Friday, August 5, 2016

Balanced Literacy

I am always on the lookout for resources that will help me build a balanced literacy program. I work with students at a variety or levels, with a variety of deficits in a special education setting. 
This is what I found of interest:

In Balanced Literacy...
"...all aspects of reading, writing, speaking, and listening receive appropriate emphasis." (Routman, 2000)"
This is how this website describes balanced literacy: 

Balanced Literacy...

  1. "provides students daily opportunities to engage in reading, writing, speaking, and listening 
  2. includes meaningful literacy activities
  3. explicitly demonstrates reading, writing, and thinking processes
  4. maintains safe, well-organized, collaborative classrooms
  5. is differentiated
  6. views teachers as informed decision-makers
  7. guides and supports students in becoming lifelong learners"
  In one of my previous post I listed website I utilize. Reading Rockets is one of these it lays out strategies/interventions for each of the five BIG AREAS of reading... phonological  awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  The strategies walk the teacher through strategies for each part of the reading process and HOW to use this strategy.

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