Balanced Literacy is a curricular methodology that integrates various modalities of literacy instruction-Interactive Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Shared Writing, Interactive Writing, Guided Writing, and Independent Writing. Assessment- based planning is at the core of this model. The balanced literacy approach is characterized by explicit skill instruction and the use of authentic texts in the Reading and Writing Workshop Model. Through various modalities, the teacher implements a well-planned comprehensive literacy program that reflects a gradual release of control, whereby responsibility is gradually shifted from the teacher to the students. 


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What Makes a Strong Balanced Literacy Program?


Unfamiliar with balanced literacy yourself? A strong balanced literacy program includes elements of whole language and phonics instruction. Here’s a quick overview of the different parts of a balanced literacy program: