ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS
Eighth Grade students read and study: Touching Spirit Bear, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Flies. Additional works of literature may be studied. Students also read works by Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, O. Henry, and Rudyard Kipling at various times throughout the year. Eighth grade students at Holy Trinity Middle School enjoy a varied English/Language Arts curriculum. Our belief in a literature-rich environment for our students drives the high standards we hold for both our students and our reading selections Language Arts instruction also includes: Vocabulary study focusing on Greek and Latin root words, key grammar concepts to better understand written language and improve analytical skills, and an assortment of Writer’s Workshops to improve composition skills in all genres of writing while maintaining focus on each grade level’s target standard.
The overarching theme for middle school science is “God’s splendor is shown in the energy of the earth and the universe”. Middle school is where students are exposed to science on daily basis with the goal for each student to be prepared for the rigors of a high school science curriculum. Science for all three grades is taught as integrated science which means that students are exposed to aspects of earth, life, and physical science each year. Activities, experiments, and projects are incorporated into the curriculum for hands-on learning. The cumulating learning experience for all students in middle school are the science fair, inventor’s fair, and technology fair which are held at the end of the year on a rotating basis so that a student in middle school is exposed to all three fairs. Collaborative projects involving the other middle school teachers is also a part of the science curriculum.
The concept of how God’s splendor can be seen through the energy that courses through all things continues to build in eighth grade. Concepts are almost all abstract which refines the student’s critical thinking skills. The study of chemistry which is the study of energy in the atom as well as energy in elements and compounds is introduced in eighth grade. After the study of chemistry, is the study of physics which includes energy waves including light and sound. Energy movement in the earth is studied by looking at the concepts of deposition and erosion as a continuous cycle. Energy movement in life science is studied at the basic level with cellular processes, genetics, heredity and changes over time. Math skills in science continue to honed.