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 The Gray Book - Eighth Grade Skills

Teacher Book - $27.00*
ISBN: 978-1-880892-88-6
Student Activity Book - $22.00*
ISBN: 978-1-880892-47-3
*Publisher’s Suggested
Retail Price

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Click here for a sample lesson from The Gray Teacher and Student Books.

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Click here for a bibliography of literature used in The Gray Book.


  • 36 weekly lessons divided into daily plans.
  • 4 Book Studies (listed in the order they appear):
    • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
    • A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
    • Eric Liddell by Catherine Swift
    • God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  • Integrated language arts lessons including: grammar, spelling, higher order thinking, and study skills.
  • Spelling lists each week from the most Commonly Misspelled Words.
  • Vocabulary Building exercises bring meaning to vocabulary in context making it useful in everyday language. Continued study of suffixes, prefixes, and root words prepares students for college testing.
  • PLUS, a five week Writing Unit!
  • Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed!
  • The Skills Index provides an easy skill reference.
  • Reviews Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers to evaluate student's progress.
  • Primarily based on dictation, your student will learn all the components of language arts in one easy to use book.
  • Encouraging a love for classical literature, through dictation students learn punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, grammar, creative writing, and more.

Each week ten words from the most Commonly Misspelled Word List are used for testing. The Vocabulary Building exercises bring meaning to vocabulary in context making it useful in everyday language. A five week Writing Unit prepares students for high school writing and research as well as continued study in prefixes, suffixes, and roots words. Four Book Studies are designed to expand understanding through various activities involving reading and writing skills. Reviews after most lessons and Assessments are provided for teachers' use for student evaluation.

Student Activity Book
Publisher’s Suggested Retail Price - $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-880892-47-3

The Gray Student Activity Book is the perfect companion for the Gray Teacher Book! Everything in one book: student instruction, a place for writing, and a tool for easy record keeping. Allows for more independent work, a BONUS for teachers. The Gray SAB provides Enrichment Activities such as word puzzles, analogies, logic/reasoning activities and more found ONLY in the SAB. (Answers are found in The Teacher Book.) Please note: The Student Activity Book cannot be used independently.

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Click below for a full product description and explanation of each book.

The Blue Book
1st Grade Skills
The Red Book
2nd Grade Skills
The Yellow Book
3rd Grade Skills
The Orange Book
4th Grade Skills
The Purple Book
5th Grade Skills
The Tan Book
6th Grade Skills
The Green Book
7th Grade Skills
The Gray Book
8th Grade Skills
The Gold Book - American Literature
High School Skills


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