Junior High Program

7th Grade English

Course Objectives

English 7 is a literature-based class that will focus on helping students develop foundational skills in three significant areas: critical thinking and literary analysis, written communication, and oral communication. Student instruction and discussions will focus on the Christian perspective and how it differs from secular concepts. Vocabulary building is central to both literature and grammar units, and students will participate in weekly activities to increase vocabulary and spelling ability.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the writing process from brainstorming to publication
  • Identify the component parts of a multi-paragraph essay
  • Write well-constructed, coherent, and multi-paragraph essays
  • Define key literary terms, devices, and identify in context
  • Deliver well-organized, formal presentations utilizing traditional rhetorical techniques
  • Write and speak with an authority of standardized English conventions.
  • Discuss concepts of character analysis, theme and plot
  • Develop spelling and vocabulary skills

Assignments and Assessments

Students are responsible for preparing for class and actively participating. The class will utilize a number of varied learning methods including, but not limited to shared inquiry, project-based learning, class and group discussion, journaling, independent research, lecture, and multimedia. English homework is given daily, and students participate in varied activities to support topics studied. Quizzes, tests, and essays are used as assessments regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given.

Textbook

  • Prentice Hall Literature, Bronze Level. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 2002
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book 7. Educators Publishing Service, 2008
  • Writing and Grammar 7 Bob Jones University Press, 2005
  • Handouts and online resources (poetry, short stories, non­fiction), provided as needed

7th Grade Science: Life Science

Course Objectives

The course explores life science from a Christian perspective always based upon God’s Word and designed to enrich the student’s knowledge and appreciation of God’s creation. Focusing on biology, this course uses science as a way of examining the natural world and how studying life will glorify God.

Students will:

  • Gain appreciation for the creation of life through discussion, hands-on activities, labs and project.
  • Study scientific theories and laws and apply them to demonstrations and laboratory exercises.
  • Learn to distinguish between theory and fact through the application of the Scientific Method
  • Concentrate on the life process of various organisms
  • Explore DNA technology and current advancements
  • Learn about the anatomy and physiology of animals through dissection Learn more about one’s own body through the study of human anatomy and physiology

Assignments and Assessments

Grading will be based upon homework, class participation, lab responses, quizzes, tests and projects. Homework is given weekly and students participate in various lab activities to support topics studied. Quizzes and tests are given regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given. All 7th grade students will independently research a life science genetic disorder or related topic and produce a complete written report in the 2nd trimester of the school year.

Textbook

  • Life Science for Christian Schools, book A & B – Bob Jones University
  • Holt Science and Technology, Life Science – Holt, Rinehart, Winston

7th Grade Math: Pre-Algebra

Course Objectives

The California Standards for Mathematics are organized by strands, which are taught each year. Each year builds upon the year before with increasing complexity and expectations. The Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra Textbook covers the skills mandated by the California Standards. The emphasis is in Algebra readiness and includes the following skills: algebraic expressions and integer operations, solving equations and inequalities, an introduction to linear functions and graphing, and data analysis. Students will also cover geometry concepts including area, perimeter, volume, congruence of figures, parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, and circles. All content will be taught for mastery at all levels.

Assignments and Assessments

Practice is an important part of mastering new skills. Homework is given daily, and students are scored based on effort. Quizzes and tests are given regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given.

Attendance

Attendance is important. Students are required to take notes of teacher instruction. If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the notes and assignment from another student.

Textbook

  • Pre-Algebra California Edition, published by Prentice Hall

7th Grade Social Studies: World History

Course Objectives

The course will explore the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, Asia, and parts of North and South America in the years A.D. 500-1700. Students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and the beginning of modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Throughout the year, examples of people and nations who either followed God’s standard or failed to do so will be evaluated as the students are encouraged to develop godly values and principles based on their knowledge.

Students will:

  • Analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of the Arab societies, sub-Saharan Africa, China and Japan in the Middle Ages
  • Analyze the historical developments of the Renaissance and the Reformation and the impact on the church today
  • Analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions
  • Analyze political and economic change in the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason
  • Study missionaries who have influenced change throughout history
  • Research current events weekly

Assignments and Assessments

Students are responsible for preparing for class and actively participating. Grading will be based upon homework, class participation, daily current event responses, quizzes, tests, and projects. Homework is given weekly, and students participate in multiple activities to support topics studied. Quizzes and tests are used as assessments regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given.

Textbook

  • World Studies For Christian Schools – Bob Jones University
  • World History: Medieval to Early Modern Times – Holt

8th Grade English

Course Objectives

In accordance with California state standards, our English program focuses primarily on four key areas: literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary development.

Literature:  Within this coursework, the students analyze various genres of writing including (but not limited to) novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and internet research/information. The bulk of the novels we read tie to our studies in U.S. history.  Discussion revolves around writing style, use of literary devices, story development, and textual analysis and annotation.

