Teaching & Learning: Curriculum - English Language Arts
Essential Standards - Grade 8
Assignments: : A fictional story or a tribute/narrative poem.
Benchmark: The student will write a fictional short story or portion thereof. (Example: student writes a new ending to or the next chapter for a work read in class.)
Benchmark: The student will write a poem paying tribute to an elder whom s/he reveres, or a poem that tells a story.
Learn more about the Narrative Form of Writing.
Assignments: A creative paragraph or page describing a setting, character, or creative process.
Benchmark: The student will write a paragraph (or page) describing a distinct setting or character.
Benchmark: The student will write a paragraph (or page) explaining creative choices he or she made when creating a visual scene or setting.
Learn more about the Descriptive Form of Writing.
Assignments: Biography Project Essay or Business Letter.
Benchmark: The student will write a biographical essay to include the subject's accomplishments with the focus on his or her positive contributions to society.
Benchmark: The student will write a short business letter.
Learn more about the Expository Form of Writing.
Assignments: Persuasive essay
Benchmark: The student will write a persuasive essay in which s/he responds to a specific question or prompt.
Learn more about the Persuasive Form of Writing.
RESPONSE TO LITERATURE
Assignments: Literary essay responding to one aspect of a single work.
Benchmark: The student will write a five-to-seven paragraph literary essay addressing an element of a given literary work.
Learn more about the Response to Literature Form of Writing.