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8.1 The student will demonstrate an ability to understand and analyze a variety of written texts across reading genres.

8.2 The student will demonstrate an ability to understand and analyze literary texts.

  • 8.2.3 Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.

    • 8.2.3.C explain how the values and beliefs of particular characters are affected by the historical and cultural setting of the literary work.

  • 8.2.4 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

    • 8.2.4.A compare and contrast the relationship between the purpose and characteristics of different poetic forms (e.g., epic poetry, lyric poetry).

  • 8.2.5 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of drama and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

    • 8.2.5.A analyze how different playwrights characterize their protagonists and antagonists through the dialogue and staging of their plays.

  • 8.2.6 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

  • 8.2.7 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural patterns and features of literary nonfiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

    • 8.2.7.A analyze passages in well-known speeches for the author's use of literary devices and word and phrase choice (e.g., aphorisms, epigraphs) to appeal to the audience.

  • 8.2.8 Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author's sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

  • 8.2.13 Students use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts.

    • 8.2.13.A evaluate the role of media in focusing attention on events and informing opinion on issues;

    • 8.2.13.C evaluate various techniques used to create a point of view in media and the impact on audience.

  • 8.2.Figure 19 Students use a flexible range of metacognitive reading skills in both assigned and independent reading to understand an author's message. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts as they become self-directed, critical readers.

8.3 The student will demonstrate an ability to understand and analyze informational texts.