English Department

Carrie Dirmeikis - Curriculum Leader

GRADE 6
Students read in a number of contexts to scaffold the development of comprehension and literary interpretation skills. These contexts include supported read-alouds, whole class study of single texts, collaborative literature circle groups, and independent reading. Explicit instruction focuses on a number of reading strategies which include recalling and identifying important details, questioning a text, drawing inferences, making connections, and synthesizing information in the service of developing larger theories. All reading instruction is intended to lead students to read with purpose and for meaning.

GRADE 7
Students read a variety of genre as they develop comprehension and literary interpretation skills. Throughout the year, students experience interactive read-alouds, whole class study of single texts, collaborative literature circle groups, and independent reading. Explicit instruction focuses on practicing reading strategies, which include retellings, questioning, drawing inferences, making connections, and synthesizing information in the service of developing larger theories. All instruction is intended to lead students into independent application of the skills they learn.

GRADE 8
Students read across a variety of genre as they develop comprehension and literary interpretation skills. Throughout the year, students experience interactive read-alouds, whole class study of single texts, collaborative literature circle groups, and independent reading. Explicit instruction focuses on applying reading strategies which include questioning, drawing inferences, making connections, and synthesizing information in the service of developing larger theories as they move from concrete to abstract and analytical thinking. All instruction is intended to lead students into independent application of the skills they learn. All reading instruction is intended to lead students to read with purpose and for meaning.

Literacy Boost in all grades is offered to learners who would benefit from small group direct instruction in order to maintain/accelerate their literacy learning. Teacher recommendations and students' literacy performance is considered in selecting deserving candidates.


Name Grade Email
Extension
Leonor Daley 6 Leonor_Daley@wayland.k12.ma.us x4108
Carrie Dirmeikis
 7 & 8
carrie_dirmeikis@wayland.k12.ma.us  x4148
Luann Duesterberg 7 Luann_Duesterberg@wayland.k12.ma.us x4147
Stephanie Galvani
 6 stephanie_galvani@wayland.k12.ma.us  x4102
Tom Halpin
 6 thomas_halpin@wayland.k12.ma.us
x4103
Ellen Jacobs
 all
ellen_jacobs@wayland.k12.ma.us
x4301
Cori O'Keefe 8 cori_okeefe@wayland.k12.ma.us x4123
Meeghan Peirce
8 meeghan_peirce@wayland.k12.ma.us  x4120
Heidi Waldstein 7 heidi_waldstein@wayland.k12.ma.us
x4149