• Welcome to READ180!
    READ 180 is an effective reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of struggling readers. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high‐interest literature, and direct instruction in reading skills. Read 180 supports and motivates students as they progress toward becoming lifelong readers and learners.
    Read 180 emphasizes these key skills:
    • Phonemic awareness
    • Phonics
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Spelling
    • Comprehension
    • Writing
    • Listening, Speaking, & Viewing
    Program Components include:
    * Software for Instructional Reading: Provides individualized instruction that addresses students' unique reading problems.
    * Teacher Directed Instruction: READ 180 materials provide explicit instruction in reading comprehension, vocabulary, word study, and writing strategies.
    * Audiobooks for Modeled Reading: Offer struggling readers the opportunity develop good reading skills and habits while enjoying authentic grade‐level literature.
    * Paperbacks for Independent Reading: These leveled books are age‐appropriate, high‐interest books, which allow students to read confidently according to their own abilities.
    * Writing: Exercises in the Writing & Grammar Strategies book offer students with ample opportunities to develop their writing and grammar skills. Assignments focus on short writing pieces with plenty of scaffolding in the form of models, pre-writing organizers, and skills support.
    What is my child learning right now in READ180?
    Students in 7th/8th Grade Read 180 are starting their first workshop of the year- Workshop 3: Life in Dystopia
    For a complete look at what we will be learning for this unit, please see our current lesson plan at Workshop 3 Lesson Plan
    Students in Read 180 do not have homework as all interventions and assignments are completed in class. Students will receive a grade based on the classwork that they complete in class.
    Unit Objectives: 

    Students will use comprehension strategies to analyze different kinds of text from multiple sources. 

    Students will use collaborative learning strategies to learn about dystopian societies and will compare utopia to dystopia.

    Essential Questions:
    What does it mean to be part of a group?

    What are the differences between a utopian and dystopian society?

    What is the role of tradition in community?

    Can you really follow rules without questioning them?

    What does it mean to be at the mercy of a government?

    What are the dangers and benefits of competition?

    How can I help my child at home?
    1. Read, read, read!
    One of the best ways to help your child at home is to encourage reading. Students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes per night, however this time limit should be increased over time as reading demands become more rigorous. One of the best ways to encourage reading is to find a series or topic that interests your child. Study data supports that students who read material that they are interested in will be more successful and engaged. Secondly, make sure that your child is reading at their independent reading level. Students need to read books that are at their individual comprehension level so they can gain needed skills to increase their overall reading fluency and comprehension. If you would like information about what reading level your child is currently reading at, please feel free to contact me at lauren.sandoval@dvusd.org and I can send you information to take with you when selecting books.
    2. Maintain contact.
    While we encourage our students to be independent in organizing and completing assignments, maintaining contact with your child about what assignments are due and letting them know that you are aware of their progress is vital. Make sure that your child is checking in with you and that you are aware of the assignments that they are responsible for each week. Make sure that you check grades often with your child and ask questions about what they have learned.
    3. Ask questions.
    If you have questions or would like to know how your child is doing in class, I am always available to discuss this progress with you. I post assignments regularly on my website and am available by phone (623) 326-5237 or email lauren.sandoval@dvusd.org. 
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