The Eighth Grade Teacher Planner is the perfect student supplement to the Eighth Grade Syllabus. It contains daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Grammar, Spelling, Poetry, Science, History, Geography, Latin, Art and Music in an easy-to-read format addressed to the student. The assignments for each week are found on facing pages and are broken down by subject and day. There is a box for the student to check off for each subject, so that the parent can see at a glance how all subjects for the day or even the week are going. In addition, each week has a Notes section for every subject in order to track any changes to assignments, field trips, extra-curricular work, deadlines, weekly grades, etc. The Teacher Planners are not a substitute for the corresponding syllabus, however. They are an aid that lists the student’s work, without giving the detailed explanations or teaching resources found in the syllabi. The student will need to refer back to the syllabus on occasion for particular directions. Please Note: The Teacher Planner uses the standard texts found in the Mother of Divine Grace Syllabus. Where the syllabus offers a choice of texts, the Teacher Planner uses the text that most families in the Mother of Divine Grace program use (noted below in bold).

In Religion we use Our Life in the Church (Faith & Life) and the St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, for a study of the doctrine of the Church on all of the sacraments, but particularly Confirmation. In Mathematics we use Algebra ½ (Saxon) which employs rational argument in a way that the student can follow quite easily. In Grammar we use Easy Grammar Plus to continue the study of analytic grammar. In Spelling we use Wordly Wise 5 which helps to build the student’s vocabulary and strengthen his spelling skills. In Poetry we continue to use The Harp and Laurel Wreath along with several Shakespeare plays for selections of poetry to memorize. In Science we use Concepts and Challenges in Science 3 (C) which continues the investigation of God’s creation. In History we use Old World and America as a springboard text to cover Medieval History. This course is supplemented with a variety of books including The Story of the Church, Fingal's Quest, Augustine Came to Kent, Son of Charlemagne, The Magna Charta, and Adam of the Road. We also provide the student with a list of historical fiction to complement the study of history through literature. In Geography, which is correlated with history, we use Historical Atlas of the World (Rand McNally) to let the student master the geography of Medieval Europe through map work and we use Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide for the study of modern world geography. In Latin we use Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 which is a delightful Latin program and easy to use. (Note: more advanced students are encouraged to use our Latin I Syllabus.) In Art we use Art Through Faith 8 for Young Catholics (Seton Press) for continued appreciation. In Music we use Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory and Meet the Great Composers along with classical music selections for music appreciation.

