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South Dakota Educational Content Standards

Eighth Grade

The following list was selected from the South Dakota Content Standards for Eighth Grade. These specific standards can be met through the tours offered at the National Music Museum (not every standard is met in every tour offered). This information can be used to assist teachers in selecting appropriate tours and to enable teachers to request specific standards they would like to see met during a visit to the Museum. It can also be used to justify the field trip and the cost of transportation.

The student will:
  1. make reasonable predictions about the content or message of various materials before reading.
  2. use prior knowledge and experience to confirm, revise, or reject predications made about materials being read.
  3. relate the content and ideas in a selection to other concepts, topics, or sources.
  4. analyze the relationships between a work of literature and the context in which it was created.
  5. compare/contrast literature from different eras or cultures which deal with similar situations or conflicts.
  6. choose appropriate vocabulary to clarify and enhance ideas.
  7. write to synthesize information from multiple sources.
  8. write to record observations, communicate hypothesis, and analyze information collected.
  9. support thesis or judgements with information from various sources.
  10. use appropriate listening skills in various large and small group settings.
  11. ask probing questions to seek elaboration and clarification of the speaker's ideas and opinions.
  12. compare/contrast the influence of the speaker's verbal and non-verbal communication on listener response.
  13. evaluate the credibility of the speaker's message.
  14. use various questioning strategies to comprehend and recall information.
  15. classify information received according to subject or topic for effective retention.
  16. connect information received to prior knowledge for effective retention and recall.
  17. use oral vocabulary and style appropriate for audience.
  18. analyze the context and topic to determine the appropriate language for various speaking situations.
  19. use appropriate grammar and sentence structure in various speaking situations.
  20. use appropriate enunciation, pacing, and phrasing during formal/informal communication.
  21. use appropriate non-verbal skills when speaking.
  22. evaluate the impact of inventions from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s.
  23. summarize the causes, key events, and effects of the Civil War with emphasis on philosophical differences between the North and South as exemplified by geographic and economic differences between the agricultural South and the industrial North.
  24. apply basic scientific processing skills.
  25. associate mathematical symbols with word names or real numbers.
  26. express theoretical probability of experimental outcomes.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education at 605-677-5306 or e-mail her at

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