Middle School Reading Lesson - 8th Grade

Here's a reading list for an 8th grade level survey of world history. Books are listed roughly according to historical period, from ancient to modern. This is merely the reading book list - many more details on an entire 8th grade curriculum related to these books can be found here.

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Consequences of Ideas by R. C. Sproul
Overview of philosophy from pre-Socratic Greeks through 20th century. Layman's explanation of enlightenment, existentialism, nihilism, etc. Perfect for high school students.

Confessions by St. Augustine
St Augustine's autobiographical reflections on philosophy, theology, history, and humanity. Near the top of EveryGoodBook's all time Top-10 list.

Talisman by Sir Walter Scott
"Of late, they have been chiefly restricted to the cure of persons bitten by mad dogs; and as the illness in such cases frequently arises...

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Published in 1819, this classic historical romance unfolds in a 12th-century kingdom torn asunder by the hatred between Saxons and Normans....

Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton
An Epic poem depicting the bravery and wisdom of King Alfred as he and the British warriors fight the dreaded Norsemen. Simply beautiful to read and fires the imagination as only Chesterton can.

Proslogium by Anselm
Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) was one of the originators of medievil scholastic philosophy. This collection of his best-known...

By Pike and Dyke by G. A. Henty
In this story Mr. Henty traces the adventures and brave deeds of an English boy in the household of the ablest man of his age --- William...

Glory and Honor by Gregory Wilbur
Biography of J.S. Bach, one of the most important musicians of all time. Readable by middle-schoolers up to adults.

Friends though Divided by G. A. Henty
Fast-paced tale set in the English Civil War of the 1640's

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery...