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Grade 8 Electives: Course Descriptions [click on title to view contents]

AVID -TMG1011 (Year) Grade 8

This course is designed to prepare students for college preparatory course work (e.g. Advance Placement) with emphasis on:
• inquiry
• reflective writing,
• organizational and study skills
• note-taking
• research.

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Additional procedure required including a written application and interview
Applicant will be notified if they are admitted to the program.
Applications are available in the office.

Band (Intermediate)-FMB0700 (Year) [Grade 7, 8]

This course is designed for students who successfully completed a year of introduction or beginning band.

Further study of reading music, and higher levels of musical understanding are sought while reinforcing the basics necessary for success.
Regular practice is necessary to ensure student success.

This class will perform in evening performances both on and off campus.

Yearbook -XYY0620 (Year) Grade 8

This course introduces students to planning and producing the school’s yearbook and using technology tools for production.
Writing of copy, captions, and headlines; designing and completing layouts; working with photography; and meeting deadlines are included.

Requirements: Parent approval of Student Publication/Video Release Form and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Industrial Art-XWG0021 (Semester) Grade 8

This course is a one-semester introductory course providing students with opportunities to explore a variety of media and techniques in crafts.

Students learn about careers and technology and the ways they can be applied to the world in which they live.
Learning experiences involve hands-on activities for creativity, problem solving, collaboration and cooperation in the classroom and shop.

To be paired with Robotics Grade 8.
Lab fees will be assessed at the beginning of each project. Amounts will vary, depending on the project.

Robotics-XWG0021B (Semester) Grade 8

This class builds on prior robotic knowledge and gives students the opportunity to participate in a team at a VEX competition

The course explores cooperative learning through long-term in class projects and resource management.

To be paired with Industrial Arts (IA).

Introduction to Art-FVB0150 (Semester) Grade 8

This one-semester course focuses on the exploration of a limited scope of art media and techniques for personal expression and provides students with further opportunities to apply the elements and principles of design in imaginative solutions to visual problems.

To be paired with:
• Video Production
or
• Introduction to Animation 8.

Introduction to Animation-XMD0012A (Semester) Grade 8

Students enrolled in this course will explore various techniques for creating and animating 2-Dimensional shapes.

Students will utilize their language arts skills and artistic skills to write original scripts, animate characters and draw backgrounds for story scenes.
Students will learn to edit this footage and add voice-overs to create an animated video story

Requirements: Parent approval of Student Publication/Video Release Form and Internet Acceptable Use Policy and permission to create a school gmail account.

To be paired with Art Grade 8.

Video Production-XMD0012V (Semester) Grade 8

Students enrolled in this course will participate in the pitching, planning, researching, and writing of scripts to be produced into various videos.
Students will learn filming and editing techniques for video and sound elements, using cameras, computers and other multi-media tools. Students are expected to work collaboratively and independently under the guidance of the instructor.

Requirements: Parent approval of Student Publication/Video Release Form and Internet Acceptable Use Policy and permission to create a school gmail account.

To be paired with
• Art Grade 8.