The Dysart Unified School District English Department is a community of life-long learners whose essential goal is to assist students in connecting literature and writing to the human experience. It is imperative that students acquire the skills to clearly articulate their thoughts both orally and in writing. Students at every grade level should expect to read fiction and nonfiction selections that will challenge as well as engage them, to listen and fully participate in class discussions and activities that will promote deeper understanding of the written word, and to complete assignments designed to improve writing skills, written expression, and 21st Century Learning Initiatives. We believe that Dysart students should be given choices in determining topics of study as long as these choices are approved and meet the standards of the assignment. There are, however, some aspects of reading and writing that all students will encounter and some common skills that all students must master during their years in DUSD for college and career readiness. In pursuit of our mission, the department is also committed to promoting community among our members and professional activities that will advance knowledge and pedagogy.
DUSD English Teachers have a commitment to
- teaching skills for critical reading, writing, speaking, and thinking.
- preparing students to be informed and responsible members of society.
- nurturing the enjoyment of learning through reading and writing as students pursue personal and educational goals.
- encouraging professional development among colleagues.
- aligning lessons to the College and Career Ready Standards.
- teaching that is student-centered, challenging, and developmentally appropriate.
- utilizing 21st Century Learning Initiatives.
District Approve Novels Through 2011 [PDF]
Author Master Supplemental Adoption List
- Engage students in meaningful learning so that our classrooms and schools continually reflect an atmosphere of rigor and relevance.
- Communicate with parents, students, feeder schools (including charter schools), local businesses, administration, and professional colleagues so the role they play in student progress is well-defined.
- Make student work visible to other students, parents, and community.
- Continue to build, develop, and share highly effective instructional and assessment practices.
- Continue to align our schools’ goals with the aspirations of our communities and the realities of our world to benefit our students.
- Integrate research and reflective practices that encourage professional growth.
- Advocate for, and take charge of, professional development to empower and equip us to reach these goals.
[PDF] (approved Jan. 2012)
Title Master Supplemental Adoption List
[PDF] (approved Jan. 2012)
Master Novel List - Grades 7-12 - Updated
Improving Adolescent Literacy
ELA College and Career Ready Standards
Links to Literacy Topics
National Council of Teachers of English
International Reading Association
Journalism Education Association