Balanced Literacy Term Paper by Nicky

Balanced Literacy
A look at the balanced literacy approach to reading.
# 146782 | 1,577 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 16, 2011 in Education (Reading) , Education (Teaching Methods)

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This paper examines balanced literacy, which is an approach for teaching literacy that is widely used in classrooms across the country. According to the paper, it involves several methods of teaching including learning reading, writing, and whole class instruction directed by the teacher. First, the paper describes the history of balanced literacy and how it was initially developed. Next, it discusses the four key instructional concepts that encompass all learning which are modeling, sharing, guiding, and developing independence. Then it explores the different components that help to engage students in literacy experiences. The paper concludes by stating that balanced literacy incorporates all reading approaches, realizing students will need to use multiple strategies to become proficient readers.


Key Instructional Concepts
Balanced Literacy Program Components
Read Aloud
Shared Reading
Guided Reading
Independent Reading
Modeled Writing
Shared Writing
Guided Writing
Independent Writing
The Balanced Concept Summary

From the Paper:

"Reading aloud forms a foundation for the early literacy framework. By having stories read to them, children learn to love stories and reading. Reading aloud involves children in reading for enjoyment, provides an adult demonstration of fluent reading, and builds listening comprehension. Children can respond to pictures and text, but the teacher provides full support for children to access the meaning of the story."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Balanced Literacy - Helping Your Child Love to Read and Write . (n.d.). Retrieved Mar 29, 2009, from Ovid-Elsie Area School District :
  • Cooperman, N., & Cunningham, A. (2003, May). Balanced Literacy and Technology. Retrieved Mar 28, 2009, from Teaching Matters, Inc.:
  • Definition of Balanced Literacy. (n.d.). Retrieved Mar 29, 2009, from Phillipsburg k12:
  • Frey, B., Lee, S., Pass, L., & Tollefson, N. (n.d.). Balanced Literacy in an Urban School District. Retrieved Mar 29, 2009, from School of Education University of Kansas:
  • Nations, S. (2005). Teacher's Guide for Bank Street Ready-to-Read. Retrieved Mar 28, 2009, from Gareth Stevens, Inc:

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APA Format

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