8th Grade Curriculum
Every subject at FCMS is viewed and taught with the Bible as a lens, and mathematics is no exception. The beauty and consistency of mathematical properties reflects the orderliness and precision of our unchanging God, and we would be amiss not to teach it in this light. Math courses are not lock-stepped and students are placed according to diagnostic test results. Courses available are General Math, Fundamental Math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I.
In Grammar and Writing Class, students are challenged to become clear, coherent, and well-developed communicators by giving them opportunities to learn from good writers and apply grammar and writing skills to their own writing through the Bob Jones University Press Curriculum. This course teaches students how to use written, spoken, and visual language to communicate clearly and effectively. Scaffolded writing practice and writing assignments take students through the six traits of writing as they progress from writing paragraphs to writing essays.
Classic and contemporary literature selections are provided through Bob Jones University Press 7th grade literature textbooks. These thoughtfully chosen poems, novel excerpts, essays, and short stories will enrich a students literary knowledge and understanding. Class discussions are designed to enhance a students learning ability in critical analysis, biblical thinking, and understanding effective literary techniques.
American Republic unfolds the history of the United States through richly detailed narrative and a colorful, engaging presentation, through the Bob Jones University Press curriculum. This course has been designed to prepare students to become discerning citizens who can think critically about the events of history and learn from the successes and failures of the past to make wise decisions for today. To do this, students will survey the major events that have shaped American history, paying special attention to cultural shifts and influences. In each step of this journey, they will interact and engage with details of events so they can understand the context and the relationship it has to history. Starting with the discovery of the New World, the text races the path of American history up to the present day. In addition to a historical account, American Republic demonstrates the distinctiveness of American values and government, and emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating United States history.
Bob Jones University Press vocabulary program emphasizes the application of word meaning and draws words primarily from preparation for SAT and books of frequently used words.
Electives include Physical Education, Art, Life 101, Spanish, ASB, Worship, Music Fundamentals, Drama, and Computers.