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What is Balanced Literacy?

Balanced Literacy incorporates all reading approaches realizing students need to use multiple strategies to become proficient readers.


What is its purpose?

It provides and cultivates the skills of reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening for all students. A Balanced Literacy Program includes:

  • Modeled Reading (Reading Aloud) and Modeled Writing

  • Shared Reading and Shared Writing

  • Guided Reading and Guided Writing

  • Independent Reading and Independent Writing

What is the Daily 5?

The Daily 5 is a series of literacy tasks which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.  The Daily 5 is more than a management system or a curriculum framework – it is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.

Daily 5

What is Guided Reading?

Guided reading is an instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can all read similar levels of texts.

guided reading  

What are Read Alouds?

A read aloud is a planned oral reading of a book or print excerpt, usually related to a theme or topic of study. The read aloud can be used to engage the student listener while developing background knowledge, increasing comprehension skills, and fostering critical thinking. A read aloud can be used to model the use of reading strategies that aid in comprehension.


Reading Wonders Program Overview  


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