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For students, middle school serves as a transition between elementary school and high school. Typically middle school involves grades 6 through 8 and is sometimes referred to as junior high school or just junior high. This is where students are introduced to an entirely new way of learning. In contrast to the teaching format of elementary school, students are allowed to opt for subjects in addition to the standard curriculum comprising English, Math, Science and Social Studies. The primary objective here is to help students develop a sense of independence by allowing them more autonomy in terms of choosing the subjects they wish to study. Also, not being confined to one single classroom offers them a constant change of environment that in some ways can prevent mundane routine.
The eighth grade is the last year of middle school with students between 13 to 14 years of age. It is typically the final grade before high school and is commonly referred to as the eighth year of education. The Mathematics curriculum includes Algebra and Geometry with certain advanced concepts being taught in some schools. As part of the Language Arts curriculum, students may also opt for a foreign language course, either for a semester or the entire school year. In Social Studies, the primary focus is often American history including revolutions, causes of civil war and its effects on the country.
The Grade 8 curriculum is aligned to the common core standards. Class focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Learn to compare different types of text and will become adept in writing argumentative, informative, narrative and research essays. Students will learn to evaluate the soundness of reasoning in a speaker’s argument and claims.
The middle school curriculum deals with formulating expression, equations, and linear equations. The students will understand the graphs of lines through the origin, functions and their relationships. Students will study about Pythagorean Theorem, and use theorem to find distances between points on the coordinate plane, to find lengths, analyze triangles. And also study about the volumes of the cones, cylinders and spheres.
The Grade 8 science curriculum follows the NGS Standards. The course deals with the physical sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy. The students will learn about the atoms, compounds and molecules. Students will study the properties of magnetism and electricity, nature of light, universe, stars, and sun.
The Grade 8 social studies curriculum follows the NGS Standards. The course deals with the history of United States from exploration and colonization to reconstruction after the civil war. The students will learn about the American revolutions, causes of civil war and its affect on the country.