Balanced Literacy - Nancy Broz

Balanced Literacy - Nancy Broz

Balanced Literacy Essential Elements Goal To teaching reading as a total process that promotes: 1. higher order thinking 2. problem solving 3. reasoning Print-rich Environment

Quality literature Comfortable atmosphere Real world materials Recommended Resources

Big Books Leveled books Trade books Little books (beginning readers) Quality literature Informational books Word walls

Classroom library Dictionaries

Software Charts of poems and songs Poetry books Multicultural literature Directions Posters Emphasis on Comprehension Phonemic awareness Phonics instruction

Word study Balanced classrooms integrate authentic reading and writing with purposeful word study. Comprehension

Processing text with prior knowledge Active process Children become aware of how they read and what strategies help -- and when in the reading process Comprehension Three cueing systems:

1. 2. 3. Semantic (meaning) Syntactic (grammar/sentence structure) Graphophonic (letters, sounds) Grouping QuickTime and a

decompressor are needed to see this picture. Children and should be on different levels within the classroom. Flexible grouping (homogeneous and heterogeneous Differentiated Instruction

Reading aloud Shared Reading and Writing Guided Reading and Writing Independent Reading Response to Text

Always return to the text Important to comprehension Need to balance Literature circles, drama, art projects, shared writing Reading and Writing

Complementary processes . daily Journals Diversity Important to use multicultural literature and multiple perspectives Authentic Assessment

Running Records Reading inventories Checklists Portfolios Continuous feedback

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