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

Bible Studies

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 is a great way to keep 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.

The course units includes text-based lessons, on- and off-computer exercises, special projects, learning games, quizzes, and tests that appeal to today's digital generation. Practical Christianity and Church History enriches the educational experience for Christian school students and sparks a passion for learning.

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

History/Geography

1 year – available in Honors

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 Spain's 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.

The course units include text-based lessons, on- and off-computer exercises, special projects, learning games, quizzes, and tests that appeal to today's digital generation. 8th Grade History and Geography enriches the educational experience for Christian school students and sparks a passion for learning.

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

Language Arts

1 year – available in Honors

A review of language arts 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.

The course units include text-based lessons, on- and off-computer exercises, special projects, learning games, quizzes, and tests that appeal to today's digital generation. 8th Grade Language Arts enriches the educational experience for Christian school students and sparks a passion for learning.

Topics explored:

  • Communication Basics
  • Evolution of English
  • Punctuation and Essays
  • Understanding Words
  • Composition and Biblical Standards
  • Old and Middle English and Autobiographies
  • Structure and Reading
  • Evaluating Media and Listening
  • A Living Language

Math

1 year – available in Honors

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.

The course units include text-based lessons, on- and off-computer exercises, special projects, learning games, quizzes, and tests that appeal to today's digital generation. Pre-Algebra enriches the educational experience for Christian school students and sparks a passion for learning.

Topics explored:

  • The Real Number System
  • Modeling Problems in Integers
  • Modeling Problems in Rational Numbers
  • Proportional Reasoning
  • Functions
  • Measurement
  • Plane Geometry
  • Measuring Solid Figures
  • Data Analysis
  • Probability

Science

1 year – available in Honors

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.

The course units include text-based lessons, on- and off-computer exercises, special projects, learning games, quizzes, and tests that appeal to today's digital generation. General Science I8th Grade Science enriches the educational experience for Christian school students and sparks a passion for learning.

Topics explored:

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

Middle School Electives

Art Appreciation A

0.5 credit // Grades 6-12

Explore the world of visual art, ranging from color theory to techniques used in prehistoric times and early civilization.

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Career Exploration I

1 semester // Grades 6-8

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

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Career Exploration II

1 semester // Grades 6-8

Introduction to five technology-related career fields.

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Career Exploration III

1 semester // Grades 6-8

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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Civics

0.5 credit // Grades 7-12

Discover the many facets of America's government, ranging from the Bill of Rights to the role of religion within government.

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Consumer Math

0.5 credit // Grades 7-12

Simplify personal money management and navigate the math concepts that make up the economy.

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Family and
Consumer Science

1 year // Grades 6-12

Students prepare for the potential challenges of transitioning to adulthood.

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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

1 semester // Grades 6-8

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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Music Appreciation

0.5 credit // Grades 7-12

Follow the development of classical music throughout history; examining the power of music to reflect the world around you.

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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 // Grades 7-8

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

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