Grade 8 ELA
During eighth grade English Language Arts class students will compare different pieces of evidence for the same claim. Decide which piece of evidence is the strongest. Analyze the effect of specific words, sentences, and paragraphs: for example, when a certain phrase reveals how the author or a character really feels. Explain how differences in point of view can make a text funny or suspenseful: for example, when the reader knows something that a character does not know (dramatic irony). Analyze how someone’s motives affect the way they share information. For example, explain how a newspaper or political advertisement uses photos and headlines to influence readers.
By The End of Eighth Grade, Students Can:
- Understand connections between modern texts and traditional ones, like when a short story reminds its readers of (alludes to) an ancient myth.
- Notice when someone includes irrelevant information in their argument—evidence that does not relate to their claim.
- Use words and details carefully to show how they feel about a topic (convey a tone, like happy or disapproving) when writing.
- Use technology to present information and communicate with others.
- For example, use platforms like Google Classroom or Schoology for discussions with teachers and classmates. In class discussions, make contributions and ask questions that connect what several other people have said. Use commas (,), dashes (—) and ellipses (...) to signal a pause: for example, write Yesterday’s basketball game was exciting—especially the end!