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Completion of the three (3) Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0 online courses by Dr. Sandra Doran and all of the required assignments and readings to gain the knowledge and pedagogical skills to establish an effective Balanced Literacy program. These comprehensive courses, An Introduction to the Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0, Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0 – Part A, and Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0 – Part B provided the teacher with the following learning objectives and resources:

            1. An Introduction to the Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0
              • Gained a basic understanding of the history that led to the need for balanced literacy instruction
              • Understood the goals of a balanced literacy program
              • Discovered the objectives of all lessons in Parts A and B of our Balanced Literacy course
              • Grasped the connection between Pathways 2.0 (Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, and Word Study) and a balanced literacy program
              • Reviewed the list of all downloadable resources in Parts A and B of the balanced literacy course series
              • Completed a rubric to determine their starting point in understanding and delivering the elements of a balanced literacy program for Grades 1-2 or Grades 3-8
            2. Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0 – Part A
              • Learned how to create their own assessment kit using benchmark books and passages from Reading A-Z.com
              • Understood how to use running records to assess students for small group instruction
              • Learned five (5) steps for delivering small group instruction
              • Watched over ninety (90) minutes of instructional video content
              • Discovered how to create small groups for guided reading lessons
              • Learned the do’s and don’ts for setting up effective literacy rotations
              • Devised new methods for teaching comprehension skills
              • Gained a deeper understanding of the *Pathways 2.0 program and how the varied parts fit into the whole
              • Downloaded and reviewed seven (7) documents for use in planning and teaching reading:
                • Levelling Readers
                  • Running Record Assessment Tips
                  • Running Record Student Portfolio
                • Guided Reading and Literacy Rotations
                  • Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching of Reading
                  • Guided Reading Group Lesson Plan Template
                  • Sample of Student Word Work Contract
                • Theme Books
                  • Grade 6 long-range plan
                  • Sample of comprehension strategies in Pathways 2.0
            3. Components of Balanced Literacy With Strategies for Pathways 2.0 – Part B
              • Learned how to deliver the Word Work and Writer’s Workshop components of Balanced Literacy as a curricular methodology to underline good reading and writing instruction
              • Discovered the importance of setting up a sequential and systematic program for Word Work
              • Learned multi-sensory practices for delivering phonetic instruction
              • Watched a 20-minute video depicting a Writer’s Workshop in action as a model for creating their own Writer’s Workshop
              • Learned techniques to build students’ fluency in writing
              • Gained ideas for further study in becoming an effective balanced literacy teacher
              • Downloaded and reviewed resources for:
                • Word Work
                  • How spelling informs writing
                  • List of Decodables
                  • Root Words
                  • Sight Words
                  • Sound Words
                • Writing Workshop
                  • At a glance skills
                  • Class writing at a glance process
                  • Creative Writing rubrics
                  • Expository Writing rubrics
                  • Personal Writing rubrics
                  • Peer Conference
                  • Sample Bulletin Board
                  • Self-editing checklist
                  • Student Profile
                  • Student Writing goals
                  • Writer Attitude Measure
                  • Writer’s Workshop Lesson Plan
                • Putting it all Together
                  • Elements of a Balanced Literacy Program
                  • Recommended Books
                  • Multisensory Methods

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