Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2     A Quest for Balance

Focus Questions

  • What is the history of reading instruction in the United States?
  • What are the key issues in phonics and whole language instruction?
  • How can classroom teachers combine the elements of both approaches to create a rich and balanced, comprehensive literacy program for all learners?
  • How can a balanced, comprehensive literacy program address the goals of standards, including the Common Core State Standards for the English Language Arts?

Key Concepts

Questions for Journal Writing & Discussion

Suggestions for Projects & Field Activities