8th Grade

8th Grade

The focus of the eighth grade year at Calvary will be on the Middle Ages, from the Fall of Rome through the Reformation. In the grammar stage, students learn the main historical hooks for the time period. Now in the logic stage, we flesh them out with more questions, more reflection, more stories, and greater appreciation for God’s sovereign hand in all of History.

Students will continue to have graded class discussions, as was begun in seventh grade, as they learn how to read and write critically and share their views in a safe, supportive environment. Our goal is to sharpen their thinking, using God’s Word and principles as the foundation for thought in all areas of study and life together. We aim to equip the students with the tools of Latin, logic, and primary texts.

Curricular Overview

Focus: Church History
Text: The Church in History, B. K. Kuiper
Writing Development, Poetry Unit, Grammar, Composition
Institute for Excellence in Writing

Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation
Text: Streams of Civilization, Vol. 1, Christian Liberty Press
Latin II:
Classical language communication and culture
Text: Latin Alive, Book 2, Classical Academic Press
Middle Ages
Texts: Canterbury Tales, Murder in the Cathedral, Ivanhoe, Merchant of Venice
Introduction to Formal Logic (Fallacies, syllogisms, and formal logic)
Text: The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic, Classical Academic Press.
Physical Science
Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Apologia

Art, Music, Physical Education, After School Clubs TBD

“There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books.  …one of my main endeavors as a teacher is to persuade the young that firsthand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than secondhand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.”  
                        -C. S. Lewis in his introduction to On the Incarnation of the Word of God by Athanasius

8th Grade is not currently being offered for the 2017-2018 School Year.