Ms. Jen Moe (Hamilton)
Honors English 8 will expose students to a variety of texts as they explore different genres of literature through novel studies, literature circles, researching, and independent reading. The writing curriculum will focus on investigative journalism, literary essays, a compare and contrast project, and a position paper.
The year will be split into six parts consisting of: literary elements, language and culture, literary analysis of novels, poetry, argument and persuasion, and public speaking.
Students will be given different "challenge" assignments throughout the year that will focus on a high school leveled reading, writing, and vocabulary curriculum.
Students will be expected to complete 20 minutes of independent reading outside of class each day. They will also be asked to set a personal goal of reading at least 20 books throughout the school year.
Math (Algebra 2)
Ms. Michelle Ahrens
Honors math uses the Prentice Hall Algebra 2 curriculum and other supplemental resources/activities to address the ninth- through twelfth-grade mathematics standards. It also reviews topics from the eighth-grade standards in preparation for state testing. This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, and quadratics. The content of this course are important for students' success on both the ACT and college mathematics entrance exams. Students who successfully complete Algebra 2 should take Geometry. We work closely with the high school staff to make sure students are ready for this next course.
Ms. Tammy Gingerich
Earth Science students will investigate these topics:
- Minerals and Rocks
- Plate tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Atmosphere and Weather Factors
- Properties of Matter (prepares students for ninth-grade physical science)
All students will be required to maintain a science notebook that supports organization, referencing own work and higher level thinking skills. Honors classes will utilize the science textbook in class but for the most part, students will use Internet reading resources. Throughout the year, students will practice the skills necessary to perform the science process and students will complete a thematic research paper/project with geography and English.
Ms. Michelle Collopy
The eighth-grade honors class uses a variety of material to give students the necessary skills for advanced placement in high school classes.
Chapters 1-34 in World Geography Building a Global Perspective are covered in this course. It includes the following units:
- Introduction to World Cultures and Geography
- The United States and Canada
- Latin America
- Europe, Russia and the Independent Republics
- North Africa and Southwest Asia
- Southern Asia
- East Asia, Australia, Oceania and Antarctica
Each unit/chapter contains Skills for Life, Critical Thinking, Map Skills and Making Connections, Vocabulary and Etymology, Do-It-Yourself Skills, Global Connections, How the Earth Works, People and Geography, Regional Databases, Geography and Literature, and Change Over Time. These may or may not be utilized in the course depending on time allotment.
Students will receive classroom lecture, are required to read the chapter sections on their own and take Cornell Notes on these sections. After reading, students will do one of several assessments. These assessments may include Guided Readings (with one of the 20 core social studies skills), Four Square, timelines, position papers, research and oral reports. Accompanying chapter/sections, students will see videos, DVDs, PowerPoints, have class discussions and work on numerous map studies. There will also be Geographers Apprentice and projects or unit tests. In the spring there is a comprehensive final project.