Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what
the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn
from the text
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as
they are used in a text, including figurative and
connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a
specific word choice on meaning and tone
By the end of the year, read and comprehend
literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in
the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently,
with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the
Write arguments to support claims with clear
reasons and relevant evidence.
a. Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons
and evidence clearly.
b. Support claim(s) with clear reasons and
relevant evidence, using credible sources and
demonstrating an understanding of the topic
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the
relationships among claim(s) and reasons.
d. Establish and maintain a formal style.
e. Provide a concluding statement or section
that follows from the argument presented.
Thinking skills, Interest development