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Balanced Literacy

Balanced literacy is a framework used for instructional planning and teaching. The components’ contents are presented through explicit, structured lessons. Teacher observations and assessments determine what drives instructions and how it is delivered: whole group, small group, or to individuals. It is the goal of balanced literacy to move students to the edge of their competencies as independent readers and writers.

We believe parents and teachers are partners in the child’s reading experiences. Students who read more become better readers.

Students should:

  • Be proficient in reading across the curriculum.
  • Be immersed in authentic and engaging literature.
  • Read at their independent level daily for pleasure and for instructional purposes.
  • Make meaning while reading.
  • Be given choice in their reading selection.
  • Engage in collaboration and self-reflection.

Teachers should:

  • Read aloud to their students daily.
  • Include multi-culture literature.
  • Incorporate purposeful lessons with an emphasis on comprehension.
  • Be skilled, confident reading instructors with continued training.
  • Invest in early intervention.
  • Use a variety of assessments.
  • Follow the district frameworks.
  • Prepare students for recreational and functional reading.
  • Differentiate instruction.