Clayborn Hall                                                  

 Grade 8

Each Clayborn Hall grade consists of twenty-eight sets of lessons and seven examinations.  A report card is issued following each test and upon completion of each grade.  Each set of lessons contains the equivalent of five chapters from five separate text books on five different subjects.  At Clayborn Hall, you will have no additional books, CDs, or tapes to purchase.  Permanent grade records are maintained, and grade transcripts are provided.  Clayborn Hall lessons adhere to the Federally Suggested Guidelines for Education.

Your student will learn. . .

Language Arts:  Guided reading of literary classics of Shakespeare and Arthur Conan Doyle, improving comprehension and reading of authors: Hemingway, Frost, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Richard Wilbur, Saki, Plath, Keats, and Tennyson;  Introduction to writing the five paragraph essay;  emphasis on building spoken, reading and written vocabulary.  Narrative, descriptive and explanatory writing; proofreading, story writing; review of  parts of speech; reading the play,  The Diary of Anne Frank and the short story, Hound of the Baskervilles.

Math:  Problem solving and intro to algebra, exponents and power, review of variables, expressions, and equations; explore solving division and multiplication equations and two step equations;  includes geometry , graphs and statistics, symmetry, prime factorization , rational numbers and decimals;  discussion of square roots, scientific notation, ratio, proportion and percent, and probability.

Science:  Review the scientific method. design experiments, study physics, states of matter, the heat and motion connection; includes study of the atom, the periodic table, rational numbers and decimals;  discussion of organic and inorganic material, solutions, concentration, acids,  bases, wave, frequency and pitch;  examines the optics of lens, electricity, matter, energy, electricity, energy and nuclear sources.

Social Science:  Looks at responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, the history of America's government and national, state and local government's responsibilities to citizens; examines the political party system, voting, nominating candidates, elections, how a bill becomes a law, how the Congress, courts and executive branch of the government work, and  our economic systems. Each student will design and carry out a project that will make his or her town a better place to live. This project will require twenty hours of volunteer time.

Fine Arts:  History of American home entertainment from the games and songs of the colonists to the computers and Ipods of the twenty-first century.   A look at the art techniques of fresco, the marches of John Phillip Sousa, and the photography of Brady, Jackson, and Hine.

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