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Online Middle School 8th Grade Classes

Online 8th Grade Classes Offer a Great Preparation for High School

8th grade student studies on laptop

The online 8th grade program offered at eAchieve Academy is specifically designed for students to study when it fits their busy schedule.

Our online middle school classes help students learn important time management skills for the future.

Students are free to work ahead, so they can get easier classes out of the way and spend more time focusing on more difficult subjects.

8th grade is your child’s final academic year before high school. Core 8th grade classes from eAchieve Academy include rigorous courses designed to prepare your child for challenging high school programs.

The holistic education our program provides ensures every student is prepared to succeed in their future academic undertakings. The 8th grade core classes are:
Language Arts Math Science Social Studies

 

Language Arts

Description:

Students will learn to read critically with full comprehension across genres and be able to communicate through effective writing. As students develop critical reading and writing skills, they will make important life connections through the variety of material they study. Additionally, students will practice vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills with each weekly lesson. As students encounter a variety of text structures and multi-media, they will be able to see how these different things connect to one large idea and see how these large ideas connect across other content areas being studied. Each student will be required to engage in activities and assessments that require critical thinking skills and that meet rigorous academic expectations. As students complete this course, hopefully they will see the relevance that this course has in their daily life and future academic and career goals.

Texts used include:
- Holt McDougal American Literature online textbook
- The Call of The Wild by Jack London
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Learning Targets:

Learning Targets are statements of intended learning based on the National Common Core Standards. Students should review the learning targets and refer to them throughout the school year. By the end of the school year, students should achieve mastery of each target below.

T1: Communication Target: Students can effectively communicate for a variety of purposes to a variety of audiences. (writing, speaking, digital media)

T2: Reading Target: Students can comprehend and evaluate both fiction and nonfiction texts.

T3: Language Target: Students can use a wide variety of words effectively, including general vocabulary and specific literary terms, and adhere to the standard rules of English grammar when communicating.

T4: Research & Inquiry Target: Students can conduct research for a variety of purposes (evaluating sources for validity and appropriateness), and provide accurate citations.

Prerequisites:

7th Grade Language Arts

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

Math

Description:

Students will review the basics of fractions, decimals, percents, and the order of operations. Students will be introduced to the set of Integers and how to calculate with positive and negative numbers, number sets and properties, variables, and solving equations and inequalities. Students will learn some basic statistic concepts including data collection, analysis and graphing. Students will begin Coordinate Plane graphing, linear graphing and learn about functions. Students will move from Rational numbers into Irrational numbers while studying square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem for right triangles. The basic geometric concepts of triangles, polygons, perimeter, area, surface area and volume will also be introduced

Learning Targets:

  1. SOLVING: Students will know and be able to analyze different types of equations and choose the appropriate method to solve for the variable .
  2. GRAPHING: Students will know and be able to model and interpret the visual representation of data
  3. SIMPLIFY/TRANSLATE/EVALUATE: Students will know and be able to exhibit techniques for evaluating and simplifying algebraic expressions.
  4. WRITING EQUATIONS: Students will know and be able to manipulate data to write an equation of line.
  5. PROBABILITY: Students will know and be able to use probability in mathematical and real life situations.
  6. GEOMETRY: Students will be know and be able to use Pythagorean Theorem, basic geometric formulas, trigonometric ratios, and identify transformations.

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of 7th-grade math.

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

6, 7, 8

Science

Description:

This course provides a rigorous and comprehensive foundation for the 8th-grade student about to enter high school science. It covers the relevant topics in all the major scientific disciplines, building on prior knowledge and expanding on subjects introduced earlier in middle school.

Students begin with a review of the scientific process and get more into depth with the idea of critical analysis of theories and experimental research. They will move on to discuss principles of physical science and energy. In the life science portion of the course, students will cover structure and function of organisms, genetics and evolution, and tenets of ecology. This will flow into the environmental science topics including earth's cycles and environmental problems. A brief discussion of the solar system will also be covered. Students will learn about the assigned topics through interactive activities, experimentation, discussion, and engaging text and animations. Graded assignments will be stimulating and thought-provoking, hopefully paving the way for future interest in the scientific disciplines.

Learning Targets:

T1: Generate and evaluate evidence and explanations according to accepted scientific practices.

T2: Know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world.

T3: Understand the development and evolution of scientific knowledge.

T4: Communicate productively through discourse and other scientific practices

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

Social Studies

Description:

Students will build on their concepts of geography, civics, and political societies beginning with the world as it was in the 1500's followed by the natural unfolding of events from the explorations, the establishment the colonies, the colonial era leading up to the causes of and including the French and Indian War and The Revolutionary War. The development of American government from a confederation to a constitutional one, the launching of the Republic, through the War of 1812, the growth and development of the nation through the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark exploration on through Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War will follow. Students will explore the changes in the nation from immigration and abolition issues to the Civil War and Reconstruction, westward expansion, to the development of the U.S. as a world power and into World War One. They will explore the 1920's, the Great Depression and World War Two.

Learning Targets:

Apply, examine, and develop timelines and chronology by sequencing events, people, technology, time periods, and people.

Identify contributions of significant individuals including Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, King George III, Martin Luther, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, the Marquis de Lafayette, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Harriett Tubman, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu.

Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference that influenced the participants.

Analyze political, economic, and social effects of war.

Consider the obligation of society to individuals and the obligations of citizens to society.

Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, media, databases, and visuals including graphs and graphics, charts, timelines, and maps in order to apply generalizations about past, present, and future events in history from the 1500's to the present.

Understand the effects of the interaction between humans and the environment.

Compare types and uses of technology, past and present by analyzing the effects of scientific discoveries and technological innovations.

Apply critical thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

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