Grade 8 Allied Arts Elective Courses

Supplement to the Parent Curriculum Guide


The foundation of the art program is found in basic communication and problem solving skills. Eighth grade students will concentrate on relating art history to their projects. Students will create two- and three- dimensional works and work independently in their sketchbooks.

The curriculum includes five themes:

  • conceptual understanding (through structured experiences)
  • aesthetic valuing (involving aesthetic impression and expression)
  • creative behavior (through divergent problem solving)
  • craftsmanship (mastery of varied materials and techniques)
  • understanding the content of art (focusing on art history and art criticism)

Business Technology

Business Technology is a yearlong course elected by eighth grade students. Business technology students will complete real world business simulations using a variety of software packages. Units of study may include but are not limited to:

  • desktop publishing activities
  • numeric keypad
  • intra-building use of e-mail
  • documenting research sources
  • using the Internet as a research tool
  • introduction to basic accounting
  • spreadsheet development and usage
  • multimedia presentation software
  • web page development

At the end of the year, students will select their own personal final project which will encompass all phases of a business proposal.

Industrial Technology

Students will complete individual, small group and class projects in the areas of:

  • manufacturing, transportation, construction and communications
  • audio and visual graphics
  • wood and metal construction, production and manufacturing
  • product and project design
  • safety
  • organizations

Family and Consumer Education

Family and Consumer Education is a student centered, success driven, integrated program that encompasses the world of work and personal and social development. Establishing and managing a small business are the strands that drive the family and consumer education program. Your child will:

  • acquire and understanding of the qualities and roles of an employee and employer
  • enhance peer communication skills
  • practice effective leadership skills
  • work collaboratively in groups
  • set high, attainable goals for self

Spanish I, French I, German I

Your child will:

  • understand and produce basic, memorized expressions in oral and written form
  • develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to be able to meet survival needs dealing with recurring events and functions
  • react, in a limited way in a social situation
  • understand and answer, in oral and written form, a structured question about personal experiences
  • show in oral and written form some spontaneity and creative language use in response to an oral or written question, a situation or a visual


Eighth grade chorus is open to all students. No audition or previous experience is necessary. Chorus students will:

  • develop musical skills (expression, phrasing, dynamics, note reading, intonation)
  • sing in a large variety of vocal styles
  • have opportunities to participate in solo and small group performances
  • have the opportunity to participate in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival
  • perform at other schools or participate in a choral clinic

Instrumental Music

Your child will:

  • develop advanced ensemble performance skills
  • expand dynamic usage and instrument range
  • learn intermediate solo and ensemble literature
  • increase his or her ability to incorporate phrasing techniques during performance
  • develop a more acute awareness for intonation and ear training
  • establish a higher level of instrumental tone production
  • learn to apply expressive and interpretive concepts to musical phrases