English Language Arts

A Summary of Balanced Literacy

What is “balanced literacy instruction”? It involves explicit, systematic and completely thorough teaching of the skills required to read and write in a classroom environment where there is much reading of authentic literature–including information books and much composing by students. Balanced literacy instruction is demanding in every way that literacy instruction can be demanding. Students are expected to learn the skills and learn them well enough to be able to transfer them to the reading and writing of texts. Yes, this is done in a strongly supportive environment, with the teacher providing a great deal of direct teaching, explanations and re-explanations, and modeling for students about the appropriateness of applying skills they have learned previously to new texts and tasks. As children learn the skills and use them, the demands in balanced classrooms increase, with the goal of the balanced literacy teacher being to move students ahead, so that every day there is new learning; every day students are working at the edge of their competencies and growing as readers and writers” (Pressley, 2003)

Literacy for the 21st Century Chapter Summaries

Balanced Literacy Year Plancttcs11

Vygotsky’s Gradual Release of Responsibility Model

Independent Writing

Independent Reading

Guided Writing/SGI

Guided Reading/SGI

Shared Writing

Shared Reading

Write Aloud

Read Aloud