Eighth Grade Course Listings
In eighth grade, we intentionally and lovingly push our students to advance intellectually and spiritually in pursuit of being productive and successful in high school. Students evolve into more independent thinkers that are eager to take on intellectual challenges. Students are also encouraged to be bold in their endeavors.
Algebra 1 Honors
This is a high school honors course offered to eighth grade students who completed seventh grade Advanced Pre Algebra with at least an 87 average and have been recommended by the seventh grade faculty. A traditional mathematics curriculum is used. Major topics include algebraic laws and properties, the real number system, linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, and an investigation of polynomials with a focus on quadratics. All topics include statistical and geometrical applications and contain an emphasis on problem solving. Use of a TI-83 calculator is taught and expected. Upon successful completion of this course the student will receive a high school honors math credit.
Students in 8th grade band continue to develop strong musical skills through resources such as method books and high quality music literature. The 7th grade and 8th grade band students have a combined class forming the Middle School Concert Band which performs multiple times each year, including the Christmas and Spring concerts, MTSBOA Concert Adjudication and Evening With The Arts. Eighth grade students also have the opportunity to participate in the High School Pep Band, MTSBOA All Mid-State Festival and various Solo and Ensemble events.
Eighth graders at Lipscomb Academy have the unique experience of studying the Bible in a gender split environment. On the brink of high school and facing added pressures and expanding choices, students are positioned to engage the teachings of the Bible in new ways. These classes provide opportunities for students to identify themselves as actors in God’s story and learn to apply the truths of the Bible in the world that they face. Topics that are on the minds of adolescents are discussed candidly through the lens of faith. Through relationships with peers and teachers, students are supported as they struggle with navigating the difficult terrain of learning how to live a life that honors God.
The 7th & 8th Grade Choral curriculum is based on the national Music Standards and students singing SAB and SATB music in a variety of styles and languages. Performances include Middle School “Middle Tennessee Vocal Association” (MTVA) events, Choral Festivals, Christmas Programs, “Evening with the Arts” in the Spring, and several Chapel times throughout the year. The LA 7th & 8th Grade Chorus has received Superior Ratings at Adjudication in both performance and sight-reading for the past 9 years.
Eighth grade language arts has four areas of focus: reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Literature analyzed includes “Flowers for Algernon,” Chains, an introduction to Greek mythology, Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Grammar study focuses on grammar basics through a daily grammar practice sentence (DGP) and a variety of grammar activities on prepositional and appositive phrases as well as practice with dependent and independent clauses. Grammar study is focused on preparation for foreign language study and improving writing skills. Writing projects vary from a short letter of appreciation to a twenty page "letter to self" project, but the Hamburger Model of organization is stressed for both paragraphs and essays. A research paper related to the Revolutionary War (a collaboration with social studies) is written in conjunction with the study of Chains. Eighth grade LAMS students write several multi-paragraph expository essays throughout the year in preparation for the ERB writing assessment in March. Vocabulary study is based on a study of Latin morphemes, and individual “logophile” collections of vivid writing vocabulary are created throughout the year.
Physical Education (PE)
For 7th and 8th grade, Physical Education at Lipscomb Academy builds on the ideas learned in early middle school. In addition to in-depth units on team sports, physical fitness is emphasized. Students learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise.
This course is an overview of middle grade mathematics with the purpose of transitioning the student from arithmetic to algebraic thinking. There is a focus on problem solving, including expressing word problems using algebraic language. The topics covered include the real number system, the geometry of shapes and solids, the relationship between percents, fractions and decimals, estimation, algebraic laws and principles, simplifying expressions, solving equations, and basic statistics.
8th grade physical science, which is the study of matter and energy, is a combination of two branches of science---Chemistry and Physics. Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, structure, and interactions of matter. Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy. Overall, this lab-based course will focus on exploring and understanding the relationships between science, technology,engineering, and math. Students spend time problem solving and analyzing information on a daily basis.
In Exploratory Spanish we work to expand on the students’ prior knowledge about languages and culture. Using our curriculum, Exploring Spanish, we enable the students to communicate in the target language on a very basic level with a focus on building vocabulary. It is also important to demonstrate the importance of studying a foreign language and its uses in both our local and global communities and how that relates to our Christian walk. The students will explore these issues through classroom and at home activities and discussions and through cultural awareness projects.
8th grade speech is designed to improve the confidence and ability level to speak and perform in front of a group or an audience. In this special encore class, students will learn positive methods in writing and delivering speeches that tell stories, inspire, teach, demonstrate, persuade, and honor God. Topics of speeches will be chosen by the individual student, encouraging each child to have a voice and share his/her own hobbies and passions. Students will also use technology to explore on-camera delivery, broadcasting techniques using a teleprompter, as well as creating their own marketing and advertising commercial.
United States History
This course is an introduction to United States History from Beginnings through Reconstruction (sometimes referred to as U.S. History I). It is intended to be a transition into the study of history at the high school level, and uses the subject matter of U.S. history to learn reading, writing, analysis, critical thinking, research and other skills. The subject matter focuses on the origins of the United States including prominent personalities, cause and effect, conflict, technology, and the connections that this time period has to modern daily lives, as well as wrestling with the morality of decisions made by those who came before us.
Students in 8th grade make three main projects that include a two point perspective architectural drawing, an iMovie presentation using stop motion animation, and an artwork using mixed media after the artist Romero Bearden. Students will have more freedom and responsibility to work after given requirements for each large project. The goal is for students to take ownership of their own growth as an artist.