Balanced Literacy Program

Designed for a Grade 2 Class

A Balanced Literacy Program is a balance between both whole language and phonics. There are five different components of balanced literacy: The read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, and Word study. Balance literacy captures the balance between teacher-initiated and student-initiated activities and learning which in turn, students become literate and lifelong learners.

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The five different components of a balanced literacy program is reflected in building a “Workshop” through the Daily 5 framework: read to self, work on writing, read to someone, listen to reading, and word work. Students select from these daily 5 to work independently towards personalized goals while the teacher meets individual needs through whole group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferences.
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Examples of Balanced Literacy Activities

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The Daily 5 classroom is an excellent balance between teacher-initiated and student-initiated learning. It allows teachers to choose individualized goals, assign strategies, monitor progress, and provide instructions to meet the needs of every student. The benefits for both teachers and students include the following:

  • Students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
  • Less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
  • The framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates;
  • Improves school wide literacy achievement; and
  • Behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas.

* (Boushey, C. & Moser, J., 2014).

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For More Information...

Welcome new teachers to Greendale Public School! If you have any further questions regarding our Balanced Literacy Program, specifically in my grade 2 class, please feel free to contact me with the information provided below.

Best Regards,

Miss Nguyen


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