8th Grade Seminar Curriculum
This class for 8th grade students is designed to help girls make the transition from middle school to high school, and from a dependent adolescent to a responsible and independent young adult.
Social Service Project (Fall semester): Students organize and execute an activity to benefit a cause. This year we will undertake projects to benefit Cunningham Children’s Home.
Health (Fall semester): Students will participate in in-class workshops on a variety of health topics, including body image, nutrition, healthy relationships, anatomy and sexuality. These workshops will be facilitated by a University of Illinois student who is a member of the American Medical Student Association.
Interpersonal and Study Skills (Fall semester): We will read and discuss The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. This book covers a range of issues including time management, interpersonal communication skills, relationship management and self-care.
Public Speaking (Spring semester): We will learn the fundamentals of preparing and delivering an oral presentation to a live audience. Topic areas include audience analysis, research, organization, presentation aids, delivery, anxiety management and persuasive strategies. Students will deliver 3 or more speeches over the course of the semester.