Religion & Bible History 8 - Kolbe Academy

Religion & Bible History 8

This course will cover the Religion 8 and Bible History 8 curriculum.  One grade will be given on the transcript for this course.

Eighth Grade Religion 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.

Grade Eight Bible History 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 book is used in seventh grade.)

The 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.

This is a two – year course.  The first half of the book is presented in seventh grade and the second half in eighth grade.  If the student has not read the first part of the book in seventh grade, it is recommended that it be read before enrolling in this course for the eighth grade.  It would not be necessary to do any written work, but it would be beneficial to have the background for what will be covered this year.

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.

  • Our Life in the Church, Faith and Life Book 8, Third Edition
  • Our Life in the Church, Faith and Life Book 8 Activity Book, Third Edition
  • Our Life in the Church, Faith and Life Book 8 Teacher Manual, Third Edition
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2
  • Bible History: A Textbook of the Old & New Testaments for Catholic Schools
  • Bible History: A Textbook of the Old & New Testaments for Catholic Schools Workbook

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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Religion 8 Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Bible History 8 Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2 Answer Key
  • Bible History Answer Key, Kolbe Academy Publishing

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 7: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 10: Paper Topic* Week 10: Paper Topic*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading the paper assignments.  Each paper assignment will have the rubric available for the student in the course.


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

7 – 8 (8th)


Mr. Lord

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Junior High Literature
English 8
History 8

Online Companion Courses

Literature 8
English 8
History 8

Course Plan Sample

Religion & Bible History 8

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