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ERIC Number: ED454505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
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Increasing Students' Reading Readiness Skills through the Use of a Balanced Literacy Program.
Elsea, Becky
This report describes a literacy program that provides readers with materials and instructions that fit their individual levels of development. The targeted population consists of kindergarten students in a northwest suburb that is characterized by higher than average household earnings, highly educated residents, and a population encompassing all ages, occupations, and incomes. The children enter school displaying a wide range of reading readiness skills. Evidence includes running records that track each child's reading level, writing samples, and checklists that show children's understanding of print concepts and letter-sound relationships. Analysis of probable cause data reveals that a child's environment impacts literacy learning. Literacy development of children begins before formal schooling and is influenced by the quantity and quality of literacy-related experiences in the home environment. Parent involvement, preschool experiences, children's interests and strengths, and available materials are factors in a child's understanding of literacy. A review of solution strategies suggests a balanced literacy program. Through readalouds, shared reading, guided reading groups, interactive writing, and independent writing and reading, children will be provided with several kinds of reading and writing experiences. Post intervention data indicate an increase in student letter recognition and knowledge of letter and print concepts. The concepts about print the students learned during shared reading and writing experiences were transferred to journal writing and independent reading time. This is evidenced in the students' increased scores on their writing rubrics and the text levels. (Contains 18 references and 15 tables of data. Appendixes contain a permission letter; checklists; a running record sheet; and a sample writing rubric.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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