Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2008

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven W. Nourse

Second Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

David N. Shorr


This project is a resource that offers information on how to implement, plan, and assess reading using the instructional strategies of balanced literacy. A review of the literature on all four instructional strategies of balance literacy is included. This guide will aid intermediate elementary teachers in planning effective instruction. The intent of this project is to provide a realistic and useful source for classroom teachers to utilize when planning and assessing reading instruction. Finally in addition to the sample lesson plans are examples of texts used for each lesson.