Grade Eight

Sunrise Reading 800

This eighth grade reader presents stories and poems about characters who faced diverging roads, and the how their choices affected their own lives and the lives of others.

Selections in Where Roads Diverge center around five themes:

  • "The Right Kind of People"
  • "Every Good Gift"
  • "The Gifts of Love"
  • "Hold Fast Your Dreams"
  • "Integrity"
Many LightUnit exercises also deal with the theme of choosing, giving students tools for thinking through alternatives and taking the right road. Other exercises help students increase comprehension, analyze what they read, and apply it to themselves and their situations.

An optional teacher's guidebook provides brief teacher's notes, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests.

Bible 800

Each LightUnit in this course takes about seventeen days to cover, providing work for a 170-day school year.

801 -- Prayer
802 -- Sin and Salvation
803 -- Attributes of God
804 -- The Church Through the Centuries
805 -- Early Church History
806 -- The Early Churches
807 -- The Book of Proverbs
808 -- Understanding Today's Problems
809 -- Understanding Parents
810 -- Review

Sunrise Language Arts 800

This course integrates grammar, spelling, and penmanship into one easy-to-use package. Grammar and punctuation skills are introduced incrementally and appear at the beginning of the daily lessons, followed by review exercises which cover both fresh material and almost-mastered, familiar skills. Lessons finish with a daily dose of penmanship practice and exercises on the weekly spelling word list.

This full-year course includes a research paper project for the student to complete along with a standard bibliography. They are taught how to choose vivid verbs and eliminate redundancy in their writing. Also covered are transitive/intransitive verbs, basic and perfect tenses, concrete/abstract nouns, categorizing pronouns, elliptical clauses, and figures of speech.

Creative writing exercises are based on the book On Teaching Writing.

The teacher's guide provides teacher's notes, spelling word lists, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests.

Sunrise Mathematics 800

LightUnit 801 is a review of items mastered in Math 700. It may be used as a diagnostic tool to verify readiness for the Math 800 level.

LightUnits 802-809 contain enough algebra to be classified as a pre-algebra course.

LightUnit 810 focuses on business math and practical skills such as writing checks and balancing an account.

Students who satisfactorily complete Math 800 will also have a good foundation for continuing work in high school geometry and consumer math. Like Math 700, the Math 800 LightUnit themes focus on occupations suitable for Christians, and how math is used in everyday business and family finances.

Teacher's Guides contain reproduction of each LightUnit with answers.

Science 800

Each LightUnit in this course takes about seventeen days to cover, providing work for a 170-day school year.

801 -- Science in Our Lives
802 -- Properties of Matter
803 -- Changing Matter
804 -- Health and Nutrition
805 -- Energy
806 -- Magnets and Electricity
807 -- Using Machines
808 -- Levers, Pulleys, Gears, and Things
809 -- Balance in Nature
810 -- Science and Technology

For an alternate Grade 8 science course: Apologia General Science.

Social Studies 800
(United States History)

Each LightUnit in this course takes about seventeen days to cover, providing work for a 170-day school year. Social Studies 800 is a United States history from its European backgrounds to the present era.

801 -- European Backgrounds
802 -- The Colonization of America
803 -- War for Independence
804 -- Thirteen Colonies Become the United States of America
805 -- The Westward Movement
806 -- The Civil War
807 -- The Industrial Nation
808 -- A World Power in the Twentieth Century
809 -- The United States in a Changing World
810 -- Review