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We want every child to love reading, so we are offering our literacy tools for teachers, student, and parents here at NO cost. 

Below you will see a list of the key literacy materials used within our grant schools and should be used within your Language and Literacy Centers. The centers should: 

  • Be a necessary tenet to the balanced literacy classroom.
  • Provide ideal settings for discourse and shared talking to unfold naturally.
  • Be placed in the classroom environment in strategic locations with space to work individually, with peers, and on teams.  

Please follow the links and read the description and instructions for implementing each material carefully. We have provided PDF versions of all materials (and links for book purchasing) for your convenience.

Download and print any of our teacher-friendly materials and informational sheets to use in your classroom, and voilà!  You are on your way to a balanced literacy school! We look forward to hearing how your students' literacy development flourishes with the aid of the Balanced Literacy Resources. 

Fined out why these materials are useful on the Balanced Literacy For Teachers page. Administrators, please see our Administrators Creating a Balanced Literacy School

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 page for tips in supporting teachers in creating a balanced literacy environment inside and outside the classroom. 

Formative Assessment In The New Balanced Literacy Classroom

It is true that "assessment drives instruction". This resource, authored by Dr. Margaret Policastro, Dr. Becky McTague, and Dr. Diane Mazeski, can easily be used as a professional read for teachers, staff and administrators. The seven chapters can be assigned to read for grade level meetings, grade band meetings, jigsaw ...

The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing The Common Core

This book, authored by Dr. Margaret Policastro and Dr. Becky McTague, infuses best practices of the new balanced literacy model through the lens of Common Core with support in read-alouds, independent reading and writing, language and literacy, and several other areas. This must-read book will be the vehicle that will ...

Comprehensive Literacy Basics: An Anthology By Capstone Professional

This book, compiled by experts in the filed of literacy language arts education, will provide support for educators as well as valuable knowledge in literacy development in areas such as language arts block, including whole group, small group, writing, and differentiation. Capstone publishing ensures "the quick tips and suggestions within ...

Living Literacy At Home: A Parent's Guide

Dr. Margaret Policastro gives a snapshot of what literacy looks like in today’s classroom and the support on how to make that home-to-school connection. How to implement:  The joy of reading continues at home — in the kitchen, doing the laundry, painting a room, wherever! What a wonderful book to ...