Eight Grade

The Islamic Sciences

Qur’anic SciencesIslamic SciencesService Learning
Beauty in recitation
Fard Ayn Program
Right and responsibilities toward parents
Aqida (Islamic Creed)
Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan
Community and school serve one another over time
Social entrepreneurship
Student participate in a campaign to benefit the school library
Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change

The Liberal Arts

Grammar & CompositionReading & ComprehensionHistory & Geography
Grammar in 8th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 8th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of tall tales, and research reports.
Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Examples of Reading Materials:
Shooting Kabul
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
The origins of American government
The American Dream
Manifest Destiny, The United States Constitution, the branches of government
How a bill becomes a law
The causes of the Civil War, civil rights movements
United States political parties and elections
World political and economic systems
The role of the media
United States foreign policy
Logic & RhetoricThe ArtsAthletics
Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more

Classroom performances during school events
Singing in the school assemblies
Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater
Continuity, change in movement, healthy competition
Team building, cooperative activities
Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard
Volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey and juggling
Oral Conversation

STEM Subjects

Mix of pre-algebra and algebra skills
Processes of using and defining linear equations, including using equations to model data and deriving models from actual data
Four methods of solving systems of two variable equations
Systems of inequality and their uses
Factoring and simplifying a variety of polynomial equations and exponential expressions
Proof and number and properties of real numbers and multiple techniques for solving quadratic equations
Function notation and trigonometric ratios
Complex rate, ratio, proportion and unit problems
Apply statistics to analyzing current social, political and scientific issues
Exponents and scientific notation
Gravity & Kinetic Waves Module; Chemical Interactions Module; Electromagnetic Force Module

With the FOSS Middle School curriculum, students will learn science by doing science. They will develop a deep, durable understanding of science concepts and principles through authentic investigations, analysis, and reflection.

students explore speed, acceleration, gravity, and collision physics.
engage in engineering challenge to design a prototype
learn about the physical properties of mechanical waves
acquire understanding of modern communications technology and a solid foundation for high school and college physics
construct a solid basic understanding of the composition of their world and the interactions that maintain and transform it.
learn to build a circuit, design an electromagnet, and explain the energy transfers that make it all possible
construct explanations based on observable patterns and develop models that define the cause-and-effect relationships of the forces and interactions they are measuring.

Peace Terrace Academy

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