English/Language Arts – Grade 8

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In eighth grade, students continue to build upon skills previously learned in earlier grades. There is a continued emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. Students continue to write in a variety of forms with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing. Grammar and mechanics are reviewed within the context of writing. Oral skills are used in developing and making presentations. Attention is given to preparing students for the reading and writing components of the Virginia SOL exam.