GRACE ACADEMY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 2019-2020 WITH BOOK AND SUPPLY LIST

(updated 6/13/19)

Textbooks are subject to change. To order books, please select the link(s), if applicable, that are underlined and blue under the individual course description. Grace Academy recommends ordering books no earlier than 6/15/19.

Fees will be totaled per family and included in your Family Folder at Orientation. Fees will be due the first week of school payable to Grace Academy.

Grades 6-8 Classes:

The following courses are 6th through 8th grade level unless otherwise noted.

American History I – Students will study early American history from a Christian perspective in an effort to understand the foundation and guiding principles of our nation. This course covers Exploration through 1840.
Textbook: All American History, Volume 1, Student Reader – Bright Ideas Press (9781892427120)
All American History Student Activity Book (Vol. I) (9781892427113) rainbowresource.com

American History II – In this course, students will study the event and the atmosphere in which the event occurred, as well as the impact of this event on the future of America. The span of history covered will be from the Civil War through the Great Depression, the Cold War and beyond.
Textbook: All American History, Volume II, Student Reader – Bright Ideas Press – rainbowresource.com (9781892427427)
All American History Student Activity Book (Vol. II) (978-1-892427-44-1)
Supplies: 3-ring binder, notebook paper, colored pencils, glue sticks, scissors

Art I and II – Students will learn to refine their artwork by learning specific techniques, proper terminology, and self critique. The focus will be on craftsmanship and stepping out of the comfort zone. Topics covered are graphite drawings, clay hand building, ancient art, and painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture and art history. Students are required to keep a sketchbook/journal and to complete a research paper on an artist of their choice. All students will have projects included in the Night of the Arts. (Projects will differ between Level I and II.)
Supplies: Spiral bound sketchbook, 5 artist quality graphite pencils of different values (4B, 2H, 6B) one kneaded eraser, one “magic-rub” eraser, one roll or package of paper towels, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape
Supply Fee: $20

Art (Grades 8-9) – This class is for 8th and 9th grade students who are ready to develop and expand their own artistic style through the exploration of different art processes and mediums. Units of study will include: painting, drawing, clay building, collage, and Art History. The focus will be on quality not quantity of work. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook/journal, and to research and deliver a presentation on an Artist of their choice approved by the teacher. Students will receive a high school fine arts credit for this class. Students must have completed 6-8 Art I, II or equivalent.
Supplies: 100-page spiral bound, sketchbook, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape
Supply Fee: $20

Bible I – It is impossible to fully understand Christianity if you do not understand the Old Testament. This class will help build a solid, working foundation of Old Testament knowledge and highlight the progress of God’s redemptive plan through the history of the people of Israel.
Book: Route 66, Student Manual, Positive Action for Christ (978-1595571090) and a Bible (teacher uses NIV) – Route 66 is used for 6-8 Bible I and II

Bible II – This course is a survey of the history, literature, and content of the New Testament.  The goal of this class is to see each student grow spiritually by learning and applying New Testament principles to his/her daily life.  We will focus on Jesus Christ as we unfold God’s plan of redemption.
Book: Route 66, Student Manual, Positive Action for Christ (978-1595571090) and a Bible (teacher uses NIV) – Route 66 is used for 6-8 Bible I and II
Supplies: 3-ring notebook, dividers, loose leaf paper, white spiral ruled index cards

Computer I – In this Grace Academy computer lab, students will learn multiple software application so they will gain greater confidence in using Mac computers. Students will learn the basics of Word, Power Point and Excel. They will create documents in both Excel and Word, complete presentations, edit and format texts, create charts, work with templates and the Internet. Students will create and design different items such as newsletters, brochures and spreadsheets. Students will learn correct keyboarding skills and practice to increase accuracy and speed. (Projects will differ between Levels I and II.)
Supplies: at least 4 Gb Flash drive, 1 inch 3-ring binder, 10 dividers
Supply Fee: $40

Computer II – In this Grace Academy computer lab, students will learn multiple software application so they will gain greater confidence in using Mac computers. Students will use the basics of Word, Power Point and Excel. They will create documents, do presentations, edit and format texts, work with templates and do research on the Internet. Students will learn correct keyboarding skills and practice to increase accuracy and speed. (Projects will differ between Levels I and II.)
Supplies: at least 4 Gb Flash drive, 1 inch 3-ring binder, 10 dividers
Supply Fee: $40

