Grade 8

  • Reading

    Sunrise 2nd Edition

    Teach students not just to read well, but to think well! This half-year course includes five LightUnit workbooks, a reader, and a Teacher’s Guide. The Answer Keys are not required if you have the Teacher’s Guide.

    The course covers literary elements such as conflict, theme, and tone; literary techniques such as metaphors, symbols, allusions, irony, and foreshadowing; literary genres; critical thinking skills; and more.

    As a five-LightUnit course, Reading 8 takes only one semester to complete. Having class every other day is one way to spread the course over the entire school year. View the course scope and sequence.

  • Bible

    Sunrise Edition

    Bible 8 helps students better understand and more deeply appreciate the New Testament. Bible 8 continues the study of the New Testament begun in Bible 7. The first four LightUnits cover the Book of Acts, and the remaining LightUnits contain brief overviews of the Epistles and Revelation.

    Each lesson directs the student to read a portion of Scripture and provides commentary that explains the passage. The course includes exercises using Strong's Exhaustive Bible Concordance and Baker’s Bible Atlas. Map work helps students understand where events happened. All Christian Light Bible courses use the King James Version. The course includes Bible memory work.

    This course consists of ten LightUnit workbooks and two Teacher’s Guides. Two Answer Keys are optional. View the course scope and sequence.

  • Language Arts

    Sunrise Edition

    Language Arts 8 integrates grammar, spelling, and penmanship into one easy-to-use course. Use Christian Light’s Language Arts Diagnostic Test to place students new to the curriculum. New concepts usually are not tested until they have been reviewed at least three times. The English Handbook is an optional reference book for the course.

    In addition to working with grammar, language mechanics, and sentence diagramming, students write a research paper and give a speech. Creative writing assignments refer to the book On Teaching Writing, which is an optional resource. The three spelling lists in each LightUnit include twenty words each.

    The course consists of ten LightUnit workbooks and two Answer Keys. View the course scope and sequence.


  • Math

    Sunrise Edition

    Sunrise Math 8 teaches new skills and concepts in incremental, continuously reviewed steps. Concepts are tested only after being reviewed for five days or more. Use Christian Light’s Math Diagnostic Test to place students new to the curriculum.

    This course contains enough pre-algebra to be an excellent prerequisite for any Algebra I course. Students who satisfactorily complete Math 8 will be prepared for high school geometry and/or consumer math. Concepts covered include irrational square roots, Pythagorean theorem, surface area, and basic trigonometry. LightUnit 810 teaches practical business skills such as writing checks, budgeting income, and balancing an account. Themes center on Christian occupations, integrity, and generosity in personal finances.

    The course consists of ten LightUnits and two Teacher’s Guides. Two Answer Keys are optional. View the course scope and sequence.

  • Science

    Science 8 covers theories of matter, the balance of nature, health and nutrition, energy, electricity, and machines. Because this is not a Sunrise Edition course, the material is presented in larger sections rather than daily lessons. Each section ends with a self test, which is similar to a quiz. Science supplies for this course are available from Home Science Tools.

    The course includes ten LightUnit workbooks and five Answer Keys. Each LightUnit workbook can be completed in about three weeks.

    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

    View the course scope and sequence. We offer Apologia General Science as an alternative to this course.

  • Social Studies

    Sunrise Edition

    Social Studies 8 is based on the textbook Changing Frontiers, a history of the United States that attempts to be honest and fair. Students follow American history through the formation, growth, and struggles of the nation. Christian Light Social Studies courses reflect the Anabaptist perspectives of the two-kingdom concept of separation of church and state and non-participation in war.

    There are two study options. Both options require the textbook. View the course scope and sequence.

    LightUnit Study Method

    The LightUnit study is recommended for homeschools and schools where teacher involvement is limited. LightUnits provide exercises, daily review, quizzes, and tests. The LightUnit study method includes ten LightUnit workbooks, a textbook, and two Answer Keys.

    Worksheet Study Method

    The Worksheet study is designed for classrooms and requires more teacher involvement. Because worksheet exercises do not include reviews, the teacher must prepare students for tests through regular oral review. The Worksheets provides a total of 163 lessons, including tests and reviews. In addition to the textbook, this study method includes two Worksheet booklets, one Tests & Reviews Pack, and two Answer Keys.

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