The so-called “reading wars” on how best to teach literacy are back in the news with the recent announcement that “balanced literacy” is back on the approved list for New York City schools to use.
It should come as no surprise to readers that I’m a big supporter of Lucy Calkins and the balanced literacy approach, as my recent tweet demonstrates:
Just cuz u don’t know how 2 teach it & didn’t get support needed doesn’t mean it’s bad: Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy http://t.co/NkjVMo8AQZ
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) July 7, 2014
Here are some more useful resources on the topic. Let me know what else I should add to the list:
New York Schools Chief Advocates More ‘Balanced Literacy’ is from The New York Times.
The Reading Wars Again (or Still) is by Marc Tucker at Ed Week.
Balanced Literacy Is One Effective Approach is by Lucy Calkins and is one of several columns on the topic published by The New York Times as part of their “Room For Debate” series.
Here’s a Prezi that might be worth a look:
A Return to ‘Balanced Literacy’? is from Education Week.
In Defense Of Balanced Literacy is from KinderConfidential.
Hard Words:Why aren’t kids being taught to read? is from American Public Media.
The straw man in the new round of the reading wars is from The Washington Post.
Again, please send me more suggestions of resources to add to this list….