculum in order to help the student determine the course in which he/she should enroll the following year.
    Students who would like to begin the study of Latin, German, Japanese or Mandarin Chinese will be able to take these classes beginning in 9th grade at the high schools.

    FRENCH

    3110WL French 1B 

    Level 1B is the continuation of 1A. Students will continue to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and how to learn a language. Students will revisit concepts learned in 1A and continue to learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures through a variety of activities. Studies of geography, customs, traditions, and culture of the French-speaking world are expanded. Students satisfactorily completing the level 1B course will be prepared for and enroll in level 2 in 9th grade.

    3120WL French 1

    In level 1, students will develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures through a variety of activities. The geography, customs, traditions, and culture of the French-speaking world are introduced. Students satisfactorily completing the level 1 course will be prepared for and enroll in level 2 in the 9th grade.

    SPANISH

    3610WL Spanish 1B 

    Level 1B is the continuation of 1A. Students will continue to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and how to learn a language. Students will revisit concepts learned in 1A and continue to learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures through a variety of activities. Studies of geography, customs, traditions, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world are expanded. Students satisfactorily completing the level 1B course will be prepared and enroll in level 2 in 9th grade.

    3615WL Spanish 1 

    In level 1, students will develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures through a variety of activities. The geography, customs, traditions, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world are introduced. Students satisfactorily completing the level 1 course will be prepared and enroll in level 2 the following year.

    FINE ARTS

    8303FAMB Advanced Band 

    This is a year-long, daily course, typically taken by eighth graders. This advanced-level band class emphasizes the development of full-band performance skills in preparation for concerts and competitions. The elements of more complex melody and harmony and interpretation are addressed, and a higher level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Individual growth and achievement are encouraged through the use of integrated technology, solo and ensemble contests and festivals, and Honor Bands.

    8403FAMS Advanced Orchestra

    This is a year-long, daily course, typically taken by seventh graders. Intermediate Orchestra is a musical experience that provides students with 2nd year training on string instruments. The primary focus is on the development and expansion of musical skills that lead to rewarding performance experiences. In addition to large group ensembles, individual growth and
    achievement are encouraged through new opportunities such as solo and ensemble contests, Honors Orchestra, and a heightened emphasis on music technology.

    8503FAMV Choir

    This daily, yearlong course will allow students/singers to study a variety of music from different styles, time periods and cultures. Through classroom activities, daily singing and performance, students further develop their creativity, knowledge of elements of music, proper vocal technique, music history and music reading/theory skills. Students will sing a wide variety of quality choral music and will participate in a minimum of two public after school or evening performances a year. **This course may be taken for one semester if desired, but students should complete the first semester if only one semester is taken.

    8504FAMV Advanced Choir

    This daily, auditioned, yearlong course will allow students/singers to study a variety of music from different styles, time periods, and cultures. Through classroom activities, daily singing and performance, students further develop their creativity, knowledge of elements of music, proper vocal technique, music history, and music reading/theory skills. Students will sing a wide variety of quality choral music and will participate in a minimum of two public, after-school and/or evening performances a year. Additional opportunities for performance are likely to be available.

    Unique Programs

    1632EL AVID
    8th Grade AVID Elective Class (Application and Interview Required)

    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a year-long course academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities, and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth.

    The eighth-grade AVID Elective course is the year of preparation for high school. The students will regularly exhibit and utilize the skills and strategies learned in the seventh-grade AVID course. Students will refine previous goals, focusing on their transition to high school as part of a college preparatory path. Their writing will focus on completing all steps of the writing process and varying style, word choice, vocabulary, structure and voice. Major writing assignments include persuasive, expository, descriptive and timed writing. Students will transition from active learners to leaders. Other areas of focus include increasing the use of technology and building upon their test preparation and test-taking knowledge. They will broaden their experiences with analyzing text and utilizing appropriate reading strategies in various settings. Students will become more involved in the presentations of guest speakers and field trips, particularly as they relate to preparation and prior knowledge. Students will also participate in college preparatory testing and build connections with the high school they will attend. Students enrolled in AVID are required to enroll in at least one challenging course. Challenging courses could include 8th Honors Algebra, any World Language course, or another course as approved by the AVID site team.