Drama – This class will focus on the exploration of theatre performance, improvisation, creative dramatics, beginning scene work, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, and ensemble work culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Students additionally learn about the organizational structure of theatre and theatre literature. Of importance in Theatre I is students’ opportunity to develop fundamental group and self-assessment skills, and problem solving skills. This class can be taken before or after Drama II.
Supply Fee: $10

Fashion/Interior Design (Grades 7-8) – In the first semester different interior design style types will be covered. Then using the style types, students will integrate space utilization, furniture placement, accessories, sketching, and personal taste. In the second semester fashion design will be covered. Questions such as, what is fashion design, what makes a style “in fashion”, and what are fashion cycles will be answered. We will learn the basics of sewing and the sewing machine. Using this information, students will design and create unique fashion items.
Supplies: 3-ring binder, graph paper, sketch book, colored pencils, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape

Geography/World Studies– The world in which we live is fascinating, fast-paced, dangerous, and beautiful. Therefore, geography should be exciting! In this class students will study Units 1-3, including Americas, Europe, and Russia. More importantly, students will learn how these features have shaped and impacted real people living in real places. One of the main goals of Middle School Geography is to prepare students for high-school social studies courses, in which a working knowledge of our planet is vitally important. Upon the completion of this course, students will be ready to face the challenges of higher-level global thinking that high school demands. Prepare to be challenged; prepare to be entertained; prepare to learn. (Geography/World Studies I and II differ in material covered and can be taken in any order.)
Textbook: World Geography, 2012 Edition – Holt McDougal (978-0547-484-79-2)
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, Loose-leaf paper (college-ruled), colored pencils

Health/PE – This class helps improve a student’s sport skills and fitness.  Students will participate in exercises, games and various sports. These activities will teach coordination and build confidence. Most games are cooperative in nature and will have a low-key competitive element or variation that will help students understand how to work together. Students learn how to compete appropriately and with good sportsmanship. Students will also learn about important health issues, such as how to take care of their body, exercise and proper nutrition. Students will learn the value and benefits of physical activity.
Supplies: Comfortable clothes for activities and tennis shoes, and a folder. Bringing athletic wear to change into for class is optional.

Math (6th Grade) (4 day) – Students will review prior math concepts while working towards mastery of new topics. Units will include: decimals; fractions; rates, proportions, & percents; basic geometry; measurement; operations with rational numbers (including negative numbers); probability and statistics; and simple algebraic expressions.
TextbookMcDougal Littell Math Course 1, 2007 National Edition – Student Text (978-0-618-61069-3)
Workbook: Math Course 1 Practice Workbook, 2007 National Edition (978-0-618-741977)
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, pencils, ruler, protractor, loose leaf paper, graph paper, colored pencils, index cards, one-subject spiral notebook, and calculator (TI 30 XIIS)

Music/Worship Team I (Grades 8-12) – This is an introduction to worship class with emphasis on developing creative and technical skills in the musical production of contemporary worship. Students will learn to perform worship songs in a band format. Students will also learn about general audio sound reinforcement and applications. The music/worship team band will participate in chapel services once a month.

Novel Studies/Creative Writing – During the first semester, students will concentrate on creative writing, including poetry, narrative, descriptive, and expository writing. The second semester will emphasize a literature-based curriculum covering various genres including religious fiction, historical fiction, adventure, and science fiction through the reading of various novels and short stories. (Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling are not the primary focus in this course but will be practiced.)
Books: Below are the links for each novel for Novel Studies. Please purchase the version given in the link. The purpose is for class unity:

Supplies: Separate composition book for journal entries only (no spiral notebooks), pencils, highlighters, pens, ½ inch 3-ring binder
Workbook Fee: $10

Novel Studies/Practical Writing – During the first semester, students will focus on writing techniques, including the five paragraph, essay, research paper, and practical text. The second semester will emphasize a literature-based curriculum covering various genres including American and British literature, adventure, and science fiction. (Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling are not the primary focus in this course but will be practiced.)
Textbook: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition (978-1603292627)
Books:  Below are the links for each novel for Novel Studies. Please purchase the version given in the link. The purpose is for class unity:

