Language Arts

Being a proficient and confident reader, thinker, and writer is the goal for the 8th grade student.  Using a variety of fiction and non-fiction books and selections, the student learns to analyze for purpose, point of view, literary elements, and persuasive and research techniques and formats.  The student analyzes and writes more complex, effective, and creative sentences.  This includes identifying and applying phrases and clauses.  He/she is encouraged to expand and explore the relationship of the ideas and information within his/her own expository and creative writing, as well as in oral presentations.  



Saxon Math Course 3 was designed with all students in mind. It contains the concepts necessary for any student to survive in today’s technological world as well as to succeed in upper level math courses. Allowing students to work carefully designed problems leads to productive thought patterns that use the concepts taught. Long-term practice beyond mastering the concepts can then be applied to real-life problem solving situations. More able students will be able to use this book as a 7th grader. Good students will use it in the 8th grade. Students who successfully complete this course will have the preparation necessary to be successful in Algebra I.
Algebra I (accelerated)
Algebra 1 has specific topics that include arithmetic and evaluation of expressions involving signed numbers, exponents and roots, properties of real numbers, absolute value, equations and inequalities involving absolute value, scientific notation, unit conversions, solution of equations in one unknown, solution of simultaneous equations, the algebra of polynomials and rational expressions, word problems requiring algebra for the solution, graphical solution of simultaneous equations, Pythagorean theorem, algebraic proofs, functional notation and functions, solution of quadratic equations by factoring and completing the square, direct and inverse variation, exponential growth, computation of the perimeter and area of two-dimensional regions, computation of the surface are and volume of a wide variety of geometric solids, and statistics and probability.
(Students must meet certain criteria.)


The New Testament unfolds God’s plan for salvation, emphasizes God’s unending faithfulness toward His people, and focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit working through God’s Word to strengthen His people for the challenges of living and sharing their faith in a challenging world.



Human biology and genetics are studied at this level. Students explore organ systems and their interconnected nature. Learning that each system is essential for life gives the student a greater appreciation for life and the components that sustain life systems and who they are. Sound, light and the characteristics of waves, along with magnetism, electricity, and motion are studied, as well as some universal laws that govern the behavior of these things. Earth and its neighbors are explored as we gain an understanding of what causes changes on earth and within our solar system. Weather, climate, and resources we use and how to conserve them are areas that are studied. (Topics rotate every other year. Same for 7th and 8th grades.)


Social Studies

We begin our 8th grade Social Studies focusing on the American Civil War. “The War Between the States”, “The Brothers’ War”, and “The Lost Cause” – a few of the names given to this war – saw more than 600,000 Americans lose their lives – more than all of the wars since combined. Later, we see America continue the idea of Manifest Destiny as it grows from coast to coast. The twentieth century brings unprecedented change for Americans and the world. Adventurers lead the way from first flight to traveling to the moon and beyond. An exciting time for Americans that leads us to ask – what’s next for the 21st century?


Students continue to study the great works of master artists and are taught that art is in everything we see. At this age, they are taught the process is just as important as the finished product. Students will be introduced to different careers in art, the role art plays in society and that God is the center of it all.



Computer class builds on what is learned in the previous years. Students will learn about the Google the platform through: Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Sheets and Google Slides. Keyboarding skills will continue to be practiced through Typing Club. Students will learn about digital citizenship and how to stay safe on the internet. Lessons in program coding will be taught through Scratch.


The online Quaver music program introduces and expands musical concepts and provides opportunities for students to develop their own musical skills through cooperative learning, interactive videos and activities, songs, quizzes, and projects.


Physical Education

Attention is given to the readiness of 8th graders preparing to enter high school. Appreciation for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is reinforced. Anatomy related to strengthening and cardio- respiratory function is reviewed and applied. Fitness goals will challenge students to practice or train more independently. Group challenges for building teamwork and trust will be presented often. Stress- reducing, high-energy games make up a significant portion of 8th grade PE curriculum

Chess (elective Grades 5-8)

It’s not about Kings, Queens and Rooks, but rather quadrants and coordinates, thinking strategically, and foreseeing consequences.  It’s about lines and angles, weighing options and making decisions.  Chess is an ideal teaching and learning tool.  Research shows there is a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic achievement.  Chess teaches higher level thinking skills such as visualization, analyzation and thinking critically.  Chess class will be a mix of fun, competition and learning.  Students develop confidence and focus and gain valuable academic skills while having fun.


Current Events at PWC (elective Grades 5-8)

Students in this elective are introduced to journalism.  They are the school’s news source when it comes to PWC sports, special events and K-8 classroom activities.  Newscasts are created through the work of a crew of anchors, reporters and camera operators and shown to the school each month.


Drama (elective Grades 5-8)

This elective offers basic introduction to drama terms and techniques.  Instructional periods include time to put into practice the skills addressed, including stage production and instruction in behind-the-scenes.  Several small productions occur throughout the year. Students also help put on a spring musical.


Peer Ministry (Grades 6-8)

This course takes place once a week and is led by the church youth pastor. Students gain a deeper understanding of Christ and His impact on our Christian worldview. A focus is on creating and establishing strong peer relationships that will last into high school. Students discover the benefits of being part of a Christian community. 

One in Christ, Concordia Publishing House, 2012
Memory Curriculum, One in Christ, Concordia Publishing House, 2012
English Standard Version Bible – Crossway 2001

Interactive Science: Physical Science, Pearson Education, Inc. 2011

Prentice Hall Writing Coach (grade 8), Pearson, 2012

Greek and Latin Roots – The Learning Works, 2009


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Call of the Wild

The Tempest

United States History, Civil War to the Present, Holt McDougal, 2012

Call to Freedom – Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 2000

Saxon Math, Harcourt Achieve, Inc. and Stephen Hake, 2007

Algebra 1 – Saxon Publishers, 1994

Children Moving – Graham/Holt-Hale/Parker – Mayfield Publishers, 1998

Art First Nations — Zuk & Bergland, 2001

Quaver Music – online music curriculum

Meet the Masters – Meet the Masters

Typing Club – online keyboarding

Scratch – online coding