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Balanced Literacy

Balanced Literacy
Balanced Literacy

Theme-based instruction to support the language arts curriculum

Balanced Literacy™ is a year-long interactive program that supports and supplements any language arts curriculum. Nine units are built around animal themes with engaging graphics and animated songs that introduce each word family. Anchor Books introduce patterned language, sight vocabulary, and word families. In addition, more than 200 computer-based phonics activities help students develop decoding skills.

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A balanced approach

Designed by experts in literacy and special education, Balanced Literacy addresses the essential elements of reading instruction and provides a sequential approach to early literacy that integrates:
  • Guided reading
  • Supported writing
  • Word study
  • Phonics activities
  • Multisensory reinforcement
  • Extensive practice

Support for success

Balanced Literacy provides:
  • Theme-based Anchor Books
  • Repetition and practice
  • Auditory support
  • Immediate assessment
  • Student portfolios
  • Correlations to standards
  • Special needs support
  • Teacher support

Includes writing activities

The Primary Writing 3 CD-ROM, from the IntelliTools ReadyMade Curriculum Activities line, provides guided writing activities that correspond to Balanced Literacy’s nine topic areas. Structured phonics instruction, encoding (spelling) activities, and story-writing games emphasize grammar and usage.

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Research Demonstrates Significant Improvement

Balanced Literacy was developed under a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, and extensively researched and tested with students nationally, with excellent results.

Students in both the experimental and criterion groups were pre- and post-tested by a special research team, using professionally validated and previously validated tests. Post-test results for both groups indicated an overall improvement in reading, and students in the experimental group showed substantial gains in reading, with some doubling and even quadrupling of pre-test scores. Students also demonstrated increased motivation and confidence in themselves as “readers.”

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Windows System Requirements

  • Operating System: Win 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista (excludes Vista 64 bit Edition)
  • Minimum RAM: Win 98 and ME—64 MB RAM; Win 2000, Win XP and Win Vista—128 MB RAM
  • HD Space Required: 20 MB hard drive space plus QuickTime Player installed
  • Minimum Processor: Pentium 333MHZ
  • Minimum Display: 16 bit hi colors 640x480
  • CD-ROM: 8x CD ROM
  • Sound Card: Sound Blaster 16 compatible
  • IntelliKeys Required: No
  • Mouse Accessible: Yes
  • Switch Accessible: Yes
  • Runs from CD: Yes

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Operating System: OS 9.2.x, 10.1.5 or higher
  • Minimum RAM: 32 MB available RAM
  • HD Space Required: 20 MB hard drive space plus QuickTime Player installed
  • Minimum Computer: iMac/G3 333MHz
  • Minimum Display: thousands colors 640x480
  • CD-ROM: 8x CD ROM
  • Sound Card: Required
  • IntelliKeys Required: No
  • Mouse Accessible: Yes
  • Switch Accessible: Yes
  • Runs from CD: Yes