For those of you who don’t know, there’s now a Biliteracy Now Podcast available on iTunes and the Podbean App! Episode two is all about the balanced literacy components and how to organize your daily schedule. Below is a visual of each component (there are more components out there!) with a brief description.
My teachers are expected to include a read aloud, reading workshop, writing workshop, word study and small group lessons on a DAILY basis. For 3rd and 4th grade, we don’t require shared reading to be a part of their daily routine, and guided reading is performed during the independent practice time as a small group lesson. Everything else is a non-negotiable.
Here are some important things/tips to keep in mind:
- Be explicit during your mini-lesson
- Follow the “I do, We do, You do” strategy when you’re teaching reading and writing
- Find ways to motivate your students to build that stamina because they won’t be able to read/write independently for 20-30 minutes on the very first day of school
- Be energetic and dramatic during your read aloud
- Plan out your read aloud, mini-lessons, and small group lessons ahead of time – don’t wing it
- Check in with each student at least 2-3 times per week – during reading OR writing workshop
- The minutes for each component might have to be lowered for grades K-1
If you would like additional information about these components, download and listen to my podcast (link is on the top right) and/or you can download a free balanced literacy guide on my TPT.