Eighth Grade Reading Skills

How to Teach Reading Lesson Plans: Eighth Grade Reading Skills

  1. Reads orally with fluency based on rate, intonation, phrasing, and naturalness
  2. Self-corrects when reading miscues
  3. Reads fluently with understanding
  4. Utilizes prior knowledge
  5. Uses root words, prefixes, and suffixes
  6. Uses multiple meanings
  7. Utilizes synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms
  8. Decodes unknown words using the three-cueing system (e.g., semantics/context meaning, syntax/sentence structure, and graphophonic/sound-symbol correspondence)
  9. Uses spelling patterns and inflectional endings
  10. Utilizes figurative language/sound devices (e.g., rhyming, alliteration,
  11. Utilizes visual aids to completely understand a passage (e.g., picture, list, table, chart, graph)
  12. Identifies and applies knowledge of organizational patterns (e.g., sequence, cause and effect, compare/contrast)
  13. Recalls details and justifies
  14. Makes predictions, draws conclusions, and infers meaning
  15. Skims and scans to locate key information
  16. Summarizes or paraphrases a story
  17. Retells a story
  18. Uses parts of a book (e.g., title page, table of contents, index, glossary, headings and captions)
  19. Interprets and uses analogies
  20. Locates and combines information from reference sources (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, computer)
  21. Rereads to determine meaning
  22. Summarizes main idea and supporting details
  23. Identifies story elements (e.g., character, setting, plot, theme, mood/tone, conflict, climax, resolution)
  24. Interprets the various types of genres
  25. Recognizes author’s purpose (e.g., entertain, persuade, inform); tone (e.g., humorous, persuasive, ominous); point of view (e.g., first person, third person, omniscient)
  26. Connects literature to real-life situations
  27. Interprets the meaning of passages
  28. Recognizes figurative language/literary devices (e.g., metaphors, similes, personification, and hyperbole)
  29. Recognizes and uses persuasive techniques (e.g., bias, slant, misinformation, propaganda)
  30. Determines author’s position (author’s personal view) and defends/supports with details
  31. Reads and follows written and oral directions in passages
  32. Identifies and interprets specialized vocabulary in a context (jargon)
  33. Determines the sequence of activities for procedure order forms)
  34. Identifies information which provides additional clarity (e.g., bold-faced print, illustrations, italics)
  35. Listens and comprehends oral reading (e.g., teacher, peers, speakers)
  36. Listens and responds to teacher/peers


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