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8th Grade Humanities


  1. Consistently identifies and defines new vocabulary words while annotating during independent reading
  2. Defines and identifies similes and metaphors in text and is able to determine the meaning of literary devices
  3. Independently annotates text while reading
  4. Demonstrates comprehension through critical reading and oral or written analysis


  1. Follows the conventions of standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  2. Develops and strengthens writing through active use of the writing process
  3. Composes a persuasive essay of at least 600 words that demonstrates an understanding of pathos, ethos, logos, and concessions
  4. Composes a critical essay of at least 600 words that successfully analyzes literary texts and demonstrates ability to incorporate and analyze quotations

Speaking and Listening

  1. Makes statements and asks questions that show active listening and relevant thinking


  1. Consistently comes to class on time and ready to engage with all aspects of the course
  2. Creates and maintains organized systems