Pulling it All Together - ELA

This page has been created to demonstrate how we can utilize resources to study one ELA CCSS standard, view a video of classroom strategies teaching the identified standard and then analyze a sample assessment, as well as, view student products demonstrating proficiency of the standard. These resources have been gathered from various websites throughout the country.

Grade Level: 8

Standard: 8.RL.4 (Reading: Literature) Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


Study the Standard: These half-page sheets 'bookmarks' were created by Tulare County Public Schools, CA, identifying the essential skills, concepts, and academic vocabulary of each ELA standard. Click here and scroll down to Standard: 8.RL.4


The Teacher Channel Video: Below is an example of a classroom teacher demonstrating a lesson teaching the identified standard (8.RL.4.)


Sample Assessment/Student Product: The Georgia Department of Education has developed samples questions and examples of student work products to show the rigor of questions associated with the identified standard. Click here to see sample questions, on-demand assessment and student work product that demonstrate proficiency of Standard 8.RL.4. Click here to access the training tool. 


Addional Resource, Discovery Education: This link "A Civil Rights Poem" gives digital background about the Civil Rights movement and history, analyzes the Poem "Rosa" by Rita Dove, as well as, the authors explanation about the use of figurative language, style and imagery when crafting the poem. Click here.




References: 1. Tulare County Office of Education- ELA Resources, http://www.tcoe.org/ERS/CCSS/ELA/Resources.shtm 2. Teaching Channel video Showcase, https://www.teachingchannel.org/about-us 3. CCGPS Georgia Public Broadcasting Professional Learning Sessions, https://www.georgiastandards.org/Common-Core/Pages/CCGPS-GPB.aspx 4. Discovery Education, http://www.discoveryeducation.com