BIBLE: The curriculum for 7th and 8th grade Bible alternates between Route 66 (Positive Action for Christ) and Wise Up (Positive Action for Christ)
Route 66 provides a basic introduction to the structure and themes of the Word of God. As students journey through this fast-moving survey, they will discover truths and applications that God placed in each book of the Bible. God’s gracious work is clear—from creation to the cross to the consummation of time.
Wise Up, a study based on the book of Proverbs, walks students through the decision making process and takes a look at choosing friends, relationships with parents and others, following after God, and using discernment. Students learn passages of Scripture from Proverbs, James, and 1 Peter. Students are also encouraged to apply class lessons to real life situations.
ENGLISH: Writing and Grammar 8, Excursions in Literature (Bob Jones Press); Vocabulary Workshop Level C (Sadlier-Oxford)
Students sharpen their grammar skills by reviewing the parts of speech, sentence structure, capitalization and punctuation. They are introduced to more advanced concepts in grammar, such as verbals and clauses. Writing projects continue to give the students an opportunity to use the grammar skills they are learning. The study of literature includes thematic units that cover topics such as friends, choices, adventurers, and more. The students learn to apply these themes through various writing projects. The course also includes a study of vocabulary and spelling.
PRE-ALGEBRA: Mathematics: Course 2 (Prentice Hall)
In 8th grade pre-algebra, students are taught the skills needed as foundations for Algebra I. They study variables, expressions, equations, and integers. Students solve one-step equations and inequalities. Decimals are used to develop skills of rounding, estimation, mean, median, and mode. A review of factors, divisibility, prime factorization, and greatest common factor leads to a study of fractions, rational numbers, exponents, and scientific notation. The study of fractions is then extended to solving equations with rational numbers. Students review ratios, proportions, and percents, along with an introduction to functions. The year ends with a review of basic geometric ideas and concepts.
ALGEBRA I: Prentice Hall Mathematics Algebra 1 (Pearson Education)
This algebra course is offered to those students who have successfully mastered the beginning concepts of algebra and wish to be challenged in mathematics throughout high school. Taking Algebra I in 8th grade will require a student to take AP calculus in his senior year. In this course students learn to solve more complex equations including proportions, quadratic equations and inequalities. They are introduced to graphing linear functions, inequalities and absolute value functions as well as systems of equations. Problem solving is stressed throughout the course. Students learn to model a situation with an equation or a system of equations. Simplifying and combining radical expressions and solving radical equations are taught in the 4th quarter. The course ends with an introduction to trigonometry as it relates to right triangles. The students learn to draw conclusions based on their sound understanding of algebraic rules.
SCIENCE: Space and Earth Science (Bob Jones Press)
Through studying eighth grade science, students learn the importance of astronomy, space, and earth science in God’s universe. Natural sciences, the earth’s motions, the planets, and space exploration are examined while keying on II Peter 3: that the student “be mindful,” “be diligent,” and “beware” while considering the glory of God’s creation. Earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, shown as constant reminders of God’s judgment, are clearly seen in observing the scars left upon the universe. The course concludes with a fascinating overview of oceanography dealing with the hydrosphere. The Creation Mandate of Genesis 1:28 is stressed so that the Christian student of science might have a God- centered worldview.
HISTORY: The American Republic (Bob Jones Press)
Beginning with North America as fertile ground for European colonial expansion, wealth, and adventure, God’s hand is revealed in the six spheres of human activity: politics, economics, religions, society, science, and the arts. The students learn about the cultural influences of Spain, France and England on this country that would eventually cast off European rule. Geographic development, land acquisition a Republican form of government, and the influence of Christianity are examined as the new nation evolves into a world power that would tip the balance in two world wars. The final unit takes a look into the current era and concludes with the amazing flexibility of our Constitution in light of II Chronicles 7:14…”If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves…”
ENRICHMENT: Various books (Take Tenn Publications)
Students benefit from their practical application of material covering the following topics: managing self and time, reading textbooks, using resources, and writing school papers. The course uses current classroom content so students are able to prepare for current work while they develop good study habits for the future.