Reading - 8th Grade


  • Demonstrate application of word recognition strategies: context clues, word origins, and decoding through deciphering of unfamiliar words and clarifying passages in the text


  • Read with fluency, accuracy, and expression from a variety of genres
  • Exhibit comprehension through self-monitoring, questioning, visualizing, predicting, and making inferences
  • Analyze literary elements and defining features of multiple works of literature
  • Evaluate the accuracy and usefulness of information from various resources
  • Adjust reading strategies according to the purpose (e.g. to understand, to interpret, to enjoy, to solve problems, to predict outcomes, to answer a specific question, to form an opinion, to skim for facts)
  • Use strategies to present findings, (e.g. examine critical relationships between and among elements of a topic, draw sound conclusions, use for/to conventions preparing a manuscript, give proper credit sources)


  • Summarize, synthesize, and form opinions
  • Analyze and evaluate theme(including its relationship to the characters, setting and plot), concepts, and literary elements found in various forms of literature and informational texts. Provide and objective summary of the text.
  • Use contextual evidence to support conclusions. Distinguish between facts and generalizations in interpretations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of genres by developing preferences and selecting materials
  • Choose, discuss, interpret, and evaluate a variety of genres
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Catholic teachings when interpreting the meaning of various literary works
  • Develop and use criteria to evaluate literary merit informally and formally and explain critical opinion about a text.
  • Evaluate moral issues within a literary work
  • Provide one's own and discuss other's interpretive responses relating to diversity, American cultural heritage, and world cultures
  • Integrate broad base of knowledge from classical literature while reflecting on contemporary texts
  • Apply the teachings of the Catholic Church to issues/themes found in various literary works
  • Evaluate texts (select, summarize, paraphrase, analyze, orally and in writing) for specific purposes and audiences 
  • Evaluate text resources such as charts, tables, pictures, glossaries, indices, appendices, etc.
  • Evaluate appropriate materials for research. 
  • Evaluate the advantages/disadvantages to present a particular topic or idea.
  • Acquire information about Catholic Social Teachings through religious, catechetical, and spiritual texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of literal meaning by identifying stated information in literary and informational texts.
  • Establish purposeful reading and writing habits by using texts to find information, gain understanding of diverse viewpoints, make decisions, and enjoy the experience of reading
  • Use strategies to respond to literary/non-literary texts (e.g. respond to significant issues in a log or journal, describe an initial impression of a text, connect knowledge of texts with personal knowledge)
  • Analyze the effect of characters, plot, setting, language, topic, style, purpose, and point of view on the overall impact of literature


  • Select material for a specific purpose for reading
  • Demonstrate understanding of human life experiences through analysis of literary and non-literary texts, historical, social, and cultural themes and issues
  • Use field studies and experiments to gather information


  • Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character or provoke a decision
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone including analogies or allusions to other texts
  • Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style
  • Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g. created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor
  • Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors
  • Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the high end of grades 6-8 text independently and proficiently.


  • Understand ways in which different informational texts are organized.
  • Identify and explain information, main ideas, and organization found in a variety of informational passages.
  • Cite textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, events, or ideas (e.g. through comparisons, analogies or categories)
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone including analogies or allusions to other text
  • Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept
  • Determine the author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints
  • Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in the text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant information is introduced.Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary non-fiction at the high-end of the grades 6-8 text independently and proficiently.