Eighth grade

Language Arts

8th Grade Language Arts follows the Michael Clay Thompson curriculum for secondary students, and continues to build upon the four-level approach to sentence structure and analysis that was learned and practiced in grades three through seven at CCS. The students will continue learning the Latin and Greek bases for vocabulary by defining words in their practice sentences that are built upon those roots. They will practice rewriting these sentences using synonyms in place of the highlighted words. Each sentence is also analyzed for the building blocks of poetics: sound patterns, metrical patterns, and rhyme.  


The students will systematically delve into Poetics as they learn more deeply about Patterns of Sound (Rhyme, Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration); Meter and Metric Feet; Stanza and the organizational blueprints of different types of poetry, such as the ballad, limerick, couplet, sonnet, and Haiku; Figures of Speech, including simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe, and oxymoron; Grammatical analysis of poetry; and Poems to read and discuss. Students will also be writing poetry that incorporates the characteristics about which they are learning.


Composition will continue to stress the 6+1 Writing Traits, and students will become more proficient in the four genres of writing: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository and Persuasive. They will also be applying the bases and expectations of academic writing: the thesis sentence; the five-paragraph essay, the report, to the term/research paper. Student writing at this level should be taking on the characteristics of the more complicated vocabulary and sentence structures they are analyzing in Grammar. Students will be expected to respond to prompts from the history and literature genres in essay and short answer writing, as well as write a research paper, using MLA formatting (Modern Language Association.)


Social Studies

Eighth graders at Christ Church School study the history of the United States from 1914 to the present. Students will trace the transition of the nation from world power to world leader and super power, primarily as a result of its involvement in the 20th Century’s two world wars. They will study the emergence of an urbanized society with an endlessly inventive, technology-based national economy and mass entertainment culture; the economic disaster of the Great Depression of the 1930s; the tensions, both domestic and international, attendant upon the Cold War period that followed the Second World War; the gaining of civil rights by African Americans and other minority groups; the ideological struggle between conservatives and liberals over the size and role of the federal government; and the challenges posed by a globalization, environmental issues, and terrorism.


Students will continue to learn and utilize such Advanced Placement History concepts as periodization, comparison and contrast, continuity and change, and analysis of a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Students will engage in inquiry-based learning and will take significant responsibility for their own learning.

A wide range of learning activities will be employed, including small group discussion, debate, role-playing, projects, and oral and online presentations. Students will continue development of the blogs they began in Grade 7 and will continue using a wide variety of computer-based resources. They will continue to engage in both individualized and collaborative learning activities calling for the production of original and creative evidence of in-depth learning.


Literature

Eighth grade Literature will be taught in coordination with the social studies component. Reading of full-length books, short stories, and poetry will generally relate directly to each particular time period of U. S. history being studied. As in the Grade 7 course, students will draw relationships between events of the past and the works they are reading. 

Students will engage in written, oral, and audio-visual analysis and evaluation of the works under consideration. They will be asked to find relationships between the various works being read and discussed. Evidence of learning will demonstrate both scholarly understanding and creative insight. Discussion will be inquiry-based. Students will strengthen their vocabulary by learning challenging words from the works they are reading.


Math

We will continue with Saxon Math for the more rigorous math curriculum selected for the 8th grade Logic Stage students at CCS. The 8th Grade students are engaged using algebraic ideas built upon throughout their middle school years. Algebra I is a natural progression from their 7th grade math curriculum. Students will be engaged in inquiry-based explorations working in groups or independently. Word problems will be stressed this year to increase the students’ daily problem solving abilities. Students will keep a Math Journal as well as using the textbook. This curriculum is presented in a solid progression of skills needed to complete this course.


Literature

Eighth grade Literature will be taught in coordination with the social studies component. Reading of full-length books, short stories, and poetry will generally relate directly to each particular time period of U. S. history being studied. As in the Grade 7 course, students will draw relationships between events of the past and the works they are reading. 

Students will engage in written, oral, and audio-visual analysis and evaluation of the works under consideration. They will be asked to find relationships between the various works being read and discussed. Evidence of learning will demonstrate both scholarly understanding and creative insight. Discussion will be inquiry-based. Students will strengthen their vocabulary by learning challenging words from the works they are reading.


Math

We will continue with Prentice Hall Algebra I as another component for the more rigorous math curriculum selected for the 8th grade Logic Stage students at CCS. The 8th Grade students are engaged using algebraic ideas built upon throughout their middle school years. Algebra I is a natural progression from their 7th grade math curriculum. Students will be engaged in inquiry-based explorations working in groups or independently. Word problems will be stressed this year to increase the students’ daily problem solving abilities. Students will keep a Math Journal as well as using the textbook. This curriculum is presented in a solid progression of skills needed to complete this course.


Bible

Through the study of Bible Truths Level C, students will walk through the New Testament world, from Jesus’ ministry to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in the Gospels to the book of Romans. Bible Truths helps establish Classical Christian study habits as they learn from examples of Christ’s life through the Letter to the Romans.  



Yearbook

Yearbook is a challenging enrichment course that gives students experience in print media publishing. This course works toward the completion and selling of a finished product, Christ Church School’s yearbook. Yearbook class also teaches leadership skills and real-world business marketing. In class, students compose, construct, and edit all elements of computerized text layout, graphic art, and digital photography. Students work on many clerical operations, maintain signs, take photos, and write articles. The course in turn covers many of the content standards and objectives encountered in English courses, as does it also for objectives of art, business, and computer technology courses. Because Yearbook is a monetary business, students must cooperatively work with others, must be hardworking, and be eager to be creative.