English Language Arts Curriculum
Nantucket Elementary School
Nantucket Elementary School has introduced Teacher's College Reading Units of Study as a core resource for Reading. Teachers are also using the Teacher's College Writer's Workshop for writing instruction. Fundations is the phonics curriculum that is being implemented throughout NES. This work is also supported with resources from Fountas and Pinnell Classroom, and through targeted reading instruction for struggling readers. Students are assessed and progress monitored using the Fountas and Pinnell text level gradient. It is their mission to ensure that all students receive the necessary supports to become successful readers and writers.
Nantucket Intermediate School
Nantucket Intermediate School has introduced Teacher's College Reading Units of study as a core resource for Reading. Teacher's have paired this with ongoing instruction in Teacher's College Units of study for Writing. Words Their Way is used to differentiate word study for students. At NIS, students are gaining independence as readers and writers through the explicit instruction and reinforcement of the strategies and habits of mind good readers and writers use to further their development. Here, students are assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Text level gradient and running records. Students who struggle receive targetted interventions to support their growth as learners.
Cyrus Peirce Middle School
At Cyrus Peirce Middle School, students from 6th to 8th grade transition from elementary school to high school in a three year period. Easing this transition, 6th and 7th Grades practice reading non-narrative and narrative texts and writing in response to texts with the Amplify ELA curriculum. In 8th grade, students interact with literature and informational text through book clubs and group projects. They also being to examine complex core texts as a class, which helps prepare students for increasing rigor in the study of English Language Arts.
Nantucket High School
The Nantucket High School English Department has a robust program of studies that enables them to meet the needs of all the learners in their charge. The curriculum is aligned with the MA English Language Arts Framework, and affords students the opportunity to develop and refine their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students regularly interact with challenging text and have opportunities to respond to text in writing. The English department facilitates students' ability to achieve in and out of the classroom, and assists them in truly being college and career ready.
Summer Reading 2021