Reading Literature

  • Cite textual evidence that supports an analysis of the text.

  • Determine a theme or central idea of the text and analyze its development throughout the text.

  • Analyze how certain dialogue or incidents in a story or drama influence that story.

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text and analyze the impact of rhymes and other repititions of sound.

  • Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structures of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

  • Analyze how differences in points of view of the characters and the audience/reader creates such effects as suspense or humor.

  • Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful or departs from the text or script and evaluate those decisions.

  • Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or characters from muths, traditional stories, or religious works.

  • Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems of appropriate complexity

Reading Informational Text

  • Citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn.

  • Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its relationship to supporting ideas.

  • Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in deeloping and refining a key concept.

  • Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present a particular topic or idea.

  • Delineate and evaluate the argument and claims in a text, assessing the reasoning and evidence; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

  • Analyze a case in which multiple texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on facts or interpetation.

  • Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high ends of the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationship between information and ideas efficiently

  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for exploration.

  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

  • Draw evidence from literaru or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

  • Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline-specifics tasks, purposes, and audiences

Speaking and Listening

  • Engage effectively in a range of group discussions with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats and evaluate the motives behind its presentation.

  • Delieate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the reasoning and relevance and evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

  • Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound reasoning, details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronuciation.

  • Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Language Standards

  • Demonstrate command fo English grammar and usage.

  • Demonstrate command of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

  • Clarify the meaning of unkown multiple-meaning words and phrases at an 8th grade level.

  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  • Acquire and use grade-appropriate academic and domain-specific words and phrases.

  • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

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