Academics of 6th, 7th & 8th Grades

Grades 6-8 at GGCA are a transition from elementary school to high school. In grade 6, the amount of homework increases and behavioral and academic expectations are higher. Sixth graders are in their first year of middle school. They are still in a self contained classroom learning environment for most of the day, but they are preparing for having multiple teachers for their academic classes and moving from class to class on their own. Sixth grade students can play on the middle school sports teams and need to keep their grades up to be eligible. Sixth grade also marks the beginning of formal computer instruction.

Seventh graders are expected to demonstrate some personal discipline and organization. They need to arrive at each class on time and prepared to learn. Seventh grade is the beginning of last period study halls, because the academic workload is greater, and students need time to work together and with their teachers to get their assignments completed. Seventh graders participate in middle school sports and evangelistic outreach through the school year.

Eighth grade is another transition year as students ready themselves for high school. The emphasis for eighth graders is to take their studies seriously and develop the academic and personal habits that will enable them to be successful in grades 9-12 when they will be building a permanent record where every grade counts. In eighth grade, students are truly young adults, and more is expected of them as such, especially as they make decisions as to the kind of student, the kind of Christian believer they will be. Eighth graders are encouraged to embrace growth into maturity in all aspects of their lives. Depending upon their ability and the need for players, some eighth graders may play on the varsity sports teams. Again, maintaining academic eligibility is very important.

Curriculum

used in our 6-8 grade classes come from these sources:

Mathematics:

Saxon mathematics program (saxonpublishers.hmhco.com/en/sxnm_home.htm)

  • Saxon Math: Courses 1, 2, and 3 © 2012

English:

Literature: Scott Foresman America Reads series

  • Beginnings in Literature © 1989
  • Discoveries in Literature © 1989
  • Explorations in Literature © 1989

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com)

  • Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, Level B © 2014

Grammar: Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.iew.com)

  • Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree; © 2014
  • Fix It! Grammar: Robin Hood; © 2014

Vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots

  • Educators Publishing Service Vocabulary from Classical Roots © 2006

Composition: Great Source

  • Great Source Write Source © 2005

Novels & Plays (partial listing)

  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  • Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

Science:

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology © 2010
  • Bob Jones Space and Earth Science (Books A and B) © 2005

History and Social Studies:

  • Prentice Hall World Studies – Africa © 2005
  • Prentice Hall World Studies – Asia and the Pacific © 2005
  • Bob Jones World History for Christian Schools, 2nd Edition © 1994
  • Bob Jones The American Republic, Third Edition © 2010

Computer:

  • Prentice Hall Technology Applications: Middle Grades © 2004
  • Prentice Hall Learning Microsoft Office 2007 © 2007

Bible:

  • Positive Action Route 66 – Travel Through the Bible © 2007
  • The Holy Bible © Eternal