Grade 8 Overview
The recursive nature of English Language Arts instruction demands that standards be addressed at many levels and in many units throughout a grade level. Students will need to learn a strategy or skill, for example, and apply it in varying circumstances and within varying levels of text complexity. There are ELA standards that demand much more instructional and practice time than a six-week unit affords. Sometimes the skill is applied orally and then in writing, but there are many ways that students acquire skills. The standards will have SLOs written to address the level and expectation that students should meet. In addition, each grade level will have standards that are repeated in every unit; however, the standards will not be assessed at every six week interval. In the classroom, formative assessments should validate a teacher’s knowledge of how students are progressing on a much more frequent basis.
In Grade 8, Units are being developed that focus on Literature and Narrative Writing or on Informational Text and Expository Writing.
Please note that the document shows the progression of the complexity of a standard from one grade level to the next through the use of bold type.
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