Balanced literacy

Por: María Paula Naranjo

Balanced literacy is a theory based on the idea that there are many different learning styles for children who are learning to read. The balanced reading approach bases itself on the idea that a combination of teaching methods used together will teach a greater range of students more effectively.

Research views learning as being integrated and socially based. Therefore, the balanced literacy approach focuses on learning to read as a social activity, an integrated activity that requires students to read, write, listen, and speak, and requires engagement in classroom activities. 

Research by the National Reading Panel recommendations five key literacy topics - phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension - that should be included in daily literacy instruction