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.
Just how polarized are we about reading instruction? is by Dan Willingham.
I’ve been asked by several colleagues about the recent @nytimes piece about how we are teaching reading wrong. The author has no credibility as a researcher or educator, but @skrashen does. His response:https://t.co/WbNEvTTeQ4
— Donalyn Miller Vote on November 6th! (@donalynbooks) October 30, 2018
Phonics vs. Balanced Literacy: A Classroom Comparison is from Ed Week.
What is #BalancedLiteracy? I invite you to watch this short video with my co-authors @NancyFrey & @NancyAkhavan that explains our definition of Balanced Literacy. And join us to reclaim the term Balanced Literacy! https://t.co/mEbOsHrZrr#AskFisherFrey @CorwinPress
— Douglas Fisher (@DFISHERSDSU) October 28, 2019
Lucy Calkins, Creator of Reading Workshop, Responds to ‘Phonics-Centric People’ is from Ed Week. And you can read her full response here.
Is any one program going to work for ALL students? https://t.co/WBRoTqisjC
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) January 17, 2020
Research Matters / Cracking the Reading Code is from ASCD’s Educational Leadership.
An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics by Dana Goldstein at The NY Times seems to me to be one of the better pieces in “mainstream” media about the “Reading Wars.”
Three Important Things the “Reading Wars” (Tend to) Ignore is by Shawna Coppola.
The Hechinger Report has published two good articles about the “reading wars”: What parents need to know about the research on how kids learn to read and Four things you need to know about the new reading wars.
In Defense of Balanced Literacy is from The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs ‘Rebalancing’ is from Ed Week.
Is there really a ‘science of reading’ that tells us exactly how to teach kids to read? is from The Washington Post.
Every single teacher must read this. https://t.co/Ie21lEuVQ5
— Orly Klapholz (@OrlyKlapholz) April 30, 2021
Again, please send me more suggestions of resources to add to this list….