BPS District English Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 08


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Eighth GradeTo prepare for bigger challenges in high school, 8th grade students must grapple with major works of fiction and nonfiction that extend across cultures and centuries. As they work diligently to understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying, students also must learn to question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and assess the accuracy of his or her claims. They also must be able to report findings from their own research and analysis of sources in a clear manner.

ELA-08.RL Strand:

[RL] Reading Literature

    • ELA-08.RL.01 Cite strongest evidence to analyze what text says explicitly and infer
    • ELA-08.RL.02 Determine a theme or central idea; provide an objective summary
    • ELA-08.RL.03 analyze how dialogue or events propel action/reveal character/provoke
    • ELA-08.RL.04 Determine meanings in text, including analogies or allusions to other t
    • ELA-08.RL.05 Compare two or more texts; analyze how each text differs in meaning/styl
    • ELA-08.RL.06 analyze how points of view of the characters and reader create suspens
    • ELA-08.RL.07 Analyze how a filmed or live production of a story is faithful to the te
    • ELA-08.RL.08 (Not applicable to literature)
    • ELA-08.RL.09 Analyze how modern fiction uses elements from myths/folklore/religious w
    • ELA-08.RL.10 Read and comprehend literature independently and proficiently

ELA-08.RI Strand:

[RI] Reading Information

    • ELA-08.RI.01 Cite strongest evidence to analyze what text says explicitly and infer
    • ELA-08.RI.02 Determine a central idea of text; provide an objective summary
    • ELA-08.RI.03 Analyze how text makes connections/distinctions among individuals/ideas/
    • ELA-08.RI.04 Determine meanings in text, including analogies or allusions to other
    • ELA-08.RI.05 -analyze the role of sentences in developing a key concept in a paragrap
    • ELA-08.RI.06 Determine author's viewpoint and analyze how the author shows other vi
    • ELA-08.RI.07 Evaluate advantages/disadvantages of different mediums to present an ide
    • ELA-08.RI.08 Evaluate arguments in text; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introd
    • ELA-08.RI.09 Analyze two or more texts with conflicting information
    • ELA-08.RI.10 Read and comprehend literary nonfiction independently and proficiently

ELA-08.W Strand:

[W] Writing

    • ELA-08.W.01 Write arguments with clear reasons and relevant evidence
      • W.01.a Introduce claims, Distinguish from opposing claims, organize logically
      • W.01.b Support claims with reasoning and evidence, using credible sources
      • W.01.c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarity
      • W.01.d Maintain a formal style
      • W.01.e Provide a concluding statement or section
    • ELA-08.W.02 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic
      • W.02.a Introduce a topic; organize ideas/concepts/information
      • W.02.b Develop topic with facts, definitions, details, or other information
      • W.02.c Use transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas
      • W.02.d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary about the topic
      • W.02.e Maintain a formal style
      • W.02.f Provide a concluding statement or section
    • ELA-08.W.03 Write narratives using effective technique/details/well-structured event
      • W.03.a Engage the reader with a context and introducing a narrator/characters
      • W.03.b Use techniques, such as dialogue/pacing/description/reflection
      • W.03.c Use a variety of transitions to convey sequence and shifts in time or setting
      • W.03.d Use precise words, descriptive details, and sensory language
      • W.03.e Provide a conclusion that reflects narrated experiences or events
    • ELA-08.W.04 Produce writing in which the development/organization/style are appropr
    • ELA-08.W.05 Develop writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or a new appr
    • ELA-08.W.06 Use technology to produce and publish writing and collaborate with others
    • ELA-08.W.07 Generate focused questions for multiple avenues of exploration in research
    • ELA-08.W.08 Gather information; avoid plagiarism and cite sources
    • ELA-08.W.09 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts
      • W.09.a Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature
      • W.09.b Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction
    • ELA-08.W.10 Write routinely for a range of discipline-specific tasks/purposes/audience

ELA-08.SL Strand:

[SL] Speaking and Listening

    • ELA-08.SL.01 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
      • SL.01.a Come to discussions prepared
      • SL.01.b Follow discussion rules and track progress toward goals/deadlines/and roles
      • SL.01.c Pose questions and respond questions with evidence, observations, and ideas
      • SL.01.d Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualified
    • ELA-08.SL.02 Analyze information presented in diverse media and evaluate possible mot
    • ELA-08.SL.03 Delineate a speaker's argument; evaluate evidence
    • ELA-08.SL.04 Present findings, emphasizing salient points, evidence, and details
    • ELA-08.SL.05 Integrate multimedia and visuals into presentations
    • ELA-08.SL.06 Adapt speech to a variety of tasks, using formal English when appropriate

ELA-08.L Strand:

[L] Language

    • ELA-08.L.01 Demonstrate command of English grammar when writing or speaking
      • L.01.a Explain the function of verbals and their function in sentences
      • L.01.b Use verbs in active and passive voice
      • L.01.c Use verbs in indicative/imperative/interrogative/conditional/subjunctive moods
      • L.01.d Correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood
    • ELA-08.L.02 Demonstrate capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
      • L.02.a Use punctuation to indicate a pause or break
      • L.02.b Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission
      • L.02.c Spell correctly
    • ELA-08.L.03 Use language conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
      • L.03.a Use verbs in active and passive voice and in conditional and subjunctive moods
    • ELA-08.L.04 Determine meanings of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases
      • L.04.a Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
      • L.04.b Use common Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word
      • L.04.c Use reference materials to find word pronunciation, meaning, and part of speech
      • L.04.d Verify determination of the meaning of a word or phrase
    • ELA-08.L.05 Understand figurative language, word relationships, and nuances
      • L.05.a Interpret figures of speech in context
      • L.05.b Use word relationships to better understand each of the words
      • L.05.c Distinguish among the connotations of words with similar denotations
    • ELA-08.L.06 Use general academic and domain-specific words and phrases

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 8th Grade

  • Citing the evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what is explicitly stated and/or implied from a book, article, poem, or play
  • Analyzing where materials on the same topic disagree on matters of fact, interpretation, or point of view
  • Learning how authors support their ideas through word choice, sentence and paragraph structure, and other methods
  • Building writing around strong central ideas or points of view; supporting the ideas with sound reasoning and evidence, precise word choices, smooth transitions, and different sentence structures
  • Planning and conducting research projects that include several steps and use many credible and documented print and digital sources
  • Analyzing the purpose of information presented in diverse media (e.g., print, TV, web) and evaluating its social, political, or commercial motives
  • Presenting findings and claims to others, emphasizing key points with relevant evidence and sound reasoning, adapting speech to the audience and the formality of the setting, and responding to questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas
  • Using strong, active verbs to create a clear picture for the reader (e.g., walk, skip, meander, lurch, limp)
  • Interpreting figures of speech (e.g., irony, puns) and developing a large vocabulary of general academic words and phrases