8th Grade

World History

History of the World is presented from a conservative, Christian perspective as part of a well-rounded program designed to give students a better understanding and a working knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Hemisphere. The interesting narrative style of the text and the many illustrations, maps, and photographs invite students to explore the past and learn about the people behind the events of world history.

The goal of the text is threefold: first, to show God’s hand in the history of the world; second, to emphasize the role of individuals in history; and third, to teach the many lessons that can be learned from history. Above all, History of the World emphasizes the providence of God in the actions of men. It provides students with heroes to emulate and goals to fulfill by focusing on the individuals whose character, initiative, and hard work have made a positive impact on world history.

Added Enrichment
••Highlight important people and events of history
••Present fascinating facts and intriguing details from a Christian perspective
•• Introduce the foundations of history and place importance on knowing current history
••Maps correlating to text

World History: The Ancient Middle East
•• The beginning:
•• Fall of man:
Cain, Abel, Seth
Capital punishment
•• Flood
•• From Sumer to Canaan
•• Sumerian civilization and religion
••Call of Abraham
••Hammurabi and Babylon
Patriarchs in Canaan
••Down to Egypt
••Egyptian civilization
••Hebrew exodus:
God’s judgment through the plagues
•• Israel in its land
•• Ten Commandments
••Conquest of Canaan
••David and Solomon
Division of Israel
••Phoenicians and Hittites

New Empires & Cultures
••Assyria, Babylon, and Persia
••Assyrian Empire:
Shalmaneser V and Ashurbanipal
••Chaldean Empire: Nebuchadnezzar
••Persian Empire: Cyrus the Great:
Darius and the Royal Road
••Early Greek civilization:
••Homer and the Olympian gods
Greco-Persian Wars
••Athens and Sparta:
••Greek politics and philosophy
Peloponnesian War
••Alexander the Great
••Rome before Christ
•• Foundation of Rome
••Roman republic
••Punic Wars
•• Julius Caesar
Roman drama
••Caesar Augustus
Measuring time
••Rome after Christ
••Gospel of Christ
••Persecution of early church:
Claudian and Flavian emperors
••Constantine the Great:
Edict of Milan
•• Fall of the Roman Empire
Understanding why the Roman Empire fell

Grammer & Composition

Grammar and Composition I purposes: to emphasize the orderly structure of our language and train students to use the English language effectively. The Christian perspective of this textbook promotes standards of correct grammar and usage, equipping students with the tools they need to become effective communicators in both speaking and writing.

Students will learn to recognize the different parts of speech, fit these parts of speech together to form sentences, join sentences together to make paragraphs, and organize paragraphs into compositions. They will also learn to develop complete and orderly thoughts and to communicate those thoughts clearly and concisely, so that they can use God’s gift of language effectively.

Added Enrichment
••English teaching transparencies
••Review games
••Grammar Court procedures explained
••Original poems, character sketches
••Narratives (imaginative and first person)


Students will work in advanced topics presented in an understandable and engaging style. Though it gives a brief but complete review of all arithmetic topics, much of the text is devoted to algebra and related topics, scientific notation, geometry, statistics, and trigonometry. Problem-solving strategies help students apply mathematical skills to word problems.

Science – Apologia

This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments to do.