Our Vision and Beliefs for Balanced Literacy
Winchester Public Schools aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We aim to develop students’ love of literature and an enjoyment of reading and writing.
What is Balanced Literacy?
Balanced Literacy is a curricular framework that integrates various components of literacy instruction - Read Aloud with Accountable Talk, Shared Reading, Small Group Guided Reading with Book Clubs, Independent Work, Word Work and Writing. Assessment-based planning through backward design is at the core of this framework. The balanced literacy approach is characterized by explicit skill instruction and modeling through mini lessons. Authentic texts are used as a springboard in the Reading and Writing Workshop Model.