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English Language Arts Grade 8

Common Core Standards

English Language Arts: Grade 8

In Grade 8, students support their interpretation of text with cited evidence and analyze the effect of word choice and individual lines on a text overall. They develop cohesive arguments that incorporate claims and counterclaims, citing supporting reasons and evidence. They use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection. In discussion they determine the soundness of a speaker's reasoning and pose questions that connect several ideas.
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8.RL - Reading Literature

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
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8.RL.9
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
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8.RI - Reading Informational

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
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8.RI.8
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
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8.W - Writing

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8.W.1
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
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8.W.1a
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
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8.W.1b
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
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8.W.1c
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
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8.W.1d
Establish and maintain a formal style.
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8.W.1e
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
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8.W.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
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8.W.2a
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
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8.W.2b
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
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8.W.2c
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
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8.W.2d
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
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8.W.2e
Establish and maintain a formal style.
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8.W.2f
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
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8.W.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
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8.W.3a
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
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8.W.3b
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
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8.W.3c
Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
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8.W.3d
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
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8.W.3e
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
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Production and Distribution of Writing
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Research to Build and Present Knowledge
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8.W.7
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
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8.W.8
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.
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Range of Writing
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8.SL - Speaking & Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration
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Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
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8.L - Language

Knowledge of Language
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Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
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8.L.4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
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8.L.4a
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
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8.L.4b
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
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8.L.4c
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
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8.L.4d
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
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8.L.5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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8.L.5a
Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.
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8.L.5b
Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
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8.L.5c
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
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8.L.6
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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8.RH - Reading History/Social Studies

Key Ideas and Details
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8.RST - Reading Science/Technical

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8.WHST - Writing HS/S/T

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Research to Build and Present Knowledge
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