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Language Arts

Balanced Literacy is a framework designed to help all students learn to read and write effectively.  The program stands firmly on the premise that all students can learn to read and write. This balance between reading and writing allows all to receive appropriate instruction in order to reach grade level standards, while allowing students to work at a level that is not frustrating for them.

The framework for literacy lessons consists of elements that provide significant amounts of reading and writing on a daily basis. These authentic opportunities for reading and writing are arranged on a continuum based on the level of teacher support. Some reading and writing tasks are modeled by the teachers, others are accomplished with the support of the teacher, and some are done independently by the student. The overarching goal is to help children become fluent readers and writers who enjoy and value literacy.

Based on the works of Gay Su Pinnell, Irene Fountas, Kathy Ganske and Lucy Calkins, the main components of our Balanced Literacy Program at DIS include:

  • Interactive Read Alouds
  • Whole Class Novels
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Writing Workshop
  • Word Study- Word Journeys Program
  • Grammar