Eighth Grade Religion & Bible History introduces the student to ecclesiology, the study of the Church, covering the origin and nature, and teaching and governing authority of the Church. It looks at the sacraments, Mary, the saints, and our separated brethren. The course addresses the work of the Christian in the world, through virtue, the works of mercy, vocations (single, religious, and married), and the law, conscience, and social order. It also looks at the four last things, of death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The course is written to help the student to desire to imitate the saints of the Church. The course also covers the last part of the Old Testament about how God's chosen people were led into captivity and their kingdom was destroyed; It leads into the New Testament and the fulfillment of God's promise to His chosen people. (The first half of the Bible History book is used in seventh grade.)
The bible history text presents an important aspect for one who is going to be educated with a classical curriculum because it shows how God used all cultures and peoples to bring about the Redemption of mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Grade Eight English is designed to teach students to speak and write correctly and effectively in the English language. Students should progress, at this level, to an understanding of English grammar that should suffice for a lifetime of general usage with some amount of study of more complex construction. The class will also emphasize, secondarily, training in the social graces, which are necessary for successful communication.
The lesson plan concentrates on Part Two of the book, which is Grammar. Everything learned in English should be applied and reinforced in the student's reading, composition, spelling, and vocabulary. A dictionary is recommended for use in English. The daily work should include memorization of fundamental rules of grammar. The student should diagram sentences in exercises as he proceeds through the work. There are many exercises in the back of the book following the Index that can be used if time permits. The best way to teach English is by example and reinforcement of correct usage in the spoken and written word.
Note that Part One of Voyages in English, which is Composition, is not used in this course. Instead, this course also uses Sadlier Writing Workshop, Level C to aid the student in developing composition skills, which are so necessary for further education. These skills include developing thoughts in a logical manner, both for speaking and writing; writing narrative, informative, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs and essays; test taking; and writing for different purposes, such as a newspaper, letters, a research report, and about literature. Finally, the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop is used to encourage the student to use the new vocabulary words in speech and written work. It also develops the student's ability to work with synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, roots, denotation, connotation, literal usage, figurative usage, and analogies.
Eighth Grade History seeks to provide familiarity with the historical context of the settlement of the Americas. This course will help the student to obtain a broad Catholic understanding of the anthropological history of the Americas up until the last decade. It begins with the explorations of Columbus, Cortes, and Magellan, proceeds to the arrival of the English in the American colonies and the American Revolution, the influence of missionaries, the birth of the American government, the Civil War, through the Depression, World Wars I and II, and concludes with a look at the moral decline of America.
This course is typically done in the 8th or 9th grade. Topics include: fundamental operations, functions and graphs, domain and range of functions, integers, rational numbers, equations in one variable, equations in two variables, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, factoring, fractions, square roots, quadratic equations, graphing quadratic equations, real numbers, fractional equations, inequalities, graphing inequalities in two variables, and arithmetic and geometric sequences.
Eighth Grade Science studies the fundamental principles of physical science which are so important for the in depth approach to the high school sciences of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The main emphasis in this course is on Chemistry and Physics, but the same scientific though processes are applied and used in the high school Biology course as well. This course covers a breadth of material recommended both for eighth grade students interested in honors science coursework in high school.
Topics covered include Chemistry: properties and states of matter, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, and solutions, acids, and bases; Physics: forces and motion, work, power, and machines, energy, mechanical waves and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum and light, optics, electricity, and magnetism.
Ideally, this course should be taken concurrently with Algebra I. However, strong math students will find that a pre-Algebra course provides most of the necessary math skills needed to complete this course successfully.
Eighth Grade Latin is a beginner's course using New Missal Latin, a book ideally suited for grade school age students. Latin is the language of the Church; as such it is an integral part of every Catholic's heritage. Students build upon their knowledge from previous study, including perfect, imperfect, pluperfect, perfect subjunctive, and pluperfect subjunctive of all four verb conjugations. Also covered is an introduction to sequence of tenses, and the passive voice in the indicative and subjunctive moods. The course also includes an introduction of the dative with special verbs, the perfect passive participle, the conjugation of –io verbs, and infinitives. The book set includes the Student Book, Teacher's Manual, Student Test Book, Test Book Answer Key, and a Pronunciation Guide on CD. The Student Books are also sold separately.