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Literature and Reading

  • Examine highly-acclaimed plays and novels using the elements of storytelling, such as plot, character development, setting, themes, and point of view
  • Learn about and utilize literary devices, such as conflict, foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism as ways of broadening the understanding of novels, speeches, essays, and plays
  • Annotate novels to reveal understanding of plot, character, themes, setting, and irony
  • Discuss choice readings from literature and nonfiction
  • Analyze character development and themes in literature
  • Read, discuss, and engage in the work of Shakespeare
  • Research and report on the legacies of American authors

Writing and Grammar

  • Write research papers using MLA 8th Edition format
  • Compose essays that respond to themes in literature
  • Develop and reinforce grammar skills, including punctuation, parts of speech, and multi-clause sentence structure
  • Practice an array of writing techniques
  • Strengthen vocabulary knowledge
  • Utilize editing and proofreading to improve writing skills
  • Master essay writing skills: thesis development, organization, paragraph writing, and structure

Eighth Grade Algebra I

  • The course covers the entire Algebra I curriculum. This includes:
  • Real number properties
  • Slope 
  • Solving and graphing linear equations and functions
  • Solving and graphing linear inequalities
  • Systems of equations
  • Exponents and exponential functions
  • Quadratic equations and functions
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring
  • Rational expressions and equations
  • Radical functions
  • Pythagorean Theorem.

 

Eighth Grade Accelerated Algebra I

  • The accelerated course covers the entire Algebra I curriculum at an accelerated pace. This includes:
  • Real number properties
  • Slope
  • Solving and graphing linear equations and functions
  • Solving and graphing linear inequalities
  • Systems of equations
  • Exponents and exponential functions
  • Quadratic equations and functions
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring
  • Rational expressions and equations
  • Radical functions
  • The Pythagorean Theorem
  • This course also includes an introduction to high school-level geometry.
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Eighth Grade Geometry

  • The course covers the entire Geometry curriculum. This course is offered in addition to the student taking Algebra 1 and it is designed to prepare accelerated students for Algebra 2. This course includes:
  • Basics of geometry
  • Segments and angles
  • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Triangle relationships
  • Congruent triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Similarity
  • Polygons and area
  • Surface area and volume
  • Right triangles and trigonometry
  • Circles
  • Motion and energy
  • Forces – Newton’s laws and forces in fluids
  • States of matter
  • Periodic table – elements, atoms and bonding
  • Chemical reactions – acids, bases and solutions
  • Exploring Space – Earth, moon, sun, stars, galaxies and the universe
  • Five-day science field trip to Catalina Island Marine Institute
  • All middle school students participate in our annual science fair which is judged by students from CalTech or USC.
  • Logically Valid Arguments, Geometry, and Coding: What’s the Connection? 
  • Market Day Challenge: students come up with a business concept and product to design for sale at Market Day. All profits are donated to Friends in Deed 
  • Coding Literacy: JavaScript and Python 
  • Programming Sphero Robots using script (JavaScript) -
  • Neuroscience of Illusion- the divide between what we see and how our brains process visual stimuli
  • Civics: An analysis of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Republican form of government, and their application to current issues 
  • Economics 
  • United States history, culture, and geography; emphasis on indigenous populations and contributions 
  • Civil Rights and the optimism for change 
  • Development of critical thinking skills 
  • Analysis of primary source documents, data, and facts 
  • Expository text reading and note-taking skills 
  • Essay question responses that require a broad range of factual information 
  • Math, art, science, and health in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Hispanic Heritage Month reports
  • Present/past tense/irregular verb conjugation
  • Paragraph/short story composition
Conversational topics which include:
  • Travel
  • Restaurant setting
  • Medical office
  • Schedules/itinerary
  • Past times/hobbies
  • Shopping/currency 
  • Comprehend and speak Latin in order to share ideas orally
  • Read novellas like Via Periculosa with a range of new vocabulary 
  • Write brief paragraphs to apply grammar concepts like perfect tense verb conjugation and demonstrative pronouns
  • Read and discuss the story of The Aeneid 
  • Use Latin and Greek word roots to determine the meaning of English derivatives
  • Practice pronunciation of classical Latin
  • Explore culture topics like Roman geography, slavery, and gladiators

 

Winds
  • Continuation of instrumental instruction
  • Method book work
  • Performance Music
  • Music theory/Musical style
Strings
  • Continuation of instrumental instruction
  • Method book work
  • Performance Music
  • Music theory/ Musical style
  • Exposure to new art styles and techniques (street art and graffiti) 
  • Understanding copyright laws and fair use practices in creating and using art. 
  • Viewing and commenting on art with social and editorial aspects in society. 
  • Plan and implement sculptural projects using sketches and maquettes for larger-scale projects.
  • Incorporating personal views and interests in thematic projects. 
  • Using cumulative skills, vocabulary, and techniques to complete complex projects that express creative freedom and knowledge. 
  • Understanding different art professions and the skills, educations, and resources needed to execute the profession. 
Projects and Topics: 
  • Graffiti Names and Field Trip 
  • Self Portraits 
  • Art Profession Research
  • Creating characters, stories, and design elements 
  • Performing in front of peers and demonstrate the use of body and voice to communicate
  • Perform in a Shakespeare play  
  • Critically Responding to performance skills and constructively comment and observe. 
  • Develop a hands-on understanding of performances on the fringe
  • Learn about showmanship
  • Be introduced to the crafts behind the performances.
  • Determine the impact of significant contributions in dance from diverse cultures throughout history

 

  • Motor skills and movement patterns 
  • Fitness knowledge  
  • Fitness Workouts  
  • Health and nutrition  
  • Team sports play  
  • Demonstrating personal responsibility  
  • Informed by our Episcopal identity
  • Once a week gathering with sixth through eighth-grade students
  • Once a week gathering with all grades
  • Time to reflect, pray, learn, and acknowledge events in the lives of students
  • Celebrate birthdays and communal events
  • Led by school chaplain with the assistance of the student chaplains
  • Guest speakers are welcomed to discuss different aspects of faith
  • Families and friends are welcome
  • Explore what it means to be a good person and live a good life
  • Framework of the Golden Rule and Gooden’s school motto
  • Develop and apply critical thinking and self-reflection skills
  • Explore and discuss a variety of religious and wisdom tradition and practices
  • Examine how we make decisions and what influences those decisions
  • Apply observations to current events
  • Time to reflect on sacred relationship with others, with ourselves, and with all of creation