English Language Arts and Reading


The DeSoto ISD community of educators is dedicated to the success of each and every student. As you and your children make this journey in partnership with us, we want to provide information and resources to help them succeed. A major part of our mission is to help you support your children’s learning.

ELA/Reading courses in grades K-4 will focus on the development of the foundational skills needed for a student to be successful at the elementary level and beyond. We focus on reading, writing, oral and written conventions, listening and speaking. Courses in grades 5-12 focus on continuing the development of skills taught at the elementary level, and preparing students for college and careers.

The DeSoto ISD curriculum teams work together, using the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to develop meaningful curricula.



Students in middle/high school Pre-AP and AP English courses are required to read one book and complete the accompanying assignments. Selected titles represent a variety of voices, cultures, perspectives, and ideologies. The goal is to provide students with an abundance of choice in the texts they interact with in an effort to develop their understanding, perspective, and appreciation for the people, places, and ideas that comprise of their world.


DeSoto ISD is also providing parents the district’s Library Media Centers recommended reading list by grade level (attached below).

Also, please note that the Confidential Student Report (CSR) that comes out with the STAAR results will have recommended reading based on your student’s performance on the reading STAAR test