Encore

  • 8th Grade Health (04066802)


    Length:  Year

    Format: Meets Two (2) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description: The goal of this course is to provide the students with a strong foundation of health knowledge, which is essential for healthy living and academic success. Topics include: the wellness scale, personality, decision-making steps, consequences, goal-setting, mental health, signs and symptoms of depression, coping with depression, stress and stressors, healthy coping mechanisms, alcohol, effects of alcohol use on a teen, family and society, and categories of illegal drugs and their effects. Additionally, students will be required to know the male and female anatomy, the stages of reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases, and the development of healthy relationships in the teen years.

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  • 8th Grade Physical Education (04066801)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Two (2) Days in an Eight (8)-Day Cycle

    Description:  The goal of this course is to provide students with an appreciation for physical activity. Students will be provided with a variety of experiences related to physical movement that will enhance skills related to both physical and social health. Students will be challenged to use physical and cognitive skills that are necessary to achieve a group goal in a physical setting. Effective communication is necessary for effective group work. Additionally, students will learn that rules and etiquette in physical activities/sports can make the experience both enjoyable and successful.  Students will also learn that daily exercise can improve quality of life.

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  • 8th Grade Art (04077801)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  The Radnor Middle School eighth (8th) grade Art course gives students the opportunity to create visual art works in a variety of media.  Different techniques and processes are used to communicate ideas.  All areas of study will emphasize the creative process and the logistics of producing art.  Projects will include, but are not limited to, observational drawing, painting, and sculpting.  When drawing, the students will learn to observe and draw an object accurately.  To accomplish this, the students will use value to develop the appearance of form and space on a two-dimensional plane.  Perspective, highlighting, and shading will be encouraged.  Painting with acrylic paints will be introduced through an activity, such as creating a self-portrait on canvas.  To achieve a pleasing result, the students will learn how to use different tones of a base color (not necessarily a local color) to simulate the structure of the face. Texture and line will also be presented through this process.  Sculpture will be addressed through an activity, such as the design and construction of a clay piece.  This project will combine hand-building techniques (pinch, coil, and slab) while also implementing modeling techniques.  The finished piece will extend knowledge of color sense through the process of glazing and firing the work.  One example of this type of activity would be the creating of a clay cube that uses some element(s) of sculpture as part of the overall design.  Other exciting possibilities exist to accomplish the goals of this element of the eighth (8th) grade art curriculum.

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  • 8th Grade Family and Consumer Sciences (04117803)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  FaCS is a cross‐curricular elective, which builds on the fundamental life skills put in place by earlier coursework.  The eighth (8th) grade curriculum introduces the units of Family Relationships and Consumerism, in addition to furthering experience within the units of Foods, Nutrition, and Sewing.  The Family Relationships Unit assists students in developing the skills needed for family/peer relationships and improved communication.  Consumerism stresses the importance of good money management, budgets, and banking skills.  The Foods Unit continues to enhance culinary skills, and introduces entertaining and meal planning.  The Nutrition Unit will emphasize MyPlate guidelines and the practical application of this new eating guide.  The Sewing Unit incorporates projects that are based on student preference and individual skill level.  Students may also complete a community service project.  Examples include:  costumes for the school play, pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, and heart-shaped pillows for cardiac patients.  It is the goal of the Family and Consumer Sciences courses that all students increase their ability to work cooperatively, productively, and act responsibly.

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  • 8th Grade Advanced Technology Education - Computer Science (04154605)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Every Other Day

    Description:  HTML and CSS coding are taught through Code.org and the use of Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud software to create a mock webpage.  An introduction to Animation and Games through Code.org is also taught.  Students are exposed to Photoshop Elements and Microsoft Excel.  Students will continue building their typing speed and accuracy using proper typing techniques with the software Typing Instructor.  Internet and computer safety practices are also emphasized. 

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  • 8th Grade Music Technology (04127825)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  Music Technology is offered as an eighth (8th) grade music elective, meeting three (3) times a cycle for one (1) semester.  Students use and build upon basic music skills using software and hardware devices to complete class assignments and composition projects throughout the semester.  Areas of instruction include equipment care and operation, music literacy (reading and writing music), keyboard performance skills, basic compositional elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form and texture; music technology-related history, concepts, terminology, and experience with several software applications.  Students are also introduced to digital sound editing, and links are made to the study of sound in the eighth (8th) grade Science  curriculum.  Listening and analysis of recorded examples of various forms of music created using electronic instruments is done throughout the semester.  Additional focus is placed on the historical development of electronic musical instruments and the recording process.  Quarterly grades are determined by student progress and growth in performance skills at the keyboard, technical skill, manipulation of digital music data, listening journal, compositional skill, and class participation.