Supplies: Separate composition book for journal entries only (no spiral notebooks), pencils, highlighters, pens, ½ inch 3-ring binder
Workbook Fee: $10

Novel Studies/Public Speaking – Students will concentrate on a literature-based curriculum covering various genres including historical fiction, science fiction, Native American Historical fiction, British and American literature. Students will also concentrate on public speaking. Students will write and present various types of speeches including demonstrative, persuasive, informative, and impromptu. (Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling are not the primary focus in this course but will be practiced.)
Books:  Below are the links for each novel for Novel Studies. Please purchase the version given in the link. The purpose is for class unity:

Supplies: Separate composition book for journal entries only (no spiral notebooks), pencils, notecards, pens, ½ inch 3-ring binder
Workbook Fee: $10

Photography I – Students will learn the basic function of the camera, camera parts, digital and film terminology, composition and framing. Photography assignments will take place at school, at home and on location. We will have in class discussions and critiques on all projects. All students will have projects included in the Night of the Arts. This class is similar to Photography II, however photography assignments will differ.
Supplies: Camera, 2 Black Sharpies, 1 inch 3-ring Binder, 2 packs of Black Card Stock paper, 3 rolls of double-sided tape, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape, 1 plastic pencil holder (used for storing photos)

Photography II – Students will learn the basic function of the camera, camera parts, digital and film vocabulary, how to compose and frame great photos.  We will work on assignments at school, at home and on location. Discussions and critiques on all projects will be in class. All students will have projects included in the Night of the Arts. No prerequisite required. This class is similar to Photography I however, photography assignments will differ.
Supplies: Camera, 2 Black Sharpies, 1 inch 3-ring Binder, 2 packs of White Card Stock paper, 3 rolls of double-sided tape, 1 roll of 1.41 inch 3M Brand Blue Painter’s Tape, 1 plastic pencil holder (used for storing photos)

Pre-Algebra (Grades 7- 8) (4 day) – This course is the stepping stone to Algebra I. Focus will be on mastering such concepts as operations with real numbers, square roots, the Pythagorean theorem, slope, solving equations and inequalities. Time will also be spent reviewing concepts covered in Math 7 such as ratios, proportions, percents, factors and multiples, histograms, and volume and surface area.
Textbook: McDougal Littell Math Course 3 – Student Text (978-0-618-61071-6)
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, paper, pens, pencils, graph paper, 1 dry erase marker, scientific calculator (graphing calculators are acceptable)

Science I (Grades 6-7) – Students will use the scientific method, experimentation, group work and projects to study foundations of life science. Students will be introduced to living organisms, heredity, and microbiology.
Textbook: Life Science with Student Activities Volume A, Third Edition – Bob Jones University Press (978-1591664741) *Comes in a 2 volume series. Book A is used for 6-7 Science I. Book B is used for 6-7 Science II*
Supplies: 2 inch 3-ring binder (To be used only for science), divider tabs, composition book, metric ruler, simple calculator, loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, scissors and colored pencils/markers.

Science II (Grades 6-7) – Students will use the scientific method, experimentation, group work and projects to study concepts in the Animal Kingdom, Nature of the Environment, and the structure and function of the Human Body.
Textbook: Life Science with Student Activities Volume B, Third Edition – Bob Jones University Press (978-1591664741) *Comes in a 2 volume series. Book A is used for 6-7 Science I. Book B is used for 6-7 Science II*
Supplies: 2 inch 3-ring binder (to be used only for science), divider tabs, composition book, metric ruler, simple calculator, loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, scissors and colored pencils/markers.

