English Language Arts Worksheets and Study Guides Eighth Grade. Thinking Skills

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Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards

MD.RL. Standards for Reading Literature (RL)
Key Ideas and Details
RL1.CCR. Anchor Standard: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
8.RL1. 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.RL1.3. Demonstrate comprehension of a text with after reading strategies by: explaining the main ideas; identifying what is directly stated in the text; drawing inferences; drawing conclusions; verifying or adjusting predictions; making new predictions; paraphrasing and summarizing (See MD SLM 6-8 4A2.b); making connections between the text and oneself.
Craft and Structure
RL5.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
8.RL5. Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
8.RL5.2. Explain how the structures of multiple texts are alike and different.
RL6.CCR. Anchor Standard: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
8.RL6. Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
8.RL6.4. Analyze inferences drawn from a literary text (See CCSS RL.7.1).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RL9.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
8.RL9. 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.
8.RL9.5. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS RL.8.1)
MD.RI. Standards for Reading Informational Text (RI)
Key Ideas and Details
RI1.CCR. Anchor Standard: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
8.RI1. 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.RI1.3. Demonstrate comprehension of a text with after reading strategies by: explaining the central ideas; identifying what is directly stated in the text; drawing inferences; drawing conclusions; verifying or adjusting predictions; making new predictions; paraphrasing and summarizing (See MD SLM 6-8 4A2.b); making connections between the text and oneself.
8.RI1.10. Use appropriate academic or domain-specific words when drawing inferences (See CCSS L.8.6).
RI2.CCR. Anchor Standard: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
8.RI2. 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.RI2.3. Synthesize relevant evidence to formulate a central idea.
RI3.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of text. the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
8.RI3. Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
8.RI3.1. Determine the likenesses or differences in the relationships between or among individuals, ideas, or events within an informational text.
8.RI3.2. Identify how the differences or likenesses between or among individuals, ideas, or events are revealed.
8.RI3.3. Draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the methods used to present the likenesses or differences between or among individuals, ideas, or events.
8.RI3.6. See also MD SLM.6-8.4.0, as needed.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
RI7.CCR. Anchor Standard: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
8.RI7. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
8.RI7.1. Draw conclusions about the positive and negative aspects of a text, audio, or visual version as a means of presentation.
RI9.CCR. Anchor Standard: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
8.RI9. 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.
8.RI9.4. Draw conclusions about the purpose of opposing facts or interpretation of the facts.
MD.W. Standards for Writing (W)
Text Types and Purposes
W2.CCR. Anchor Standard: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
8.W2-a. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and covey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content – Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings) graphics (e.g., charts, tables) and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
8.W2-a.1. Adapt planning and prewriting to address the demands of an informative text, including: refining the focus of a topic; gathering information on a specific topic (See MD SLM 6-8 2A1, as needed); examining information to determine the ideas and concepts; effectively organizing of information within an established structure (See CCSS W.6.5); including appropriate text features to aid understanding.
8.W2-b. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and covey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content – Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definition, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
8.W2-b.1. Gather information about a topic and evaluate that information from a variety of reliable print and digital sources (See CCSS RI.8.7, W.8).
8.W2-b.2. Determine the most effective information gathered from a variety of reliable sources (See MD SLM.6-8.2A1).
Production and Distribution of Writing
W6.CCR. Anchor Standard: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
8.W6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
8.W6.8. Use technology to locate, evaluate, and organize information (See MD TL 8 5A1, 5B1).
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
W8.CCR. Anchor Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
8.W8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; using search terms effectively; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
8.W8.4. Evaluate and analyze the quality, accuracy, and sufficiency of notes (See MD SLM.6-8.4A1.a, 4A1.b, 4A1.c, 4A1.d, 4A1.e).
MD.L. Standards for Language (L)
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
L4.CCR. Anchor Standard: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
8.L4-a. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies – 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.L4-a.2. Apply an understanding of inference and drawing conclusions to determine word or phrase meaning.
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