Grade 8


Hampton School District
English Competencies and Standards for Grade 8 in 2017-2018

▪ Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths,
traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
▪ Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through
the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
▪ Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a
character, or provoke a decision.
▪ Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text
or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
▪ Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
▪ Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text.
▪ Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text
contributes to its meaning and style.
▪ Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its
relationship to the characters, setting, and plot.
▪ Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a literary text, including figurative and
connotative meanings.
▪ Provide an objective summary of a text.
▪ Read and comprehend literature, including stories, plays, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band.

▪ Analyze a case in which two or more informational texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and
identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.
▪ Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through
comparisons, analogies, or categories).
▪ Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in
developing and refining a key concept.
▪ Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
▪ By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity
band independently and proficiently.
▪ Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text.
▪ Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in an informational text, assessing whether the reasoning
is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient.
▪ Determine a central idea of an informational text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including
its relationship to supporting ideas.
▪ Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds
to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
▪ Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and
technical meanings
▪ Provide an objective summary of an informational text.

▪ Assess the credibility and accuracy of each source.
▪ Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several
▪ Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information
and examples.
▪ Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
▪ Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 through grade 8.
▪ Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or
characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
▪ Establish and maintain a formal style.
▪ Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively.
▪ Include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding
▪ Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader
▪ Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the
reasons and evidence logically.
▪ Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task,
purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3.)
▪ Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
▪ Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
▪ Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
▪ Quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format
for citation.
▪ Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating
an understanding of the topic or text.
▪ Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from one time frame or
setting to another, and show the relationships among experiences and events.
▪ Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
▪ Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events,
and/or characters.
▪ Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
▪ Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey
experiences and events.
▪ Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between
information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
▪ Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims,
reasons, and evidence.
▪ While researching, generate additional related, focused questions to allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
▪ With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning,
revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been
▪ Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
▪ Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the
selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
▪ Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive
details, and well-structured event sequences.
▪ Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a
single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

▪ 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.
▪ Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and
digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or part of speech.
▪ Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when
▪ Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
▪ Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
▪ 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.
▪ Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded,
willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
▪ Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.
▪ Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.
▪ Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
▪ Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.
▪ Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
▪ Spell correctly.
▪ Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.
▪ Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede,
recede, secede).
▪ Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a
clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
▪ Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
▪ Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.
▪ Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
▪ Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects
(e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact).
▪ Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in
context or in a dictionary).

▪ Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light
of the evidence presented.
▪ Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or
appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3.)
▪ Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally)
and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
▪ Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study.
▪ Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and
sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
▪ Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse
partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
▪ Explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas
under discussion.
▪ Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and
define individual roles as needed.
▪ Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence,
and add interest.
▪ Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others'' questions and comments with
relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
▪ Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence,
sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details.
▪ Use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Hampton School District

English Competencies and Standards for Grade 8 in 2017-2018
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