• Trying        Grading Practices

    District Writing Assignments are not editable and are graded based upon a score of 100%. We practice often and our writing assignments are graded far less to prepare students for the district assignment which becomes the final practice. The same practice rubrics are used for each district writing project as not to create a surprise for students. 

    District Reading Test are usually recorded just for data.

    Reading tests are scored at 100 points and may be offered as a retake if students meet certain criteria and expectations. 

    Book Reports are typically less than 100 points and are not usually editable because a rubric and expectations have been established prior to the assignment.

    Quizzes are graded less than 25 points and are not available for retakes. 

    ISN checks are usually less than 20 points and are not able for a retake/do-over as students will always be notified when checks are coming.

    Homework is never graded and there is not a participation grade or extra credit. 

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    CurriculumOur curriculum is based on the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards as well as the Arizona State Social Studies and Science Standards.

    Units of Study

    Collection 1: Facing Fear-inference, compare and contrast, cite evidence, analyze point of view, and summarize the plot and main idea. 
    Collection 2: Animal Intelligence-Character motivation, character analysis, public speaking, analyze the author’s purpose. 
    Collection 3: Dealing with Disaster- poetry, figurative language, analyze cause and effect, and analyze elements of tone.
    Collection 4: Making Your Voice Heard- interpret the theme, identify internal and external conflict, trace and evaluate an argument, analyze the author’s style and tone, analyze persuasive techniques    

    We may not cover all the stories in the last two units but those standards will be covered.                                                                                      Collection 5: Decisions that Matter – Identify memoirs and biography, analyze primary and secondary sources, compare and contrast two genres, analyze the structure of a poem, describe how poets use symbols and structure to convey a theme                                                

    Collection 6: What Tales Tell – Identify and understand the elements of parody and folk tales, theme, analyze and cite textual evidence

    District NovelsThe Giver, Bud, Not Buddy, The Lightning Thief. 

    Our novels:  Refugee and Bud, Not Buddy


    Short Cut to Stories for Unit 3 PDF Form     Unit 4 PDF Form    


    Writing Rubric

    Narrative Writing DVUSD Narrative Rubric    1st Quarter

    Informative Writing DVUSD Inform Rubric     2nd Quarter 

    Argumentative RubricDVUSD Argumentative Rubric