8th Grade Course Registration

COPPER MOUNTAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Eighth Grade Course Descriptions

2017-18

 

REQUIRED CLASSES

 

Teacher’s Advisory:  A homeroom class where students are provided with an adult advocate, opportunities to explore interests and to learn life skills, conflict resolution skills, and study skills.  It provides students a place and time to conduct and engage in school activities, contests, and listen to daily announcements.  It will also facilitate the tracking of student progress and help build a relationship with parents and enhance communication with homes.  Credit is received for the year on a pass/fail basis.

 

US History 8:  United States History for grade 8 covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction and the western movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries.  Topics covered will include, but are not limited to exploration, colonization, the Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the western movement.

 

Language Arts 8:  This course is for students who are at grade level in reading and composition skills.  It includes work in reading comprehension strategies, composition, listening and speaking, and viewing.  Emphasis is placed on the processes, skills and strategies for effective communication.  Students will have a variety of opportunities to read and write.

 

Language Arts 8 H:  Application Process.  This course, based on the 8th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students who qualify for more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication.

 

Integrated Science 8:  Eighth Grade Integrated Science focuses on the theme of “change”.  Physical, earth, and life sciences content are integrated in a core curriculum.  The standards to be taught relate to observations of chemical and physical change, changes in biological energy, forces, energy and motion, constructing machines, and changes in the earth’s crust and climate.

 

8th Grade Mathematics: In 8th Grade Mathematics students will focus on formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; grasping the concepts of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean theorem.

 

8th Grade Mathematics Honors:  In 8th Grade Mathematics Honors students will focus on formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. The Honors course includes extra depth and additional topics.

 

Secondary Mathematics 1 Honors:  Students in Secondary Mathematics 1 Honors will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomenon, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that make sense of problem situations. Honors students will represent quantities, model, and perform operations using vectors and use matrices to perform operations and solve problems.

 

Health:  This course develops the skills needed to improve the quality of life by helping students to cope with and solve problems, develop positive self-image, and make better decisions.  The students will explore positive life styles, disease prevention, emergency procedures, media literacy, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

 

Fitness 8:  A physical education course with emphasis on skills, knowledge and participation in a variety of team sports, conditioning and recreational activities.

 

Reading 8 (Only required if below grade level):  This is an eighth grade course emphasizing reading comprehension, basic vocabulary and improving reading skills.  This course will focus on reading strategies that will assist grade-level readers with literary, informational, and functional texts.

 

FULL YEAR ELECTIVE CREDITS

 

Orchestra 1:  A class for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello, or bass.  No experience necessary; one-half hour daily practice required.  Instrument required.

 

Orchestra 2- Concert:  Teacher approval required.  This is an intermediate-level, orchestra class that will study and perform intermediate-level literature for orchestra.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.  Additional fees for materials may be required.   Instrument required.

 

Orchestra 3- Chamber: Instructor approval (Audition and/or interview possible)

This is an orchestra class focusing on advanced-level literature for orchestra. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.

 

Band 1- Woodwinds:  This is a course in beginning band class for students who wish to learn the saxophone, flute, or clarinet. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course.  An instrument is required.

 

Band 1-  Brass: This is a course in beginning band offered for students who wish to learn the cornet, trumpet, baritone, horn, trombone, or tuba. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course.   Instrument is required.

 

Band 1- Percussion:­ This is a course in beginning band offered for students who to learn the drums, mallet keyboard instruments, and other percussion-related instruments. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course.  Instrument is required.

 

Band 2- Concert Percussion: Teacher approval required.  This is a percussion class for students with at least one year of percussion experience.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of this course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.  Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course.  A drum kit or mallets may also be required as per teacher request.

 

Band 2- Concert Band:   Teacher approval required.  This is an intermediate-level band course that encourages increased technical and expressive musical proficiency through performance and study of music.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.  Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.

 

Band 3- Symphonic Band:  Teacher approval required. This is an advanced-level band class that will study and perform advanced-level literature for band.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Instrument required

 

Choir 2:Girls & Boys:  This is a vocal music course open to all students which covers three and four-part music and review of singing fundamentals.  Approval of the instructor may be required.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade.  If there is enough interest, choirs will be divided into a female and male choir.

 

Choir 3 – Concert Choir:  Teacher approval/audition required.  This is an advanced vocal group concerned with advanced choral literature and techniques of singing.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

 

Advanced Dance:  Teacher approval/audition required.  A course designed to enhance and develop all aspects of dance technique and composition, emphasizing creativity and artistic choreographic skills. There will be performances outside of class time that are part of the course requirements, and they will constitute a portion of the grade.

 

Foreign Languages 1:  French 1, Spanish 1 and Chinese 1 (Need to be above grade level in reading to take a foreign language course).  A course designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling including beginning vocabulary for classroom and school subjects, foods, clothing, telling time, reading the calendar, and talking about weather and seasons: and, modes of transportation and more common locations.  Students will develop an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

 

Spanish 2:  Prerequisite: Spanish 1: This course is designed to teach intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling.  The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate ways in the target language.  By the end of this course, student skill level should be at novice-high level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards.  Students will develop an appreciation for the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

 

Chinese DLI 4H: Immersion program: This course is specifically designed for students who have completed an elementary school Dual Language Immersion program.  It is designed to teach advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course content includes the development of more complex vocabulary, literature, speaking, conversational skills and written compositions.  Outside cultural experiences may be expected.  This course continues preparation for the Advanced Placement Chinese Exam.

