Description of balanced literacy components and examples of their use in the classroom.
<ul><li> 1. My Philosophy of Reading<br />Reading means finding meaning in literature and using it to develop knowledge. A childs ability to read affects every aspect of his/her learning, which is why the ability to use text to gain knowledge is integral.<br />In order to motivate students to read, we must provide them with quality literature that is appropriately challenging and then offer the support they need to successfully apply reading skills and strategies.<br />Through cognitive modeling, making connections to deepen understanding,and scaffolding reading experiences, a teacher is able to create independently successful readers.<br /></li></ul>
<p> 2. Balanced Literacy<br />by Jennifer DeArmitt<br />a balance of whole language and phonics instruction, using authentic texts and providing a variety of real life reading and writing experiences that scaffold throughout the year.<br /> 3. Why a Balanced Literacy?<br />Reading and writing are closely related processes and should not be artificially isolated for instruction.<br />(Burts, Charlesworth, & Hart, 1997, p. 226)<br />A balanced literacy meets the demands of present-day literacy which is defined by Irwin Kirsch and Ann Jungeblut as using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve ones goals, and to develop ones knowledge.<br />(Graves, Juel, & Graves, 2007, p. 16) <br />contemporary education must go beyond simply presenting students with information and must ensure that students retain important information, understand topics deeply, and actively use the knowledge they gain. <br />(Graves, Juel, & Graves, 2007, p. 16) <br />We particularly need to improve all childrens higher-order thinking skills.We need to guide as many students as we possibly can to a level of literacy that enables them to read challenging material, to analyze it closely, to learn from it, to reason from it, and to problem solve.(Graves, Juel, & Graves, 2007, p. 17) <br /> 4. Three Main components<br /> 5. Reading<br /> 6. Teacher reads aloud to students, asking questions before, during and after to help students make connections and build interest in the topic and reading as a whole.<br />Read Aloud<br />Provides adult model of fluent reading. <br />Models use of reading strategies.<br />Develops vocabulary. <br />Encourages prediction.<br />Builds interest in reading. <br /> 7. Using a variety of prose, such as non- fiction, fiction, rhymes, songs, and poetry, the teacher and students share quality text through spontaneous interactions.<br />Shared Reading<br /></p>
<ul><li>Promotes reading strategies. </li></ul>
<p> 8. Develops confidence. 9. Improves fluency and phrasing. 10. Increases comprehension. 11. Builds interest in reading. 12. Identifies elements of text.</p>