8th Grade - Magnet Course Descriptions

The US & Global Communications 

This course is designed to explore 8th grade U.S. History concepts as they relate to global communication, cybersecurity and information technology. Students will blend skills learned in social studies, ELA, Future Investigations, and technology together using the guiding principles of collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. The content in this course includes a variety of topics such as the political, social, economic and geographic study of United States history. Students will learn about the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns. They will examine American beliefs and principles, learn about the structure of the U.S. government, and examine the rights and responsibilities of a United States citizen.

Global Literacy III: Inquiry and Discovery

Students will read and write multi-genre texts, with an emphasis on nonfiction and current events. They will also engage in the inquiry process as they explore their interests and future career options, encouraging them to develop and work toward goals for high school and beyond. This course also synthesizes the learning from the prerequisite courses in 6th and 7th grades as a diverse foundation for further discovery. Through Inquiry-based instruction, teachers will guide students to explore their individual interests and future pursuits in our global society. 

Future Investigations A:  Prof Communication*-CTE

Future Investigations B: MAPS


*Addresses speech credit


Professional Communications blends written, oral, and graphic communication in a career-based environment. Careers in the global economy require individuals to be creative and have a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong and solid academic foundation, and a proficiency in professional oral and written communication. Within this context, students will be expected to develop and expand the ability to write, read, edit, speak, listen, apply software applications, manipulate computer graphics, and conduct Internet research.

Fundamentals of Computer Science-CTE

Fundamentals of Computer Science is an evolving discipline concerned with analyzing activity on computers, networks, programs, and data. As a discipline, it has grown with the emergence of a globally-connected digital society. As computing has become more sophisticated, so too have the abilities of malicious agents to access systems and private information. By evaluating prior incidents, digital forensics professionals have the ability to investigate and craft appropriate responses to disruptions to corporations, governments, and individuals. Whereas cybersecurity takes a proactive approach to information assurance to minimize harm, digital forensics takes a reactive approach to incident response.

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