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8  Grade Core Course Descriptions
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    Language Arts 8
    Year Course
    Grade 8
    To help students prepare for college and future careers, the foundation for 8th Grade English stems from the Alabama College and Career
    Ready Standards for incoming 8th graders who will eventually progress to 9th grade English and Composition.  The content standards focus on
    four specific areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language.  In 8th Grade, the reading standards concern students analyzing
    literature and informational text in the following ways:  supporting with specific text evidence, determining and tracing the development of a
    central idea and relating it to other literary elements, and summarizing their analysis.  Students will also investigate the genre of drama by: 1)
    breaking down dialogue, characters, and plot, 2) analyze how differences in the points of view and its effect on the audience. Another learning
    target regards students analyzing through comparing and contrasting films versus various forms of literature, and they will determine how a
    modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from genres of literature. In addition, students will determine the
    figurative and literal meanings of words.  Students read and comprehend fiction and nonfiction literature, at the high end of grades 6–8 text
    complexity band independently and proficiently by the end of the year. Writing standards for 8th Grade consist of students writing in the
    narrative, persuasive, and expository modes.  Students will also be guided through the research process and compose a published product of
    their findings. Furthermore, students will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 8 topics,
    texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Eighth graders will demonstrate command of the conventions of
    Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.  In addition, skill in determining or clarifying the meaning of unknown and
    multiple-meaning words or phrases will be acquired.   All standards will be taught in a progression that reveals student mastery.  Outside
    reading and summer reading required.

    Honors Language Arts 8
    Year Course
    Grade 8
    To help students prepare for college and future careers, the foundation for 8th Grade English stems from the Alabama College and Career
    Ready Standards for incoming 8th graders who will eventually progress to 9th Honors Language Arts or AP English.  The content standards
    focus on four specific areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language.  Students will collaboratively then independently
    participate in the research process and compose a published product of their findings.  Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative
    strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills and to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they
    transition into high school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content,
    and develop academic habits of mind. Outside and summer reading are required.

    Math 8/Pre-Algebra
    Year Course
    Grade 8
    Math 8 is based on the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards for 8th grade. Students who successfully complete this course will take
    Algebra I in the 9th grade. The curriculum addresses numerous mathematical concepts such as number theory, laws of exponents, algebraic
    expressions, slope-intercept form, linear functions, Pythagorean Theorem, data collection and analysis, and experimental and theoretical
    probability. This course also deepens conceptual understanding though the Standards of Mathematical Practice. This course prepares students
    for Algebra IA and Algebra IB in the 9th grade.








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