Eighth Grade


The 5-8 grade language arts curriculum focuses on a range of reading experiences covering all genres, a broad spectrum of literature, and the refinement of oral and presentation skills. Skills are developed through the study of the literature and cultures of early civilizations, as well as through folk tales, ancient myths, novels, poetry, and media articles. Typical texts include The Hobbit, Animal Farm, The Giver, Hatchet, Bridge to Terabithia, Lord of the Flies, House of Dies Drear, and Roman and Greek texts. Students are challenged in their reading, writing, and presenting capabilities in the required book reports throughout the school year. Word of Life’s primary objective is to develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a strong interest in literature.

In science, 8th grade students gain a greater understanding of Physical Science.  Half of the year will focus on concepts related to physics while the second semester focuses more on chemistry.  This better prepares students for their high school science courses.  Classes will include labs and activities related to these topics.

For math, students will take either Pre-Algebra or Algebra.  Student placement will be based on the previous year’s course for returning students.  For those new to Word of Life, it will be based on standardized test scores and the previous year’s math grades.  Both courses cover algebraic concepts including linear equations and quadratic functions with Pre-Algebra preparing students for the Algebra level of instruction.

Theology class holds an opportunity for students to explore their faith in a new way. Teaching students how to think critically about relevant topics and tough questions dealing with Scripture and the Christian faith is the main goal of this curriculum. From the study of Genesis to a look at different Christian denominations and doctrines, students learn how to use God’s Word as their guide to living as redeemed, sanctified children of God in today’s world.


Religion: “One in Christ,” published by Concordia Publishing House

Language Arts: “Prentice Hall Literature,” published by Pearson Education, Inc.

Reading: “Treasures,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill

Math: “Larson Algebra,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Science: “Physical iScience,” published by Glencoe

Social Studies: “The American Journey,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill

Spelling: “Spelling and Vocabulary,” published by Houghton-Mifflin

Health: “Health and Wellness,” published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill

Music: led by Mr. Maichel
– Joint class with 8th grade
– Students learn to compose their own short pieces of music
– Learn about famous composers in music history