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Common Core Standards

Informational Text Prompts

Grade: 8th Grade
Standard:

CC.1.4.8.A

Description:

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information clearly.

Standard:

CC.1.4.8.B

Description:

Identify and introduce the topic clearly, including a preview of what is to follow
  • E08.E.1.1.1 - Introduce text(s) for the intended audience, state an opinion and/or topic, establish a situation, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

Standard:

CC.1.4.8.C

Description:

Develop and analyze the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples; include graphics and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension
  • E08.E.1.1.2 - Develop the analysis using relevant evidence from text(s) to support claims, opinions, ideas, and inferences and demonstrating an understanding of the text(s).

Standard:

CC.1.4.8.D

Description:

Organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts;provide a concluding statement or section; include formatting when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • E08.E.1.1.1 - Introduce text(s) for the intended audience, state an opinion and/or topic, establish a situation, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

  • E08.E.1.1.3 - Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

  • E08.E.1.1.6 - Provide a concluding section that follows from and supports the analysis presented.

Standard:

CC.1.4.8.E

Description:

Write with an awareness of the stylistic aspects of composition.

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Use sentences of varying lengths and complexities.

Create tone and voice through precise language.

Establish and maintain a formal style.
  • E08.D.2.1.1 - 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).

  • E08.D.2.1.2 - Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.*

  • E08.D.2.1.3 - Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.*

  • E08.D.2.1.4 - Maintain consistency in style and tone.*

  • E08.D.2.1.5 - Choose punctuation for effect.*

  • E08.D.2.1.6 - Choose words and phrases for effect.*

  • E08.E.1.1.4 - Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic and/or convey the experience and events.

  • E08.E.1.1.5 - Establish and maintain a formal style.

Standard:

CC.1.4.8.F

Description:

Demonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar,usage, capitalization, punctuation,and spelling.
  • E08.D.1.1.1 - Explain the function of verbals (i.e., gerunds, participles, and infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.

  • E08.D.1.1.2 - Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.

  • E08.D.1.1.3 - Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.

  • E08.D.1.1.4 - Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.*

  • E08.D.1.1.5 - Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.*

  • E08.D.1.1.6 - Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.*

  • E08.D.1.1.7 - Recognize and correct vague pronouns (i.e., ones with unclear or ambiguous antecedents).*

  • E08.D.1.1.8 - Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.*

  • E08.D.1.1.9 - Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-on sentences.*

  • E08.D.1.1.10 - Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their, they’re).*

  • E08.D.1.1.11 - Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.*

  • E08.D.1.2.1 - Use punctuation (i.e., comma, ellipsis, and dash) to indicate a pause or break.

  • E08.D.1.2.2 -Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.

  • E08.D.1.2.3 - Spell correctly.

  • E08.D.1.2.4 - Use punctuation (i.e., commas, parentheses, and dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.*

  • E08.D.1.2.5 - Use punctuation to separate items in a series.*

Standard:

8.17

Description:

Students write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.

Standard:

8.17.A

Description:

write a multi-paragraph essay to convey information about a topic that:
  1. presents effective introductions and concluding paragraphs;
  2. contains a clearly stated purpose or controlling idea;
  3. is logically organized with appropriate facts and details and includes no extraneous information or inconsistencies;
  4. accurately synthesizes ideas from several sources; and
  5. uses a variety of sentence structures, rhetorical devices, and transitions to link paragraphs;

Standard:

Literacy.W.8.10

Description:

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Standard:

8.11

Description:

Composition: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student uses genre characteristics and craft to compose multiple texts that are meaningful.

Standard:

8.11.B

Description:

compose informational texts, including multi-paragraph essays that convey information about a topic, using a clear controlling idea or thesis statement and genre characteristics and craft;

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