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ERIC Number: ED461854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Balanced Literacy in a Kindergarten Class.
Gonfiantini, Lisa
For one teacher switching from teaching first grade to teaching kindergarten, giving her students knowledge and power was her goal. Specifically, she wanted her students to benefit from the power and freedom that literacy holds. This paper relates how the teacher came to choose balanced literacy as a well rounded approach to teaching communication arts. The paper first describes balanced literacy; cites the key principles of a balanced literacy program; and lists the components of a balanced literacy program (divided into the major headings of reading, writing, and language development). It then discusses under reading, the components of reading aloud, shared reading, guided reading and literature circles, and independent reading and buddy reading. Under writing, it discusses modeled writing, shared writing, interactive writing, guided writing, structured writing, and independent writing. The paper points out that all of these components, while considered separately for the sake of clarity, are in actuality fluid in nature, with the benefits of one component flowing into the others. It also briefly discusses language experiences and literacy centers as additional components of the balanced literacy program. The paper concludes with a reminiscence about the teacher's first week teaching kindergarten and notes that research has substantiated the need for teachers to use a balanced approach to teaching reading and writing to develop the full potential of their students. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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