A Balanced Literacy Program Is a Necessity for a Child's Education

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The program should include multiple instructional activities being consistently implemented in the classroom. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) determined, “37% of fourth graders read below “basic” level and much higher in minority groups.” (INSERT CITATION) More than 60% of African-American and Latino children are below grade level. A variety of instructional activities are needed to teach children to read effectively. Each of the activities play a necessary role, but can not stand alone when teaching children to read. These activities include: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. (CITE INFORMATION)
Effective teachers use balanced literacy instruction in their classroom, teachers see the results in their children’s ability to effectively read. In a study conducted by the National Reading Research Center supervisors were asked to select their highly effective teachers to be surveyed about their literacy programs in their classrooms. The 89 teachers “reported integrating explicit skills instruction and opportunities to read and write whole, “authentic” texts” (INSERT CITATION). The teachers consistently reported using authentic lessons. The lessons were modeled, guided explanations; follow up mini-lessons, and assessments. Lessons were taught using a variety of instructional methods including: whole group, small groups, and…
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