My eighth grade language arts class will follow guidelines adopted by the state of Wyoming with an emphasis on five essential academic standards.  The goal of these essential elements is to prepare students for college and/or careers, high school, and state assessments.


   Eighth Grade Language Arts Units and Essential Learnings



•Informational Reading

*Students will be able to determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas.

*Students will be able to determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

•Persuasive Writing

*Students will be able to write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence including the following:

-the establishment of claims and the logical organization of reasons and relevant evidence that support the claims using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text

-the acknowledgement of a counterclaim including a rebuttal

-the use of transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claims, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence

-the provision of a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented


•Language Usage

*Students will be able to demonstrate command of the English language through the correct use of punctuation (end marks, commas, semicolons, and colons).


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*Students will be able to cite textual evidence that supports what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

*Students will be able to analyze the author’s use of literary elements (characters, setting, conflict, plot, theme) and literary terms.

•Narrative Writing

*Students will be able to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using well-structured event sequences, relevant descriptive details, and effective techniques by including the following elements:

-Well developed characters, setting, and plot.

-A clear and consistent point of view that is firmly established and maintained throughout the story.

-Effective transitions and word choice.

-Conventions that are polished and consistent throughout the story as demonstrated by the grade-appropriate use of capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.