8th Grade

8th Grade English

Genius Middle School Language Arts

Our 8th Language Arts classes will include the following and will be adjusted by grade level. All of the following components are necessary to start preparing for topic:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Learn strategies to analyze structure of passages
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Literature
English Writing / Grammar

Students will learn the fundamental components of grammar, including the parts of speech, diagramming, and understanding how a sentence is formed. Because grammar is not explicitly taught in most public schools, this class is critical for middle school students, since it is also tested on the SAT. A strong understanding of grammars often reflected in excellent writing, as it reinforces a student’s understanding of language.

 

During the writing portion of the class, students will be exposed to different styles of writing including personal narratives, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, research essays, and creative writing. Many middle schoolers have difficulty expressing their thoughts clearly, therefore our classes will focus on teaching students how to plan out a paper before they write it. In addition, classes will practice the skills needed to be a good writer, including finding exact words, revising sentences, and improve sentence structure.

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8th Grade Math

Geometry introduces students to theory and application of formal and informal reasoning as well as to synthetic, coordinate, and transformational approaches. Through learning key geometry theorems and proofs, this class is a great way to enhance and train logical thinking. Students will be utilizing logic to create proofs and constructions and will be introduced to new concepts such as perspective, space, and dimension.

Elective Program

Public Speaking

Did you know the number one fear among adults is public speaking? We can help your child conquer that fear! The ability to competently speak in front of others is an important trait needed in the classroom, in the workplace, and in social arenas. Your student will learn to be more comfortable in front of an audience, speak with expression and clarity, and prepare for a performance.

Journalism Club (Six Weeks)

At Genius Academy, our Journalism Club is a perfect blend of educational learning and fun! Our team of Editors-in-Chief guides students as they write about topics of interest, illustrate their articles, and help design the final newsletter. It is then published for parents and peers to read— a proud accomplishment for all of the club members!

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Genius Study Hall

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With our teacher guided Study Hall, middle school students will have the opportunity to make friends, develop responsibility and practice organizational and study skills all at the same time!
Study Hall is Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 6:30 and students will be allowed to drop in and out at any time. As a member of our Study Hall, students will be able to receive:

  • Homework help
  • Assistance with preparing for tests in any subject
  • Study Skills practice
  • Organizational skill training
  • Time management practice

In addition, because we believe in the importance of knowing how to apply knowledge learned in school to real-life situations, teachers will also provide:

  • Innovative projects that require interdisciplinary work
  • Some curriculum involving skills in Math, Language Arts, Science, Engineering, Design, and Art in order to create solutions for real life problems
  • Field Trips to broaden life experiences
  • Knowledge and access to specialized events such as fundraisers, conferences, and community service opportunities

Each student will receive a Study Hall portfolio that outlines progress in schoolwork as well as projects, activities, and events attended through our Study Hall program.

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1 to 1 counseling

As students reach middle school, they often encounter hardships that are never remedied because they don’t know how to fix them! Individual counseling is a perfect time to get to know each child; it allows us to advise and help your children discover their strengths to conquer their weaknesses. Whether it’s an academic, attitude/behavior, or organizational problems, our counselors will help keep track of each child’s progress, teaching the skills to help them succeed both inside and outside of school.

Study Skills

Success in school and even in life requires good study habits and organizational skills. In high school and especially college, students will be expected to be able to balance their academics and activities. This class will focus on providing students with different approaches to organizing all the information they will learn in school as well as develop effective time management strategies.

GENIUS ACADEMY

Help your children learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century! Come to our office at 1606 S. DeAnza Blvd. San Jose, CA 95129 and sign up your classes at Genius Academy from K grade to 8th Grade.

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