Grade Eight

As listed in Rod and Staff's 2013 catalog

A Time of Peace

This reader contains 30 narratives, 4 selections of Bible prose, 4 selections of Bible poetry, 12 English poems, and 10 essays. Study exercises follow each selection. Vocabulary and comprehension exercises are more extensive than in Grades 6 and 7.

The teacher's guide provides some background information, oral reading pointers, and an answer key. Additional notes are given on the origin of many of the vocabulary words.


11801 Reader   $14.95

[A Time of Peace]  

11891 Teacher's Guide   $9.50

God's Redeemed Family -- the Church

This book completes the series The Story of God's Chosen Family. It covers the New Testament from Romans to Revelation. Outlines are given for each of these books. This course emphasizes the value and necessity of the church and how God's people are to serve Him and relate to others. Solutions to problems are outlined, and edification and encouragement are presented. Subjective questions require students to think carefully.

The Bible is the pupil's textbook. The workbook guides the pupil through the study of the Bible as he looks up verses and then answers the questions. A variety of question types includes multiple choice and filling in the blanks. Included also are Bible word studies and sections for studying the geography and history related to Bible events.

The pupil's book has 30 lessons divided into 6 chapters, a review for each chapter, and a final review. A test for each chapter and a final test are in a separate booklet with tear-out sheets.

The teacher's manual has a reduced copy of the pupil's workbook with the answers filled in. Oral reviews, main points, and other notes are in the margins.


17821 Pupil's Workbook   $8.95
17891 Teacher's Manual   $10.95
17811 Tests   $1.75

Truth for Life
Grades 7 or 8

This older course (not part of the new series) is complete with "Questions" and "Things to Do" with each of the 35 lessons. It covers a variety of Biblical topics including the plan of salvation and Christian growth. It is designed to provide doctrinal and practical truths for the student and to acquaint him with the various methods of Bible study.

Other Bible Materials

Truth for Life Bible Studies

17722 Pupil's Workbook   $3.90
17792 Teacher's Manual   $3.90

The Human Register
Time Line

This time line covers the approximately 6,000 years of history from the Creation up to the current century. It consists of thirteen laminated wall cards, each 12" wide x 9" high. It has about 130 captions with over 60 color illustrations that help to pinpoint when key Bible events took place. However, the focus is on the scope of human history rather than on precise chronology.

The Human Register is designed to complement Rod and Staff's Bible courses, but it also may be used with history courses or as a helpful addition to Sunday School classes.

Additional Materials

17581 The Human Register (Time Line)   $14.95

The Holy Spirit: Abiding Comforter

In the Person of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is without the limits of His fleshly body. Now He is present with every believer everywhere, and no one ever needs to travel through life without Him. This book approaches the subject of the Holy Spirit from a Biblical and practical perspective. It will help the reader to appreciate the work of the Holy Spirit in his life. Paperback. 164 pages.

2474 The Holy Spirit: Abiding Comforter   $6.50

Applying Mathematics

Besides excellent math instruction, this course includes many illustrations and captions that provide inspirational and extra educational information. The text and exercises abound in real-life applications and Bible information.

This hardcover textbook has 170 lessons that review and extend skills taught in previous levels. Review in each lesson keeps previous skills current.

New concepts include the following:

Percents -- Part-year interest, sales and property tax.

Measures -- Conversion between Bible, metric, and English systems.

Graphs -- Double-line graphs, rectangle graphs.

Geometry -- Pythagorean rule, surface and volume of sphere.

Algebra -- Polynomials, computation with signed numbers and exponents.

Finances -- Compound interest formula and tables, writing checks and maintaining and reconciling the account balance.

Numbers -- Extracting square roots, base twelve and base two numeration, scientific notation, and statistics.

Quizzes and speed tests are provided in a separate booklet with tear-out sheets.

Chapter tests are also in a separate booklet.

In addition to the regular features, the Grade 8 teacher's manual provides a solution key for reading problems and the more difficult exercises.


13801.3 Pupil's Textbook   $17.95
13891.3 Teacher's Manual, Part 1   $11.95
13892.3 Teacher's Manual, Part 2   $11.95
13811.3 Tests   $2.25
13871.3 Quizzes and Speed Tests   $4.50

Preparing for Usefulness

English 8 has 124 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence elements and sentence structure. Objective complements, elliptical sentences, and compound-complex sentences are introduced.

Chapter 3 teaches concepts about capitalization and punctuation. Dashes, parentheses, and brackets are introduced.

Chapters 4 10 focus on the parts of speech. These chapters reinforce what has been taught in earlier grades and introduce retained objects, dangling participles, and relative adverbs. Problem words are discussed, and there is plenty of sentence diagraming.