Science III (Grades 7–8) – Students will use the scientific method, experimentation, group work and projects to study earth science and physical science.  Students will study the atmosphere, weather patterns and conditions, and oceanography.  They will gain an introductory understanding of chemistry and chemical properties. All students will develop and construct a scientific project for the science fair.
Textbook: Earth Science – BJU Press (978-1-60682-070-4)
Supplies: 2 inch 3-ring binder for Science only, 2-pocket folder, composition book, metric ruler, simple calculator, loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils

Spanish I (Grades 6-7) – This course is designed for students starting the study of the Spanish language for the first time or for those who have had minimal exposure to the language.  Students will learn the basic functions of the language by developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will acquire geographical and cultural insights of the Spanish speaking countries. Homework, tests, quizzes and games will play an important role in the Spanish development skills. Classes are conducted on a bilingual level.
Supplies: 4 tab dividers, pencils, any color highlighter and index cards, 1 inch 3-ring binder
Textbook Rental Fee: $15
Workbook Fee: $10

Spanish II (Grades 7-8) – This course will expand on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in Spanish I. This Spanish immersion class will integrate grammar, vocabulary and fun activities throughout the course. Students will develop a greater understanding of the contrast between the Spanish Language and its culture. Classes will be conducted on a bilingual level.
Supplies: 4 tab dividers, loose-leaf notebook paper, pencils, any color highlighter and white index cards, 1 inch 3-ring binder
Textbook Rental Fee: $15
Workbook Fee: $10

Spelling/Grammar I (Grades 6-7) – Students will study the English language as it relates to word relationships. This course will be an intensive study of punctuation and the parts of speech. Spelling will also be a focus of this class.
TextbookBuilding Spelling Skills, Book 7, 2nd Edition, Christian Liberty Press (978-1-935796-07-7)
Easy Grammar Student Workbook, Grade 6, (978-0-936981-468)
Supplies: yellow and pink highlighters

Spelling/Grammar II (Grades 7-8) – This course will include extensive instruction on grammar concepts that include capitalization, punctuation, sentence types, phrases, clauses, gerunds, appositives, and other grammar concepts. Students will build onto existing knowledge concerning parts of speech and their functions. The class will focus on applying grammar rules that will enrich student writing. Vocabulary will be a second component of this class. There will be a focus on sharpening the student’s word usage through building a more substantial vocabulary.
Textbook: Easy Grammar Plus Student Workbook (978-0-936981-147)
Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop – Enriched Edition, Level B by Jerome Shostak – William H Sadlier, Inc. (978-0-8215-8007-3)
Workbook Fee: $10

Study Skills – This class will help the student become a successful learner. Topics covered will be time management, listening skills, reading comprehension, note taking, test taking, textbook reading strategies, goal setting, making the most of individual learning styles and organizational skills. Students will complete projects, papers, interactive assignments at home and goal setting and achieving activities. Upon completion of this class, students will see organizational improvements, better long-term focus, increased self-awareness, and confidence in the classroom. This course will count as an elective course.
Textbook: The Middle School Students’ Guide to Study Skills (available online at middleschoolguide.com search by title only)
The Middle School Students’ Guide to Ruling the World (0978521005)
Supplies: weekly or daily planner, 1 inch 3-ring binder with plastic folder dividers for each classroom subject with labels, notebook paper, colored pencils/markers

World History – Students will study time from Creation to the late 20th century. The Christian perspective is the thread that connects the past to the present. Students will learn about civilizations, with a special emphasis on the development of western civilization. This survey course will include projects, class discussion, and hands-on activities.
Textbook: History of the World in Christian Perspective, 5th Edition –ABEKA 183202.
Supplies: pencils, notebook for note taking (No spiral notebooks, please), colored pencils

Writing I (Grades 6–7) – This course will explore different types of writing such as descriptive narratives and essays. Students will learn to compare and contrast various elements, write a thesis statement, create an outline and write using first and third person. This course will build vocabulary, emphasize grammar, and strengthen editing skills.
Textbook: Writeshop II (4th Edition) by Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar – WriteShop (9781935027348)

Writing II (Grades 7-8) (Prerequisite: Writing I or submit a writing sample) – During the first semester, students will develop good essay writing skills with essays written and edited throughout the semester. Students will learn to compose descriptive, narrative, informative, and persuasive essays. Throughout the second semester, students will write literary papers based on their evaluation of various forms of literature, including poetry and short stories.  Writing I is highly recommended before taking this course.
Supplies: 1 inch 3-ring binder, dictionary, thesaurus, pens, pencils, colored pencils
Workbook Fee: $10

Study Hall – Independent study/homework time available to students K-12 during periods when no class is assigned. A Grace Academy teacher supervises Study Hall. Students must always attend study hall if they are not enrolled in a class. They may not leave campus.