READING COUNTS
Dana Middle School Schoolwide Reading Program
Reading Counts Point Requirements Millionaires' Club

Alphabetical Listing of Selected Reading Counts Books with Quizzes
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Dana Faculty Provided Quizzes

Summer Library Hours: July 6-August 2, 2006 - 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
August 3-August 31, open Tuesdays and Thursdays only between 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Open to ALL Dana students including those not attending Summer Session.

Summer points will be added to Fall Semester's Reading Counts points.


Introduction to the Program

The English and ESL Departments at Dana Middle School believe that reading is the single most important activity in the development of language usage. Since all students need a wide reading experience, LAUSD and Dana have developed an approved reading list. Click on the above alphabetical links to search for quizzes.


Librarian Miss Gabbedon and
Library Aide Miss Persida Guevarra

Photo: Computers for library

Photo: Bookshelf and Tables

Library Information

The library opens at 7:15 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m during the regular school year (see summer schedule above). Students can stay at the library during nutrition and lunch only if they enter the library within the first seven minutes of those periods.

Student I.D. required to check out books or take Reading Counts book quizzes.

Computers are available to complete school assignments.

Reading Assessment and Lexile Score

Each student will take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) test on the computer. The computer will assess the student's comprehension and give him/her a Lexile score. The Lexile score is from BR (beginning reader) through 1500 (a college post-graduate). Middle school students should be reading between 800-1100 Lexile.

All of Dana's library books have a Lexile range. This helps the student choose a book at his/her reading reading level. In addition, each book has a point value between 1-125. The point value is based on the difficulty of the ideas and amount of words. After reading a book, s/he can take a test for that book (see below for rules). This test is part of a software program called Reading Counts. These tests are only available at Dana's Library.

Reading Counts Rules

  1. Reading points must be earned on books read during the current semester. Tests which were passed at Dana may not be repeated.
  2. A student may only take one test a day.
  3. All students are required to show their ID card to take a test.
  4. A student is allowed three attempts to pass a test on any one book.
  5. Any student found cheating or helping another student cheat will lose all points earned before this incident.

Reading Counts Point requirements for all grades. Point requirements may be adjusted for individual teachers.

For Each Semester A B C D FAIL
Five Weeks 50 35 20 10 0-9
Ten Weeks 75 50 40 20 0-19
Fifteen Weeks 100 75 60 30 0-29

Twenty Weeks

125 100 80 40 0-39

Reading Counts is 20% of a student's English grade.

READING COUNTS AT THE MILLIONAIRES' CLUB

The state of California suggests that each middle school student read one million words a year at his/her reading level. The Reading Counts program keeps track of the number of words that students read. When students reach a million words read for the year, they become members of the Millionaires' Club and are acknowledged by having their 'star' in the library.

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