• Arizona College Preparatory 8th Grade Course Descriptions

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    Honors Language Arts 8

    Honors Language Arts 8 challenges students who have demonstrated excellence in reading and writing skills. Critical thinking skills are developed through literary analysis, analytical writing techniques, and the fundamentals of persuasion and debate. Students read advanced literature, including Shakespeare and other significant writers, in order to analyze drama, short stories, novels, and poetic verse.

    Social Studies 8

    In this standards-based course, students learn the ideals, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Additionally, the founding documents of the United States government are reviewed and analyzed. Particular emphasis is placed on the Constitution and how the government functions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Students will also analyze geography (location, place, region, movement, environment interaction) and learn to apply basic economic concepts to assess global problems that affect consumer choices.

    Algebra 1

    This course is the first year of a high school level standards-based mathematics curriculum. Real-life concepts, problems and applications are employed throughout the course by integrating algebra, probability, geometry, discrete math and mathematical structure and logic. Number sense topics include classifying and comparing sets. Data analysis focuses on organizing data into charts and evaluating conclusions drawn from that data. Algebra topics including linear equations, inequalities, exponents and expressions are taught using algebraic methods. Geometric properties, methods, theorems and additional topics of geometry relationships will be used to interpret and draw 3-dimensional objects. Discrete mathematics and mathematical structure will be used to develop and analyze algorithms and the understanding of the logic of algebraic procedures.

    Geometry

    Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or Equivalent Study

    This course is the second year of a standards-based mathematics curriculum. Number sense topics include the concept of using estimation strategies reasonably and fluently. Probability focuses on recording data from a probability experiment and comparing the outcome to predictions made prior to performing the experiment. Discrete mathematics topics include understanding and demonstrating the systematic listing and counting of possible outcomes. Geometric properties will be used to analyze the attributes and properties of two and three-dimensional shapes and developing mathematical arguments about their relationships. Students will learn to use logic, reasoning and mathematical proofs to evaluate situations and select problem-solving strategies.

    Investigated Science 9

    This course content will cover the High School Investigative Science curriculum including genetics. This inquiry-based course is designed to investigate chemistry, physics, biology and earth-space concepts in order to develop students’ analytical skills and problem-solving techniques. Concepts explored in the course develop foundational knowledge that ensures success in subsequent high school science classes. Emphasis is based on laboratories in which the student is an active participant in the formation of the lab.

    Spanish 2

    Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or Equivalent Study

    This course is a continuation of Spanish 1. In Spanish 2 students will receive more practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. New vocabulary and grammar are presented. The students will improve writing skills through simple compositions. They will continue to explore the culture of the Hispanic world. This class is not designed for native speakers.

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    Elective Course Descriptions

    Physical Education

    This course offers students a basic foundation in physical education by exposing them to a variety of individual and team sports. An emphasis is placed on promoting lifetime sports and physical fitness.

    General Art / Three-Dimensional Art

    Students in this class will complete projects in cartooning, drawing, painting, and ceramics. In addition, students will create projects in ceramics, sculpture and pottery. Art history, principles of design and elements of design will be incorporated into the various projects.

    Publications (Yearbook)

    Students in the publication class learn copywriting, photographic layout and design skills involved in the production of school publications. It is the responsibility of the class to produce the school yearbook.

    TV Media Production

    This course is designed for those students interested in writing, producing and performing the television news and announcement program. Hands-on technical experience with filming, editing, and studio production will be taught. The theory of TV production will be emphasized.

    Leadership and Service
        
    This class is specifically for eighth grade students that wish to learn the skills necessary to work in a leadership capacity through service learning and get a jump start on their high school personal project. Students will be exploring more deeply their career choice and will hear from variety of representatives in different occupational fields. Students will develop personal money skills for life by gaining the ability to manage their personal finances and budgeting. The class will also introduce students to different financial aid options for college.
     

    Cadet String Orchestra (meets all year long)

    Cadet String Orchestra consists of group instruction for those students wishing to continue their string studies. Instruments include: violin, viola, cello and string bass. Students who play an intermediate level are qualified for this class. Orchestra students will continue to develop note recognition skills, rhythmic accuracy, sight-reading ability and better tone production. This class will play for several evening concerts. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

    Cadet Band (meets all year long)

    Cadet band class is recommended for those who have been playing a band instrument for two years or less and is also open to beginning students who want to learn to play a band instrument. Most continuing band students from elementary school take this course. Students will continue to learn instrument-specific technique, note recognition skills, rhythmic accuracy, sight-reading ability and tonal development, as well as developing an appreciation of music history and expression. Students perform several times throughout the school year for various concerts, school functions and festivals.

    Beginning Choir (meets all year long)

    This choir is open to any student who likes to sing. Singing in unison, two-part harmony and music reading will be stressed. There will be two required performances per semester.

    Geometry

    Prerequisite: must be taking Algebra 1 concurrently

    This course is the second year of a standards-based mathematics curriculum. Number sense topics include the concept of using estimation strategies reasonably and fluently. Probability focuses on recording data from a probability experiment and comparing the outcome to predictions made prior to performing the experiment. Discrete mathematics topics include understanding and demonstrating the systematic listing and counting of possible outcomes. Geometric properties will be used to analyze the attributes and properties of two and three-dimensional shapes and developing mathematical arguments about their relationships. Students will learn to use logic, reasoning and mathematical proofs to evaluate situations and select problem-solving strategies.

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