U.S. National 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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Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles
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Modifiers-Adverbs
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Persuasive Text
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Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
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Reading Rate
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Reading-Drama
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Reading-Structural Analysis
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Regular and Irregular Verbs
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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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Using References
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Writing a Research Report
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N.1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works. (NCTE)

Reading Process
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N.10. Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop understanding of content across the curriculum. (NCTE)

Reading Process
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N.11. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities. (NCTE)

Process Writing
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Speaking
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N.12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information). (NCTE)

Process Writing
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Speaking
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Conducting Interviews and Discussions
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N.2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience. (NCTE)

Reading Process
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Thinking Skills
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N.3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics). (NCTE)

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Thinking Skills
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N.4. Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes. (NCTE)

Speaking
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N.5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. (NCTE)

Process Writing
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N.6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts. (NCTE)

Figurative Language
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Punctuation
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Spelling
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Conducting Interviews and Discussions
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Punctuation
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Reading-Figurative Language
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Spelling
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Thinking Skills
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N.7. Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience. (NCTE)

Thinking Skills
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N.8. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge. (NCTE)

Library Skills
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Reading and the Internet
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Thinking Skills
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