Balanced Literacy Program Components & Strategies

A Balanced literacy program strikes a balance between both whole language and phonics. The strongest elements of each are incorporated into a literacy program that aims to guide students toward proficient and lifelong reading. There are five different components of balanced literacy: The read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, and Word study. The articles below introduce the different balanced reading program components and outline effective strategies for success.

Guided Reading – A Snapshot

Elementary students listening to the teacher

In Mrs. Martin’s classroom, five students are seated around a table. Mrs. Martin is seated with them. She appears to…