Balanced Literacy Plan
Balanced Literacy Plan provides framework,
giving students the very best literacy instruction
A task force of teachers, program coordinators and administrators assembled during the 2010 school year to research and create a Balanced Literacy Plan, which would guide and inform instruction for every K-5 classroom in the District.
The task force researched core components of literacy, weighing their effect on student growth in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The committee then examined the district’s current instructional alignment guide (IAG), state standards and Common Core Standards to determine consistency of purpose and planning. According to Linda Greason, Bell Prairie principal who is the facilitator of the core instruction subcommittee of the task force, Balanced Literacy is a framework that provides components of instruction to develop students’ abilities to read, write, listen and speak effectively.
At its foundation is the belief that all five areas of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency) are critical to student literacy growth. In addition, through the use of increasingly complex texts, combined with a gradual release of responsibility from teacher to student, it is believed students will be able to reach levels of literacy ability and achievement that will support
academic achievement throughout their school career.
In addition to the core instruction subcommittee, the task force has two other subcommittees currently working on draft plans. One is a committee focused on family and community involvement and the other with assessment and intervention. The Balanced Literacy Plan, currently in draft form, makes its debut at the start of the 2012-13 school year and is to be implemented over three to four years.
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