JUNIOR HIGH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Not all courses are offered every semester.
Students are required to submit proof of fifteen hours of community service per semester in each Bible course.
BIBLE 7 - OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY
Text - NIV Bible
It is our great desire to watch our seventh grade students grow in their understanding of the Old Testament. Their firm understanding of the God’s narrative prior to Jesus will be the underpinnings of a firm faith in Christ. We will look at the various types of literature contained in the Old Testament as well as reading and understanding a large portion of it. The books which will be covered are: Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, Nehemiah, Psalms, Proverbs, Ezekiel, Daniel, and parts of both the major and minor prophets.
BIBLE 8 - NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY
Text – NIV Bible
Our exploration of our faith will bring us into a deep study of the works of the New Testament. We will peer into the life of Jesus and watch as the church develops and grows. At the end our journey we expect to have a firm understand of the various types of literature found in the New Testament as well as a robust understanding of the Scriptures themselves. We expect our students to leave with a solid foundation of their faith. We will read and discuss much of the New Testament including, Mark, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude and Revelation.
Text: Silver, Prentice Hall, 1999.
Seventh graders will focus on the recognition of parts of speech, writing techniques, five-paragraph essays, quickwrites, creative writing, public speaking and cooperative group work. A more intense study of the grammatical aspects of language prepare them for the application of these devices in various forms of communication. Other aspects of the course will include the study of world literature in several genres and learning the process of preparing a research paper.
Text: Silver, Prentice Hall, 1999.
Eighth graders will review the major components of grammar with a focus on recognizing and implementing parts of speech in order to diagram sentences, give speeches, practice creative and technical writing (research), analyze literature, practice communication skills and work cooperatively. Students will glimpse world literature through novels, drama and poetry. A major interdisciplinary unit will prepare students for their trip to Washington, D. C.
HISTORY 7 - WORLD HISTORY
Text: World History: Ancient Civilizations through the Renaissance, Holt McDougal 2012.
The students study the history of each continent from the dawn of civilization to the early modern era. Each unit involves a project designed using the different learning models. Students are required to correctly identify, label and draw each country on the continent at the beginning of each unit.
HISTORY 8 - AMERICAN HISTORY
Text: Call to Freedom, Holt Rinehart and Winston Inc., 2005.
The students study the history of America beginning with the Iroquois Indians and concluding with the reconstruction of the southern states. Students participate in units about the Colonial period of time, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian periods, the causes of the Civil War, and the Reconstruction. The students write an interdisciplinary research paper and travel to Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and New York on the American Heritage Tour. Students who successfully complete this course will have a working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, the history of the United States from Colonial times to the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Text: Holt McDougal Mathematics Grade 6,
In this class, students will get a chance to review areas of math in which they have previously struggled. Some of the topics reviewed are: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers; solving simple equations; ratios and percents; and geometry. Students will also expand their mathematical knowledge by learning to solve more complex equations, by working with polynomials, by graphing linear functions, and by studying square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem.
Text:Holt McDougal Mathematics Grade 7
Although this course does review some of the mathematical concepts that students have previously learned, the main emphasis is to prepare them for Algebra I. This is accomplished by reviewing operations with integers, solving more complex equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations and inequalities, working with more complex polynomials, and learning about trigonometric functions.
Text: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Fuse: Algebra 1. (Application for iPads)
This is a beginning course in Algebra based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. At this college prep level math, students will solve systems of equations, work with and apply rational numbers, explore inequalities and polynomials, factor polynomials, graph linear equations, and simplify radical expressions.
Text: Glencoe Geometry, Glencoe/ McGraw Hill 2001. (Application for iPads)
After successfully completing Algebra I, students in geometry will perform basic proofs and constructions, explore the area and volume of geometric figures, learn more about circles, and study transformations. They will also compare deductive and inductive logical arguments.
SCIENCE 7 - LIFE SCIENCE
Text: Focus on Life Science: California Edition, Prentice Hall, Inc. 2001
The Life Science standards emphasize a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world that God created. Students in this course focus on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms, and the dynamic relationship among organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis data, manipulating variables in experiment and identifying the source. Students will strive to become effective communicators, both academically and interpersonally. The students will discover and investigate a variety of aspects of Creation. Students will establish awareness of health related life issues. Students will also demonstrate a passion for personal excellence in all areas of life and learning.
