A friend’s daughter took a course on Balanced Literacy(not sure what that means and did not notice that the author clarified what she meant by the word Balanced) using a textbook by Gail Tompkins. This was a few summers ago when I found myself unemployed and bored to death, so my buddy thought I might have some time to help her which I did.
There was a fasinating table in the book on page 116 in the fifth edition I was using. Yes, she left the book at my house and has never called requesting to regain possession of the overpriced resource which is usually somewhere near the base of our master bathroom commode. She was assigned to use information in the Young Children’s Literacy Development table to determine the developmental level of the child.
Her prof called the assignment a field activity as I recall. The table distinguished between emergent(lower level than beginning), beginning, and Fluent. Some emergent readers are observed pretending to read, while fluent readers prefer to read silently as is it is well known that “mouthing the words” is a big slow down and even an impediment.
Anyway the table was created to help educators to determine the developing literacy level of Kindergarten through grade 5 I think. I would love to know how the entire hierarchy of this classification table was engendered. Thanks for your help and, Sarah I still have your book. Come get it so your Dad won’t think less of me than he already does! Also did you end up teaching kiddos with special needs. I know that was your intention around two years ago. Let me know how you are doing. I know you Google stuff like this. Hopefully the name Sarah is unique enough to where you will stumble upon this!