This Is Balanced Literacy, Grades K-6, 1st Edition

  • Douglas Fisher
  • Nancy Frey
  • Nancy Akhavan
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  • ISBN-10: 1544386826
  • ISBN-13: 9781544386829
  • DDC: 372.6
  • 272 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Students learn to read and write best when their teachers balance literacy instruction. But how do you strike the right balance of skills and knowledge, reading and writing, small and whole group instruction, and direct and dialogic instruction, so that all students can learn to their maximum potential? The answer lies in the intentional design of learning activities, purposeful selection of instructional materials, evidence-based teaching methods, and in strategic groupings of students based on assessment data. Together, these create the perfect balance of high impact learning experiences that engage and excite learners. In this hands-on essential guide, best-selling authors help you define that balance for your students, lighting the path to implementing balanced literacy in your classroom.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Videos.
Letter From the Authors.
1: Defining Balance, Finding Balance.
2: Whole-Class Reading Instruction: High-Level Support for Learning.
3: Whole-Class Writing Instruction: High-Level Support for Learning.
4: Collaborative Reading and Writing: Learning in the Company of Peers.
5: Small-Group Reading Instruction: Targeted Support Through Guided Learning.
6: Small-Group Writing Instruction: Targeted Support Through Guided Learning.
7: Independent Reading: Practicing, Applying, and Extending Learning.
8: Independent Writing Instruction: Practicing, Applying, and Extending Learning.
9: Assessment and Intervention in the Balanced Literacy Classroom: Noticing and Responding to Students’ Needs.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., a Professor at San Diego State University received the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference. Dr. Frey has published in The Reading Teacher, English Journal, Remedial and Special Education, and Educational Leadership. She has co-authored more than fifty books on English Learners (Language Learners in the English Classroom), assessment (Checking for Understanding), writing (Scaffolded Writing Instruction), literacy (Reading for Information in Elementary School) and vocabulary (Learning Words Inside and Out). Dr. Frey teaches a variety of courses on reading instruction and literacy in content areas, classroom management, and supporting students with diverse learning needs. She also was a third grade classroom teacher.

Dr. Frey's monographs include:Reaching for the Common Core, Using Technology to Foster Learning for a New Century, Link to 21st Century Skills and Resources, and Connect Oral and Written Expression, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Content.