- Part I: Severed Ears
- Part II: Getting the Teams Wrong
- Part III: Fun With Memorization
- Part IV: Opinion vs. Fact
- Part V: Misinterpreting Research
- Part VI: The Homestretch
In the comments, TMAO defines BL as "balance of phonics instruction, instructional reading, authentic reading at an independent level, vocabulary instruction, comprehension skill development, response and H.O.T. development, and finally writing."
I think many teachers would agree with this definition. But, I think it includes things that are typically included in any good phonics program (vocab, comprehension, reading of authentic texts reading at an independent level, response and H.O.T.) and doesn't sufficiently specify the all important interplay between phonics, intructional reading, and use of authentic texts which determine whether the program is really phonics or whole language.
Anyway, I want to write about this later this week, but for now I'd like to hear how others, especially early reading teachers, define Balanced Literacy.
Anyway, onto Part I of the Reading Wars.