8th Grade Courses

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8th Grade Course of Studies

Eighth grade students are required to carry a minimum of six courses. The Placement Committee will place students into the appropriate level of English, math and science. An eighth grade student who fails any subject during the regular school session must successfully complete remedial work in the subject area at Brother Martin summer session before he may advance to the freshman year at Brother Martin.

Course Requirements

Religion 8
English 8 or English I Honors
Introduction to Algebra, Algebra I, or Algebra I Honors
Computer Applications I (concurrent with Intro to Algebra)

Earth Science, Physical Science, Physical Science Honors
World Geography or World Geography Honors
Health & Physical Education I
Fine Arts Survey:
Advanced Chorus (elective)
Beginning Band (elective)
Advanced Band (elective)

Course Descriptions:


Religion 8

Religion 8
This course traces the history of the Catholic Church, introducing students to Creed, sacramental development, and the people who contributed to the Church past. Included in the history of the Church, the students are inculcated in the history of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, the Charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, and the Mission of Brother Martin High School. Additionally, students are taught how to face a variety of relationship choices and challenges beyond the home. They learn how to choose friends wisely and how to be a good friend and that respect, honesty; responsibility, temperance, and modesty find their place alongside the Christian virtues of love, justice, and the quest for genuine peace. 


English

English 8

This course is designed to introduce basic fundamentals of grammar and usage, including sentence formation. From there, students learn the organization and development of a paragraph. Students study various literary types as found in the literature anthology and young adult novels. A language unit is included as well as vocabulary study. Incorporated into this class are the study habits and skills that enable the student to be a successful learner both inside and outside of the classroom.

English I Honors

This course [Eligible for high school credit] is a high school credit course for eighth graders that reviews the basic skills of grammar usage, sentence formation, and paragraph construction. Work then concentrates on stylistic techniques, organization, vocabulary building, and essay writing. The student studies various literary types and begins analysis of themes as well as vocabulary. In this rigorous course, students go beyond the surface of what they read and study to express understanding through composition and presentations.


Algebra

Introduction to Algebra

This course completes the student pre-high school mathematical foundation and provides an introduction to algebra through real-world applications. Topics covered include integers, variables and expressions; solving equations and inequalities; number theory; graphing; geometrical concepts; statistics and probability; percents and rational numbers; multiplying and factoring polynomials.

Algebra I

This course [Eligible for high school credit] completes the student’s pre-high school mathematical foundation and provides an introduction to algebra through real-world applications. Topics covered include integers; variables and expressions; solving equations and inequalities; number theory; graphing; geometrical concepts; statistics and probability; percents and rational numbers and multiplying and factoring polynomials.

Algebra I Honors

This course [Eligible for high school credit] is taken by those eighth graders whose academic record indicates the ability to handle the Algebra I Honors curriculum. This program includes a more advanced study of variables and open sentences, problem solving, polynomials, special products and factoring, algebraic fractions, graphing, radicals, and real numbers.


Computer Science

Computer Applications I

This course [Eligible for high school credit] is a full-year, half-credit course required of all incoming eighth graders not enrolled in Physical Science. The following major topics are introduced: computer hardware and software, operating systems, networks and the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, digital presentations, programming in SmallBASIC, and Web page creation in HTML. Classes meet every other day.

1. To inculcate fundamental academic skills in the following areas:

  • Listening and following directions
  • Organization
  • Reading, Note-taking
  • Homework
  • Preparing for and taking tests
  • Research
  • Summarizing

2. To teach the computer skills needed in todays world:

  • Computer terminology and history
  • Technology-related careers and issues
  • Competent use of software and hardware
  • Windows
  • Word
  • PowerPoint, Excel
  • Effective use of the Internet Creation of Web pages

Science

Earth Science

This course [High School Credit] This course is an introductory course of the principles of Earth
Science. Content includes the processes that have changed the earth throughout its history. Topics will include plate tectonics, volcanic activity, earthquakes, mineralogy, oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. Course work includes technology based lessons, lab work, as well as traditional classroom instruction. This course is opened to eighth and ninth grade students not taking Physical Science or Physical Science Honors.

Physical Science

This course [High School Credit] is a survey of the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry, the metric system, the scientific method, descriptive chemistry, force, motion, heat, light, electrical energy, organic chemistry, and the periodic table. The course does include math and algebraic operations to be 22 used in problem solving. Physical Science serves to prepare students for future work in biology, chemistry and physics. A student is placed in Physical Science only if he is also placed in Algebra I in eighth grade.

Physical Science Honors

This course [High School Credit] is taken by students whose background indicates the ability to work at an advanced level. The course covers the same topics as Physical Science with enrichment activities, additional math problems, and laboratory work to prepare students for future work in advanced science courses. A student is placed in Physical Science Honors only if he is also placed in Algebra I Honors in eighth grade.


Social Studies

World Geography

This course [High School Credit] is a required high school credit course for all entering eighth grade students. The first quarter concentrates on basic geographic skills such as map reading, graph analysis, and chart interpretation. Also, the student learns the elements of physical and cultural geography. The second quarter places emphasis on the North American continent with special attention given to Louisiana. The third quarter concentrates on Latin America and Western Europe. The fourth quarter is devoted to the study of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. The course is also designed to serve as an introduction to Brother Martin’s technology resources.

World Geography Honors

This course [High School Credit] is taken by students whose academic background indicates the ability to work at an advanced level. The course covers those same topics explored in World Geography but with enrichment activities that encourage analytical thinking. The student enrolled in this course is required to research topics in depth outside of the classroom. Also, more advanced writing skills are required; therefore, students placed in World Geography Honors are also placed concurrently in English I Honors.


Health & Physical Education I

Health and Physical Education

This course [High School Credit] is a program of indoor and outdoor lifetime physical education activities and instruction


Fine Arts

Fine Arts Survey

This course [Eligible for high school credit] is a full high school credit course required for any eighth grade student placed in at least one of the honor courses in the subject areas of English, math, social studies, or science. The course provides an overview of various arts including the visual arts, music, theatre, and architecture. Students will receive seminar-like information regarding the above as well as experience studio activities. Special attention will be placed on academic vocabulary and the appropriate integration of technology and information literacy skills. Note: Honor students can also meet this Fine Arts requirement by taking Band or Chorus instead of this Fine Arts Survey course.

 


Electives for Fine Arts

Eighth Grade Band

This course [High School Credit]  is for eighth graders who select band as a full credit course. Eighth graders will receive high school credit for (6070) Beginning Band or (6080) Advanced Band upon successful completion of the course. (Students are allowed to take band as a seventh credit.) Students with little or no experience may elect Beginning Band which meets daily. Musicians with moderate performance skills are placed in the Intermediate Class/Symphonic Band which meets daily. Eighth graders with exceptional musical ability may gain membership in the Advanced Band (Marching and Concert).

Eighth Grade Chorus

This course [High School Credit] is a full credit elective course that meets daily to provide training and experience in singing music especially selected for high school male voices. The experiences are planned to develop a love for singing, to encourage participation in choral activities at school and in the community, to give students a working knowledge of the principles of good singing, to acquaint them with some of the masterpieces of choral literature, and to give proper training to maturing voices. Attendance at all out-of-school rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

Successful completion of the following courses earns a student high school credit:

English I Honors, Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, Earth Science, Physical Science, Physical Science Honors, World Geography, World Geography Honors, Health and Physical Education I, Computer Applications I (1/2 Credit), Fine Arts Survey, Chorus, Beginning Band, and Advanced Band.

 

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