Chapter 11 deals with using reference helps and the public library. Composition lessons introduce persuasive arguments and teach effective sentences, paragraph construction, proofreading, outlines, story writing and poetry at deeper levels. Over one-third of the book deals with composition.

A separate booklet of 42 worksheets is available for extra practice. The sheets may be copied as needed in teaching this English course. The test booklet includes chapter tests and a final test.


12808.3 Pupil's Textbook   $17.95
12828.3 Worksheets   $3.25
12898.3 Teacher's Manual   $24.95
12818.3 Test Booklet   $2.25

For Supplementary English Worksheets, please see Grade 6.

Spelling by Sound and Structure 8

The Grade 8 spelling book is a hardcover textbook with 34 weekly lessons. Twenty-eight lessons of 3 pages each introduce and work with 20 "New Words" and 5 "Review Words." Every sixth lesson is completely review, and covers 3 pages. A "Speller Dictionary" is also included in the back of the book.

Part A of each lesson acquaints the student with some Latin or Greek roots and their appearance in our words. Etymologies are studied with the help of a dictionary included in the back of the textbook. Near the end of the course, a few lessons teach words that show Spanish, German, and French influences in our language. Part B exercises building words with affixes. Part C practices phonics details taught in earlier courses of this series. Part D is a series of studies on semantics and the history of the English language.

The hardcover teacher's guide includes a copy of the pupil's pages. Facing pages have notes about exercises, an answer key, and test sentences.


16801 Pupil's Textbook   $9.50
16891 Teacher's Guide   $11.95

16500 Grades 5-8 Spelling Words   $2.50

A graded list of more than 3,000 words common to Christian vocabulary, alphabetized separately within each grade level. This list was a basic source for selection of the spelling words in Spelling By Sound and Structure. 32 pages.

God's Orderly World

This hardcover textbook contains 80 sections and 9 tests. The book has many full-color illustrations, a glossary, and an index. Quarterly reviews prepare the students for a final test.

Unit 1 discusses the laws of energy and motion. Unit 2 is on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, lymphatic, and excretory systems. Unit 3 has extensive coverage on nutrition and digestion. Unit 4 majors on backyard stargazing and deep-space objects. Other units cover heat energy; weather and weather forecasting; the nervous system, the senses, and the mind; health, safety, and basic first-aid procedures.

The hardcover teacher's manual contains a copy of the pupil's book, an introduction to each unit, an outline of major concepts, and an answer key.

Tests are in a separate booklet with tear-out sheets.

Unit Titles

  1. Physical Fundamentals of God's World
  2. The Body
  3. Food and Digestion
  4. The Starry Heavens
  5. Heat
  6. Weather
  7. The Nervous System
  8. Health and First Aid

Science 8

14801 Pupil's Textbook   $19.95
14891 Teacher's Manual   $22.50
14811 Tests   $2.25

new science 8 pupil's cover

Investigating God's Orderly World 1

Both this book, for Grades 7 and 8, and the one following (for Grades 9 and 10) have been written to guide students in their growing awareness of the orderly world around them, its potential usefulness to the glory of God, and God's true relation to it as revealed in His Word.

Go to the Grade 7 page for more information as well as a place to order these particular materials.


See Grade 7.

Understanding North American History

This well-illustrated book tells the story of North America -- how Europeans discovered and explored this continent, what people lived here when Europeans came, how the newcomers settled the land, and how economic and cultural changes took place. In addition to United States history, this course includes an overview of Canadian history and of United States and Canadian geography.

The historical events selected for coverage are those that have had the greatest impact on America -- those recognized by most historians as part of a common core of knowledge about America. The text seeks to discuss these events in a factual manner. Though wars and military actions are covered, they are not overemphasized. Some cultural trends are explained.

Students will also learn how God's people fared amid the changing scenes. They can learn from the mistakes of people who did wrong, and follow the example of those who did right. Above all, they will see that although man accomplishes many things, God overrules to bring about His purposes.

The text has 28 chapters divided into 7 units. The first unit covers the geography of North America, and the other units each cover a segment of United States or Canadian history.

Each chapter begins with an introduction and is divided into three sections. Each section is followed by exercises that check the students' understanding of the material. A chapter review follows each chapter, and often includes work with outline maps that are found in the pupil's book. Many color as well as black-and-white pictures and illustrations are scattered throughout the book.

The hardcover teacher's manual includes teaching helps, main concepts, Christian perspectives, and answer keys. For every chapter, suggestions are given for further research, which can be used as the basis for oral or written reports. In addition, there is a quiz on each chapter, which may be given as an oral or a written exercise.

A separate test booklet contains tests to follow every one or two chapters.


19801 Pupil's Textbook   $29.95
198911 Teacher's Manual   $35.95
19811 Test Booklet   $2.25

Art With a Purpose

This last Artpac is about illustrating with pen and ink.


60188 Artpac 8   $7.95

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