Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2000

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Nancy E. Jurenka

Second Committee Member

Carol L. Butterfield

Third Committee Member

Keith Salyer


Research in the process of balancing the reading curriculum was read, evaluated and summarized. This research showed the need for further study in the areas of shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, and responding to literature; as combining these four components create a balanced reading program. In a balanced approach students receive skill and strategy instruction in addition to reading and responding to authentic literature. A yearlong balanced reading guide and ten sample supporting lessons were created for the intermediate grade teachers at Washington State Centennial Elementary in the Bethel School District.