English SOLs
Grade Eight

The eighth-grade student will learn and apply interviewing techniques. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking. The student will plan, draft, revise, and edit writing, with emphasis on exposition and persuasion. The student will apply reading and writing skills in all subjects, as well as respond critically to literature. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations and figurative language. The student will become a skillful interpreter of the persuasive strategies used in print and mass media. The student will continue to develop an appreciation for literature through a study of a wide variety of selections. The student will describe themes or inferred main ideas, interpret cause-effect relationships, and draw conclusions from a variety of literary and informational selections.

Oral Language

8.1            The student will use interviewing techniques to gain information.

8.2            The student will develop and deliver oral presentations in groups and individually.

8.3             The student will analyze mass media messages.


8.4            The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, inflections, analogies, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development.

8.5            The student will read and analyze a variety of narrative and poetic forms.

8.6            The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of informational sources.


8.7            The student will write in a variety of forms, including narrative, expository, persuasive, and informational.

8.8            The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphing.