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SAMPLE TOPICS for English Grade 8

Reading Strategies
Main idea E.5 Interpret figures of speech
A.1 Determine the main idea E.6 Classify figures of speech
Theme E.7 Analyze the effects of figures of speech on meaning and tone
B.1 Match the quotations with their themes Analyzing literature
B.2 Determine the themes of short stories F.1 Analyze short stories
Author’s purpose and tone F.2 Vocabulary review: Analyze short stories
C.1 Identify author’s purpose F.3 Label the rhyme scheme
C.2 Which sentence is more formal? Analyzing informational texts
C.3 Compare passages for tone G.1 Read and understand informational passages
Text structure G.2 Vocabulary review: Read and understand informational passages
D.1 Compare and contrast G.3 Trace an argument
D.2 Match causes with their effects G.4 Vocabulary review: Trace an argument
D.3 Match problems with their solutions Comparing texts
D.4 Identify text structures H.1 Compare information from two texts
Literary devices H.2 Compare two texts with different genres
E.1 Identify sensory details Visual elements
E.2 Identify the narrative point of view I.1 Compare illustrations of literary and historical subjects
E.3 Interpret the meaning of allusions I.2 Read graphic organizers
E.4 Identify the source of allusions
Writing Strategies
Organizing writing Active and passive voice
J.1 Order topics from broadest to narrowest N.1 Identify active and passive voice
J.2 Organize information by main idea N.2 Rewrite the sentence in active voice
J.3 Transitions with conjunctive adverbs Editing and revising
Developing and supporting arguments O.1 Use parallel structure
K.1 Identify thesis statements O.2 Remove redundant words or phrases
K.2 Distinguish facts from opinions O.3 Use the correct frequently confused word
K.3 Choose evidence to support a claim O.4 Correct errors with frequently confused words
K.4 Identify supporting details in informational texts O.5 Correct errors with signs
K.5 Identify supporting details in literary texts O.6 Correct errors in everyday use
K.6 Classify logical fallacies O.7 Suggest appropriate revisions
Persuasive strategies Citations
L.1 Identify appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos in advertisements P.1 Recognize the parts of a Works Cited entry (MLA 7th edition)
Creative techniques P.2 Recognize the parts of a Works Cited entry (MLA 8th edition)
M.1 Use personification P.3 Use in-text citations with MLA formatting
M.2 Create varied sentences based on models P.4 Identify plagiarism
Prefixes and suffixes Homophones
Q.1 Words with pre- U.1 Use the correct homophone
Q.2 Words with re- U.2 Which definition matches the sentence?
Q.3 Words with sub- U.3 Which sentence matches the definition?
Q.4 Words with mis- Analogies
Q.5 Words with un-, dis-, in-, im-, and non- V.1 Analogies
Q.6 Words with -ful V.2 Analogies: challenge
Q.7 Words with -less Context clues
Q.8 Words with -able and -ible W.1 Find words using context
Greek and Latin roots W.2 Determine the meaning of words using synonyms in context
R.1 Use Greek and Latin roots as clues to the meanings of words W.3 Determine the meaning of words using antonyms in context
R.2 Use words as clues to the meanings of Greek and Latin roots W.4 Use context to identify the meaning of a word
R.3 Determine the meanings of Greek and Latin roots Domain-specific vocabulary
R.4 Determine the meanings of words with Greek and Latin roots X.1 Determine the meaning of domain-specific words with pictures
Synonyms and antonyms Reference skills
S.1 Choose the synonym Y.1 Alphabetical order
S.2 Choose the antonym Y.2 Use guide words
Word choice and usage Y.3 Use dictionary entries
T.1 Describe the difference between related words Y.4 Use dictionary definitions
T.2 Positive and negative connotation Y.5 Use thesaurus entries
Sentences, fragments, and run-ons GG.5 Form the perfect verb tenses
Z.1 Is the sentence declarative, interrogative, imperative, or exclamatory? GG.6 Identify participles and what they modify
Z.2 Identify the complete subject or complete predicate of a sentence GG.7 Identify gerunds and their functions
Z.3 Identify the simple subject or simple predicate of a sentence GG.8 Identify infinitives and infinitive phrases
Z.4 Identify the compound subject or compound predicate of a sentence Adjectives and adverbs
Z.5 Is it a complete sentence or a fragment? HH.1 Identify adjectives
Z.6 Is it a complete sentence or a run-on? HH.2 Order adjectives
Z.7 Is it a complete sentence, a fragment, or a run-on? HH.3 Identify adverbs
Phrases and clauses HH.4 Choose between adjectives and adverbs
AA.1 Is it a phrase or a clause? HH.5 Is the word an adjective or adverb?
AA.2 Identify appositives and appositive phrases HH.6 Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives
AA.3 Identify dependent and independent clauses HH.7 Good, better, best, bad, worse, and worst
AA.4 Is the sentence simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex? HH.8 Form and use comparative and superlative adverbs
AA.5 Combine sentences using relative clauses HH.9 Well, better, best, badly, worse, and worst
Nouns Prepositions
BB.1 Form and use plurals: review II.1 Identify prepositional phrases
BB.2 Form and use plurals of compound nouns Direct and indirect objects
BB.3 Identify plurals, singular possessives, and plural possessives JJ.1 Is it a direct object or an indirect object?
BB.4 Form the singular or plural possessive Conjunctions
BB.5 Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns KK.1 Use the correct pair of correlative conjunctions
BB.6 Identify and correct errors with compound and joint possession Misplaced modifiers
Pronouns and antecedents LL.1 Misplaced modifiers with pictures
CC.1 Identify pronouns and their antecedents LL.2 Select the misplaced or dangling modifier
CC.2 Use the pronoun that agrees with the antecedent LL.3 Are the modifiers used correctly?
CC.3 Correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person Restrictive and nonrestrictive elements
CC.4 Identify vague pronoun references MM.1 What does the punctuation suggest?
CC.5 Identify all of the possible antecedents MM.2 Commas with nonrestrictive elements
Pronoun types Commas
DD.1 Choose between subject and object pronouns NN.1 Commas with series, dates, and places
DD.2 Compound subjects and objects with “I” and “me” NN.2 Commas with compound and complex sentences
DD.3 Compound subjects and objects with pronouns NN.3 Commas with direct addresses, introductory words, interjections, and interrupters
DD.4 Choose between personal and reflexive pronouns NN.4 Commas with coordinate adjectives
DD.5 Use reflexive pronouns NN.5 Commas: review
DD.6 Is the pronoun reflexive or intensive? Semicolons, colons, and commas
DD.7 Use relative pronouns: who and whom OO.1 Use semicolons and commas to separate clauses
DD.8 Use relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, and that OO.2 Use semicolons, colons, and commas with lists
Verb types Dashes, hyphens, and ellipses
EE.1 Identify transitive and intransitive verbs PP.1 Use dashes
EE.2 Identify linking verbs, predicate adjectives, and predicate nouns PP.2 Use hyphens in compound adjectives
Subject-verb agreement PP.3 Decide whether ellipses are used appropriately
FF.1 Correct errors with subject-verb agreement Capitalization
FF.2 Correct errors with indefinite pronoun-verb agreement QQ.1 Correct capitalization errors
FF.3 Use the correct verb – with compound subjects QQ.2 Capitalizing titles
Verb tense Formatting
GG.1 Irregular past tense: review RR.1 Formatting titles
GG.2 Simple past, present, and future tense: review RR.2 Formatting and capitalizing titles: review
GG.3 Identify and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense RR.3 Formatting street addresses
GG.4 Form the progressive verb tenses RR.4 Formatting quotations and dialogue