Accelerating Reading Progress: Balancing Phonics and Language Arts for Optimum Performance

Accelerating Reading Progress: Balancing Phonics and Language Arts for Optimum Performance

Literacy

The National Reading Panel conducted an extensive study which found that many students experience difficulties learning to read because of their inadequate phonemic awareness (2000). The combination of explicit instruction phonics instruction coupled with a balance of Literacy correlates to a significant increase in reading progress.

Given this knowledge teachers can finally put the reading debate on whether or not to teach explicit phonics to their students to rest and teach it systematically within the framework of a balanced literacy classroom.

Examine the techniques to effectively combine phonics instruction with a balanced literacy classroom
Gain an understanding of the format and structure of a Balanced Literacy Model
View the specific reading strategies that connect to each grade and reading level (Fountas & Pinnell)
Masterfully design lesson plans from templates for teaching guided reading and skill groups
Attention given on how to provide fluency instruction for English Language Learners (ELL) and students with special needs

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