• English Language Arts
    Daily Reading = 30 minutes
    Students who read for 30 minutes or more each day are more likely to develop successful study-skills, improves written communication, and creative thinking which all lead to increased over-all confidence.  In addition to silent reading, students are encouraged to read aloud to family, friends, pets and/or follow along while listening to books read aloud.  Students read 4-6 books each quarter to complete a Book Bingo.


    Book Bingo 

    MLA Writing Style & Referencing Sources
    The Hood River School District has adopted the MLA (Modern Language Association) style for citing works.  Paper formating and source citing can be found in the back of your student handbook (page R-5).  Students will reference all books read throughout each quarter on their Reading Bingo Sheet.
    Currently Hood River Valley High School recommends Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting for further information. 
    We Love To READ! [optional for students to further challenge themselves]
    • Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) measures reading comprehension and provides your child with a Lexile score.  Students should match their reading materials according to these Lexile scores.  http://www.lexile.com/ provides further information and suggested books at your child's reading level.  Individual scores will determine the number of times your student takes this assessment, throughout the year.


    Common Score (CCSS) Text Measures

    925 to 1070


    970 to 1120


    1010 to 1185


    1050 to 1260


    1080 to 1335

    11 and 12

    1185 to 1385

    Trimester 1
    Focus: Literary Text
                1. Identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of a story on a student made plot diagram.
                2. Identify the main idea or big idea in a story.

                3. Determine the point of view of a story (first and third only).         
                4. Write an IVF summary of the story.
                5. Use evidence from the story to support your answers.
                6. Take Cornell notes on the stories presented.

    Trimester Two
    Focus: Literary Text
                1. Identify the main characters in the story and determine if each character is static or dynamic.
                2. Describe how and why dynamic characters change.
                3. Identify the mood of a piece of writing.
                4. Identify the word choices and literary devices the author used to create the mood.
                6. Use evidence from the story to support your conclusion.
                7. Identify the tone in a piece of non-fiction writing.
                8. Identify word choices and literary devices the author used to create the tone.
                9. Write an IVF summary of the text.

    Trimster Three
    Focus: Non-fiction and Fiction Texts
                1. Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they "see"         and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.
                2. Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
                3. Take Cornell notes on the information presented.