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ERIC Number: ED454499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 11
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Creating a "Literacy Club" in a First Grade Classroom: One Teacher's Balanced Approach.
Purcell, John
Frank Smith (1988) describes a "literacy club" as a classroom where no child is excluded from a wealth of reading and writing activities. One teacher, in designing a literacy club for his classroom, wanted to use a "balanced literacy" approach because using such an approach would allow him to incorporate many different perspectives that have worked in the past, and not force him to take a side in the long-going debate between phonics versus whole language. The program he designed: puts literature at the center of the program; involves both reading and writing to develop students' lifelong interest in both; teaches skills and strategies directly and indirectly; seeks to have students learn word recognition, vocabulary, and comprehension through reading; and wants students to express themselves through writing, using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The unit of instruction he designed for grade 1 is built around the theme "Animals in Literature." Literacy instruction is organized to include four different instructional approaches: literature focus units; literature circles; reading and writing workshop; and basal reading programs. In the literature focus unit, Caldecott Medal books are read together, and in the literature circles the students select the books they want to read. The last part of the language arts period is dedicated to reading and writing workshop. The reading and writing processes are central to the balanced program, and the teacher tries to connect the two as much as possible. Assessment procedures are performance-based and tied directly to reading and writing activities rather than tests. The classroom is a print-rich environment, and the teacher's classroom philosophy is to maintain his literacy club by allowing students lots of time for reading. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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