Secondary English Language Arts
- Secondary English Language Home
- DESK Standards
- Grading Rubrics
- Graduation Requirements
- Book Evaluation Committee
- Approved Book List
- Additional Resources
- About Us/Contact
Davis School District's English teachers use rubrics in grading important assignments and student efforts. This clarity provides a clear expectation of excellence for the student, with an assurance that as they master the concepts focused upon the outcome is certain and expected. Please click here for more detailed information on a sliding scale rubric as applied to a writing assignment.
Rubrics for each of the standards are organized by grade level below.
Four units (four years) of English credit are required for graduation.
Three credits must come from the Foundation Courses and one from the Applied/Advanced Courses.
|FOUNDATION COURSES||APPLIED/ADVANCED COURSES|
| English 9 (required)
English 10 (required)
English 11 OR one of the following:
Journalism 1 and 2
Technical and Professional Communication
World Languages Level 3, Level 4, or AP
|*These courses can also be used for the one Applied/Advanced credit.|
Book Evaluation Committee
The primary purpose of the Book Committee is to review books requested by classroom teachers for approval for whole-class instruction at various levels throughout Davis School District.
We currently have two book lists: one for 7-8 grade and a separate list for grades 9-12. There is also a distinction for a few select books as being deemed appropriate for use with those high school students taking college level courses under the AP/IB/CE designations. These are not to be used in traditional classes.
Each year we have at least a few open positions on our evaluation committee, which we advertise through schools throughout the district. If you are interested, please feel free to submit an application each year in April/May to be considered.
Approved Book List
The evaluation committee appreciates it when teachers request that we analyze to determine the literary merit of a book so that it might be approved for whole class use in our schools. The best written, most powerful literature ought to be in the hands of our teachers and students. Please complete this form to request that we schedule a time to read and review this with our current committee. We will contact you regarding our current timeframes so you’ll have an idea of what/when to expect. Our current list of approved books is linked below.
Our primary text and and instructional anthology in secondary English Language Arts, Collections is available in print through students' classrooms and online at www.my.hrw.com. Students may easily sign in through Clever, as instructed in the link above, the direct website, or will access through Canvas as directed by teachers.
Parents may contact us in Teaching & Learning if they'd like to check out a copy of their student's current Collections anthology.
Login Name: online
Students may also login through the 'Quicklinks' tab on the home page, select 'students,' and then click 'Utah Online Library.'
OWL has the most up-to-date resources on research and essay formatting.
Writable is a versatile text editor that students may access to work on assignments made by their teachers in any subject. They will login through Clever or by clicking the 'all apps' list in their Microsoft 365 portal.
Scrible is an amazing research assistant all students may access through Clever or by clicking the 'all apps' list in their Microsoft 365 portal.
Username: school email
Sora or Overdrive can also be accessed under the 'Quicklinks' tab under 'Tools' or the through Office 365 by logging in, clicking all apps, and selecting Sora/Overdrive.
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Matt is a long-time resident of Davis County, having graduated from Adelaide, South Davis Jr., Woods Cross High, with BA and MA degrees in English Teaching and Educational Leadership from BYU. Before joining the Teaching and Learning Department Matt taught 3rd and 6th grades at Boulton Elementary and English at Timpview High School (Provo SD), Central Davis Junior High, and South Davis Junior High.