Friday, July 9, 2010

Topic: Language Standards, Grade 8.

Conventions of Grammar and Usage
.Use verbs in the active and passive voice.
.Use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional and subjunctive moods.
.Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
.Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives.
.Use a comma, ellipsis or dash to indicate a pause.
Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive moods to achieve particular effects.
.Continue spelling program, mult-syllable words and other words likely to be misspelled.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
.Multiple meanings of words.
.Use known roots as clues to the meanings of unknown words.
.Verify preliminary estimates of word meanings through the dictionary.
.Interpret figures of speech.
.Distinguish words with similar meanings but different connotations.
.Emphasize specialized words in various disciplines.

Source:  “CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science.” March 10, 2010. You will find the standards at

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