History 7 - Kolbe Academy

History 7

Light to the Nations 1

Grade Seven History covers world history from the beginning of recorded history to the present.  If your student is in high school, please see the course description for Western Civilization Iwhich uses the same text in a high school level course.

Grade Seven History covers world history from the beginning of recorded history to the inception of the French Revolution.  Beginning with the coming of Jesus Christ, and highlighting the achievements of medieval Christendom, this text focuses on the effects of the Christian faith on human civilization.  Grade Seven History uses Light to the Nations: Part One: The History of Christian Civilization.  Grade Eight History follows with the second volume, Light to the Nations: Part Two: The Making of the Modern World.

This introductory history course begins with the creation of the world and covers the concept of prehistory.  The study’s focus begins with Incarnation, and traces the development of Christendom from the founding of the Roman Catholic Church to the inception of the French Revolution.  While secular history is emphasized, the relationship between Church and state, as well as the relationship between Catholicism and other religions, is not overlooked.   

Students taking this course will have a mid-term and final exam each semester.  Additionally, students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Light to the Nations: Volume 1, Catholic Textbook Project
  • Light to the Nations: Volume 1, Teacher’s Manual, Catholic Textbook Project
  • Light to the Nations Part 1 Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing  (Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  Optional physical copy available for purchase.)

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 6: Paragraph Topic Week 1: Paragraph Topic
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 14: Paragraph Topic Week 13: Paragraph Topic
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

7 – 8 (7th)


Mrs. Anderson

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Religion & Bible History 7
Junior High Literature
English Grammar & Composition 7

Online Companion Courses

Religion & Bible History 7
Literature 7
English Grammar & Composition 7

Course Plan Sample

History 7

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.