REFUTING BALANCED LITERACY

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Here at The Dyslexia Initiative we will be sharing various materials that are the argument against balanced literacy / whole language and and argument for the science of reading via structured literacy.  This page will evolve as we add more materials to support the argument.  The materials are out there and do exist, we will be seeking out the best articles / studies we can find and sharing them here.

THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, BUT WE WILL SHARE AS WE BUILD.

The National Reading Panel, Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment  of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pubs/nrp/Documents/report.pdf

Comparing Reading Research to Program Design: An Examination of Teachers College Units of Study
Authors: Marilyn Jager Adams , Lily Wong Fillmore , Claude Goldenberg , Jane Oakhill , David D. Paige , Timothy Rasinski , Timothy Shanahan

https://achievethecore.org/page/3240/comparing-reading-research-to-program-design-an-examination-of-teachers-college-units-of-study

EdReports Review of Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) Classroom, 2020

https://www.edreports.org/reports/overview/fountas-pinnell-classroom-2020

Note: The curriculum publisher, Heinemann, disputes the validity of this curricula review stating that EdReports' rubric is not a good measure for a curricula such as this, but the F&P curricula does not hold to the tenets of the science of how the brain learns how to read.

Of ‘Hard Words’ and Straw Men: Let’s Understand What Reading Science is Really About, by Dr. Louisa Moats

https://www.voyagersopris.com/blog/edview360/2019/10/16/lets-understand-what-reading-science-is-really-about?fbclid=IwAR1v2iJQ28OUtgKT5AjyWfJf5CLUOoMPHkVWdGYjvTjEQD4YY9JyYrvqIN4

The Purple Challenge Part 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxx7hs0qdKQ

The Purple Challenge Part 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2pRi_B_Oj8