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Virginia Standards for Eighth Grade English Language Arts

VA.ESOL. Virginia 2010 English Standards of Learning

Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy

8.1. The student will use interviewing techniques to gain information.
8.1.a) Prepare and ask relevant questions for the interview.
8.1.c) Compile, accurately report, and publish responses.
8.1.d) Evaluate the effectiveness of the interview.
8.2. The student will develop and deliver oral presentations in groups and individually.
8.2.a) Choose topic and purpose appropriate to the audience.
8.2.c) Use appropriate verbal and nonverbal presentation skills.
8.2.h) Use a variety of strategies to listen actively.


8.4. The student will apply knowledge of word origins, analogies, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development within authentic texts.
8.4.a) Identify and analyze an author's use of figurative language.
8.4.b) Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meaning and differentiate among multiple meanings of words and phrases.
8.4.c) Use roots, affixes, cognates, synonyms, and antonyms to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and technical vocabulary.
8.4.d) Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries to determine definition, pronunciation, etymology, spelling, and usage of words.
8.4.e) Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
8.5. The student will read and analyze a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
8.5.a) Explain the use of symbols and figurative language.
8.5.b) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using evidence from text as support.
8.5.c) Explain how authors use characters, conflict, point of view, voice, and tone to create meaning.
8.5.e) Compare and contrast the author's use of word choice, dialogue, form, rhyme, rhythm, and voice in different texts.
8.5.m) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.
8.6. The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of nonfiction texts.
8.6.b) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information using evidence from text as support.
8.6.c) Analyze the author's qualifications, viewpoint, and impact.
8.6.e) Analyze details for relevance and accuracy.
8.6.g) Identify the main idea.
8.6.h) Summarize the text identifying supporting details.
8.6.k) Evaluate, organize, and synthesize information for use in written and oral formats.
8.6.l) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.


8.9. The student will apply knowledge of appropriate reference materials to produce a research product.
8.9.d) Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view or bias.
8.9.e) Cite primary and secondary sources using Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) style.
8.9.g) Define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.


8.8. The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
8.8.b) Use and punctuate correctly varied sentence structures to include conjunctions and transition words.
8.8.g) Use correct spelling for frequently used words.

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