Grade 8 Version: CPS05-06


 
Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Language Arts

Strand: Reading and Literature


 
ELA8R1 Comprehension/Literary Text
The student demonstrates comprehension and shows evidence of a warranted and responsible explanation of a variety of literary and informational texts. For literary texts, the student identifies the characteristics of various genres and produces evidence of reading that:
Element: ELA8R1.a
Literary Text: Identifies the difference between the concepts of theme in a literary work and author's purpose in an expository text.
31 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.b
Literary Text: Compares and contrasts genre characteristics from two or more selections of literature.
Element: ELA8R1.c
Literary Text: Analyzes a character's traits, emotions, or motivations and gives supporting evidence from the text(s).
47 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.d
Literary Text: Compares and contrasts motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations or conflicts.
364 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.e
Literary Text: Evaluates recurring or similar themes across a variety of selections, distinguishing theme from topic.
30 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.f
Literary Text: Evaluates the structural elements of the plot (e.g., subplots, parallel episodes, climax), the plots development, and the way in which conflicts are (or are not) addressed and resolved.
22 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.g
Literary Text: Analyzes and evaluates the effects of sound, form, figurative language, and graphics in order to uncover meaning in literature. i. Sound (e.g., alliteration, onomatopoeia, internal rhyme, rhyme scheme, meter) ii.Figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, imagery).
3 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.h
Literary Text: Analyzes and evaluates how an author's use of words creates tone and mood and provides supporting details from text.
 

 
Comprehension: Informational Text
The student demonstrates comprehension and shows evidence of a warranted and responsible explanation of a variety of literary and informational texts. The texts are of the quality and complexity illustrated by the Grade Eight reading list. For informational texts, the student reads and comprehends in order to develop understanding and expertise and produces evidence of reading that:
Element: ELA8R1.a
Informational Text: Analyzes and evaluates common textual features (e.g., paragraphs, topic sentences, concluding sentences, introduction, conclusion, footnotes, index, bibliography).
31 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.b
Informational Text: Applies, analyzes, and evaluates common organizational structures (e.g., graphic organizers, logical order, cause and effect relationships, comparison and contrast).
Element: ELA8R1.c
Informational Text: Recognizes and traces the development of an author's argument, point of view, or perspective in text.
Element: ELA8R1.d
Informational Text: Understands and explains the use of a complex mechanical device by following technical directions.
364 Resources
Element: ELA8R1.e
Informational Text: Use information from a variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents (e.g., job applications) to explain a situation or decision and to solve a problem.
30 Resources
 

 
ELA8R2 Vocabulary
The student understands and acquires new vocabulary and uses it correctly in reading and writing; the student
Element: ELA8R2.a
Determines pronunciation, meanings, alternate words choices, parts of speech, or etymologies of words.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8R2.b
Determines the meaning of unfamiliar words in content and context specific reading and writing.
1 Resources
Element: ELA8R2.c
Demonstrates an initial understanding of the history of the English language.
11 Resources
 

 
ELA8R3 Fluency
The student reads aloud, accurately (in the range of 95%), familiar material in a variety of genres of the quality and complexity illustrated in the sample reading list, in a way that makes meaning clear to listeners, by
Element: ELA8R3.a
Using letter-sound knowledge to decode written English and using a range of cueing systems (e.g., phonics and context clues) to determine pronunciation and meaning.
Element: ELA8R3.b
Using self-correction when subsequent reading indicates an earlier miscue (self-montoring and self-correcting strategies).
Element: ELA8R3.c
Reading with a rhythm, flow, and meter that sounds like everyday speech (prosody).
 

 
ELA8R4
The student acquires knowledge of Georgia authors and significant text created by them. The student:
Element: ELA8R4.a
Identifies a variety of Georgia authors both male and female.
897 Resources
Element: ELA8R4.b
Identifies authors' connections to Georgia through a variety of materials including electronic media.
897 Resources
Element: ELA8R4.c
Identifies award winning Georgia authors.
897 Resources
Element: ELA8R4.d
Examines texts from different genres (e.g. picture books, poetry, short stories, novels, essays, informational writing, and dramatic literature) created by Georgia authors.
Element: ELA8R4.e
Relates literary works created by Georgia authors to historical settings and or events.
327 Resources
Element: ELA8R4.f
Explains how Georgia is reflected in a literary work through setting, characterization, historical context, or current events.
366 Resources
Element: ELA8R4.g
Evaluates recurring or similar themes across a variety of selection written by Georgia authors, distinguishing theme from topic.
30 Resources
 

Strand: Reading Across the Curriculum


 
ELA8RC1 1,000,000 Words
The student reads a minimum of 25 grade-level appropriate books for book equivalents (approximately 1,000,000 words) per year from a variety of subject disciplines. The student reads both informational and fictional texts in a variety of genres and modes of discourse, including technical texts related to various subject areas.
 

