Mrs. Beth Barton is the 8th grade homeroom teacher and 7th & 8th grade language arts teacher. She has been teaching at Immanuel since 1991. She graduated from Minot State University with a double major in elementary education and deaf education. Mrs. Barton and her husband, Dave, have four children Scott (Nikki), Charlie (Kim), Ali and Jackie. All graduated from Immanuel

Mrs. Dina Brobst teaches math and science. Mr. Michael Welton teaches history. Mrs. Nancy Luepke teaches algebra to qualified 8th graders. Pastor Schultz teaches Basic Bible doctrine. Mrs. Diane Dietmeier teaches music, Mrs. Penny Julius teaches computer, Mrs. Lynn Hartog teaches art and Mrs. Alyson Lyvers teaches physical education.

Eighth Grade Curriculum Highlights:

- Text: God Answers from His Word

  • A study of the 6 key doctrines of the Bible: prayer, baptism, communion, Office of the Keys, creed, and Ten Commandments


  • Literary elements including, but not limited to, plot line, theme, main idea, irony, personification, metaphor, simile, allusion, flashback
  • Literature genre consisting of non-fiction, short stories, poetry, fiction, novel, epics, journalism, drama overview
  • Application of literary techniques

- Writing and speaking styles
- Focusing on four strategies:

  • Narrative
  • Persuasive
  • Expository
  • Descriptive
  • Research paper and research skills using the library, dictionary, and internet
  • Study skills – outlining, note taking, reading skills, thesaurus
  • Grammar rules and applications including sentences (simple, compound, complex), eight parts of speech, mechanics (punctuation, capitalization), verbals, phrases and clauses


  • Spelling rules and vocabulary development
  • Latin/Greek roots
  • Prefixes/suffixes
  • Words from other languages


  • Review addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers and decimals in equations and inequalities
  • Simplify and evaluate expressions
  • Use exponents in formulas
  • Review addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
  • Master data organization (reading and creating a variety of graphs)
  • Master scientific notation
  • Review measurement (customary and metric)
  • Master Celsius and Fahrenheit conversions
  • Master percents (commission, discount, finding percents, finding number)
  • Review statistics (mean, median, mode, and range of data)
  • Work with coordinate geometry
  • Master the use of rates, ratios, and proportions
  • Review basic geometry and learn formulas for surface area and volume for a variety of shapes


  • Reconstruction
  • Industrialization
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Current events
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Original 7 Articles of the Constitution
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Flag Code
  • Illinois Constitution and trip to Springfield

Physical Science

  • Practice safe laboratory procedures
  • Learn how to record observations and experiments
  • Study motion and energy
  • Study waves (sound, light, and color)
  • Work with currents and circuits (using electricity and magnetism)
  • Learn about atoms and the structure and properties of matter
  • Analyze patterns in matter (families of atoms, atomic bonds, and organic chemistry)
  • Understand chemical reactions and become familiar with acids, bases, and salts