8th Grade Courses.

Subject: Bible

Course: Dynamic Christian Living

Textbook: Dynamic Christian Living, by Frank Hamrick and Cham Thornton

The most important factors that characterize a new physical life are birth, growth, breathe, communication and behavior. These same give stages can be applied to the Christian life. All five stages are essential to dynamic Christian living. Course objectives will be met as students come to:

  • Understand the maturing process of a Christian life
  • Grasp and understand Biblical concepts and answers
  • Understand the plan of Salvation
  • Understand the importance of prayer
  • Understand the necessity of witnessing
  • Challenge non-Christian students to examine their lives and make a commitment to Christ.

Subject: Math

Eighth grade students take Math 8 or High School Math 1, according to placement.

Course: Math 8

Textbook: Mathematics: Course 3, by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

Course High School Math1

Textbook: Prentice Hall Mathematics: Algebra 1

Course description: Math 1 is a ninth grade level course in which mathematics strands such as number theory, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability are interwoven into the more traditional algebra curriculum. Students explore different types of equations and become familiar with the graphs of various functions. Having completed the course, students will be ready to enter an honors level math program in ninth grade (Math 1 Honors / Geometry) as applicable to the math program in place at each high school.

Subject: Social Studies/History

Course: Georgia History
Textbook: The Georgia Studies Book: Our State and Nation

Eighth grade Social Studies is an exploration of the history of Georgia. This class gives students an appreciation of our state’s heritage so they can see God’s providential hand in the events of Georgia History. The first semester is a thorough exploration of the geography, early colonization, and early statehood of Georgia. The second semester involves an examination of the government, the westward movement, the Civil War and reconstruction and the rise of modern Georgia.

Subject: Spanish

Course: Explorative Spanish

In the explorative eighth grade Spanish program, the curriculum also covers:

Communication: speaking, reading, writing, and listening in Spanish. Some of the topics covered include greetings, descriptions of clothing, schedules, family, likes and dislikes. Dates and birthdays, classroom objects, telling time, asking questions, events sequencing, expressing feelings, and stating opinions, identifying places, choosing transportation, giving directions and instructions, talking about shopping and ordering food in a restaurant.

Grammar: Giving names, subject pronouns, conjugation of regular, irregular and stem changing verbs, definite/indefinite articles, non-adjective agreement, possessive adjectives, possession using de, giving date, adverbs of frequency, direct object pronouns, prepositions of location, tu commands, por/pora, etc.

Subject: Language Arts

Course: Elements of Language

Textbooks:

Elements of Literature, Second Course
Elements of Language, Second Course
Grammar, Usage and Mechanics Workbook, Second Course
Wordly Wise 3000, Book 5

Course Objectives: In addition to further strengthening the objectives met through the previous two courses, students will also learn how to:

  • Apply reading strategies to specific content material and subject matter
  • Recognize and experience various genres of literature
  • Respond to literal, inferential, and critical questions about literatre

Subject: Science

Course: Physical Science

Textbook: Glencoe Physical Science, by Feather, Snyder and Zike

The Physical Science curriculum is designed to help students recognize their role as stewards of matter in God’s creation.

Course Scope

  • Creation vs. Evolution: Scientific evidence supports Creation as truth about earth’s beginnings.
  • Energy and Motion: Forces and energy at work in our daily lives
  • Electricity and Energy Sources: How these work to keep a balance in creation
  • Energy Movement: How different types of energy move, and how that affects us
  • Nature of Matter: Classification and laws of matter and energy
  • Matter Make-up and Use: Elements and properties of matter
  • The Environment and You: Energy resources and alternative energies