 

Chinese Culture and Media DLI: This course is specifically designed for students who have completed an elementary school Dual Language Immersion program.  It is designed to build skills in cultural-linguistic competencies necessary for successful communication with native speakers.  Students utilize media and authentic texts to learn about the diverse cultural products, practices and perspectives of countries.  This course begins preparation for the Advanced Placement Chinese Exam.

 

SEMESTER ELECTIVE CREDITS

 

Art Foundation 1:  Art Foundations 1 provides an overview of visual arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

 

Art Foundation 2:  Prerequisite: Art Foundation 1   Art Foundation 2 provides an overview and introduction to visual arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials.  This course builds on Foundation 1 with a more in-depth experience with fewer art forms.  This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skills, some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics , with an emphasis on studio production.

 

Ceramics 1:  Ceramics develops basic skills in the creation of 3-D forms and pottery from clay.  Techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, basic glazing, and firing are taught.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills, some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

 

Drawing 1:  Prerequisite: Art 1 and Teacher SignatureDrawing focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, master works, and imagination.  This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills.  Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

 

Painting 1:  Prerequisite: Art 1 and Teacher SignaturePainting 1 includes wet and dry color media with processes such as transparent and opaque painting focusing on the properties of color.  Techniques with color media mixing and application will be covered.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills.  Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

 

Guitar 1:  This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar.  Emphasis will be placed on:  playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, simultaneous playing and singing, reading music, and composing songs/lyrics.  Knowledge and skills will include experiences in singing, playing, listening, and connecting to cultures.  Practice outside of class time and instrument required.

 

Beginning Theatre:  This course in theatre with an emphasis on performance.  No previous experience is necessary.  The course with include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, characterization, and scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction.

 

Intermediate Theatre A:  Prerequisite:  Beginning Theatre or Instructor approval.  This is an intermediate course in theatre with an emphasis on performance. The course will include dramatic and humorous readings, mono acts, and scenes from plays, pantomime, and an overview of the history of theatre, puppetry, radio, T.V., and film.

 

Intermediate Theatre B (A Credit) Requires: Beginning Theatre & Instructor Approval.  This is a musical theatre class dedicated to improving your singing, dancing and acting skills. This class is co-taught by the theatre and choir teacher with the intention of producing our main-stage school musical as the culminating class project. Students in this class will be expected to attend several after-school rehearsals and evening performances. A detailed calendar will be provided at the start of the school year. If there are any conflicts with the after school requirements – students will definitely need to sign up for the Intermediate Theatre A class.

 

Creative Writing: This course, based on Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Writing Standards, is designed to introduce students to imaginative composition with the writing of personal experiences, character sketches, short fiction, and poetry. Students will have the opportunity to prepare manuscripts for publication, awards, and scholarships.

 

Chinese Culture and Media DLI: This course is specifically designed for students who have completed an elementary school Dual Language Immersion program.  It is designed to build skills in cultural-linguistic competencies necessary for successful communication with native speakers.  Students utilize media and authentic texts to learn about the diverse cultural products, practices and perspectives of countries.  This course begins preparation for the Advanced Placement Chinese Exam.

 

Dance 1a/b:   A course offering basic dance technique, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving.  Dance 1a is for very beginner dancers.  Dance 1b is for students with at least 3 years dancing experience.

 

Dance 2:  Teacher approval required.  A course designed to develop dance technique, flexibility, and coordination, with an emphasis on creativity and artistic composition.

 

Social/Ballroom Dance:  This course offers instruction and practice in the basic social dance steps, rhythms, and techniques. The following dances may be included; foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, swing, mambo, western swing, and western line dance.

 

Exploring Technology 1:  Exploring Technology is action-based course that introduces students to the technological systems of two or more of the following areas: energy: power technologies, information and communications technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies, and construction technologies.  The course is designed around exploration in cooperative and individualized activities rather than project and skill development.

 

FACS Exploration: This Family and Consumer Science course provides students with essential life skills.  The course allows students to develop skills in two or more of the following areas:  food and nutrition, childcare and safety, interior design and care of a home, clothing construction and style, consumerism, family relationships, personal responsibility, and job-related skills.

 

Student Aide:  This is a course that offers a unique experience working with teachers and staff.  This position provides an opportunity to observe and model an adult at work.  It provides a wide range of learning opportunities in areas such as life skills, human development, and career exploration.  In addition, they are given the chance to practice reliable citizenship as they interact with peers, school staff and the general public.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA and no N’s or U’s in citizenship.

 

Study Skills:  This course is a course in which students learn and apply social and academic skills and strategies. This class may cover the following areas: Organization, time management, stress management, reading strategies, test taking strategies, study strategies, note taking, academic tracking, team work, communication and goal setting, learning and interest assessments.

 

 

8th Grade Registration Information

Registration Material Delivered:

January 23rd During Language Arts Classes

 

CARD DUE 2/2/18

 
8th Grade Registration Card
  Click to View/Print
 
8th Grade Course Descriptions
  Click to View/Print
 
8th Grade Honors Application
Click to View/Print
 
  Language Arts teacher Reccommendation

(Mandatory to Apply to 8th Grade Honors Language Arts)

Click to View/Print