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7th grade

Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy


7.1 The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations.

a) Communicate ideas and information orally in an organized and succinct manner. 

b) Ask probing questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas. 

c) Make statements to communicate agreement or tactful disagreement with others’

ideas. 

d) Use language and style appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.

 e) Use a variety of strategies to listen actively.



7.2 The student will identify and demonstrate the relationship between a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages.

a) Use verbal communication skills, such as word choice, pitch, feeling, tone, and voice appropriate for the intended audience.

b) Use nonverbal communication skills, such as eye contact, posture, and gestures to enhance verbal communication skills.

c) Compare/contrast a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages.



7.3 The student will understand the elements of media literacy.

a) Identify persuasive/informative techniques used in nonprint media including

television, radio, video, and Internet.

 b) Distinguish between fact and opinion, and between evidence and inference. 

c) Describe how word choice and visual images convey a viewpoint. 

d) Compare and contrast the techniques in auditory, visual, and written media

messages. 

e) Craft and publish audience-specific media messages.


Reading

7.4 The student will read to determine the meanings and pronunciations of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

a) Identify word origins and derivations. 

b) Use roots, cognates, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary. 

c) Identify and analyze figurative language. 

d) Identify connotations. 

e) Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate

among multiple meanings of words. 

f) Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading,

and writing.









7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.

a) Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development, plot structure, theme, and conflict.

b) Compare and contrast various forms and genres of fictional text. c) Identify conventional elements and characteristics of a variety of genres. d) Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including

figurative language. 

e) Make, confirm, and revise predictions. 

f) Use prior and background knowledge as a context for new learning. 

g) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text. 

h) Identify the main idea. 

i) Summarize text relating supporting details. 

j) Identify the author’s organizational pattern. 

k) Identify cause and effect relationships. 

l) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.



7.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts. 

a) Use prior and background knowledge as a context for new learning. 

b) Use text structures to aid comprehension. 

c) Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as

transitional words and phrases. 

d) Draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information. 

e) Differentiate between fact and opinion. 

f) Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts. 

g) Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint. 

h) Identify the main idea.

i) Summarize text identifying supporting details. j) Identify cause and effect relationships.

k) Organize and synthesize information for use in written formats. 

l) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.




Writing

7.7 The student will write in a variety of forms with an emphasis on exposition, narration, and persuasion.

a) Identify intended audience. 

b) Use a variety of prewriting strategies including graphic organizers to generate

and organize ideas. 

c) Organize writing structure to fit mode or topic. 

d) Establish a central idea and organization. 

e) Compose a topic sentence or thesis statement.

 f) Write multiparagraph compositions with unity elaborating the central idea. 

g) Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice. 

h) Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and

subordination in complete sentences. 

i) Use clauses and phrases for sentence variety. 

j) Revise sentences for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and

information. 

k) Use computer technology to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writing.


7.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

a) Use a variety of graphic organizers, including sentence diagrams, to analyze and improve sentence formation and paragraph structure.

b) Choose appropriate adjectives and adverbs to enhance writing. 

c) Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns. 

d) Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses. 

e) Edit for verb tense consistency and point of view. 

f) Demonstrate understanding of sentence formation by identifying the eight parts

of speech and their functions in sentences. 

g) Use quotation marks with dialogue. 

h) Use correct spelling for commonly used words



Research

7.9 The student will apply knowledge of appropriate reference materials to produce a research product.

a) Collect and organize information from multiple sources including online, print and media.

b) Evaluate the validity and authenticity of sources.

 c) Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate

information. 

d) Cite primary and secondary sources. 

e) Define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism and follow ethical and legal

guidelines for gathering and using information.

8th Grade

Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy


8.1 The student will use interviewing techniques to gain information. 

a) Prepare and ask relevant questions for the interview. 

b) Make notes of responses. 

c) Compile, accurately report, and publish responses.

d) Evaluate the effectiveness of the interview.



