Eighth Grade Language Arts Targets with Quarterly Indicators
+ Analyze/Evaluate inferences and extend ideas to interpret author’s purpose, point of view, meaning of context clues, and be able to defend conclusions about grade level texts: Events, Characters, Setting, Themes.
+ Determine and explain an author’s point of view, and/or purpose in grade level text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints: Main idea, Theme, Bias, Underlying message, Character development/perspective, Style .
+ Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including prefixes, suffixes, and word roots and figurative, connotative, and technical meanings: Dialect, Slang, Jargon
+ Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
+ Create a five-paragraph essay that includes evidence-based arguments that support claims. Essay components: Thesis statement, Proper sequencing of ideas/Transitions, Types of persuasive paragraphs:, Cause and effect, (Compare and contrast).