What is Balanced Literacy?
A Balanced literacy program uses both whole language and phonics. The goal of a balanced literacy program is to include the strongest elements of each. The components of a 'balanced literacy' approach are as follows: The read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and Word study.
A balanced reading program includes:
• Knowing students individually.
• Balancing both direct and indirect instruction.
• Balancing instructional activities including skills
emphasis and meaning emphasis