 
ELA8RC2 Discussion
The student participates in discussions related to curricular learning in all subject areas; the student
Element: ELA8RC2.a
Identifies messages and themes from books in all subject areas.
30 Resources
Element: ELA8RC2.b
Responds to a variety of texts in multiple modes of discourse.
1 Resources
Element: ELA8RC2.c
Relates messages and themes from one subject area to those in another area.
30 Resources
Element: ELA8RC2.d
Evaluates the merits of texts in every subject discipline.
5 Resources
Element: ELA8RC2.e
Examines the author's purpose in writing.
Element: ELA8RC2.f
Recognizes and uses the features of disciplinary texts (e.g., charts, graphs, photos, maps, highlighted vocabulary).
1 Resources
 

 
ELA8RC3 Vocab in Content Areas
The student acquires new vocabulary in each content area and uses it correctly; the student
Element: ELA8RC3.a
Demonstrates an understanding of contextual vocabulary in various subjects.
Element: ELA8RC3.b
Uses content vocabulary in writing and speaking.
Element: ELA8RC3.c
Explores understanding of new words found in subject area texts.
 

 
ELA8RC4 Context
The student establishes a context for information acquired by reading across subject areas; the student
Element: ELA8RC4.a
Explores life experiences related to subject area content.
9026 Resources
Element: ELA8RC4.b
Discusses in both writing and speaking how certain words and concepts relate to multiple subjects.
Element: ELA8RC4.c
Determines strategies for finding content and contextual meaning for unfamiliar words or concepts.
2 Resources
 

Strand: Writing


 
ELA8W1 Writing Organization
The student produces writing that establishes an appropriate organizational structure, sets a context and engages the reader, maintains a coherent focus throughout, and signals a satisfying closure; the student
Element: ELA8W1.a
Selects a focus, organizational structure, and a point of view based on purpose, genre expectations, audience, length, and format requirements.
12 Resources
Element: ELA8W1.b
Writes texts of a length appropriate to address the topic or tell the story.
16 Resources
Element: ELA8W1.c
Uses traditional structures for conveying information (e.g., chronological order, cause and effect, similarity and difference, and posing and answering a question).
1 Resources
Element: ELA8W1.d
Uses appropriate structures to ensure coherence (e.g., transition elements, parallel structure).
1 Resources
Element: ELA8W1.e
Supports statements and claims with anecdotes, description facts and statistics, and specific examples.
1 Resources
 

 
ELA8W2 Writing Genres: Narrative
The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres: Narrative (fictional, personal, experimental)
Element: ELA8W2.a
Narrative Writing: Engages readers by establishing and developing a plot, setting, and point of view that are appropriate to the story (e.g., varied beginnings, standard plot line, cohesive devices, and a sharpened focus).
3 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.b
Narrative Writing: Creates an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context.
Element: ELA8W2.c
Narrative Writing: Relates a clear, coherent incident, event, or situation by using well-chosen details.
Element: ELA8W2.d
Narrative Writing: Reveals the significance of the writer's attitude about the subject.
Element: ELA8W2.e
Narrative Writing: Develops complex major and minor characters using standard methods of characterization.
24 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.f
Narrative Writing: Includes sensory details and concrete language to develop plot, setting, and character (e.g., vivid verbs, descriptive adjectives, varied sentence structures, and specific narrative action).
Element: ELA8W2.g
Narrative Writing: Excludes extraneous and inappropriate information.
Element: ELA8W2.h
Narrative Writing: Uses a range of strategies (e.g., suspense, figurative language, dialogue, expanded vocabulary, flashback, movement, gestures and expressions, foreshadowing, tone, and mood).
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.i
Narrative Writing: Provides a sense of closure appropriate to the writing.
 

 
Writing Genres: Expository
The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres: Expository(multi-paragraph expository composition such as description, explanation, comparison and contrast, or problem and solution)
Element: ELA8W2.a
Expository Writing: Engages the reader by establishing a context, creating a speaker's voice, and otherwise developing reader interest.
Element: ELA8W2.b
Expository Writing: Develops a controlling idea that conveys a perspective on the subject.
Element: ELA8W2.c
Expository Writing: Creates an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context.
Element: ELA8W2.d
Expository Writing: Develops the topic with supporting details.
Element: ELA8W2.e
Expository Writing: Excludes extraneous and inappropriate information.
24 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.f
Expository Writing: Follows an organizational pattern appropriate to the type of composition.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.g
Expository Writing: Concludes with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the composition.
 