SCIENCE 8 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Text: Focus on Physical Science, Prentice Hall, 2001.
Physical Science is aligned with the California State Standards and the National Science Education Standards and is taught with a Biblical view of God as the Creator. This course encompasses the laws, theories, and principles of physical science in the areas of Motion, Forces, Forces in Fluids, Energy and Power, Thermal Energy and Heat, the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Light, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, Electric Charges and Current, Electricity and Magnetism at Work, an Introduction to Matter, Changes in Matter, Elements and the Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Atoms and Bonding, Acids, Bases, and Solutions, Exploring Materials, Chemistry of Living Systems, Earth, Moon, and Sun, the Solar System, and Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. Laboratory work will emphasize the use of laboratory equipment and technique. Projects and optional assignments will allow students to apply reasoning and critical thinking skills to their study of science.
Text: Paso a Paso A, Scott Foresman, 1996.
As a core class, Spanish A is designed to lay the foundation for the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture. Students will learn to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish at a basic level. They will study the themes of friendship, school, sports, leisure activities, food, family and clothing. A variety of teaching methods are used to enhance student learning; including introduction to pronunciation, vocabulary, and the grammar of Spanish. This elective may not be offered every year.
Text: Paso a Paso B, Scott Foresman, 1996.Pre-requisite: Junior High Spanish A
Students will complete the equivalent of Spanish 1 level coursework. They will continue to acquire Spanish through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. They will study the themes of leisure and vacation time, home, health, community, TV shows, restaurants, and the environment. The focus is still on preparing students to minister to Hispanic peoples, by memorizing additional Scripture and worship songs. This elective may not be offered every year.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
JH Art students will have an opportunity to explore a variety of art experiences utilizing a vast array of art mediums. Regardless of prior art experience, students will be encouraged to utilize artistic expression following the example of the Master Creator. Students will engage in drawing, painting, and design. They will learn art processes, gain knowledge of artists and their work, and experience dynamic interaction through reflections, discussions and art critiques.
This group is designed to cultivate the vocal instrument, and use it in the performance of choral literature. Each student will master concepts in a variety of choral styles. This group may be comprised of high school and junior high students, and will perform in several concerts, chapels and other venues throughout the year. In addition to the vocal experience, this course includes teaching the correct terminology of music, vocal pedagogy, artistic and creative expression and basic notation and theory. This is a yearlong class.
JH Drama students will participate in group, and individual theater games; they will rehearse and perform monologues and create original Scripture-based sketches. Students will use theatre to improve communication skills with creative and artistic perception. An average of one theatre experience is made available to students each month. The performing arts departments will collaborate to perform a show each spring. This is a semester long course.
Digital Photography will cover technical aspects of camera handling, composition, and presentation of photographs, and an introduction to the history of photography: a study of famous photographers and their works. Students will learn the basics of Photoshop as well as how to analyze and evaluate work.
Our junior high program emphasizes the importance and appreciation of total fitness, beginning with an overview and introduction to team sports such as basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer including skills, rules, strategies and application of the sport throughout their lives. Understanding the importance of everyday fitness and overall health is incorporated through physical training, nutrition education and aerobic exercise. The emphasis in physical education classes is on developing an appreciation for total fitness including health-related and skill-related issues. Every effort is made to expose each student to the aspects and knowledge involved in physical fitness. Classroom and laboratory work will be done as well as an exposure to activities involved in sports skills for leisure time and athletics. The purpose of this course is to help students to gain an understanding and appreciation for overall fitness and sport. This will be illustrated through a variety of daily fitness activities as well as an introduction to a variety of sports.
These students will plan, run and evaluate student body activities throughout the year, learning and practicing management, advertising and leadership skills through service, fundraising, activities.
In addition to leading worship during weekly chapels, students will understand foundational and practical issues of making worship meaningful and inspiring. Students will worship God through a variety of artistic expressions, and are expected to participate in leading chapel services.