Reading skills expected by grade 8-5
In order to build reading skills, your 8th grader:
- Evaluates the evidence in texts to determine the strongest supports of an idea and analysis.
- Determines the main idea or theme of a text using evidence from the text to support it.
- Provides an objective summary of a text.
- Understands, summarizes, and tracks the progress of the main idea of a text, using evidence from the text.
- Analyzes how elements such as specific dialogue, events, or word usage impact the characters and the decisions they make and other events and actions in the text.
- Understands the use of language in a text, including figurative language, analogies, and allusions to other texts.
- Compares and contrasts the different structures of texts including the structures of paragraphs and sentences.
- Analyzes the difference between characters’ points of views and how these differences affect the text.
- Analyzes the pros and cons of using different forms of text and media to present a topic or idea.
- Compares a text to a film or play version of a text, paying specific attention to the way in which the film or play veers from the text.
- Analyzes how a modern text builds on or uses themes from other historical or older texts such as myths or the Bible.
- Analyzes texts which include conflicting information on the same topic and decipher when those are due to conflicting facts or interpretations.
In order to build reading skills your 7th grader:
- Analyzes texts using the text as evidence to support the analysis.
- Makes inferences about texts and uses evidence from the text to support the inferences.
- Understands the message or ideas in a text and uses evidence to support these claims.
- Understands, tracks the progress of, and summarizes the main idea of a text, using evidence from the text.
- Analyzes and explains the relationship between different elements such as character and setting.
- Analyzes the impact of specific language and word choice used in a text.
- Understands how the different structures used in a text, such as poetry or drama, affect the text.
- Compares and contrasts the different perspectives and points of views in a text.
- Determines the author’s point of view in a text using evidence from the text.
- Compares different versions such as a stage version, film, or audio version of a text, paying specific attention to the way in which elements such as lighting, scenery, or audio sounds affect the message of the text.
- Compares a historical account of an event, person, or place with a historical fiction text about the same period.
- Read a variety of texts, including stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction, or informative texts.
- Compares multiple texts written by different authors about the same topic and determines how their different perspectives are presented through their presentation of facts and the inferences they make.
In order to build reading skills, your 6th grader:
- Uses evidence from the text in order to summarize the plot, make inferences about and analyze the text, and determine the central theme or themes in a text.
- Understands and explains the point of view in a text as well as the significance of certain words and passages in a text.
- Understands and relays the main thesis or claims of a non-fiction text and its supporting evidence.
- Reads and compares different texts and different genres of texts which address the same topics.
- Uses a variety of media and formats, including video and audio, to further enhance his/ her understanding of a topic or text.
- Participates in class-wide and group discussions expressing the ideas and skills learned.
- Practices a variety of vocabulary skills, including using the context in which a word is found to determine the meaning of words, recognizing roots of words, and using digital and physical reference materials (dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries).
- Gains an understanding of and the ability to explain figurative language in a text
In order to build reading skills, your 5th grader:
- Begins to use direct quotes from texts to explain and prove ideas about the text.
- Reads a variety of genres of text including: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.
- Uses details from the text to: summarize the text, identity the main idea or theme of a text, compare characters or events in a text or compare different texts of the same genre (for example, two fantasy texts).
- Interprets and understands metaphors and comparisons made in a text.
- Identifies an author or narrator’s point of view and explain how this affects the content of a text.
- Compares multiple perspectives on the same event, idea, or theme.
- Uses the context of a text to determine the meaning of unknown words.
- Uses technology and digital media to further understanding of a topic and find the answers to questions.
- Gathers information from multiple sources about one topic.
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