Curriculum

8th Grade

Employing the latest multimedia techniques including graphics, games, and other activities, Enlightium Academy uses a curriculum that fosters a rich learning environment.

8th Grade Curriculum Overview

8th Grade Bible

1 year

In this inspirational course, students will continue their study of practical Christianity and church history. Guided by the King James Version of the Bible, this course explores the establishment of the church, the nature of God, and the concept of salvation. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to expand their understanding of prayer and its purpose in their lives. With helpful instruction on God's will, the roles of parents and children, and Proverbs, this course provides practical biblical principles that guide teenagers on a spiritual path.

With the King James Version as the primary reference, students will trace the history of their faith through the study of early church leaders, the history of the church in the Roman Empire, the importance of the Jews, the Jerusalem church, and the church today. This course also asks students to observe their own behavior and make important personal choices based on biblical thought and prayer.

This course has no required purchases.

Topics explored:

  • Prayer
  • Sin and Salvation
  • The Attributes of God
  • Early Christian Leaders
  • Early Church History
  • The Early Churches
  • The Book of Proverbs
  • Personal Choices in Today's World
  • Understanding Parents
  • Walking with God

8th Grade English

1 year – available as an Honor course

A review of English concepts before high school, this comprehensive language arts course covers the origin of the English language, effective communication skills, words, sentences, paragraphs, and compositions. A focus on grammar rules and reading skills helps students to prepare themselves for the rigor of secondary instruction. Course exercises help students improve comprehension with interactive lessons that improve retention.

Throughout this course, students will focus on strengthening their oral and written communications skills and their listening and comprehension. In addition to lessons on the parts of speech, grammar, and proper language usage, students will read from a number of literary genres and write book reports that encourage analysis of writing and its many purposes. Biblical references will help students to understand communication from a Christ-centered perspective.

Topics explored:

  • Communication Basics
  • Evolution of English
  • Punctuation and Essays
  • Understanding Words and Grammar
  • Composition and Biblical Standards
  • Old and Middle English and Autobiographies
  • Structure and Reading and Speaking
  • Evaluating Media and Listening
  • Dynamic and Living Languages

8th Grade History

1 year – available as an Honor course

In this course, students will explore the history of the United States from its early explorers to the present time. From the colonization and the quest for independence to the Civil War, the Cold War, and the challenges America faces today as a global power, students explore the growth and challenges faced by this young nation.

Lessons in this interactive course begin with a look at the Spanish, Dutch, and French empires’ exploration and trading expeditions across the sea, the discovery of the New World, the colonial politics of the British, and the establishment of the colonies. Discussions examine major milestones and stumbling blocks including the quest for independence and westward expansion. Course materials give students a sweeping perspective based on historical facts and political movements that transformed the United States from a group of colonies into the 50 states of America.

Topics explored:

  • European Backgrounds
  • The Colonization of America
  • War for Independence
  • Emergence of a Nation
  • Westward Movement
  • The Civil War
  • The Industrial Nation
  • Twentieth Century World Power
  • The United States in a Changing World
  • The United States in World War One
  • The Great Depression

8th Grade Math: Pre-Algebra

1 year – available as an Honor course

The understanding of higher-level math begins with this challenging Pre-Algebra course. Designed as a core subject for 8th graders, this course can also be taken as an elective course for students in other grades. This interactive course is a thorough examination of significant math concepts including number relationships, variables, scientific notation, functions, integers, measurement, formula use, and data representation.

The first semester of this course is an overview of whole numbers, scientific notations, and square roots, building on these notions with a look at different types of equations, problem-solving, proportional reasoning, patterns, and sequences. Advanced topics such as the measurement of angles, the Pythagorean Theorem, probability, and statistics will be introduced later in the course.

Topics explored:

  • The Real Number System
  • Modeling Problems in Integers
  • Modeling Problems in Rational Numbers
  • Proportional Reasoning
  • Functions
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis
  • Probability

8th Grade Science: General Science I

1 year – available as an Honor course

Presenting science from a Christian perspective, this course gives students an overview of many facets of science, from an introduction to science to an in-depth look at a number of different disciplines including the earth in space, the planets, astronomy, the weather and climate, the human body, and careers in science. Most lessons are delivered online, while off-computer experiments give students opportunities for hands-on learning and observation.

General Science I gives students a broad scientific look at the world through the eyes of biblical doctrine. From the cells and systems of the human body to the mysteries of space and the study of the earth and its atmosphere, all lessons encourage critical thinking from a Christian perspective while supporting a lifelong interest in the natural world.

Topics explored:

  • What Is Science?
  • Measurements and Graphs
  • Earth in Space
  • The Atmosphere
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Human Anatomy
  • Careers in Science

Middle School Electives

Career Exploration I

1 semester // Grades 7-8

Examine work, lifestyle, and career options before entering high school.

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Career Exploration II

1 semester // Grades 7-8

Introduction to five technology-related career fields.

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Career Exploration III

1 semester // Grades 7-8

Explore more technology-related career fields.

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Chinese I^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Introduction to Mandarin, focusing on the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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Chinese II^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Chinese characters and pinyin are explored with specific practices to help students learn the characters.

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French I^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Introduction to French, focusing on the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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French II^

1 year // Grades 6-8

This French course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning.

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German I^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Introduction to German, focusing on the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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German II^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Provides new reading and listening comprehension activities, multicultural presentations and much more.

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Health Quest

0.5 credit // Grades 4-7

This introduction to health basics focuses on topics such as, personal health, wellness, and safety.

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Keyboarding
and Applications

0.5 credit // Grades 7-12

Practice proper keyboarding techniques; increasing speed and accuracy over time.

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Latin I^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Learn Latin through ancient, time-honored classical language approaches, including: repetition, parsing and much more.

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Latin II^

1 year // Grades 6-8

Engage with authentic classical Latin through weekly encounters with ancient passages from Virgil and many more.

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Offline Electives

0.5-1 credit // Grades PreK-12

Offline electives are electives that are not taken on a computer. Offline electives may include: Physical Education.

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Personal Financial Literacy

0.5 credit // Grades 7-12

Students learn to build a solid foundation for future finances, including life skills such as, budgeting and investing.

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Spanish I^

1 year // Grades 6-8

This immersive Spanish course provides a fun and interactive introduction to the Spanish language.

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Spanish II^

1 year // Grades 6-8

This continuing Spanish course focuses on an authentic story, myth or legend from various Spanish-speaking cultures.

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State History

1 semester/0.5 credit
Grades 7-12

Make history come alive through this exploration of the cultural tides and events that have shaped your state.

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Middle school students can enroll in 5 core courses and a one-year course or two one-semester courses at no additional charge.

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