8th Grade Level Expectations
    Standard 1:
    Students read and understand a variety of materials.
    Eighth grade students will:
    1.1 use a full range of strategies to comprehend technical writing, newspapers, magazines,
    poetry, short stories, plays, and novels;
    1.2 paraphrase, summarize, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of text and
    1.3 identify main idea and supporting details in a variety of text and genres;
    1.4 infer and predict using information in a variety of text and genres;
    1.5 monitor own comprehension and make modifications when understanding breaks down
    by reading a portion, using reference aids, and searching for clues;
    1.6 confirm meaning of figurative, idiomatic, and technological language using context
    1.7 use background knowledge of subject and text structure to make complex predictions
    of content and purpose of text;
    1.8 use text structure, such as cause and effect, to locate and recall information;
    1.9 establish and adjust purposes for reading, such as reading to find out, to understand, to
    interpret, to enjoy, and to solve problems;
    1.10 apply knowledge of letter-sound correspondence, language structures, and context to
    recognize words;
    1.11 locate meanings, pronunciations, and derivations of unfamiliar words using
    dictionaries, glossaries, and other sources.
    Standard 2:
    Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences
    Eighth grade students will:
    2.1 write stories, letters, and reports with greater detail and supporting material;
    2.2 choose vocabulary and figures of speech that communicate clearly;
    2.3 draft, revise, edit, and proofread for a legible final copy;
    2.4 apply skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and explanation to their writing and
    2.5 incorporate source materials intro their speaking and writing (for example,
    interviews, news articles, encyclopedia information);
    2.6 write and speak in the content areas (for example, science, geography, history,
    literature), using the technical vocabulary of the subject accurately;
    2.7 recognize stylistic elements such as voice, tone, and style.
    Standard 3:
    Students write and speak using conventional grammar, usage, sentence
    structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
    Eighth grade students will:
    3.1 identify the parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives,
    conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections;
    3.2 use correct pronoun case, regular and irregular noun and verb forms, and
    subject-verb agreement involving comparisons in writing and speaking;
    3.3 use modifiers, homonyms, and homophones in writing and speaking;
    3.4 use simple, compound, complex, and compound/complex sentences in writing and
    3.5 punctuate and capitalize titles and direct quotation;
    3.6 use possessives and correct paragraphing in writing;
    3.7 use prefixes, root words, and suffixes correctly in writing and speaking;
    3.8 expand spelling skills to include more complex words;
    3.9 demonstrate use of conventional spelling in their published works;
    3.10 use resources such as spell checkers, dictionaries, and charts to monitor their
    spelling and accuracy.
    Standard 4:
    Students apply thinking skills to their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.
    Eighth grade students will:
    4.1 recognize an author's or speaker's point of view and purpose, separating fact from
    4.2 use reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills to solve problems and
    answer questions;
    4.3 make predictions, draw conclusions, and analyze what they read, hear, and view;
    4.4 recognize, express, and defend a point of view orally in an articulate manner and in
    4.5 determine literary quality based on elements such as the author's use of vocabulary,
    character development, plot development, description of setting, and realism or
    Standard 5:
    Students read to locate, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources.
    Eighth grade students will:
    5.1 use organizational features of printed text such as prefaces, afterwards, and appendices;
    5.2 use organizational features of electronic information (for example, microfiche headings
    and numbering, headings for accessing nested information in hypertext media), and
    library and interlibrary catalog databases;
    5.3 locate and select relevant information;
    5.4 use available technology to research and produce an end-product that is accurately
    5.5 give credit for borrowed information in a bibliography.
    Standard 6:
    Students read and recognize literature as a record of human experience.
    Eighth grade students will:
    6.1 read, respond to, and discuss a variety of novels, poetry, short stories, non-fiction,
    content-area and technical material, and plays;
    6.2 read, respond to, and discuss literature that represents points of view from places,
    people, and events that are familiar and unfamiliar;
    6.3 use literature terminology accurately, including setting, character, conflict, plot,
    resolution, dialect, and point of view;
    6.4 apply knowledge of literary techniques, including foreshadowing, metaphor, simile
    personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and flashback, to understand text;
    6.5 use new vocabulary from literature in other context.