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
 
CTTCS Balanced Literacy Focus
 
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
 
 
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