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Instruction & Discipline » Balanced Literacy

Balanced Literacy

Balanced Literacy is used as part of ShadowGlen's reading instruction. It is a comprehensive program of language arts acquisition. It contains all of the components necessary for students to master written and oral communication.  

Areas of emphasis include:
  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Viewing
Balanced literacy begins with creating a genuine appreciation for good literature. It includes teaching phonics, grammar skills, reading and comprehension strategies, and writing forms and skills. Direct and indirect reading instruction, shared reading, and independent reading must be provided.  Balanced literacy is a balance between reading and writing, and between teacher directed and student directed. In addition, it has many components that work together to create strong readers and writers while challenging all students to their fullest.