GRADE EIGHT ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND LITERACY - COMMON CORE STANDARDS
In Grade Eight, students will read major works of fiction and nonfiction from all over the world and from different time periods. They will continue to learn how to understand what they read and evaluate an author’s assumptions and claims. They will also conduct research that will require the analysis of resources and accurate interpretation of literary and informational text. Activities in these areas will include:
- Identifying what a reading selection explicitly says and drawing inferences based on evidence from the text
- Analyzing the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
- Evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient
- Connecting information and ideas efficiently and effectively in writing
- Analyzing the purpose of information presented in diverse media formats, such as video clips
- Participating in class discussions on various topics, texts, and issues by expressing ideas and building on the ideas of others
- Developing a large vocabulary of multi-use academic words and phrases
- Interpreting figures of speech, such as puns or verbal irony, in context
In Grade Eight, students will read a wide range of literature, including stories, plays, and poems. Additionally, they will read to learn information about a variety of non-fiction topics.
Writing tasks in Grade Eight may include stories, essays, reports, and argumentative papers. Please review the chart below to view a few examples of how your child will develop important writing skills across grade levels.
This overview for English Language Arts, provided by the Council of the Great City Schools, reflects how the Common Core State Standards have guided our development of a rich and comprehensive curriculum for our students.