8 - REQUIRED COURSES

  • M4100 English/Language Arts 8
    Prerequisite: English/Language Arts 7

    The eighth grade English-Language Arts class continues to develop the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of students through the workshop model. Over the course of the year, students engage in the writing process to produce narrative, informational and argumentative writing pieces. In addition, students cultivate a reading identity and share their thinking with peers in a variety of ways. Targeted mini lessons aim to lift the level of students’ reading and writing skills. Students use class time to independently apply skills and strategies in their reading and writing. Teachers actively confer with students about their individualized goals, which furthers students’ growth as lifelong readers and writers.

    M4220 Math 8
    Prerequisite: Math 7

    Instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships and (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

    M7220 Algebra
    Prerequisite: Math 7 and District Placement Criteria

    This is the beginning course in a sequence of college preparatory courses. Topics covered include solving formulas, graphing functions, analysis of linear functions, analysis of quadratic functions, analysis of basic exponential functions, solving inequalities, solving systems of equations, and sequences.

    M5221 Geometry
    Prerequisite: Algebra and District Placement Criteria

    This is the second course in a sequence of courses preparing a student for college admission eligibility and leading toward Advanced Placement Calculus. In this course a student acquires knowledge about geometric objects in two and three dimensions and an opportunity to apply this knowledge to discovering relations among geometric objects. There will be heavy emphasis on mathematical proof as well as an introduction to other geometric topics such as transformational geometry. ​Please note: this is a high school level class and is for students who are able to manage the pace and workload of a high school class.

    M4300 Science 8
    Prerequisite: Science 7

    Eighth grade Physical Science students will participate in hands-on, problem based investigations that focus on physical science topics. Students will explore the properties and changes in matter and energy, interactions of forces, and investigations into wave energy. The exploration of the scientific process is embedded in all units of study. Examining historical events and current issues will help students understand the nature of science and the interaction between science and society.

    M4400 Social Studies 8
    Prerequisite: Social Studies 7

    Eighth Grade World Civilizations and Global Issues expands the understanding of students from a national view to a world view. The course examines several world civilizations and global issues through seven thematic units. The first theme, Foundations, sets the stage for the study of history by reviewing and understanding historical thinking. The remaining six thematic units are Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economics, and Social Structure (GRAPES). These themes are designed to allow students to analyze the similarities and differences of world civilizations and how they connect to current global issues. Students will explore these world regions through compare/contrast analysis, identifying patterns (movement of people, goods, services, geography), cause and effect relationships (people, government systems, environment). Students will learn through multiple modalities including inquiry learning, investigations of primary sources, and interpreting charts, graphs and maps.

    M0010 Gifted Social Studies
    Prerequisite: District Placement Criteria

    This course is for students who participate in the district’s gifted program. Learning goals and targets for the class have been developed by incorporating the WGSD Social Studies and Gifted curricula, creating a unique class with content and teaching methods for this special population of students. Much of our Gifted curricular goals will be met through our social studies work, but we will also incorporate projects and activities during the year which will specifically address Gifted needs.

    Physical Education - Full-Year Courses
    All students are required to take one full-year Physical Education class. In 8th grade, students have the choice between the following classes.

    M4600 PE/Health 8
    Prerequisite: Physical Education 7

    In this PE class, students will rotate through courses consisting of PE, fitness, and health. Students will experience a variety of activities that can be played throughout their life. Both individual and team sports/activities will be offered. This class will emphasize playing the game for enjoyment and to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. Health is based on developing skills in relation to age-appropriate health topics.

    M3601 Competitive PE/Health 8
    Prerequisite: Physical Education 7

    In this PE class, students will rotate through courses consisting of PE, fitness, and health. Students will experience game play with an emphasis on strategies and concepts such as plays that apply to specific sports. More intensive training techniques will also be incorporated. Students should expect to work at a more vigorous level in this course. Health is based on developing skills in relation to age-appropriate health topics.

    M3602 Lifetime Fitness/Health 8
    Prerequisite: Physical Education 7

    In this PE class, students will rotate through courses consisting of PE, fitness, and health. Students will work to establish strong habits in all dimensions of health with an emphasis on social/emotional learning through a variety of activities and skills that encourage and allow the student to be physically active for life. This class includes a mix of activities: yoga, outdoor sports and games, mindfulness, community service, time to practice social skills, and time to practice strategies to help with stress. Health is based on developing skills in relation to age-appropriate health topics.