Reading Expectations

Research tells us that successful high school graduates have a vocabulary of 35,000 words.  They don’t achieve this through having conversations with others or by watching television or playing video games. They achieve it through reading a lot—learning new language just about every time they pick up a book. Language they will then use to express themselves, both orally and in writing.

The more a child reads, the more they learn to love reading—reading for pleasure, reading about what interests then, reading to learn, reading, reading, reading. It is Ho’okena’s expectation that students will develop this love of reading by reading EVERY NIGHT for the length of time prescribed by their classroom teacher.

Our standards also expect students to do wide reading or reading from a variety of different genres. Genres are categories of different types of reading materials. For younger students (K-1), consider the following BROAD categories below. For older students (Gr. 2-5) consider the subheadings under each category.


  • Historical Fiction
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction


  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Informational
  • Text
  • Memoir
  • How To



Newspapers and Magazines (examples):

  • Ranger Rick
  • National Geographic for Kids
  • Sports Illustrated for Kids
  • Cricket
  • Stone Soup
Some things to think about while reading:
  • What is the author’s message or lesson?
  • How does this story relate to other stories you have read or heard?
  • Can you think of times when you had the same experience?
  • Did you react the same way as the characters in the story?
  • What might you have done differently?
  • What do you think is most important to remember?