Incorporating children's literature in the classroom : a first grade interdisciplinary unit
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The goal of this research is to investigate and demonstrate the importance of using a balanced literacy program in a primary level classroom. This is done through readalouds, shared readings, guided readings, independent readings, and extension activities all based on quality children's literature. This research paper was designed around the specific investigation of each of the individual components of a balanced literacy program, and how those components are interrelated. It was found that students who are immersed in reading activities through this type of program become stronger lifelong readers. They enjoy reading more and are better at it. All reading abilities are able to be addressed through this type of program and individual students are able to participate at their own levels. In the diverse classrooms of today's society it is the teacher's understanding of balanced literacy that allows his or her students to succeed.