8 - Electives

  • Elective classes must have adequate registration requests to become part of this year's school schedule. Students requesting courses that are not offered due to low enrollment will be notified by their counselor and assigned their alternate elective choice.

    Fine Arts - Semester Courses
    M8410 Art 1
    Prerequisite: None

    This is a semester-long course in which Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is the foundation for how students will explore art. Students will make sketchbooks and learn basic skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. Students will learn how to develop ideas, organize and plan, work, and edit to refine and complete their art. In addition to the creation of art, students will also focus on responding to art. Responses will be made with art critique and by comparing/contrasting works of art. By the end of the course, students will turn in a portfolio presentation of all their hard work.

    M8420 Art 2
    Prerequisite: Art 1

    This is a semester long course that incorporates the concepts of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) for students who have successfully completed Art 1. Students will expand on what they learned in Art 1. More emphasis is made in refining skills and on presentation of artwork. Students make sketchbooks, enhance their skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture and create unique works of art that they plan, develop, and refine themselves. In addition to the creation of art, there is a focus on using art to make a connection. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio presentation that showcases their ability to create meaningful
    art.

    M8430 Art 3
    Prerequisite: Art 2

    This class is designed for the serious art student who would like to explore a specific genre, subject, or art medium in depth who has successfully completed Art 2. Students will be required to plan in a sketchbook, meet with the teacher to discuss plans and materials, and work independently as an artist. In addition to the creation of art, students will learn more about presentation of work. At the end of the course, they are required to show their work as a collection, promote the show, and make a portfolio presentation that showcases their
    work.

    M8450 Drama 1
    Prerequisite: None
    Drama 1 is a course that explores several aspects of drama that will enhance or develop the foundational basics of theater including:

    • scriptwriting
    • basic theater terminology
    • basic theater history
    • vocal and physical warm-ups
    • reflective writing
    • exploration of voice and body
    • ensemble building
    • pantomime
    • improvisation
    • reader’s theater

    M8450 Drama 2
    Prerequisite: Drama 1

    Drama 2 builds upon the theater skills learned in Drama 1. Students will further deepen their understanding and skill set exploring various aspects of drama, including:
    scene study
    monologue and audition skills
    script analysis
    acting for the camera
    character development
    introduction to Shakespeare and stage combat

    Music - Full Year Courses
    M8000 Band 8
    Prerequisite: Band 7 & Teacher Recommendation

    Eighth-grade Band is open to all students who have successfully completed seventh-grade Band. Students who are new to our school program may join the Band if they have had a comparable experience in another school and complete a brief audition for the Hixson Band Directors. Students will continue to develop individual playing skills and will perform a variety of music. Students will also complete lessons in music theory, music history and music technology. The 8th grade Band will perform three concerts in addition to the 8th Grade Band tour during the school year.

    M8100 Choir 8
    Prerequisite: None

    The Eighth grade Choir is a continuation of the 6th and 7th grade classes, and is open to all students who want to improve their singing. Students who have not gone through the Choir program are welcome to join and will receive learning aids to help them catch up. This class is designed to strengthen individual voices, as well as develop choral singing abilities. The class will focus on learning to sight read notes and rhythms, sing in 3-4 part harmony, and sing in different styles, languages, and genres. The 8th grade Choir class will perform one mandatory concert per semester. Students who are interested in performing with the WGHS choir in the future are strongly encouraged to take this class.

    M7002 Orchestra 8
    Prerequisite: Orchestra 7

    Eighth grade orchestra is open to all students who have successfully completed seventh grade orchestra. New students to the district and/or students who have studied privately are encouraged to audition with the orchestra teacher to determine if placement is appropriate. Students will continue learning quality orchestra literature while developing shifting and vibrato techniques. Regular practice outside of class is required as homework. Students will work as a team to perform successfully three concerts a year, in addition to the eighth grade orchestra tour. Orchestra members are also invited to audition for the Hixson String Symphony, an after school group that collaborates with Wind Ensemble and Choir for two Sounds of Hixson concerts per year.

    Practical Arts - Semester Courses
    M8510 Family and Consumer Science 1
    Prerequisite: None

    FACS 1 is designed to give students an introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences. Topics covered include:

    • Food Prep,
    • Nutrition,
    • Hand & Machine Sewing, and
    • Child Development/Babysitting.

    M8520 Family and Consumer Science 2
    Prerequisite: FACS 1

    FACS 2 is offered to students who have successfully completed FACS 1. Students will build upon knowledge gained in FACS 1 about food prep, nutrition, and hand and machine sewing as well as gain an introduction to interior design.

    M8530 Family and Consumer Science 3
    Prerequisite: FACS 2

    FACS 3 is offered to students who have successfully completed FACS 1 and 2. Students in this class will engage in independent and group interest based projects surrounding nutrition and food preparation, sewing, child development, interior design, and/or careers.

