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Virtual 8th Grade

Virtual 8th Grade

2022/2023 will be taught by Jackie Rushford (Mitchell)
Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)
HUMANITIES ONLY for the 2022/23 school year. Math/Science/Grammar will be offered for the 2023/24 school year.

8th Graders, with their natural struggle to find their own way – largely through revolution – will have the opportunity to explore the struggle for justice through: revolution in South Africa (Mandela), Resistance in WWII (Jacques Lusseyran); and on revolution in Russia (Breshkovsky and Sakharov).

  • Autumn, 13 weeks: Revolution in Russia
  • Winter, 8 weeks: World War II, working from “And There Was Light.”
  • Spring, 13 weeks: Revolution in South Africa.

We have found that for many 9th graders who have not experienced the Enki approach, this program fills an important need. Therefore, we offer it as a combined Grade 8/9 course.

Fall – Revolution in Russia

(September to December)
Humanities

In this Unit our focus is on standing up against oppression, as seen through the eyes of Ekaterina Breshkovsky and Andrei Sakharov. We will explore Karl Marx’s vision for changing an oppressive feudal society and the changes that vision underwent as Lenin and Stalin took over. Within this we will meet Russian culture and look at the process of taking a vision into reality.

Enhanced Study Classes: (TO BE OFFERED 2023/24 School Year)

Math. In connection with the struggle for equality in Tsarist Russia, we begin on an introduction to algebra, where the focus is on finding strategies to work with unknowns in an equation.

If your child does not have a solid understanding of and skill with computation with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and a familiarity with basic geometry, measurement, and ratio and proportion,  please email the office to discuss home support.

Science. In connection with Andrei Sakharaov’s work, we will turn our attention to physics, exploring the structure and behavior of the physical world.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

 View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Revolution in Russia sections.

Want to see more? See the Grade 8 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf)

Freedom (student work)

Finally I am out
Free of prison bars
People can hear me shout
Has the mind been changed of the Tsar?

Filling food I can eat
The sunlight on my face
I miss the tick tick tock on repeat
Where is my map case?

A warm bath I can take
No one tells me what to do
In my own bed I lay awake
Thinking what I’ve been through

~Josie

Winter – The French Resistance, WWII

(January to February)
Humanities

Working from the perspective of Jacques Lusseyran, one of the initial freedom fighters in France in WWII, we will explore the issues and the history of World War II, touching also on WWI. To meet the developmental needs of this age group, our focus, and the focus of Lusseyran, is on the importance of self-trust in meeting oppression.

Enhanced Study Class: Grammar (TO BE OFFERED 2023/24 School Year)

We will review basic grammar skills (punctuation, sentence structures, paragraphing, and logical sequencing). If your child does not have familiarity with these,  please email the office to discuss home use of our grammar basics program prior to this unit beginning.

On this base, and in keeping with the writing in the book they are reading, we will continue our focus on use of image, metaphor,  simile, and rhythm. We will also begin work with analyzing sentence structure.

Students will be given practice worksheets to keep math skills active.

Spring – Revolution in South Africa

(March to June)

The stars, and the Angels dancing above (student work)

a  bird passing by, dropping his feathers like a present.
It lands on my brown curly head.

I feel the morning wind breeze through my face
as I pick up the delicate warm feather.
I smile squeezing it in my hand.

I know this world isn’t perfect,
but looking up into the bright blue sky,
I realize even with the monsters that keep me trapped,
the Angels, stars, even birds, are silently cheering me on, giving me hope once again!

Want to see more? See the Grade 8 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf)

Humanities

Focusing on the life of Nelson Mandela, we will explore traditional South African society and culture, the development of apartheid, and Mandela’s own development as he explored ways to change society. Mandela’s navigation of his own internal turmoil as he navigated violence and non-violence as a means of revolution, will be a central aspect of this study.

Enhanced Study Classes (TO BE OFFERED 2023/24 School Year)

Math

In connection with Mandela’s struggle for equality for South Africa, we continue with our introduction to algebra, where the focus is on finding strategies to work with unknowns in an equation.

Science

We will focus on Chemistry, primarily looking at types of change in the physical world, how that effects matter,  and relating those to change in human society.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Revolution in South Africa sections.

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