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8.A The student will apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, appreciate, and respond to a wide variety of texts. Participate productively in self-directed work teams to create observable products.

  • 8.A.1 The student will expand vocabulary through word study, literature, and class discussion.

  • 8.A.2 The student will identify words rapidly so that attention is directed to the meaning of the text.

    • 8.A.2.1 Read regularly in independent-level materials (texts in which no more than 1 in 20 words is difficult for the reader) fluently and accurately, and with appropriate time, change in voice, and expression.

    • 8.A.2.2 Read regularly in instructional-level materials that are challenging but manageable (text in which no more than approximately 1 in 10 words is difficult for the reader; a "typical" eighth grader reads 150 words per minute).

    • 8.A.2.3 Increase reading speed and comprehension through daily, independent reading.

    • 8.A.2.4 Read silently for increased periods of time.

    • 8.A.2.5 Use punctuation as a cue for pausing and characterization while reading.

  • 8.A.3 The student will interact with the words and concepts in the text to construct an appropriate meaning.

    • 8.A.3.1 Literal Understanding

      • 8.A.3.1.a Apply prereading strategies when reading both fiction and nonfiction that is appropriately designed for grade level.

        • 8.A.3.1.a.1 Determine the purpose for reading such as to be informed, entertained, persuaded, or to understand.

        • 8.A.3.1.a.2 Preview the text and use prior knowledge and experience to make connections to text.

      • 8.A.3.1.b Show understanding by asking questions and supporting answers with literal information from text.

    • 8.A.3.2 Inferences and Interpreting

      • 8.A.3.2.a Make inferences and draw conclusions supported by text evidence and student experiences.

      • 8.A.3.2.b Connect, compare, and contrast ideas, themes, and issues across texts.

    • 8.A.3.3 Summary and Generalization

      • 8.A.3.3.a Determine the main (or major) idea and how those ideas are supported with specific details.

      • 8.A.3.3.b Paraphrase and summarize text to recall, inform, or organize ideas.

    • 8.A.3.4 Analysis and Evaluation

      • 8.A.3.4.a Distinguish between stated fact, reasoned judgment, and opinion in various texts.

      • 8.A.3.4.b Use text's structure or progression of ideas, such as cause and effect or chronology (sequential order).

      • 8.A.3.4.c Compare/contrast to determine similarities and differences in treatment, scope, or organization.

      • 8.A.3.4.d Problem/solution - offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to text.

      • 8.A.3.4.e Analyze character traits, conflicts, motivations, points of view, and changes that occur within the story.

      • 8.A.3.4.f Analyze the structural elements of the plot, subplot, and climax and explain the way in which conflicts are or are not resolved.

    • 8.A.3.5 Monitoring and Correction Strategies

      • 8.A.3.5.a Monitor the understanding of text and use correcting strategies, such as rereading a portion, using reference aids, or searching for content when needed.

      • 8.A.3.5.b Make, confirm, and revise predictions when reading.

      • 8.A.3.5.c Adjust reading rate and determine appropriate strategies to match the purpose, difficulty, and characteristics of the text.

  • 8.A.4 The student will read, construct meaning, and respond to a wide variety of literary forms.

    • 8.A.4.1 The student will demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for various forms of literature.

      • 8.A.4.1.a Analyze the characteristics of genres, including short story, novel, drama, lyric poetry, nonfiction, historical fiction, and informational texts.

      • 8.A.4.1.b Identify and distinguish characteristics of subgenres, including autobiography, biography, fable, folk tale, mystery, myth, limericks, tall tales, and plays.

    • 8.A.4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of literary elements and techniques and how they affect the development of a literary work.

      • 8.A.4.2.a Analyze and explain elements of fiction including plot, conflict, character, mood, setting, theme, point of view, and author's purpose.

      • 8.A.4.2.b Identify and explain various points of view and how they affect a story's interpretation.

    • 8.A.4.3 Identify figurative language and sound devices and analyze how they affect the development of a literary work.

    • 8.A.4.4 The student will read and respond to historically and culturally significant works of literature.

      • 8.A.4.4.a Analyze and evaluate works of literature and the historical context in which they were written.

      • 8.A.4.4.b Analyze and determine distinctive and common characteristics of literature from various cultures to broaden cultural awareness.

      • 8.A.4.4.c Compare similar characters, settings, and themes from varied literary traditions that cross cultures.

  • 8.A.5 The student will conduct research and organize information.

    • 8.A.5.1 Select the best source for a given purpose, locate information relevant to research questioning.

      • 8.A.5.1.a Access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources, including electronic text, experts, and prime resources, to locate information relevant to research questioning.

      • 8.A.5.1.b Use text organizers, including headings, graphic features (e.g., boldface, italic type), and tables of contents, to locate and organize information.

      • 8.A.5.1.c Use organizational strategies to learn and recall important ideas from texts, such as preview, questions, reread, and record, as an aid to comprehend increasingly difficult content material.

      • 8.A.5.1.d Note instances of persuasion, propaganda, and faulty reasoning in text.

    • 8.A.5.2 Analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

      • 8.A.5.2.a Record, organize, and display relevant information from multiple sources in systematic ways (e.g., outlines, timelines, graphic organizers, or note cards).

      • 8.A.5.2.b Analyze and paraphrase or summarize information from a variety of sources into a research paper.

      • 8.A.5.2.c Identify and credit the sources used to gain information (e.g., bibliographies, footnotes, appendix).

      • 8.A.5.2.d Identify and apply test-taking strategies by answering different types and levels of questions, such as open-ended, literal, and interpretive as well as test-like questions, such as multiple choice, true/false, and short answer.

      • 8.A.5.2.e Interpret and use graphic sources of information such as maps, graphs, timelines, or tables to address research questions.