Primary classroom literacy instruction incorporates a Balanced Literacy Approach. Phonemic awareness and direct phonics instruction is part of every classroom. Best practices include Shared Read Alouds, Interactive Writing, Guided Reading Groups, and Readers and Writers Workshop. Students engage in discussions, and write about the books they are reading. They are introduced to a variety of genres which include literature such as fables, folk tales, and poetry. Students also read informational texts, as well as biographies, and memoirs.
Guided Reading - is an instructional approach that involves a teacher, working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can all read similar levels of texts. The text is easy enough for students to read with the teacher support.
The classroom teacher meets with the students’ guided reading groups weekly to meet the needs of individual students.