• Balanced literacy instruction respects and addresses the needs of all learners, views teachers as informed decision-makers, is flexible, and is researched based.  A balanced literacy approach to instruction provides students with daily opportunities to engage in various reading and writing activities to help them communicate more effectively.
     
    In a balanced literacy framework, students participate in read-alouds, shared reading, interactive reading, guided reading, and independent reading.  In addition, they engage in modeled writing, shared writing, interactive writing, guided writing, and independent writing.
     
    The Role of the Teacher is listed below (regarding Reading Strand only):
    • To give students opportunities for reading at their instructional level.
    • To read and discuss a range of genres.
    • To support the development of students' vocabularies by selecting materials that expand their knowledge of words and promote language development.
    • To model strategies and provide practice for identifying unknown words.
    • To demonstrate and model strategies to enhance comprehension of the text.
    • To lead students through reading by providing them with the guidance and assistance they need in order to complete the task.
    • To model reading enjoyment.
    • To match text to students' levels of fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.
    • To support students in choosing texts to read.
    • To create a community of literacy learners that includes all students.
    • To give the students the opportunity for independent reading practice.
    • To create a climate that encourages students to engage in analytic evaluation and reflective thinking.
    • To monitor students' choices of materials for independent reading.
    Principal's Flip Chart for Reading.  www.illinoisreads.com(July, 2003)
    Handbook for Middle and High School Reading Specialists. Dianne Kinkead (2007-08)
Last Modified on August 16, 2019