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Balanced Literacy

 
"No student is too anything to be able to read and write” David Yodder 2000

Currumbin Community Special School is committed to implementing a balanced and multi-level approach to literacy instruction based on the Four Blocks Framework developed by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall.

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The adapted version, Four Blocks for Students with Disabilities, by staff at Centre of Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) at the University of North Carolina was modified specifically for SWD and was significant as the balance in the approach varies according to the needs of every individual student.


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The Building Blocks Framework of the Four Blocks developed for pre-schools to ensure students are taught to read and write in a developmentally appropriate way included ‘A Balanced Literacy Diet” (Hall & Williams 2000).

BALANCED LITERACY for our EMERGENT STUDENTS involves READING TO and WITH students, providing opportunities for them to READS BY THEMESELVES, WRITING FOR and WITH students and providing opportunities to WRITE BY THEMESELVES.

It requires the EXPLICIT TEACHING OF ALL LETTERS and SOUNDS.

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For our CONVENTIONAL STUDENTS it involves READING TO, BY THEMESELVES and with EXPLICT TEACHING AROUND COMPREHENSION INSTRUCTION, while providing opportunities to INDEPENDENTLY WRITE and WORKING WITH WORDS.

This year our school focus is ‘WORKING WITH LETTERS, SOUNDS AND WORDS’

Our teachers will be focussed primarily on systematically teaching students the skills they need to engage in daily working with words programs whether they are EMERGENT or CONVENTIONAL learners. This will include: