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Eighth Grade Literacy Objectives


Eighth Grade Literacy Curriculum Objectives


Writes with purpose, organization, details  and voice, using technology to collaborate with others, for specific audiences and time frames, in the genres of opinion/argument, informative/ explanatory, and narrative.

1a   Establishes purpose

1b   Organizes ideas using appropriate strategies

1c   Includes adequate and relevant details.  

1d   Draws evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, & research. Argument writing: introduces and supports claims; acknowledges alternate or opposing claims; refutes the counterclaim with evidence.

1e   Uses voice and tone to establish the appropriate style.

1f   Uses all steps of the writing process: plan, draft, revise, proof and publish including the use of technology where appropriate.

     3 examples of various lengths on 3 different topics.

 ●      3 examples of various lengths on the same topic.

1g  Links to and cites sources.


Independently reads routinely over extended time frames.

2a     Reads the equivalent of:  at least 3 different genres and 5 books in one trimester; at least 5 different authors and 5 books in one trimester; at least 2 books by one author, 2 books about one subject, or 2 books in one genre AND 5 books in one trimester.


Reads and comprehends literary and informational text with purpose.

3a  Uses reading process: pre-reading, during reading, post-reading.

3b  Uses comprehension strategies.
●    Text features
●    Identifies important information
●    Asks questions
●    Makes connections
●    Makes predictions
●    Summarizes
●    Cites textual evidence to support analysis
●    Describes and analyzes author’s craft
●    Analyzes the effects of techniques unique to each medium


Understands and uses grade appropriate vocabulary, including general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.

4a  Understands random sampling to uses it to draw inferences about a population (7.SP1; SP.2)
·    Uses strategies to unlock meaning.
●    knowledge of word structure including
●    prefixes
●    suffixes
●    Greek and Latin affixes & roots
●    context clues
●    homonyms
●    synonyms
●    antonyms
●    analogies

4b  Identifies word origins, including words from other languages that have been adopted into our own language (ex.:  deja vu); selects appropriate words or explains the use of words in context.
●    content-specific vocabulary
●    words from the agreed upon vocabulary list
●    words with multiple meanings.



Uses verbal and non-verbal skills to engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

5a  Uses body language and active listening skills to listen and respond appropriately to peers and adults  in large and small group work (ex: class discussions and guest speaker presentations)

5b  Offers unique and relevant comments and/or questions that build on others’ ideas to advance the group understanding of the topic.


Conveys commanding understanding of a topic to a range of audiences using a range of multi-media components.

6a  Uses body language, eye contact, volume, and rate of speech, etc. to effectively convey accurate information, including answering questions accurately, to a small or large audience (ex: presentations, speeches, science fair, etc.)

6b  Uses formal or informal register based on audience and type of  presentation

6c   Includes multi-media components (e.g. graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.


Demonstrates grade level control over conventions, especially formatting, punctuation, capitalization, correct word usage, and spelling.

7a  Punctuates correctly.
  Uses commas (joining independent clauses to create a compound sentence, for items in a list, with appositive phrases, and to introduce a quotation)
    Uses quotations (for dialogue, for notating quotes)

7b  Spells grade level vocabulary correctly.

7c  Controls sentence structure and word choice.

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