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Balanced Literacy:

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Audra Wheeler

on 25 August 2014

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Transcript of Balanced Literacy:

Word Study
15-30 minutes

-Phonics/Spelling rules
-Word usage
FOOD: Word Study
-Block schedule

-Textbooks & lesson plans

-Classroom set-up: kidney table, easel,
meeting area, classroom library

Writing Workshop
45-60 minutes
-Mini lesson
-guided practice
-independent practice

-conferring with students
(small group/individual)
FOOD: Writing
Reading Workshop

Modeled Reading:
Teacher reads aloud with a specific skill focus for think aloud and discussion.
Shared Reading:
Both teacher and students read a shared text, with a clearly defined strategy.
Guided Reading:
A small, flexible group of 4-6 students organized according to instructional text level.
Independent Reading:
Students read alone and apply learned skills and strategies.

FOOD: Reading
Balanced Literacy
Balanced Literacy is a K-5 literacy instructional approach that creates a gradual release of responsibility from the teacher to the student. A balanced literacy approach will be used to ensure that each student may progress at his or her own optimum pace and depth to maximize each student’s academic achievement.

FOOD: FCS Definition



Exercise: In Practice
Modeled Writing

Shared Writing

Guided Writing

Independent Writing
Exercise: In Practice
Modeled Reading

Shared reading

Guided Reading

Independent Reading

In Practice?

Explicit skill instruction and the use of authentic texts across content areas
Gradual release of control and responsibility
Modeled, Shared, Guided, and Independent
Assessment based planning is at the core of this model.
Authentic applications of learning
Connected within a block schedule
(min. 90 minutes  Ideal 105-140 minutes)

Key Components
Balanced Literacy:
A Well-Balanced Diet

Become Healthy & Fit
-Understand key components
-Work toward BALANCE (the ideal)
-Customize to fit his/her needs
-Rely on others for advice and/or support

A Program
The program for creating balance and harmony among literacy skills to maximize results and overall success for all readers and writers.

*A Truce For the Reading War...a balance between both whole language
and phonics reading instruction

*Daily instruction of key literacy components
*Gradual release of responsibility
modeled, shared, guided, independent
*Leveled & Rigorous
Reading Workshop
Modeled Reading
Shared Reading
Guided Reading
Independent Reading
Writing Workshop
Word Study
Workshop Model

*Gradual release of responsibility
*Authentic connections
*Mini-lesson, guided practice, sharing
*Focused on skills, strategies, & habits
*FCS: Humanities, PL, CST (for modeling/observation/feedback)

*Professional Resources:
Fountas and Pinnell, Lucy Calkins, Ralph Fletcher, Jan Richardson,
Debbie Diller
All are a planned instructional session that focus on skill, strategy, & habits.
All are a planned instructional session
that focus on skill, strategy, & habits.
All are a planned instructional session that focus on skill, strategy, & habits.
Guided Reading
Assessment-based groups...flexible

Leveled text

A reading structured lesson to teach the reader, not the text

All students are reading text: own pace & aloud

Modeled Reading
teacher reads text aloud to students
provides model of fluent reading and good reading strategies/habits
anchor charts
student interaction/practice
expands access to text beyond students' abilities
develops active listening
Shared Reading
teacher and student reading the text together
all have a copy of the text
teaches strategies and habits
increases comprehension
demonstrates awareness of text
(story structure, content, text-based evidence, author's purpose, etc.)
Independent Reading
self-selected and/or leveled text
practices current instruction with leveled text
increases practice time
encourages active reading (accountability)
builds enthusiasm for reading
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