To create a custom lesson, click on the check boxes of the files you’d like to add to your
lesson and then click on the Build-A-Lesson button at the top. Click on the resource title to View, Edit, or Assign it.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use L.8.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases
based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. L.8.4(a) Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's
position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Vocabulary
L.8.4(b) Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to
the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
L.8.4(c) Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries,
glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or
determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
L.8.4(d) Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase
(e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary). Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Vocabulary
L.8.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances
in word meanings. L.8.5(b) Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of
the words. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Vocabulary
L.8.5(c) Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar
denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute). Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Vocabulary
Conventions of Standard English L.8.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when
writing or speaking. L.8.1(a) Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in
general and their function in particular sentences.
L.8.1(b) Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Verbs
L.8.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization,
punctuation, and spelling when writing. L.8.2(c) Spell correctly. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Spelling Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Spelling
CT.CC.RI.8.Reading Standards for Informational Text
Reading Standards for Informational Text
Craft and Structure RI.8.6. 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.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RI.8.8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing
whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when
irrelevant evidence is introduced.
RI.8.9. 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.
Key Ideas and Details RI.8.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the
text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RI.8.2. Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of
the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of
RI.8.3. Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals,
ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
CT.CC.RL.8.Reading Standards for Literature
Reading Standards for Literature
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity RL.8.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories,
dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RL.8.9. 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.
Craft and Structure RL.8.4. 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. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Vocabulary
Key Ideas and Details RL.8.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the
text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL.8.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the
course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide
an objective summary of the text.
RL.8.3. 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.
CT.CC.SL.8.Speaking and Listening Standards
Speaking and Listening Standards
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas SL.8.4. Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent
manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use
appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Speaking
SL.8.6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal
English when indicated or appropriate. Quiz, Flash Cards, Worksheet, Game & Study Guide Speaking
Comprehension and Collaboration SL.8.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in
groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues,
building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. SL.8.1(a) Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study;
explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or
issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
SL.8.1(b) Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress
toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
SL.8.1(c) Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to
others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
SL.8.1(d) Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify
or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
SL.8.2. Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g.,
visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial,
political) behind its presentation.
Production and Distribution of Writing W.8.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and
style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for
writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
Research to Build and Present Knowledge W.8.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated
question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions
that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
W.8.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis,
reflection, and research. W.8.9(a) Apply grade 8 reading standards to literature (e.g., ''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'').
W.8.9(b) Apply grade 8 reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., ''Delineate and
evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is
sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is
Range of Writing W.8.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and
revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of
discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.