Teaching Balanced Literacy?  Follow The Lit Six!

The Lit Six is Nancy’s way of focusing on balanced literacy. It includes balance between whole group instruction and small group instruction, between comprehension and phonics, between dialogic and direct instruction.

The Lit Six explains the six components of literacy instruction developed by Nancy that includes vocabulary development and ELD, which are often left out of the “balance” of balanced literacy.

The link below is a PowerPoint with focuses on each part of The Lit Six

The Lit Six

Teaching Online or Remotely? Check out Nancy’s Helpful Ideas at:

Free Materials for Use in Classrooms or Home

Sound Cards: Alphabet/Sounds in PDF form. Print out and post on wall or scroll to review and practice. Vowels are first.

Sound Flashcards: Sound cards that can be printed and cut apart for working on sounds and for building words.

Tips for Using The Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank and Padlet with English learners or emerging bilinguals.

Check out the interview with Erin Moran from We are Teachers!

Video – One Idea from The Big Book of Literacy Tasks

Video – Information Trailer for The Big Book of Literacy Tasks

Facebook Live Session with Nancy Akhavan

Nancy discusses How to Release Learning to Students Faster and Easier

Teach Children Not Programs

Interventions for Classroom Teachers

Recommended Book LIst for HIgh School Reluctant Readers

Tasks: Never do for your students what they can do for themselves!

Accelerating Vocabulary Learning

Accelerating Learning with Focused Vocabulary Instruction

Leadership for English Learners

Working with English Language Learners: How to teach purposeful guide and support your students as they acquire language!

A Leadership Perspective: Changing the Outcome for English Learners


Comprehension Matters

Now What? What To Do After the Mini-Lesson: Effective Assessment and Conferring

Teaching Non-Fiction Reading: Phenomenal Lessons Across Content Areas