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This Is Balanced Literacy, Grades K-6

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Fisher/Frey Imprint



September 2019 | 272 pages | Corwin
This is Balanced Literacy: Grades K-6

Students learn to read and write best when their teachers balance literacy instruction. But how do you strike the right balance of skills and knowledge, reading and writing, small and whole group instruction, and direct and dialogic instruction, so that all students can learn to their maximum potential?

The answer lies in the intentional design of learning activities, purposeful selection of instructional materials, evidence-based teaching methods,  and in strategic groupings of students based on assessment data.  Together, these create the perfect balance of high impact learning experiences that engage and excite learners. In this hands-on essential guide, best-selling authors Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nancy Akhavan help you define that balance for your students, lighting the path to implementing balanced literacy in your classroom. Their plan empowers you to integrate evidence-based approaches that include: 

• Instructional materials comprised of both informational and narrative texts.
The best uses of instructional delivery modes, including direct and dialogic instruction.
Grouping patterns that work best to accomplish learning aims for different learners at different stages.
• Instruction in foundational skills and meaning making, including oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency,
  vocabulary, comprehension, and writing.
• Technology used as  a tool for increasing learning of a specific literary process.  

All the tips and tools you need to realize the goal of balanced literacy learning are included, with classroom videos that show strategies in action. Tap your intuition, collaborate with your peers, and put the research-based strategies embedded in this roadmap to work in your classroom to implement or deepen a strong, successful balanced literacy program. Grow as a reading and writing teacher while leading your students to grow as readers and writers. 
 
Chapter 1 - Defining Balance, Finding Balance
 
Chapter 2 - Whole Class Reading Instruction: High-Level Support for Learning
 
Chapter 3 - Whole Class Writing Instruction: High-Level Support for Learning
 
Chapter 4 - Collaborative Reading and Writing: Learning in the Company of Peers
 
Chapter 5 - Small Group Reading Instruction: Targeted Support Through Guided Learning
 
Chapter 6 - Small Group Writing Instruction: Targeted Support Through Guided Learning
 
Chapter 7 - Independent Reading: Practicing, Applying, and Extending Learning
 
Chapter 8 - Independent Writing Instruction: Practicing, Applying, and Extending Learning
 
Chapter 9 - Assessment and Intervention in the Balanced Literacy Classroom: Noticing and Responding to Students' Needs
 
References

These authors (if more than you!) have brilliantly synthesized evidence-based best practices for quality instruction - breaking down the complexities of a balanced literacy classroom and aligning excellent instruction with formative assessment to meet the needs of all learners.  This resource exemplifies the distinguished practices of Danielson’s framework and makes it digestible as a tool for classroom teachers in planning and implementing a balanced literacy approach sure to yield tangible achievement results!

Lura A. Hanks
Supervisor for English Language Arts and Social Studies, Washington County Public Schools

"Balanced literacy means different things to different people. In This Is Balanced Literacy, Fisher, Frey, and Akhavan take a research-based, best-practices look at what balanced literacy can and should be. Readers will leave with loads of practices and ideas to fine-tune every aspect of their balanced literacy curriculum to truly maximize student learning!"

Wiley Blevins, Author
A Fresh Look At Phonics, ILA Leadership Brief: Meeting the Challenges of Early Literacy Phonics Instruction

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

Letter from the Authors


Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator.  He is a credentialed teacher and leader in California.  In 2022, he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame by the Literacy Research Association. He has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as Welcome to Teaching, PLC+, Teaching Students to Drive their Learning, and Student Assessment: Better Evidence, Better Decisions, Better Learning. More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Nancy was a teacher, academic coach, and central office resource coordinator in Florida.  She is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.  She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. She has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as The Artificial Intelligences Playbook, How Scaffolding Works, How Teams Work, and The Vocabulary Playbook. More About Author

Nancy Akhavan

Dr. Nancy Akhavan has spent more than 30 years as an educator and consultant. Her work focuses on student support through literacy instruction and intervention, English Language Development, leadership development and organizational systems to increase student achievement. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Fresno State. She is the founder of Nancy Akhavan Consulting, Inc. Dr. Akhavan has been a bilingual teacher, principal of three schools, and a district administrator of a large urban district for ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science and World Languages. She also served as Assistant... More About Author

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