Writing: Students write in all genres including: analytical, persuasive, narrative, and expository essays, short stories, daily/weekly journal writing for fluency, poetry, and friendly and business letters. 

Grammar:  Lessons follow state standards including parts of speech, capitalization and punctuation, clauses, proper sentence structure, and commonly misused words.

Vocabulary development: Coursework focuses on Greek and Latin roots, preparation for high school PSAT/SAT testing, comparison of synonyms and antonyms, analogies, and increasing word knowledge for fluency in reading and writing. 

Assessment includes: Homework, essays, creative writing, novel annotations, literature journals, quizzes, and tests.

Students also participate in several ACSI Language Arts competitions such as Spelling Bee, Creative Writing Festival, and Speech Meet.

Textbooks and supplementary materials used:

  • Prentice Hall Literature Anthology
  • Various novels
  • Bob Jones University Press Writing and Grammar
  • Wordly Wise 3000 (vocabulary development)
  • Step Up to Writing

8th Grade Science: Physical & Earth Science

Course Objectives

The course will explore the physical universe and its laws from a Christian perspective. Physical science study will include motion, forces, and structure of matter, density and buoyancy, chemical bonding and chemical reactions.  Earth Science Study will include the lithosphere and geosphere. Scientific theories and laws will be studied and applied to demonstrations and laboratory exercises.

Students will:

  • Experience instruction through hands on experiments, observations, classroom discussions and debates
  • Learn to distinguish between theory and fact through the application of the Scientific Method
  • Develop critical thinking skills through studying ethics in science
  • Know appearance, general composition, relative position and size, and motion of objects in the solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, comets, and asteroids
  • Explore the structure and composition of the universe by studying stars and galaxies
  • Learn Laws of Physical Science, velocity, direction and magnitude of forces, density and buoyancy
  • Learn solid and fluid matter in motion
  • Study atoms and the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • Investigate chemical compounds, bonding and reactions

Assignments and Assessments

Grading will be based upon homework, class participation, lab responses, quizzes, tests and projects. Homework is given weekly and students participate in weekly lab activities to support topics studied. Quizzes and tests are given regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given. All 8th grade students will independently design and conduct a science fair project and produce a complete written abstract and report in the 2nd trimester of the school year.

Textbook

  • Space & Earth Science for Christian Schools – Bob Jones University
  • Holt Science and Technology, Physical Science – Holt, Rinehart, Winston

8th Grade Math: Algebra 1

Course Objectives

The California Standards for Mathematics are organized by strands, which are taught each year. Each year builds upon the year before with increasing complexity and expectations. The Prentice Hall Algebra 1 Textbook covers the skills mandated by the California Standards. Algebra 1 includes the following skills: solving equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, polynomials and factoring, quadratic equations, radical expressions and equations, and rational expressions and equations. All content will be taught for mastery at all levels.

Assignments and Assessments

Practice is an important part of mastering new skills. Homework is given daily, and students are scored based on effort. Quizzes and tests are given regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given.

Attendance

Attendance is important. Students are required to take notes of teacher instruction. If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the notes and assignment from another student.

Textbook

  • Algebra 1 California Edition, published by Prentice Hall

8th Grade Math: Algebra 1A

Course Objectives

The California Standards for Mathematics are organized by strands, which are taught each year. Each year builds upon the year before with increasing complexity and expectations. The Prentice Hall Algebra 1 Textbook covers the skills mandated by the California Standards. Algebra 1A introduces students to Algebra skills at a pace that allows students to master important foundational skills that are critical for success in Algebra 1. These skills include: solving equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, and exponents. Other skills may be introduced if time permits.

Assignments and Assessments

Practice is an important part of mastering new skills. Homework is given daily, and students are scored based on effort. Quizzes and tests are given regularly and will be announced at least one week prior to being given.

Attendance

Attendance is important. Students are required to take notes of teacher instruction. If absent, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the notes and assignment from another student.

Textbook

  • Algebra 1 California Edition, published by Prentice Hall

8th Grade History: U.S. History

Course Objectives

Our 8th grade social studies course covers the history of the United States from colonization through reconstruction and industrialization from a Christian worldview. Students are challenged to think critically, relate past history to the present day, and examine God’s sovereign hand in our nation’s story. Study includes: geography, research methods, note-taking, current events, analyzing political cartoons, our government past and present, understanding our rights as Americans as stated in the Constitution, and becoming informed, voting American citizens. Special focus is placed on the themes: “Those who do not learn history are destined to repeat it” and “Freedom is not Free.”

Toward the end of the year, our students, teachers, and parent chaperones travel to Washington DC, Gettysburg, PA, and New York City for a week of learning through travel. During this trip, we visit many memorials, monuments, museums, and national cemeteries. This tour is the highlight of the year for many 8th grade students as they get the opportunity to see and experience the lessons learned throughout the school year.

Assessment includes: research projects, debates, tests, quizzes, and various homework assignments.

Textbooks and supplementary materials used:

  • American Republic: Bob Jones University Press