Balanced Literacy

  • Interactive Read Aloud allows children to

    talk and think deeply about books as readers so that they can study author’s craft as writers during the writing workshop

    be immersed in a genre of the current or upcoming unit in the writing workshop

    develop oral language, a sense of story, and book language (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996)

    increase vocabulary (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996).

    Reading Workshop allows children to

    Take on the independent practice of reading wide and deep

    Develop engagement and fluency in real reading situations

    Study genres in depth as readers that support the genres they approximate as writers

    Shared Writing allows children to

    see their messages recorded and how writing works

    have opportunities to immerse students in letters, words, sounds and punctuation

    be part of a community of composers of writing pieces that will serve as resources in the writing workshop

    Small Group Strategy Instruction allows children to

    receive differentiated direct writing instruction in cycles where the teacher attends to highly individualized writing needs