The Common Core in Illinois

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Skills available for Illinois eighth-grade language arts standards

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8.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

8.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

8.L.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

8.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

8.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

8.L.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.