    M8610 Shop 1
    Prerequisite: None

    This semester course is designed to allow students to gain hands-on experiences with power tools as well as hand tools. In the lab setting, this course will involve drafting, measurement, safety, and constructing projects. Students must pass a safety final, with 70% proficiency, before working with power tools/equipment in the lab.

    • Project choices in this class may include:
    • lettering,
    • puzzle/scroll saw object,
    • truss/bridge,
    • catapult,
    • cutting board,
    • large cooking spoon or spatula,
    • triangle game, and
    • a paper towel rack.

    M8620 Shop 2
    Prerequisite: Shop 1

    This semester course is offered to students who have successfully completed Industrial Technology 1. This class will build upon the knowledge gained on drafting, measurement, safety and constructing projects. Students will work with a variety of materials including metal, plastic, and wood. Students must pass a safety final, with 70% proficiency, before working with power tools/equipment in the lab.
    Projects in this class may include:

    • pencil tray,
    • keychains,
    • puzzle/scroll saw object,
    • wooden mallet,
    • large wood project,
    • jewelry box,
    • intarsia with frame,
    • kitchen pegboard,
    • bookends, and
    • large cooking spoon or spatula.

    M0033 Technology Education 1
    Prerequisite: None

    This course is designed to offer students useful tools for their learning, daily life, creativity, programming, and the basics of computer hardware. Students in this course will gain practical knowledge of various tech related software, online tools, extensions, and education related tools. Students gain problem solving skills as they encounter and resolve issues while using technological tools. Students will be challenged to apply technology to solve real world needs.

    M0034 Technology Education 2
    Prerequisite: Technology Education 1

    Students will use the skills gained in Technology Education 1 to solve real-world problems. In this service learning course, students will identify a problem within their community, country, or world and work to design a solution.

    World Languages - Full Year Courses
    Students who are interested in pursuing a foreign language in middle school may plan on a two-year course of study beginning in seventh grade with Level 1 and continuing with Level 2 in eighth grade. These two years count as the equivalent of Level 1 and 2 at the high school and allow a student the possibility to enroll in Level 3 as a freshman, depending on teacher recommendation. Therefore, these classes are for students who are able to manage the pace and workload of high school courses. Students may also begin a foreign language by taking Level 1 in eighth grade or high school.

    M8210 French 1
    Prerequisite: None
    French 1 consists of a concentrated examination of the vocabulary, grammar, writing and culture of the language. Reinforcement of these concepts is achieved through conversations, games, skits, music, songs and cultural activities, in addition to written exercises in the target language. This course of study is for students who desire an intense view of a specific foreign language. Students completing this program may move on to a higher level upon entry to high school.

    M8200 French 2
    Prerequisite: French 2

    This class is for students who have successfully completed French 1. French 2 stresses a continued mastery of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. In addition to an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammar, various cultural elements of the language will be explored. Students satisfactorily completing this class may move on to a higher level upon entry into high school.

    M8400 German 1
    Prerequisite: None

    German 1 consists of a concentrated examination of the vocabulary, grammar, writing and culture of the language. Reinforcement of these concepts is achieved through conversations, games, skits, music, songs and cultural activities, in addition to written exercises in the target language. This course of study is for students who desire an intense view of a specific foreign language. Students completing this program may move on to a higher level upon entry to high school.

    M8405 German 2
    Prerequisite: German 1

    This class is for students who have successfully completed German 1. German 2 stresses a continued mastery of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. In addition to an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammar, various cultural elements of the language will be explored. Students satisfactorily completing this class may move on to a higher level upon entry into high school.

    M8300 Spanish 1
    Prerequisite: None

    Spanish 1 consists of a concentrated examination of the vocabulary, grammar, writing and culture of the language. Reinforcement of these concepts is achieved through conversations, games, skits, music, songs and cultural activities, in addition to textbook and workbook exercises in the target language. This course of study is for students who desire an intense view of a specific foreign language. Students completing this program may move on to a higher level upon entry to high school.

    M8304 Spanish 2
    Prerequisite: Spanish 1

    This class is for students who have successfully completed Spanish 1. Spanish 2 stresses a continued mastery of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. In addition to an in-depth study of vocabulary and grammar, various cultural elements of the language will be explored. Students satisfactorily completing this class may move on to a higher level upon entry into high school.

    Algebra - Full Year Course
    M7220 Algebra

    Prerequisite: Math 7
    Students who did not meet the placement criteria to enroll in Algebra may elect to take it in place of an elective course. (Students who enroll in Algebra as an elective will take two math classes.) 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. It is highly recommended that students complete Math 8 prior to enrolling in Algebra.

    Study Skills - Semester Course
    M0154 Study Skills
    Prerequisite: None

    Students will learn study skills such as note-taking, time management, monitoring grades, and reading strategies. In addition to 20 minutes of daily silent reading and mini lessons on study skills, students will be able to apply the skills learned in class to their regular classwork and homework.