Nebraska English Learning Standards — Grade 8


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LA 8.1.4a

Incorporate elements of prosodic reading to communicate text

LA 8.1.4b

Adjust oral or silent reading pace based on purpose, text difficulty, form, and style

LA 8.1.4c

Recognize and represent writers tone and style while reading individually or in groups (e.g., choral reading, readers theatre performances)

LA 8.1.5a

Determine meaning of words through structural analysis, using knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots, prefixes, and suffixes to understand complex words, including words in science, mathematics, and social studies

LA 8.1.5b

Relate new grade level vocabulary to prior knowledge and use in new situations.

LA 8.1.5c

Select a context clue strategy to determine meaning of unknown words appropriate to text (e.g., restatement, example, gloss, annotation, sidebar)

LA 8.1.5d

Analyze semantic relationships (e.g., figurative language, connotations, subtle distinctions)

LA 8.1.5e

Determine meaning using print and digital reference materials

LA 8.1.6a

Analyze the meaning, reliability, and validity of the text considering author's purpose, perspective, and information from additional sources

LA 8.1.6b

Identify and analyze elements of narrative text (e.g., character development, setting, plot development, conflict, point of view, inferred and recurring themes)

LA 8.1.6c

Analyze authors use of literary devices (e.g., foreshadowing, personification, idiom, oxymoron, hyperbole, flashback, suspense, symbolism, irony, transitional devices)

LA 8.1.6d

Summarize, analyze, and synthesize informational text using main idea and supporting details

LA 8.1.6e

Apply knowledge of organizational patterns found in informational text (e.g., sequence, description, cause and effect, compare/contrast, fact/opinion, proposition/support)

LA 8.1.6f

Analyze and evaluate information from text features (e.g., index, annotations, maps, charts, tables, graphs, headings, subheadings, lists)

LA 8.1.6g

Analyze and make inferences based on the characteristics of narrative and informational genres

LA 8.1.6h

Analyze a variety of genres for the social, historical, cultural, and biographical influences

LA 8.1.6i

Use narrative and informational text to develop a national and global multi-cultural perspective

LA 8.1.6j

Generate and/or answer literal, inferential, critical, and interpretive questions, analyzing and synthesizing prior knowledge, information from the text and additional sources, to support answers

LA 8.1.6k

Select text for a particular purpose (e.g., understand, interpret, enjoy, solve problems, form an opinion, answer a specific question, discover models for own writing)

LA 8.1.6l

Build and activate prior knowledge in order to clarify text, deepen understanding, and make connections while reading

LA 8.1.6m

Self-monitor comprehension for accuracy and understanding when errors detract from meaning by applying appropriate strategies to self-correct

LA 8.1.6n

Make complex or abstract inferences or predictions by synthesizing information while previewing and reading text

LA 8.1.6o

Respond to text verbally, in writing, or artistically

LA 8.2.1a

Use prewriting activities and inquiry tools to generate and organize information, guide writing, answer questions, and synthesize information

LA 8.2.1b

Generate a draft by: -Defining and stating a thesis -Structuring ideas and arguments in an effective and sustained way, following an organizational pattern appropriate to the purpose and intended audience -Identifying and using parallelism to present items in a series and items juxtaposed for emphasis

LA 8.2.1c

Revise to improve writing (e.g., quality of ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice)

LA 8.2.1d

Provide oral, written, and electronic feedback to other writers; utilize others feedback to improve own writing

LA 8.2.1e

Edit writing for format and conventions (e.g., spelling, capitalization, grammar, punctuation)

LA 8.2.1f

Publish a legible document that applies formatting techniques to contribute to the readability and impact of the document (e.g., fonts, spacing, highlighting, images, style conventions, manuscript requirements)

LA 8.2.2a

Write in a variety of genres, considering purpose and audience

LA 8.2.2b

Write considering typical characteristics of the selected genre (e.g., business letter, report, email, class notes, research paper, play, web page/blog)

LA 8.2.2c

Select and apply an organizational structure appropriate to the task (e.g., problem/solution, persuasion)

LA 8.2.2d

Analyze models and examples (own and others) of various genres in order to create a similar piece

LA 8.3.1a

Communicate ideas and information in a manner appropriate for the purpose and setting

LA 8.3.1b

Demonstrate and adjust speaking techniques for a variety of purposes and situations

LA 8.3.1c

Utilize available media to enhance communication

LA 8.3.2a

Apply listening skills needed for multiple situations and modalities (e.g., video, audio, distance, one-to-one, group)

LA 8.3.2b

Listen and ask questions concerning the speakers content, delivery and purpose.

LA 8.3.2c

Listen to, analyze, and evaluate thoughts, ideas, and credibility of information being communicated

LA 8.3.3a

Demonstrate sensitivity to the use of words (e.g., stereotypes, connotations, subtleties of language)

LA 8.3.3b

Interact and collaborate with others in learning situations by contributing questions, information, opinions, and ideas using a variety of media and formats

LA 8.3.3c

Respect diverse perspectives while collaborating and participating as a member of the community

LA 8.4.1a

Select and use multiple resources to answer questions and support conclusions using valid information (e.g., print, subscription databases, web resources)

LA 8.4.1b

Demonstrate ethical and legal use of information by citing sources using prescribed formats and tools (e.g., online citation assistance, publication guidelines)

LA 8.4.1c

Practice safe and ethical behaviors when communicating and interacting with others (e.g., safe information to share online, appropriate language use, utilize appropriate sites and materials, respect diverse perspectives)

LA 8.4.1d

Engage in activities with learners from a variety of cultures through electronic means (e.g., podcasts, video chats, distance learning)

LA 8.4.1e

While reading, listening, and viewing, evaluate the message for bias, commercialism and hidden agendas (e.g., product placement, television ad, radio ad, movie, body image, sexism)

LA 8.4.1f

Gather and share information and opinions as a result of communication with others (e.g., video/audio chat, interview, podcast, multi-media presentations)

LA 8.4.1g

Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information (e.g., social bookmarking, online collaborative tools)