Arizona Common Core Standards for Eighth Grade English Language Arts

Adding New Words to Our Language
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Capitalization
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Compound and Complex Sentences
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Descriptive Text
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Library Skills
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Modifiers-Adverbs
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Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
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Punctuation
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Reading and the Internet
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Reading Rate
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Sentences
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Text Features
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Titles and Authors
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Usage
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Writing a Research Report
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AZ.CC.8.L. 2010 Language Standards 6-12

Conventions of Standard English

8.L.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
8.L.1.a. Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.
Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles
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8.L.1.b. Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.
Parts of Speech
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Verbs
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Regular and Irregular Verbs
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8.L.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
8.L.2.c. Spell correctly.
Spelling
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Spelling
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Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

8.L.4. 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.
8.L.4.a. 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.
Vocabulary
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8.L.4.b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
Structural Analysis
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Reading-Structural Analysis
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8.L.4.c. 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 its part of speech.
Dictionary Skills
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Using References
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8.L.4.d. 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).
Dictionary Skills
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Vocabulary
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Using References
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8.L.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
8.L.5.b. Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
Figurative Language
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8.L.5.c. Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
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AZ.CC.8.RI. 2010 Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12

Craft and Structure

8.RI.6. 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.
Author's Purpose
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Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

8.RI.8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Expository Text
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Persuasive Text
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8.RI.9. Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.
Thinking Skills
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Key Ideas and Details

8.RI.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Expository Text
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Thinking Skills
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8.RI.2. Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Expository Text
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8.RI.3. Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Figurative Language
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Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

8.RI.10. 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.
AZ.8.RI.10.a. By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational and functional text, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Reading Process
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AZ.CC.8.RL. 2010 Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

Craft and Structure

8.RL.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Figurative Language
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Narrative Text
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Vocabulary
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Reading-Figurative Language
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Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

8.RL.9. 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.
Narrative Text
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Thinking Skills
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Key Ideas and Details

8.RL.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Thinking Skills
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8.RL.2. 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; provide an objective summary of the text.
Narrative Text
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8.RL.3. 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.
Narrative Text
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Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

8.RL.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Reading Process
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Reading-Drama
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Thinking Skills
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AZ.CC.8.SL. 2010 Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

Comprehension and Collaboration

8.SL.1. 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.
8.SL.1.a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Conducting Interviews and Discussions
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8.SL.1.b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Conducting Interviews and Discussions
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8.SL.1.c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Conducting Interviews and Discussions
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8.SL.1.d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Conducting Interviews and Discussions
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8.SL.2. 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. (partial alignment: does not analyze, does not address diverse media or evaluating motives)
Listening and Viewing
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Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

8.SL.4. 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.
Speaking
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8.SL.6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Speaking
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AZ.CC.8.W. 2010 Writing Standards 6-12

Production and Distribution of Writing

8.W.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
AZ.8.W.4.a. Produce clear and coherent functional writing (e.g., formal letters, experiments, notes/messages, labels, timelines, graphs/tables, procedures, charts, envelopes, maps, captions, diagrams) in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Letter Writing
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Process Writing
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Range of Writing

8.W.10. 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.
Process Writing
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Research to Build and Present Knowledge

8.W.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Thinking Skills
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8.W.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
8.W.9.a. Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., ''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'').
Narrative Text
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Thinking Skills
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8.W.9.b. Apply grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., ''Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced'').
Persuasive Text
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