Language Standards

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Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking
Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences
Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice
Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood
Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.*
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break
Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission
Spell correctly.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a words position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede)
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context
Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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