Balanced Literacy Lesson Plan Implementation And Reflection

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Abstract For most of the 20th century implementation of the most effective reading programs has been the primary topic of discussion among educators, administration and policy makers alike. In more recent years the implementation of a “balanced framework” of literacy has been the focus in the classroom setting. In this reflection piece I will define balanced literacy, reflect upon a recently implemented lesson plan based upon this framework as well as offer next steps moving forward in the elementary reading classroom setting. Balanced Literacy Lesson Plan Implementation and Reflection In a 2015 study conducted by the Nation’s Report Card only thirty-six percent (36%) of fourth grade students and thirty-four percent (34%) of eighth grade students were identified as reading at a level of proficiency. These number varied significantly between ethnic backgrounds and racial makeup, consequently; in an order to increase the reading proficiency of all students the implementation of a balanced literacy framework has been the definitive aim in many reading curriculums across the country. What is a balanced approach to literacy? A balanced literacy reading program combines several combines several methodologies in an effort to increase the comprehension level of each student in the classroom. These methodologies utilizes a combination of foundational skills development and whole language (Uzuner, 2011). Instructional approach and implementation. A balanced
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