Introduction to Balanced Literacy
What is balanced literacy?
The term “Balanced Literacy,” also known as Comprehensive Literacy, refers to a broad approach to oral and written language instruction based on current research. Balanced Literacy is NOT a specific program or set of materials, but rather a set of general principles and “best practices” which includes a BALANCE of:
- Explicit teaching of basic skills and strategies used by proficient readers and writers and a literature-rich classroom in which students select, read, and respond to authentic, high-quality literature.
- Whole-class lessons and small-group lessons and 1:1 instruction for all students.