Pennsylvania Standards 8th Grade ELA Activities
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PA.1. Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
1.1. Reading Independently: Students apply a wide range of strategies.
1.1.8.A. Apply appropriate strategies to interpret and analyze author's purpose, using grade level text.
1.1.8.B. Use context clues, knowledge of root words as well as a glossary/thesaurus to decode and understand specialized vocabulary in the content areas during reading.
1.1.8.C. Use meaning and knowledge of words (e.g., literal and figurative meanings, idioms, common foreign words) across content areas to expand reading vocabulary.
1.1.8.D. Demonstrate comprehension / understanding before reading, during reading, and after reading on grade level texts through strategies such as comparing and contrasting texts, describing context, analyzing positions and arguments, and citing evidence in text.
1.2. Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Text: Students read, understand, and respond to informational text.
1.2.8.A. Evaluate text organization and content to determine the author's purpose, point of view, and effectiveness according to the author's theses, accuracy, thoroughness, and patterns of logic.
1.2.8.C. Distinguish between essential and nonessential information across a texts to a variety of media; identify bias and propaganda where present.
1.2.8.D. Draw inferences and conclusions based on a variety of information sources, citing evidence from multiple texts to support answers.
1.2.8.E. Read, understand, and respond to essential content of text and documents in all academic areas.
1.3. Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Literature - Fiction and Non-Fiction: Students read and respond to works of literature.
1.3.8.A. Read, understand, and respond to works from various genres of literature.
1.3.8.B. Identify and analyze the characteristics of poetry, drama, and fiction and explain the appropriateness of literary forms chosen by an author for a specific purpose.
1.3.8.C. Analyze the use of literary elements by an author including characterization, setting, plot, theme, point of view, tone, and style.
1.3.8.D. Analyze the effect of various literary devices (e.g., personification, simile, alliteration, symbolism, metaphor, hyperbole, imagery).
1.4. Types of Writing: Students write for different purposes and audiences.
1.4.8.C. Write persuasive pieces.
1.4.8.C.2. Include convincing, elaborated, and properly cited evidence.
1.5. Quality of Writing: Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.
1.5.8.B. Develop content appropriate for the topic.
1.5.8.B.1. Gather, organize, and determine validity and reliability of information.
1.5.8.F. Use grade appropriate conventions of language when writing and editing.
1.5.8.F.1. Spell common, frequently used words correctly.
1.5.8.F.2. Use capital letters correctly.
1.5.8.F.3. Punctuate correctly.
1.5.8.F.4. Use correct grammar and sentence formation.
1.6. Speaking and Listening: Students present appropriately in formal speaking situations, listen critically, and respond intelligently as individuals or in group discussions.
1.6.8.B. Demonstrate awareness of audience using appropriate volume and clarity in formal speaking presentations.
1.8. Research: Students gather information from a variety of sources, analyzing and evaluating the quality of information they obtain to answer research questions.
1.8.8.C. Produce an organized product that presents and reflects on findings, draws sound conclusions, and gives proper credit to sources.
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