Standards & Rubrics


Below is a list of the main Common Core Standards on which we focus throughout the course of the year. 
Click the links to view the webpage dedicated to each individual standard.

Standard W.8.8. - I can gather relevant information from multiple sources and assess the credibility and accuracy of each source.  I can quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following the MLA format for citation.

Standard W.8.1.
I can write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.  I can organize my argument in a formal style that acknowledges the opposing point of view and draws conclusions based upon the evidence I have provided.

Standard L.8.5.a & c -
I can demonstrate my understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    a. Interpret figures of speech in context    
    c. Distinguish among connotations and denotations of similar words

Standard SL.8.2
- I can analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media.  I can evaluate the motives (social, commercial, political, etc.) behind the presentation of the information.

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