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Minnesota Standards for Eighth Grade English Language Arts

MN.8.11. Language Benchmarks 6-12

Conventions of Standard English

8.11.1.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
8.11.1.1.a. Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.
8.11.1.1.b. Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.
8.11.2.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
8.11.2.2.a. Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.
8.11.2.2.c. Spell correctly.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

8.11.4.4. 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.
8.11.4.4.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.
8.11.4.4.b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
8.11.4.4.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.
8.11.4.4.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).
8.11.5.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings to extend word consciousness.
8.11.5.5.b. Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
8.11.5.5.c. Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).

MN.8.4. Reading Benchmarks: Literature 6-12

Craft and Structure

8.4.4.4. 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.

Key Ideas and Details

8.4.1.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
8.4.3.3. 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.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

8.4.10.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature and other texts including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently and independently with appropriate scaffolding for texts at the high end of the range.
8.4.10.10.a. Self-select texts for personal enjoyment, interest and academic tasks.
8.4.10.10.b. Read widely to understand multiple perspectives and pluralistic viewpoints.

MN.8.5. Reading Benchmarks: Informational Text 6-12

Craft and Structure

8.5.6.6. 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.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

8.5.8.8. 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.

Key Ideas and Details

8.5.1.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
8.5.2.2. 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.
8.5.3.3. Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

MN.8.7. Writing Benchmarks 6-12

Production and Distribution of Writing

8.7.4.4. 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 above.)

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

8.7.7.7. 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.
8.7.9.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
8.7.9.9.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'').

MN.8.9. Speaking, Viewing, Listening and Media Literacy Benchmarks 6-12

Comprehension and Collaboration

8.9.1.1. 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.
8.9.1.1.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.
8.9.1.1.b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
8.9.1.1.c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
8.9.1.1.d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
8.9.2.2. 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.

Media Literacy

8.9.7.7. Understand, analyze, and use different types of print, digital, and multimodal media.
8.9.7.7.b. Critically analyze the messages and points of view employed in different media (e.g., advertising, news programs, websites, video games, blogs, documentaries).
8.9.7.7.d. Recognize ethical standards and safe practices in social and personal media communications.
8.9.8.8. As an individual or in collaboration, create a persuasive multimedia work or a piece of digital communication or contribute to an online collaboration for a specific purpose.
8.9.8.8.a. Demonstrate a developmentally appropriate understanding of copyright, attribution, principles of Fair Use, Creative Commons licenses and the effect of genre on conventions of attribution and citation.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

8.9.4.4. 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.
8.9.6.6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts, audiences, tasks, and feedback from self and others, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 on page 73 for specific expectations.)

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