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History 8

Light to the Nations 2

Eighth grade history provides students with an understanding of Western Civilization from the Age of Enlightenment through the modern era.  If your student is in high school, please see the course description for Western Civ 2which uses the same text in a high school level course.

Course Description

This volume picks up the story at the Enlightenment and presents the history of the modern era in story form, giving proper emphasis to dates, central characters, and key concepts in each era. End of chapter reviews and other material highlight dates and events, characters in history, and definitions of key terms. The central consideration of this volume is how modern ideas, institutions, and culture have developed from the high centuries of Christian culture. Drawing on the guidance of Catholic thinkers and the popes (particularly Leo XIII, Pius XI, Pius XII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI), this history presents the hope that Christian thought and work hold for the future.

Course Expectations

Students should expect to have daily reading, at least one (or more) weekly written assignments and exams as assigned by their parent. All requirements are assigned and graded by the parent - Enhanced Evaluation Service is available for additional grading assistance.

Course Texts
  • Light to the Nations: Volume 2, The Catholic Textbook Project
  • Light to the Nations: Volume 2, Teacher's Manual, The Catholic Textbook Project


Course Details:

Section Number


 Video Presenter

Mr. Schultz

Grades (Typical)

 7 - 8 (8th)



Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


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