8th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

8600010 Introduction to Technology; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

Introduction to Technology will expose students to the facets of technology. Students will learn the basics of computer programming, game design, engineering, and robotics. Students will learn basic programming concepts through the Lego EV3 robotics platform. Students will explore the 7 fields of technology through hands on projects and activities. Students will learn the skill of Technical Drawings and Sketches.

8600090 Exploring of Technical Design Technology; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

Exploration of Technical Design Technology gives students an opportunity to explore the area of technical design technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of technical design technology on our everyday lives. Students will bring their creative minds, creative abilities, and hands-on skills together to solve challenges.

9009200 Coding Fundamentals; Grade 6, 7, 8- Year Long

Coding Fundamentals assists Information Technology students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to foundational knowledge and skills related to computer coding and software development. Students will learn C++ basics and gain experience using a software compiler.  Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices. 

8600020 Exploring Technology; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Prerequisites – Successful completion of an introductory level technology course

The Exploring Technology course gives students a more advanced knowledge of programming, game design, engineering, and robotics. Students will learn more advanced programming concepts through the Lego EV3 robotics platform, as well as other electronics engineering. Students will explore the 7 fields of technology through hands on projects and activities.

8600092 Exploring Maritime Technology; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Prerequisites – Successful completion of an introductory level technology course

The Exploring Maritime Technology course gives students an opportunity to explore the area of maritime technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of maritime technology on our everyday lives. Students will assemble a working ROV from given components.

8600050 Exploration of Aerospace Technology; Grade 7, 8- Year Long

Prerequisites – Successful completion of an introductory level technology course

The Exploration of Aerospace Technology course gives students an opportunity to explore the area of aerospace technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of aerospace technology on our everyday lives.  Students will assemble a working UAV/drone from given components.  Students will learn the fundamentals of aerospace engineering through exploration and problem-solving challenges involving drones. 

9009500 Fundamentals of Web and Software Development; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Prerequisites – Successful completion of level II CTE courses

 The Fundamentals of Web and Software Development course assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Information Technology career cluster.  The content includes but is not limited to foundational knowledge and skills related to web and software development in the information technology industry.  Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.

8600070 Exploration of Robotics; Grade 8 – Year Long

Prerequisites – Successful completion of level II CTE courses

In the Exploration of Robotics course, students will learn all about the nature of technology and problem-solving using robotics as the platform. Students have opportunities to study the scope of technology and its impacts on society. They learn about the core concepts of technology and about the various approaches to solving problems, including engineering design and experimentation. Students participate in engineering-design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information and communicating design information.

9001110 Foundations of Web Design (H.S. credit course); Grade 8 – Year Long; Course Weight 4.5

Foundations of Web Design provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers such as an Assistant Web Designer, a Web Designer, and Senior Web Designer in the Information Technology career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Information Technology career cluster.  The content includes but is not limited to operating system commands and web document development, design, promotion and scripting.

1303150 Music Technology/STEM Guitar; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Students investigate the fundamental applications, tools, history, and aesthetics of music technology. Student musicians explore traditional, current, and emerging technologies, including personal devices; and use them to explore, capture, create, arrange, manipulate, reproduce, and distribute music.

The STEM Guitar program (grant dependent) is a program created through the National Science Foundation that incorporates the aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math into the process of building an electric guitar. Students will be led through modules learning both the music and STEM aspects of an electric guitar, which culminates with an actual build of an electric guitar to take home at the end of the course (with approval of grant to support this project).

0103000 Digital Art and Design; Grade 6, 7, 8- Year Long

Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, and applications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce digital still and/or animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and painting software, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials.

1700010 Research II - Bio-Medical Research/Forensics; Grade 7, 8 - Year Long

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop proficient knowledge and skills in the research process with emphasis on appropriate research design. The content includes the research process, forensic investigation techniques and case studies, lab experiments testing functions and structures of the human anatomy with the use of medical equipment (i.e. stethoscopes, lung bags, and pulse oximeters), research projects on various disorders and diseases and medical career fields, review of literature and other resources, report formats, styles and content investigation.

1700020 Research III – Science Fair Support; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to support students in the Science Fair process by developing basic knowledge and skills in the research process with emphasis on determining and refining research questions.  The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • research process
  • research topics
  • research questions and hypotheses
  • definition, analysis, and evaluation of research questions
  • review of literature and other resources
  • formulation of hypotheses
  • report formats, styles, and content
  • directed investigations
  • critical analysis of research
  • a major research project, preferably cross-disciplinary

1007000 M/J Speech and Debate I; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to develop students' beginning awareness, understanding, and application of political science and public speaking. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: learning and practicing a variety of speech formats, learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion, using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view, collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages. Students will be exposed to all modes of speech and debate during first semester, and will choose their desired event during second semester. Students will have the opportunity to speak at public events and compete in middle school debate tournaments.

1007010 M/J Speech and Debate II; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Prerequisite: Speech and Debate 1

This course builds upon the previous course. Students will focus on leadership qualities in addition to developing their political science knowledge and public speaking skills. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: learning and practicing a variety of speech formats, learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion, using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view, collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages. Students will work on a year-long culminating project that is dependent on the forensics event of their choosing. Students will work on their forensics event during the entire year and will be responsible for the writing, planning, research, and delivery of their speeches. Students will coach, judge, and lead their colleagues and have opportunities to work with the high school debate team. Students will have the opportunity to speak at public events and compete in middle school debate tournaments.

