In grade 8, the North Dakota State Standards call for students to proficiently read grade-appropriate complex informational texts while further developing the ability to cite textual evidence to support their conclusions regarding key ideas and claims. While learning about an author’s point of view, students also examine how authors use reasons to make their points and support arguments with evidence, separating unsupported assertions from those backed by evidence. Students also look at how structure and content contribute to the development of ideas.
Reading informative texts has not lessened the focus on reading literature in the English classroom; instead, this reading strand is to be viewed as a shared responsibility with other content areas such as science and social studies. Focusing on how authors make their points and support their arguments with evidence and reasoning helps eighth grade students sharpen their ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence in all content arenas.
Calculation Method for Strands
Strands are larger groups of related standards. The Strand Grade is a calculation of all the related standards. Click on the standard name below each strand to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each strand's related standards.