    Software:  Apple GarageBand and Logic music sequence recording software; Audacity recording and sound editing software; selected recordings.

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  • 8th Grade American Musical Theater (04127805)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  This course will offer an overview of American Musical Theater from its beginnings in Vaudeville to modern-day musicals like Wicked and Hamilton.  Students will explore the different musical styles employed in Broadway shows, discovering how the show’s songs reflected American popular culture.  Students will:  listen to audio recordings, watch video clips, and discuss overarching themes in relation to history.  Students will also learn major songs from selected shows and add group movement and choreography.  In-class group singing and dance is a requirement for this course.  There are no public performances outside of class and all levels of experience are welcome.

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  • 8th Grade Innovation and Design (04157802)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  In this course, students will be introduced to the world of robotics and automation. Using different types of gears, students will build mechanisms to understand mechanical power and gear ratios.  Students will experiment with different electronic components to help build an electrical circuit for a robot.  Working in teams, students will write programs and build a robot to complete tasks and navigate a path.  CAD (Computer-Aided Design) will be used to design and build the systems.  Students may also experiment with small electrical circuits and explore the basic theories of electricity.

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  • 8th Grade French (04054801)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description:  This course is a continuation of the seventh (7th) grade introductory course.  In this course, students deepen their language and cultural proficiency at the novice learner level.  They continue developing interpersonal, presentational, and interpretative skills of the French language.  They study the following topics throughout the year:  describing people, food, eating out, soccer, clothing, shopping, talking about a house and one’s room, Paris and its landmarks, cities in France, Northern Africa and Canada, giving directions, sports and leisure activities, and Level I grammar topics, including the past tense.

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  • 8th Grade Latin (04054803)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description:  This course is a continuation of the seventh (7th) grade introductory course.  In this course, students deepen their language and cultural proficiency at the novice learner level.  The course will use the Oxford Latin Course:  Part I as its basic text.  The theme in the text centers on ancient education and the story of the Trojan War and mythology.  In addition to the textbook work, students are expected to research several topics on either history or culture during the year, such as historical and mythological figures, Roman art and architecture, and figures of speech used in both English and Latin.  Assessments will be made through tests, projects, quizzes, and homework.  The major goal of this course is to allow the student to progress through the study of Latin while learning about the influence of Rome on Western Civilization.

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  • 8th Grade Spanish (04054804)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description:  This course is a continuation of the seventh (7th) grade introductory course.  In this course, students deepen their language and cultural proficiency at the novice learner level.  They continue developing interpersonal, presentational, and interpretative skills of the Spanish language.  They study the following topics throughout the year:  cultural comparisons among Spanish-speaking countries, meals and food, family, numbers up to 1,000, clothing and shopping, restaurants and places, describing a house, planning a party, sports, and staying healthy.

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  • 8th Grade German (04054802)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Daily

    Description:  This course is a continuation of the seventh (7th) grade introductory course.  In this course, students deepen their language and cultural proficiency at the novice learner level.  They continue developing interpersonal, presentational, and interpretative skills of the German language.  Students study the following topics throughout the year:  telling time, family, seasons, weather, holidays (including cultural traditions), food and drink, hobbies, school schedule, and Level 1 grammar topics.

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  • 8th Grade Introduction to Spanish (04054805)


    Length:  Year

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  In this introductory Spanish course, students gradually acquire language and cultural proficiency to prepare them for Level I of the language in high school.  They begin developing interpersonal, presentational, and interpretative skills of the Spanish language.  They study the following topics throughout the year:  introductions, alphabet, numbers, age, days of the week, countries of origin, leisure time activities, snack foods and beverages, self-descriptions, telling time, numbers up to 100, school schedules in Spanish-speaking countries, as well as school vocabulary.

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  • 8th Grade Debate (04017850)


    Length:  Semester

    Format:  Meets Every Other Day

    Description:  Students will gain expertise in the format of debate and in the various techniques debaters use to structure and deliver arguments and to refute those of their opponents.  Building on materials drawn from the Middle School Public Debate National Program, this course seeks to develop students’ abilities in research competence, media literacy, reading comprehension, argument literacy, evidence evaluation, summarizing and outlining, public speaking, and ethics and civility.  After learning the fundamentals of debate structure, research techniques, argumentation, and refutation, students will then engage in no fewer than three (3) debates over the course of a semester’s time.  Topics for debate will vary and, when possible, will dovetail with issues currently under scrutiny in eighth grade core curricular areas.

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