Grade 8 - What to Expect

 

Welcome to Mr. Eifert's Eighth Grade webpage.  Please email any questions you may have to Jimmy Eifert.

What to expect in Grade 8...

Chapel is on Monday except for special holidays and weeks where there is no school on Monday.

We will have PE 3 days per week.  Latin classes will be daily.  We will visit the library once a week.  Students will have a choice between advance band, art, and choir.     

Our study of Religion will include:  a detailed study of the ministry of Jesus culminating with His ascension.  They will have an overview of the New Testament.  The students will come away knowing the menu and purpose of each New Testament book.  As the student learns the historical impact of each lesson, a modern day parallel is drawn for their lives today.

In literature we my read: 

Novels:

  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare

Short Stories:

  • "To Build a Fire" by Jack London
  • "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane
  • "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
  • "The Lady and the Tiger" by Aslan
  • "The Open Window" by Saki
  • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
  • "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce

Non-Fiction:

  • George Washington's Farewell Address
  • The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
  • The Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

 

Poetry:

  • "Gettysburg" by Herman Melville
  • "O Captain! My Captain!" By Walt Whitman (this will be memorized)
  • "Old Ironsides" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In English we will: 

  • Classify and diagram five sentence patterns
  • Review and apply rules of spelling
  • Apply grammar and punctuation rules
  • Edit and revise composition
  • Write expository and persuasive paragraphs and essays
  • In Progymnasmata with will study Refutation and Confirmation

In Logic we will:

Understand the Principles of Logic

Understand Statements

  • Understand and Use Relationships between Statements
  • Understand and Use Standard Categorical Statements
  • Understand and Use the Square of Opposition

Understand Arguments

  • Understand and Use Syllogisms
  • Understand and Use the Rules for determining Validity of Syllogisms
  • Translate ordinary arguments into Standard Form

Understand common fallacies

 

In Math we will: study Pre-Algebra or Algebra.  Students will be placed in Pre-Algebra or Algebra according to their ability based math scores from their 7th grade year.  New students will be tested on Orientation Day.

 

Saxon Pre-Algebra:

  • Simple math
  • Word problems
  • Fractions
  • Percents
  • Graphing
  • Exponents
  •  Surface area and volume
  • Algebraic equations
  • Simple and compound interest

Algebra:

Algebra is a branch of mathematics that deals with analysis. Analysis involves 'breaking something down' to better understand how something works. Understanding how something works is an important step in the learning process. It helps one to reconstruct and apply knowledge in new situations. Therefore, the study of algebra will aid the student in their understanding of mathematics, which in turn will help the student succeed as they apply mathematical knowledge to new situations throughout their lives.

Our study of history will include:  U.S. History.  The topics covered will be:

  • Colonial settlement
  • Revolutionary War
  • Expansion westward
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Civil War
  • American inventors
  • World War I
  • Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Korean and Vietnam Wars
  • Cold War
  • War of Terror
  • U.S. Government
  • U.S. States

In Science we will:  focus on Earth and Physical science with three units designed to develop problem-solving skills.  The class is centered on a hands-on approach to learning.  The curriculum's main objective is content memorization with a minor objective of developing higher-level thinking skills. Math, history, and Latin have been integrated into the science curriculum as well.

For memory we will memorize: The six chief parts of the Catechism and selected Bible verses related to our Catechetical memory; Learn By Heart.

Some exciting field trips may include:

Washington D.C. Trip - This will be a four day/three night trip to visit Washington D.C.  Some points of interest visited on the trip include:  Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Robert E. Lee's plantation, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam Wall, Korean War Memorial, Capitol Hill, visiting the Senate Building & Chamber, Library of Congress, and Supreme Court Building, Union Station, Ford Theater, the Peterson House, The National Archives, The FDR Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial,  Mt. Vernon, National Holocaust Museum, Washington Monument, the White House, Smithsonian Institute, and Air Force Memorial.

Special events & projects:

  • Science fair project
  • Mock Trial in conjunction with study of U.S. Government
  • Making Jolly Rogers (pirate flag) during study of Treasure Island
  • Conducting the Outsiders Trial during study of The Outsiders
  • Making your own rockets