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ERIC Number: EJ767088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Balanced Literacy: One Middle School's Experience
Brown, Joseph; Fisher, Patricia
Principal Leadership, v7 n1 p38-40 Sep 2006
In this article, the authors describe the balanced literacy pilot program at Monroe Middle School in Tampa, Florida. Monroe implemented the program as part of a districtwide effort to improve student literacy. It uses a four-pronged approach to improve literacy: (1) read-alouds; (2) independent reading; (3) shared reading; and (4) guided reading. Audiobooks are also important components of the schoolwide program. The recorded books added rigor and relevance to the reading program by immersing students in the print books they have chosen. Audiobooks also mean that students cannot fake reading. Success has been reflected by four years of improved reading scores. The authors believe that their success is a result of the schoolwide approach to balanced literacy. Students are now surrounded by and immersed in reading.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida