of the language arts program at Laurel Meadow Elementary School
is to engage each and every student in learning to read, write
and communicate effectively. We do this by way of the Standards
of Learning as prescribed by the Virginia Department of
Educations and the Hanover County expectations. We strive to
teach all of our students to become fluent readers and
comprehend a variety of both fiction and non-fiction text. As
students progress in their ability to make meaning of more
complex text we help them to refine strategies for comprehending
and analyzing a variety of genres.
Oates and Mrs. Coakley work with students, teachers and parents
to improve student reading achievement. They both work
alongside teachers as a coach to help provide support to provide
best literacy instruction for all students. Mrs. Oates and Mrs.
Coakley provide intervention to students who struggle in
literacy using a “pull out” reading intervention approach as
The Core reading Specialists at LMES have a variety of
additional responsibilities that focus on providing additional
assistance to at-risk readers. These programs include: direct
instruction with selected students, diagnostic testing,
placement testing, assisting classroom teachers, consulting with
parents, providing supplemental materials, and staff development
at both school and district levels.
Creating a high quality book room is a big focus for the Core
Reading Specialist at LMES. The book room will have sets of
texts from a variety of genres that children read during Guided
Reading instruction. Books are leveled according to difficulty
and include many fiction and non-fiction titles. Non-fiction
books have been chosen to enrich the science, social studies,
and math topics studied at each grade level. During Guided
Reading, teachers work with small groups of students who are
reading similar levels of text and display similar reading
behaviors. This allows teachers to provide differentiated
instruction and carefully monitor students' progress.
Reading Resource Programs:
LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention)
SOL Tutorial Program
Tutorial Program provides supplementary instruction
for at-risk students in the areas of reading and
math at SOL targeted grades. Other areas of focus
include study skills and test-taking skills.
Students are recommended for this program based on
test data and/or through teacher recommendations.