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Eighth Grade Literacy Core Learning Goals

  • Read a variety of texts and novels in genres including: autobiography, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction
  • Comprehend selections using a variety of strategies including: summarizing, paraphrasing, inferencing, making judgments, drawing conclusions, cause and effect, citing evidence to support ideas and opinions, extending ideas found in text, and comparing and contrasting
  • Analyze text to differentiate fact and opinion, author’s purpose, and author’s effectiveness
  • Develop and expand vocabulary and spelling skills through reading, grade appropriate word lists, word study, word relationships, and use of specialized reference materials such as dictionaries and thesauri
  • Analyze and compare literary elements such as character development, plot, type of conflict, theme, imagery, point of view, symbolism, tone, style, mood, flashback, and foreshadowing
  • Apply and analyze the effectiveness of sound techniques (rhyme, meter, alliteration, etc.) and figurative language (personification, simile, metaphor, etc.)
  • Use the writing process to write narrative, informational, and persuasive pieces using the five domains of writing (focus, content, organization, style, and conventions) with an emphasis on persuasive pieces
  • Analyze the effectiveness of oral and written presentations by self and others
  • Use rate, volume, pitch, tone, and body language effectively in spoken messages
  • Study and apply appropriate mechanics, usage, and grammar including parts of speech and sentence structures
  • Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills in a variety of situations such as: informal conversations; formal debates; class discussions; and informative, persuasive, or artistic presentations
  • Select and analyze the effectiveness of appropriate media for research, learning, and presentations
  • Use a variety of print, non-print, and online resources to gather, organize, create, and present research for a variety of purposes
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the process used and product created in presentations, writings, and literature by self and others
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary resources
  • Use appropriate citation and documentation of sources to avoid plagiarism

Ninth Grade