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Grade 8 English Tutor

Grade 8 English Tutoring

In the eighth grade, students will face increasingly complex written and oral texts. They will have to not only identify meaning, but also the techniques and strategies used to convey meaning and how those can be used to persuade or manipulate audiences.

Eighth grade students must also use the skills they have gained to read, write and orate their own ideas using the strategies they have learned.

We work with the local curriculum which enables us to create a firm foundation which your child can build their language skills on. During the eighth grade, students must develop their skills in a wide variety of media using a wide range of resources both tangible and electronic.

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Grade 8 English Sample Curriculum

Oral Communication

  • Identify purposes for listening in a variety of situations, formal and informal, and set goals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate listening behavior by adapting active listening strategies to suit a wide variety of situations
  • Identify listening comprehension strategies and use them appropriately
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the information and ideas in increasingly complex oral texts
  • Develop and explain interpretations of oral texts using stated and implied ideas
  • Extend understanding of oral texts, including increasingly complex texts, by connecting, comparing, and contrasting the ideas and information in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights
  • Analyse oral texts in order to evaluate how effectively they communicate ideas
  • Explain the connection between a speaker’s tone and the point of view
  • Identify a wide variety of presentation strategies and evaluate their effectiveness
  • Identify a range of purposes for speaking and explain how the purpose and intended audience might influence the choice of speaking strategies
  • Communicate orally in a clear, coherent manner, using a structure and style appropriate to both the topic and the intended audience
  • Use appropriate words, phrases, and terminology from the full range of their vocabulary, including inclusive and non-discriminatory language, and a range of stylistic devices
  • Identify a range of vocal effects, including tone, pace, pitch, volume, and a variety of sound effects, and use them appropriately and with sensitivity towards cultural differences
  • Identify a variety of non-verbal cues, including facial expression, gestures, and eye contact, and use them appropriately and with sensitivity towards cultural differences
  • Identify strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after listening and speaking and what steps they can take to improve their oral communication skills


  • Read a wide variety of increasingly complex or difficult texts from diverse cultures
  • Identify a variety of purposes for reading and choose reading materials appropriate for those purposes
  • Identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies and use them appropriately to demonstrate understanding
  • Develop and explain interpretations of increasingly complex texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts to support their interpretations
  • Extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them
  • Analyse a variety of texts, both simple and complex, and explain how the different elements in them contribute to meaning and influence the reader’s reaction
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of both simple and complex texts based on evidence from the texts
  • Identify the point of view presented, give evidence of any biases they may contain; and suggest other possible perspectives
  • Analyse a variety of text forms and explain how their particular characteristics help communicate meaning, with a focus on literary texts such as a novel
  • Identify organizational patterns and explain how the patterns help communicate meaning
  • Identify a variety of text features and explain how they help communicate meaning
  • Identify various elements of style – including foreshadowing, metaphor, and symbolism – and explain how they help communicate meaning and enhance the effectiveness of texts
  • Predict the meaning of and rapidly solve unfamiliar words using different types of cues
  • Read appropriate texts with expression and confidence
  • Identify a range of strategies they found helpful before, during, and after reading and explain, in conversation with the teacher and/or peers or in a reader’s notebook, how they can use these and other strategies to improve as readers


  • Identify the topic, purpose, and audience for more complex writing forms
  • Generate ideas about more challenging topics
  • Gather information to support ideas for writing, using a variety of strategies and a wide range of print and electronic resources and sort and classify ideas and information for their writing
  • Identify and order main ideas and supporting details and group them into units that could be used to develop a multi-paragraph piece of writing, using a variety of strategies
  • Determine whether the ideas and information they have gathered are relevant, appropriate, and sufficiently specific for the purpose
  • Establish a distinctive voice in their writing appropriate to the subject and audience
  • Regularly use vivid and/or figurative language and innovative expressions in their writing
  • Vary sentence structures to give their writing rhythm and pacing
  • Identify their point of view and other possible points of view, evaluate other points of view, and find ways to acknowledge other points of view
  • Identify elements in their writing that need improvement
  • Make revisions to improve the content, using a variety of strategies
  • Spell familiar words correctly and spell unfamiliar words using a variety of strategies
  • Confirm spellings and word meanings or word choice using a variety of resources
  • Use punctuation appropriately to communicate their intended meaning in more complex writing forms, including forms specific to different subject areas, with a focus on the use of periods after initials, in abbreviations, and in decimal numbers; parentheses; punctuation to indicate intonation, pauses, or gestures
  • Use parts of speech correctly with a focus on the use of relative pronouns
  • Proofread and correct their writing using guidelines developed with peers and the teacher
  • Use a wide range of appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout
  • Produce pieces of published work to meet identified criteria
  • Select pieces of writing that they think reflect their growth and competence as writers and explain the reasons for their choices

Media Literacy

  • Explain how various media texts address their intended purpose and audience
  • Interpret increasingly complex or difficult media texts, using overt and implied messages as evidence for their interpretations
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the presentation and treatment of ideas, information, themes, opinions, issues, and/or experiences in media texts
  • Demonstrate understanding that different media texts reflect different points of view
  • Identify who produces various media texts and determine the commercial, ideological, political, cultural, and/or artistic interests or perspectives
  • Explain how individual elements of various media forms combine to create, reinforce, and/or enhance meaning
  • Identify the conventions and techniques used in a variety of media forms and explain how they help convey meaning and influence or engage
  • Produce a variety of media texts of some technical complexity for specific purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques
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