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  • English

    The eighth-grade English program builds on the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills developed in earlier grades. The course aims to help students become more effective communicators and emphasizes ways in which writing, grammar, and reading skills work together to enhance communication. Students learn how to generate and organize ideas for a specific audience and purpose in a wide variety of personal and academic topics. They improve their revision and editing skills, applying the conventions of standard spelling and grammar. Grammar instruction emphasizes how to combine phrases and clauses as students develop a more sophisticated writing style. Reading includes fiction, drama, non-fiction, and poetry. In addition to works in the literature book, students read novels with the entire class and on their own for outside reading reports. Vocabulary is taught in the context of reading and includes learning root words, prefixes and suffixes, and the denotation and connotation of words.
  • Fine Arts

    Band

    The purpose of the Middle School band program is to engage all students of varying performance levels in a performance group best suited for their needs. Seventh- and eighth-grade students participate in an advanced performing group. Students learn advanced performance techniques and music theory.

    Chorus

    The primary purpose of the choral program is to actively engage students in the study and performance of choral music. Students will study various composers and styles of music. Students develop their ability to read, comprehend, and articulate abstract concepts within the choral music studied. Students will learn the skills that will enable them to be versatile, competent, and confident in performing a wide spectrum of vocal music.

    Dance

    Seventh- and eighth-grade student broaden their horizons as they learn basic dance concepts and techniques through a multi-disciplinary dance program. The curriculum allows students to increase flexibility, build muscular strength, and explore several different genres of dance. In addition, students are introduced to the fundamental technique in various genres and the basics of stage presence and performing. Students explore the health benefits of dance and explore ways to use dance as a fitness tool. They also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity through improvisation and group choreography. The overall course is designed to give students an overall appreciation of the art of dance. This year-long arts elective provides multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and culminates with a departmental showcase in the spring.

    Theater

    The Cannon Middle School theater program is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of theatrical performance. In this course, students will study a variety of theatrical styles and will have a number of performance opportunities. Students will focus on the utilization of improvisational exercises in order to develop the skills necessary for confident performances. The theater curriculum stresses teamwork as the group works together to prepare for a variety of in-class performances as well as a production for a fall Middle School assembly and a larger staged production in the spring, which is open to the public.

    Visual Art

    The Middle School art program builds the foundation for self-expression and art appreciation through the use and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums in the context of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
  • History

    Eighth-grade history continues with History Alive! as students explore the origins of the United States, including its history, geography, culture, government, economics, and politics. Students learn the skills of a historian as they become more familiar with the early settlement and creation of the United States as well as North Carolina. They will also explore the structure of the American government and learn the importance of citizenship and how citizens participate in the government.
  • Math

    Eighth-Grade Algebra I

    This course is an accelerated program that challenges eighth-grade students to expand on the knowledge gained in Pre-Algebra. Relevant topics include linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, radicals, quadratics, and an introduction to trigonometry. The content continuously applies and connects algebraic principles with other areas of mathematics, other disciplines, and real-world applications, giving students a better understanding of how algebra is relevant to their future lives and careers. Multiple approaches to creative problem-solving are valued and reinforced through communication and collaboration. iPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment.
     
    Eighth-Grade Algebra Plus
     
    The Algebra Plus course will use the Algebra I textbook with emphasis on the core requirements. The course work found at the beginning of the Algebra I curriculum will be presented at a slower pace, much detail, and with a concentrated emphasis on individual learning styles and adaptive methods. Objectives will include expressions, equations, inequalities, linear functions, polynomials, factoring, and quadratic functions. Problem-solving will be incorporated into lessons and emphasized in the solving of algebraic problems. iPads, graphing calculators, and project-based learning are used for enrichment. This course builds a strong mathematical foundation and elevates confidence, preparing students for success in Algebra I the following year.
     
    Eighth-Grade Geometry

    This course is an accelerated program that challenges the advanced math eighth-grade students to expand on the knowledge gained in Algebra I. The skills of reasoning and geometric proof are developed. Other relevant topics include parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, similar polygons, trigonometry, quadrilaterals and circles, and area and volume. The content continuously applies and connects both algebra and geometry principles with other areas of mathematics, other disciplines, and real-world applications, giving students a better understanding of how geometry is relevant to their future lives and careers. iPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment. There is a strong emphasis on project-based learning, independent thinking, and collaboration among students and teachers.
  • Physical Education

    Health Education

    In grades five through eight, age-appropriate texts and resources are used to teach mental, physical, and social skills necessary to maintaining one's health. Units taught include human growth and development, evaluating health-related information, products and services, decision-making, family living, nutrition, safety and basic first aid, and environmental health.

    Physical Education

    The Middle School physical education program stresses physical fitness and a variety of athletic experiences. The program includes an Olympic competition and training and testing for the President's Physical Fitness Test. Also included are units on soccer, flag football, volleyball, tennis, aerobics, cardiovascular fitness and conditioning, basketball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, snow-skiing, rock climbing and ice skating. Participation is mandatory. However, students develop skills for performance at their individual levels.
  • Science

    Our essential question for the year is "What is the impact of the Sun on Earth?" The Sun drives the Earth's weather, provides energy for life, and for electrical power. We focus on these main areas of study through a series of labs, demonstrations, and investigations. As we study the nature of science and science processes, eighth graders become more skilled in working with units of measurement, and students are challenged with projects to integrate various aspects of their learning. They design and construct hot air balloons for flight, and build model homes with working electrical circuits. The students apply science concepts to real world problems, such as analyzing the school's power bill to determine efficiency, or testing the effectiveness of cleansers in fighting microscopic organisms. We are challenged to continuously ask ourselves how we can use our resources in a responsible way.
  • World Language

    Over the course of the seventh and eighth grades, students complete Spanish I, French I, or Mandarin I language courses that continue to meet daily and are conducted primarily in the target language. At the seventh- and eighth-grade levels, students deepen and further develop strong reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension skills.

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