 
Writing Genres: Technical Writing
The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres: Technical Writing (business correspondence: letters of application and letters of recommendation, resumes, abstracts, user guides or manuals, web pages)
Element: ELA8W2.a
Technical Writing: Creates or follows an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context.
3 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.b
Technical Writing: Excludes extraneous and inappropriate information.
Element: ELA8W2.c
Technical Writing: Follows an organizational pattern appropriate to the type of composition.
Element: ELA8W2.d
Technical Writing: Applies rules of standard English.
 

 
Writing Genres: Persuasive
The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres. The student produces a multi-paragraph persuasive essay that:
Element: ELA8W2.a
Persuasive Writing: Engages the reader by establishing a context, creating a speaker's voice, and otherwise developing reader interest.
Element: ELA8W2.b
Persuasive Writing: States a clear position or perspective in support of a proposition or proposal.
Element: ELA8W2.c
Persuasive Writing: Creating an organizing structure that is appropriate to the needs, values, and interests of a specified audience, and arranges details, reasons, and examples.
Element: ELA8W2.e
Persuasive Writing: Excludes information and arguments that are irrelevant.
24 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.f
Persuasive Writing: Provides details, reasons, and examples, arranging them effectively by anticipating and answering reader concerns and counter-arguments.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.g
Persuasive Writing: Supports arguments with detailed evidence, citing sources of information as appropriate.
Element: ELA8W2.h
Persuasive Writing: Anticipates and addresses reader concerns and counter-arguments.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.i
Persuasive Writing: Provides a sense of closure to the writing.
Element: ELA8W2.d
Includes appropriate relevant information and arguments
 

 
Writing Genres: Response to Literature
The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres. The student produces a response to literature that:
Element: ELA8W2.a
Response to Literature: Engages the reader by establishing a context, creating a speaker's voice, or otherwise developing reader interest.
Element: ELA8W2.b
Response to Literature: Demonstrates an understanding of the literary work.
Element: ELA8W2.c
Response to Literature: Supports a judgment through references to the text and personal knowledge.
Element: ELA8W2.d
Response to Literature: Justifies interpretations through sustained use of examples and textual evidence from the literary work.
Element: ELA8W2.e
Response to Literature: Supports a judgment through references to the text, references to other works, authors, or non-print media, or references to personal knowledge.
24 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.f
Response to Literature: Produces a judgment that is interpreted, analytic, evaluative, or reflective (orally, graphically, in writing).
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.g
Response to Literature: Anticipates and answers a reader's questions.
Element: ELA8W2.h
Response to Literature: Provides a sense of closure to the writing.
2 Resources
 

 
Writing Genres: Research/Tech Writing
The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres. The student produces a piece of writing drawn from research that:
Element: ELA8W2.a
Research/Tech: Poses relevant and tightly drawn questions about the topic.
3 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.b
Research/Tech: Engages the reader by establishing a context.
Element: ELA8W2.c
Research/Tech: Conveys clear and accurate perspectives on the subject.
Element: ELA8W2.d
Research/Tech: States a thesis.
Element: ELA8W2.e
Research/Tech: Records important ideas, concepts, and direct quotations from significant information sources and paraphrases and summarizes all perspectives on the topic, as appropriate.
24 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.f
Research/Tech: Uses a variety of primary and secondary sources and distinguishes the nature and value of each.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.g
Research/Tech: Organizes and displays information on charts, maps, and graphs.
Element: ELA8W2.h
Research/Tech: Provides a sense of closure to the writing.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8W2.i
Research/Tech: Documents resources (bibliography, footnotes, endnotes, etc.).
 

 
ELA8W3
The student uses research and technology to support writing; the student
Element: ELA8W3.a
Plans and conducts multi-step information searches by using computer networks and modems.
57 Resources
Element: ELA8W3.b
Achieves an effective balance between researched information and original ideas.
Element: ELA8W3.c
Avoids plagiarism.
1 Resources
 

 
T.ELA8W3.21
The student selects and uses a variety of technology tools to locate, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and/or apply information to accomplish a content specific task.
 

 
ELA8W4
The student consistently uses the writing process to develop, revise, and evaluate writing. The student
Element: ELA8W4.a
Plans and drafts independently and resourcefully.
Element: ELA8W4.b
Revises writing for appropriate organization; consistent point-of-view; and transitions between paragraphs, passages, and ideas.
Element: ELA8W4.c
Edits writing to improve word choice, grammar, puctuation, etc.
 

