Monday, June 4, 2012

Topic 3: Balanced Literacy

Topic 3: Balanced Literacy

Attack on "Balanced Literacy" Is Attack on Professional Teachers, Research

NCTE Features of Literacy Programs

1. On Reading, Learning to Read and Effective Reading Instruction: An Overview of What We Know and How We Know It (

2. A Call to Action: What We Know About Adolescent Literacy and Ways to Support Teachers in Meeting Students’ Needs (

3. A Decision-Making Matrix (See link below)

Teaching Reading and Children: Reading Programs as "Costume Parties"

Barr, R. & Dreeden, R. (1991). Grouping students for reading instruction. In Barr, R., Kamil, M. L., Mosenthal, P. B., & Pearson, P. D. (Eds.), Handbook of Reading Research, vol II. (pp. 885-910). New York: Longman.
Cambourne, B. (2002). Holistic, integrated approaches to reading and language arts instruction: the constructivist framework of an instructional theory. In Farstrup, A. E. & Samuels, S. J. (Eds.), What research has to say about reading instruction. (pp. 25-47). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Freppon, P. A. & Dahl, K. L. (1998). Balanced instruction: Insights and considerations. Reading Research Quarterly 33(2), 240-249.
Heydon, R., Hibbert, K., Iannacci, L. (2005). Strategies to support balanced literacy approaches in pre- and inservice teacher education. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 48(4), 312-319.
Kasten, W. C. & Wilfong, L. G. (2007). Encouraging independent reading towards lifelong readers and learners.International Journal of Learning, 13. Located at
Pardo, L. S. (2004). What every teacher needs to know about comprehension. The Reading Teacher, 58(3), 272-280.
Pearson, P. D. & Hiebert, E.H. (2007).Vocabulary assessment: What we know and what we need to learn.Reading Research Quarterly42 (2), 282-296.
Spiegel, D. L. (1998). Silver bullets, babies, and bath water: Literature response groups in a balanced literacy program. The Reading Teacher, 52(2), 114-124.
Wharton-McDonald, R., Rankin, J., Mistretta, J., & Ettenberger, S. (1997). Effective primary-grades literacy instruction = Balanced literacy instruction. The Reading Teacher, 50(6), 518-521.

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