Current Edition: © 2016.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

English
  • Essential 9
    • Easy Grammar Plus
      Phillips, Wanda
      Isha Enterprises — 686 Pages
    • Easy Grammar Plus Student Test Booklet
      Phillips, Wanda
      Isha Enterprises — 54 Pages
      ISBN: 0936981539
    • Easy Grammar Plus Student Workbook
      Phillips, Wanda
      Isha Enterprises — 347 Pages
      ISBN: 0936981148
    • Macbeth
      Shakespeare, William
      Simon & Schuster
      ISBN: 0743477103
    • Tales From Shakespeare
      Lamb, Charles & Mary
      CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform — 258 Pages
      ISBN: 1500619450
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • The Merchant of Venice
      Shakespeare, William
      Dover Publications — 96 Pages
      ISBN: 0486284921
    • Wordly Wise 5
      Hodkinson, Kenneth
      Educators Pub Service — 30 Pages
      ISBN: 0838804357
    • Wordly Wise 5 Answer Key
      Hodkinson, Kenneth
      Educators Pub Service
      ISBN: 0838894356
Fine Arts
  • Essential 5
    • Art Through Faith (Art 8)
      Lynch, Mary
      Seton Press — 194 Pages
    • Meet the Great Composers - Book One
      Montgomery, June & Hinson, Maurice
      Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. — 72 Pages
      ISBN: 0882848550
    • Meet the Great Composers - Book Two
      Montgomery, June & Hinson, Maurice
      Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. — 72 Pages
      ISBN: 0739020560
    • MODG only uses CD 1, which is bundled with Book 1 as a single item at modgbooks.com. Note: Parents with musical experience could replace this with alternate ear training activities.
    • Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Ear Training CD for Books 1 & 2
      Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus
      Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
      ISBN: 0739027271
    • MODG sells Book 1 and CD 1 together as a single bundled item at modgbooks.com
    • Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Book 1
      Surmani, Andrew & Surmani, Karen Farnum & Manus, Morton
      Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. — 40 Pages
      ISBN: 0882848941
Foreign Language
  • Essential 4
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Answer Key
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Quiz Book and Pre-Tests
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Quiz Key
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Fundamentals of Latin Grammar 2 - Student Manual
      Hayden, Margaret
      Mother of Divine Grace School
  • Supplemental - Optional 4
Mathematics
  • Essential 3
    • Algebra 1/2
      Saxon, John
      Saxon Publishers
      ISBN: 156577499X
    • Algebra 1/2: An Incremental Development - Test Forms
      Saxon, John
      Saxon Publishers
      ISBN: 1591411734
    • Algebra 1/2: An Incremental Development Homeschool Packet
      Saxon, John
      Saxon Publishers
      ISBN: 1591411726
  • Supplemental - Optional 5
Religion
  • Essential 4
    • Our Life in the Church Activity Book
      Ignatius Press
      Ignatius Press — 110 Pages
      ISBN: 1586175785
    • Our Life in the Church Student Text
      Dunfee, James M
      Ignatius Press — 190 Pages
      ISBN: 158617570X
    • The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No. 2)
      Kelley, Fr. Bennet
      Catholic Book Publishing Corp — 264 Pages
      ISBN: 089942242X
    • Students read "The Case for Christianity" which is the first two parts of "Mere Christianity"
    • Mere Christianity
      Lewis, C.S.
      HarperCollins — 227 Pages
      ISBN: 0060652926
Science
  • Essential 2
    • Concepts and Challenges in Science Book 3/8th Grade Science Teacher's Manual
      Hayden, Margaret & Berquist, Michaela
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 91 Pages
    • Eighth Grade Science
      Winkler, Bernstein, Schachter, & Wolfe
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 266 Pages
Social Studies
  • Essential 5
    • Historical Atlas of the World
      McNally, Rand
      Rand McNally & Co. — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0528014471
    • The Old World and America
      Furlong, Fr. Philip
      Tan Books — 384 Pages
      ISBN: 0895552027
    • The Old World and America Answer Key
      Furlong, Fr. Philip
      Tan Books — 94 Pages
      ISBN: 0895556200
    • The Story of the Church
      Johnson, Hannan, Sr. M. Dominica
      TAN Books — 521 Pages
      ISBN: 089555156X
    • The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
      Hogan & Wiggers
      GeoCreations, Ltd. — 353 Pages
      ISBN: 0966372204
  • Supplemental - Required 13
    • Adam of the Road
      Gray, Elizabeth
      Live Oak Media
      ISBN: 0670104388
    • Augustine Came to Kent
      Willard, Barbara
      Bethlehem Books — 179 Pages
      ISBN: 1883937213
    • Castle
      Macauley, David
      Graphia — 80 Pages
      ISBN: 0395329205
    • Cathedral
      Macauley, David
      Sandpiper
      ISBN: 0395316685
    • Cathedral Stained Glass Coloring Book
      SIbbet Jr., Ed
      Dover Publications — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 0486240274
    • Design Your Own Coat of Arms: An Introduction to Heraldry
      Chorzempa, Rosemary A.
      Dover Publications
      ISBN: 048624993X
    • Fingal's Quest
      Polland, Madeleine A.
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 144 Pages
    • Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi
      Homan, Helen Walker
      Ignatius Press — 187 Pages
      ISBN: 0898705177
    • King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
      Green, Roger Lancelyn
      Puffin Books
      ISBN: 0141321016
    • Saint Dominic and the Rosary
      Beebe, Catherine
      Ignatius Press — 161 Pages
      ISBN: 0898705185
    • Son of Charlemagne
      Willard, Barbara
      Bethlehem Books — 208 Pages
      ISBN: 1883937302
    • The Boy Knight of Reims
      Lownsbury, Eloise
      Lepanto Press
    • The Magna Charta
      Daugherty, James
      Beautiful Feet Books — 181 Pages
      ISBN: 0964380358
  • Supplemental - Optional 23
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 1
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 12