 
T.ELA8W4.6
The student uses brainstorming/webbing software in planning, organizing, and prewriting.
 

 
T.ELA8W4.7
The student uses a word processing application to create and edit a document that contains text (words, phrases, and sentences) and images. (Examples might include journals, reports, cards, calendars, flyers, etc)
 

Strand: Conventions


 
ELA8C1 Standard English Usage
The student demonstrates understanding and control of the rules of the English language, realizing that usage involves the appropriate application of conventions and grammar in both written and spoken formats: the student
Element: ELA8C1a
Declines pronouns by gender and case and demonstrates correct usage in sentences.
Element: ELA8C1.b
Analyzes and uses simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences correctly, puncutates properly, and avoids fragments and run-ons.
3 Resources
Element: ELA8C1.c
Revises sentences by correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.
Element: ELA8C1.d
Revises sentences by correcting errors in usage.
Element: ELA8C1.e
Demonstrates appropriate comma and semi-colon usage (compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences, split-dialogue, and for clarity).
3 Resources
Element: ELA8C1.f
Analyzes the structure of a sentence (basic sentence parts, noun-adjective-adverb clauses and phrases).
3 Resources
Element: ELA8C1.g
Produces final drafts/presentations that demonstrate that accurate spelling and the correct use of punctuation and capitalization.
6 Resources
 

Strand: Listening, Speaking and Viewing


 
ELA8LSV1 Verbal Interaction
The student participates in student-to-teacher, student-to-student, and group verbal interactions, in which the student:
Element: ELA8LSV1.a
Initiates new topics in addition to responding to adult-initiated topics.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8LSV1.b
Asks relevant questions.
Element: ELA8LSV1.c
Responds to questions with appropriate information.
Element: ELA8LSV1.d
Confirms understanding by paraphrasing the adults directions or suggestions.
Element: ELA8LSV1.e
Displays appropriate turn-taking behaviors.
2 Resources
Element: ELA8LSV1.f
Actively solicits another person's comments or opinions.
Element: ELA8LSV1.g
Offers own opinion forcefully without being domineering.
Element: ELA8LSV1.h
Responds appropriately to comments and questions.
Element: ELA8LSV1.i
Volunteers contributions and responds when directly solicited by teacher or discussion leader.
Element: ELA8LSV1.j
Gives reasons in support of opinions expressed.
Element: ELA8LSV1.k
Clarifies, illustrates, or expands on a response when asked to do so.
Element: ELA8LSV1.l
Employs a group decision-making techniques such as brainstorming or a problem-solving sequence (e.g., recognizes problem, defines problem, identifies possible solutions, selects optimal solution, implements solution, evaluates solution).
Element: ELA8LSV1.m
Develops a plan of action or agenda for written and / or verbal follow-up.
 

 
ELA8LSV2 Analyze Messages
The student listens to and views various forms of text and media in order to gather and share information, persuade others, and express and understand ideas. The student will select and critically analyze messages using rubrics as assessment tools. When responding to visual and oral texts and media (e.g., televsion, radio, film productions, and electronic media), the student:
Element: ELA8LSV2.a
Interprets and evaluates the various ways in which visual image makers (e.g., graphic artists, illustrators, news photographers) communicate information and affect impressions and opinions.
Element: ELA8LSV2.b
Analyzes oral communication by paraphrasing a speakers purpose and point of view, and asks relevant questions concerning the speaker's content, delivery, and purpose.
 

 
Delivery/Response to presentations
The student listens to and views various forms of text and media in order to gather and share information, persuade others, and express and understand ideas. The student will select and critically analyze messages using rubrics as assessment tools. When delivering and responding to presentations, the student:
Element: ELA8LSV2.a
Gives oral presentations or dramatic interpretations for various purposes.
Element: ELA8LSV2.b
Organizes information (e.g., message, vocabulary) to achieve particular purposes and to appeal to the background and interests of the audience.
Element: ELA8LSV2.c
Shows appropriate changes in delivery (e.g., gestures, expression, tone, pace, visuals).
5 Resources
Element: ELA8LSV2.d
Uses language for dramatic effect.
1 Resources
Element: ELA8LSV2.e
Uses rubrics as assessment tools.
Element: ELA8LSV2.f
Responds to oral communications with questions, challenges, or affirmations.
Element: ELA8LSV2.g
Uses multi-media for presentations.
 

 
T.ELA8LSV2.8
The student plans, creates, and analyzes simple multimedia products collaboratively combining visual elements, sounds, and words to communicate concepts.
 

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