What I discovered here is an excellent resource for grades K-6. The Reading A-Z link branches into additional topics for Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and Word Work. Again, "balanced literacy" involves whole class, small groups, and individual practice. The goal of using leveled books with written vocabulary is more fluent readers and writers, and this page has that information in an organized format.
The video clip shows different aged elementary students working on guided reading. It is important for teachers to have shared reading time whether it be taking turns to read around a table or listening to the teacher. To foster reading and writing, younger children often like to write their own stories on an assigned topic, or a topic of their own choosing and read it aloud to the class.
On this page, the strategy is helping your students see that what they read can translate into written information. For example, my fourth grader has a topic article weekly for homework and it must be summarized in his own words each Thursday night after spending the week reading aloud for understanding, discussion and vocabulary. As a teacher, the link tells how reading should be done to, with and by children. It also tells teachers how writing is best taught for, with and by children.
According to this article, "balanced literacy" is the current springboard for young children to become well-versed literate learners. By suggesting common ideas and interests, students should enjoy reading and writing about topics that are entertaining yet educational. I liked how this link highlights ways for teachers to model balanced literacy in their grade.
Balanced literacy should not be unfamiliar to new elementary teachers. However, the resource I included here describes the reading war between phonics and whole language that evolved into reading instruction today. This framework piece is split into 5 components to help teachers differentiate reading to students, reading with students, and students reading independently. The downside is no discussion of writing, however, an applicable assignment is summarizing on paper what was read.
The Scholastic website is always a fantastic resource as the basis of recommended reading. This link explains that fostering a love for reading can result in more student writing. One recommendation here is to make your "balanced literacy" activities multilevel so all students are active learners while you are able to assist those struggling.
With a particular emphasis on reading, these slides are intended for the teacher who could also share them with parents to explain "balanced literacy" as a learning tool. Balanced literacy is a way for teachers to assess their students as individuals yet rank them according to typical student level of reading and writing. This link emphasizes the importance of suggested activities to determine each child's strengths and weaknesses in written and oral communication.
This theoretical articles discusses the various definitons of "balanced literacy" - defining the term as skillful reading and writing. Both academic sources buildup a student's ability to read and write independently. Teachers can work with individuals or small groups on their processing of informational text at all elementary age levels. Again this link does not have specific ideas for classroom usage but it does well to explain why this teaching technique should be used in class.