1007020 M/J Speech and Debate III; Grade 8 – Year Long

Prerequisite: Speech and Debate 1

The purpose of this course is to develop student awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies in a variety of given settings. Some activities may be required outside of the school day.  The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • learning and practicing a variety of speech formats
  • learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion
  • eye contact and body movements
  • voice register and choices of language
  • use of standard English
  • using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view
  • across a range of disciplines
  • using a range of sources, including digital
  • collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages

0400000 M/J Theater I; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

Students will participate in a variety of aspects of theater production -- from writing and directing to set design and performing. Students will learn the history and importance of theater and be able to evaluate its role in shaping attitudes and impacting society. Students will create multiple artistic works, including commercials, public service announcements, TED Talks, plays, and short movies. Students will work in groups and individually to hone skills for effective communication through the arts. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom

0400010 M/J Theater II; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Students with previous theatre experience and instruction continue to study acting, design, and dramatic literature to increase the enjoyment and understanding of what is required to prepare plays for the public. Students explore theatre history, study the great American playwrights, examine the cultural and historical contributions to theatre, and begin to use the information to inform and improve their theatre knowledge and skills. Students begin to use the basic elements of theatre design through practical application and projects. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

0400020 M/J Theater III; Grade 8 – Year Long

Students continue to build skills and knowledge as they explore aspects of theatre. Students explore theatre history, study the great American playwrights, examine the cultural and historical contributions to theatre, and improve their theatre knowledge and skills. Students learn about and begin to use the basic elements of theatre design through practical application and projects. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

1009000 M/J Creative Writing I; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content includes the following: a study of a variety of genres, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice. Writing for varied purposes and in varied genres; effective listening, speaking, class discussions, and collaboration among peers, including group writing projects. Participation of National Novel Writing Month takes place during the month of November; students continue to revise drafts during second semester.

1009010 M/J Creative Writing II; Grade 7, 8 – Year Long

Prerequisite: Creative Writing 1

The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: a study of a variety of short literary collections, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice. Writing for varied purposes and in varied genres; effective listening, speaking, class discussions, and extended text discussions; and collaboration amongst peers, especially regarding peer reviews of multiple drafts are emphasized.

1009020 M/J Creative Writing III; Grade 8 – Year Long

Prerequisite: Creative Writing 1

The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • a study of a variety of short literary collections, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice
  • literary text craft and structure, including using earlier texts as models
  • use of figurative, denotative and connotative, and other language devices
  • appropriate voice and/or tone
  • story structure, poetic forms, and creative pacing techniques
  • reciprocal nature of content and form
  • writing for varied purposes and in varied genres, including
  • personal and dramatic narratives
  • various poetic forms
  • plays and multimedia productions
  • multi-genre and creative nonfiction selections
  • digital writing platforms
  • effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions
  • collaboration amongst peers, especially regarding peer reviews of multiple drafts

1010020 M/J Literacy through Philosophy; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

This course is intended to create opportunities for students to read, write, and speak beyond the Reading and Language Arts classroom settings.  Students will read independently and examine complex texts to increase critical thinking and critical reading skills.  The content of Literacy through Philosophy will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Exploring major philosophical ideas.
  • Extensive reading of, writing in response to, and discussing writings of great philosophers.
  • Analyzing the effects that philosophers have had on their cultures and on our modern culture.
  • Extensive readings of modern literature, and through discussion and writing, identifying and analyzing philosophical themes.
  • Evaluating how major philosophical ideas have affected their lives.
  • Critically think about and discuss how major philosophical ideas may affect their lives in the future

1010000 Literacy through Film & Literature; 6, 7, 8 –Year Long

This course is intended to create opportunities for students to read, write, and speak beyond the Reading and Language Arts classroom settings. Students will watch classic and modern films in various genres, analyze, and discuss. Students will participate in Socratic seminars and group film reviews. The content of Literacy through Film & Literature will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Extensive reading of and writing in response to literature, analyzing theme, character development, setting, and author's purpose.
  • Developing the ability to understand, discuss, and analyze multiple types of literature including plays, short stories, and novels.
  • Developing the ability to view film with an analytical eye, identifying plot and character development.
  • Developing the ability to analyze the use, in film, of lighting, sound effects, music, special effects, and camera angles.
  • Reading and developing an understanding of literacy and film critiques.
  • Discussion, analysis, and writing of literary and film critiques.
  • Extensive discussion of and writing comparative analysis of literature and film.

1508700 Physical Education; Grade 8 – Year Long

This course is designed for 7th and 8th grade students. The purpose of this course is to build on previously acquired knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the implementation and maintenance of a physically active lifestyle. The course content provides exposure to a variety of movement opportunities and experiences which include, but are not limited to: Outdoor Pursuits/Aquatics, Individual/Dual Sports and Alternative/Extreme Sports. The integration of fitness concepts throughout the content is critical to student success in this course and in the development of a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

 

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