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7TH GRADE ESSENTIAL SKILLS/CONCEPTS

Upon leaving 7th grade, a student will possess the following skills and/or understand the following concepts. This is not to suggest that the following is all that a student will be capable of, but instead, that these skills and concepts have been points of particular emphasis. As such, a level of proficiency in these skills and concepts should exist.

1. Write a five-paragraph essay
2. Identify the following in reading selections:
  main idea
 details
 conclusions
 sequence
 context clues
 inferences
 predictions
3. Utilize the following comprehension strategies:
  visualization
 making connections
 formulating questions
 identifying vocabulary
 synthesizing
4. Understand the purposes of reading and writing
5. Ability to summarize
6. Understand and identify the following:
  literary elements
 themes
 character traits
 plot developments
7. Identify genres
8. Identify types of sentences – simple, compound, and complex
9. Utilize correct capitalization and punctuation
10. Identify the parts of speech
11. Identify sentence patterns

8TH GRADE ESSENTIAL SKILLS/CONCEPTS

Upon leaving 8th grade, a student will possess the following skills and/or understand the following concepts.  This is not to suggest that the following is all that a student will be capable of, but instead, that these skills and concepts have been points of particular emphasis.  As such, a level of proficiency in these skills and concepts should exist.

1. Identify the parts of speech.
2. Identify the parts of a sentence and correct word order.
3. Identify all types of phrases.
4. Edit for the following: grammar, spelling, punctuation, and purposeful vocabulary.
5. Create the four types of writing: narrative, persuasive, descriptive, and expository.
6. Write a research report with a thesis, using several sources.
7. Identify and create a variety of poetic devices including simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, analogy, and hyperbole.
8. Utilize the following prewriting strategies:  formal outlining, graphic organizers, cluster mapping, and note taking.
9. Utilize anecdotes, quotes, flashback, and time transitions.
10. Determine word meaning using roots, affixes, context, structure, denotations, and connotations.
11. Identify words from other cultures.
12. Infer a character’s role, development of plot and theme, and author’s intent.
13. Identify the elements of fiction, including plot, subplot, and climax.
14. Utilize, explain, and recognize the following comprehension strategies:
  questioning
making connections
visualizing
making inferences
determining important details/ideas
15. Read and recognize a variety of genres, including short stories, essays, plays, novels, and poetry.

9TH GRADE ESSENTIAL SKILLS/CONCEPTS

Upon leaving 9th grade, a student will possess the following skills and/or understand the following concepts. This is not to suggest that the following is all that a student will be capable of, but instead, that these skills and concepts have been points of particular emphasis. As such, a level of proficiency in these skills and concepts should exist.

1. Write biographies/autobiographies
2. Write expository essays including:
  A. analytical essays
B. research reports
    1. thesis statement
2. presenting evidence in support of thesis
3. avoidance of plagiarism
4. organization of information
3. Write narrative pieces that
  A. have a consideration of purpose, audience, and form
B. use transitions and sequencing
C. use appositives
D. use of precise word choice
4. Understanding of, and proficiency with, rhetorical strategies
  A. understand definition
B. narration
C. description
D. exemplification
E. comparison/contrast
5. Write letters of complaint and apology
6. Read and interpret narrative poetry
  A. exhibit understand of word choice as it creates style and tone
B. paraphrase and interpret for meaning
7. Write response to literature that
  A. articulate the significant idea
B. support important ideas with textual evidence
C. recognize conflict and character dilemmas

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