8.2 The student will develop and deliver oral presentations in groups and individually.

 a) Choose topic and purpose appropriate to the audience. 

b) Choose vocabulary and tone appropriate to the audience, topic, and purpose. 

c) Use appropriate verbal and nonverbal presentation skills.

d) Respond to audience questions and comments. 

e) Differentiate between standard English and informal language. 

f) Critique oral presentations. 

g) Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work. 

h) Use a variety of strategies to listen actively.



8.3 The student will analyze, develop, and produce creative or informational media messages.

a) Evaluate the persuasive/informational technique being used in nonprint media including television, radio, video, and Internet.

b) Examine how values and viewpoints are included or excluded and how the media can influence beliefs, behaviors, and interpretations.

c) Use media and visual literacy skills to create products that express new understandings.

d) Evaluate sources for relationships between intent and factual content.





Reading

8.4 The student will apply knowledge of word origins, analogies, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development within authentic texts. 

a) Identify and analyze an author’s use of figurative language. 

b) Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meaning and differentiate

among multiple meanings of words and phrases. 

c) Use roots, affixes, cognates, synonyms, and antonyms to determine the meaning

of unfamiliar words and technical vocabulary. 

d) Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries to determine definition,

pronunciation, etymology, spelling, and usage of words. 

e) Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the

connotation. 

f) Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading,

and writing.



8.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.

a) Explain the use of symbols and figurative language. 

b) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information

using evidence from text as support. 

c) Explain how authors use characters, conflict, point of view, voice, and tone to

create meaning. 

d) Understand the author’s use of conventional elements and characteristics within a

variety of genres. 

e) Compare and contrast the author’s use of word choice, dialogue, form, rhyme,

rhythm, and voice in different texts.

f) Compare and contrast authors’ styles. 

g) Identify and ask questions that clarify various viewpoints. 

h) Identify the main idea. 

i) Summarize text relating supporting details.

j) Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as

transitional words and phrases. 

k) Identify cause and effect relationships. 

l) Use prior and background knowledge as a context for new learning. 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. 

a) Draw on background knowledge and knowledge of text structure to understand

selections. 

b) Make inferences and draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information

using evidence from text as support. 

c) Analyze the author’s qualifications, viewpoint, and impact. 

d) Analyze the author’s use of text structure and word choice. 

e) Analyze details for relevance and accuracy. 

f) Differentiate between fact and opinion. g) Identify the main idea. 

h) Summarize the text identifying supporting details. 

i) Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as

transitional words and phrases. 

j) Identify cause and effect relationships. k) Evaluate, organize, and synthesize information for use in written and oral

formats. 

l) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.







Writing


8.7 The student will write in a variety of forms, including narration, exposition, persuasion, and informational.

a) Identify intended audience. 

b) Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas. 

c) Distinguish between a thesis statement and a topic sentence. 

d) Organize details to elaborate the central idea and provide unity. 

e) Select specific vocabulary and information for audience and purpose. 

f) Use interview quotations as evidence. g) Revise writing for clarity of content, word choice, sentence variety, and

transitions among paragraphs. 

h) Use computer technology to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writing.


8.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.

a) Use a variety of graphic organizers, including sentence diagrams, to analyze and improve sentence formation and paragraph structure.

b) Use and punctuate correctly varied sentence structures to include conjunctions and transition words.

c) Choose the correct case and number for pronouns in prepositional phrases with compound objects.

d) Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs. 

e) Use comparative and superlative degrees in adverbs and adjectives. 

f) Use quotation marks with dialogue and direct quotations. 

g) Use correct spelling for frequently used words.






















Research

8.9 The student will apply knowledge of appropriate reference materials to produce a research product.

a) Collect and synthesize information from multiple sources including online, print and media.

b) Evaluate the validity and authenticity of texts. 

c) Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate

information. 

d) Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying

misconceptions,

main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view or bias. 

e) Cite primary and secondary sources using Modern Language Association (MLA) 

or American Psychological Association (APA) style.

f) Publish findings and respond to feedback. 

g) Define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism and follow ethical and legal

guidelines for gathering and using information.

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